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Makoto Sakurai (桜井 誠) (1972–) is a far-right ultra-nationalist, netto-uyoku/alt-rightist in Japan. He is the leader of the Japan First Party. He is somewhat like the Donald Trump of Japan. but he's more like Richard Spencer than Trump. Makoto Sakurai is an alias, and his real name is Makoto Takata (高田 誠). His Twitter account was suspended in November 2017.
Makoto was the founder of Zaitokukai, which has been compared to Neo-Nazi groups. He was the head of the group from 2007 to 2014. Zaitokukai is an organization that makes direct violence against Koreans, though this has been limited to pushing and shouting.
He has continued to make extreme hate speech about Koreans. For example, if you call them cockroaches or insist on killing Koreans, or criticize them in this regard, they say there is no problem because Koreans say Japanese should die.
He is a politician who is considered a far-right populist politician even by ultra-conservative Japanese political standards. He is a Japanese supremacist who claims that the Japanese people's ethnic identity is diminished by foreigners coming to Japan, and insists that they should not be mixed with other people. It's comparable to the white genocide conspiracy theory. and he has a very extreme anti-Korean inclination.
While he is opposed to hate speech regulation, but he insists on regulating anti-Japanese hate speech by liberals in Japan.
Differences with mainstream conservatives in Japan
Nationalists such as Shinzo Abe and Yuriko Koike, who have encroached on Japan's mainstream conservatives, are close to the far-right by European and American standards, but tend to control the water level. Makoto Sakurai, on the other hand, tends to be similar to the typical American and European right-wing populist or alt-right. However, Makoto's inclination is closer to alt-right or Neo-Nazi, not right-wing populism alt-lite.
That's why mainstream conservatives in Japan are distancing themselves from Makoto Sakurai and think they are not extreme rightists.
In Japan, nationalism is common among mainstream conservatives, making it difficult for outsider ultra-rightists like Europe and the United States to gain huge popularity.
He had a dispute with Toru Hashimoto, the neoconservative mayor of Osaka. Toru is also a very nationalist, but he is a mainstream conservative politician, so he opposes outright racism and, unlike Makoto, is in favor of racial-related hate speech regulation.
- See the Wikipedia article on Makoto Sakurai.
- Doronpa01 Twitter (archived posts).
- New Dissent in Japan Is Loudly Anti-Foreign by Martin Fackler (August 28, 2010) The New York Times (archived from December 14, 2014).
- Japanese ‘hate speech’ debate abandoned as insults fly. the Guardian. 21 Oct 2014