Seto Hiroyuki, the Tamogami Toshio supporter (he supported the ex-ASDF man during campaigning for the Tokyo governorship) who showed up in an Akahata article after he called on people to take part in a party celebrating Adolf Hitler’s 125th birthday, writes on his blog:
Such a surprise to me, to show up in that Communist Party rag, the Akahata. I never thought I’d make it to those pages, and I’m astonished to be there.
A liberal democratic society is one where any kind of thought or belief can be freely held. Why, even members of the Aum Supreme Truth cult, which released sarin gas on the subways, can remain active so long as they don’t fall afoul of the law. Why, then, should there be any problem in gathering for quiet conversation over glasses of wine on the occasion of the birthday of a historical figure?
They’ve tied the whole issue to Tamogami, too, but again I must ask: What is the problem in offering my support to him on my blog as a marvelous patriot who comes from the same Fukushima soil that I do? It’s not as though I gave speeches in support of the man on street corners. I just wrote about him here on my blog.
But if even this is enough to make me fair game for this sort of criticism, then it looks like the Communists don’t believe in the freedom of speech. There’s no freedom to criticize the communist parties in North Korea or in Communist China. If you did so in North Korea, you’d be shot on the spot.
In Communist China, you might not be shot right then and there, but you’d be arrested and imprisoned right away. Communists do not believe in freedom of speech, and they’ve placed this quality of theirs very neatly on display in this latest article.
After displaying this remarkable blend of the concepts of freedom of speech, freedom from criticism, and totalitarian despotism, he takes his game to the next level:
I do not understand what’s wrong with praising Hitler. Are there seriously still people who believe that 6 million Jews were slaughtered? That’s a lie. A historical fabrication right up there with the Nanjing massacre and the forcible induction of comfort women.
This is followed by lengthy quotations from an article claiming that US House of Representatives member Walter Jones (R-NC) denied the Holocaust took place. (Um, no. While Walter is an interesting character in his own right, this Holocaust denial came from Art Jones, a congressional candidate from Illinois.)
Seto goes on:
There aren’t many bloggers who write on this issue, which is why I bring it up at this time—and by this time, I mean a time when another historical fiction, the “Nanjing massacre,” is also a topic of discussion.
There are in fact very similar backgrounds to these historical lies, the slaughter of the Jews and the Nanjing massacre, but it’s something of a taboo nowadays to argue on both of these fronts at once. When I once argued that these were both fabrications, even conservatives came out fiercely against me.
This was early in the Internet era, before blogs appeared. The manga artist Kobayashi Yoshinori ran a bulletin board called “Yoshirin” (at least I think that was the name). When I wrote a comment there, I came under concentrated fire:
"There was no Nanjing massacre, but the Jews were massacred. When Nazi believers like you write things like that it makes people believe that Nanjing must have happened too. Shut the hell up!"
I remember the criticism being along these lines. It made me sad, frankly. It’s one thing if a leftist writes something like this to me, but these were conservatives—so disappointing.
This goes on and on. He trots out a list of reasons why the Holocaust couldn’t have happened; revisits the “Marco Polo incident,” where publisher Bungei Shunjū axed the magazine Marco Polo after it printed an article in early 1995 in which Nishioka Masanori claimed the Holocaust was a hoax and there were no gas chambers, leading the Simon Wiesenthal Center to campaign against the magazine and threaten the publisher’s advertising revenue; and shares a long quote from that hub of nuanced historical research known as 2channel. The ribbon to tie up this package is figures on how many Stalin and Mao killed and a quip about how much the Communists love those guys.
At the end of this I don’t really know why I bothered translating the post. It’s pretty standard mouth-foaming revisionist idiocy. But the guy has gotten some attention recently thanks to the Hitler party idea and Tamogami’s decent showing in the Tokyo election. So there you have it.