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Netto-uyoku (ネット右翼, Internet right-wing[note 1]) are a subculture of young Internet far-right nationalists in Japan. It has been around since the early 2000, and are similar to the American alt-right which appeared in the 2010s. Traditional or neo-conservative Japanese right-wingers do not recognize them as right-wingers and mostly think of them as loser trolls.[note 2] The netto-uyoku is common in Japan's most popular Internet community sites, including Yahoo Japan. Their main habitat is '2ch'.[note 3]
They tend to be misogynistic, cry out about reverse discrimination against men, and preach Japanese chauvinism in place of the white supremacy of western Neo-Nazis. So they hate all foreigners including white people, and they even call for their slaughter.[note 4] Their main object of their hatred are Koreans, Chinese, and Burakumins. They're largely made up of a new generation of young people who have not had the experience of World War II, and they're part of the Japanese version of the incel movement called herbivore men.
Being netizens who maintain ultra-right points of view, the netto-uyoku also target against the domestic left-centrist parties of Japan, particularly the Democratic Party of Japan and the liberal mass media.
The Netto-uyoku abhor liberals and support America's 'alt-right', but not at all on the issue of World War II. They believe that Japan is a victim of World War II because the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Pacific War. At the same time, they tend to defend or sympathize with Japan's war criminals during World War II, and deny Japanese war crimes. In contrast, the U.S. 'alt-right' are far-right white nationalists who would support Japanese American internment, even if they
are weeaboos faun over Japan's supposed "purity".
Just as the alt-right critically supports the U.S. Republican Party, netto-uyoku actively supports the LDP and Shinzo Abe. But while the Abe creed has a critical view of Netto-Uyoku, it belongs to another relatively moderate far-right group.
The netto-uyoku were the originators of the popular online alt-right chan boards. 4chan is based on Futaba Channel, and it was inspired by 2ch, the home of the netto-uyoku which originated in 1999, while 4chan began in 2003.
- Zaitokukai, a hate group created by them
- Genocide denial, a favourite pastime of theirs
- /pol/ – if they were in the West, you'd find them here
- Internet troll, which many of them arguably are
- Herbivore men, which many of them definitely are
- Makoto Sakurai, their hero
- The English Wikipedia has translated it as 'Japanese Internet Far Rightists,' but it is a misinterpretation. '右翼' means 'right-wing,' not 'far-right.' and there is also no word for 'Japan' in "ネット右翼".
- Even politicians like far-right neoconservative Shinzo Abe have referred to "Netto-uyoku" and Zaitokukai as anti-Korean racist hate groups.
But liberals in Japan are raising suspicions that the Netto-uyoku is the wingnut welfare of the LDP.
- It is the original version of the Waffanise community of 4chan and 8chan.
- They even claim that pure-blooded Japanese people are massacred because of the mixed race caused by globalization and multiculturalism, similar to the idea of white genocide in the west.
- 2-Channel Gives Japan's Famously Quiet People a Mighty Voice by Lisa Katayama (04.19.07; 12:00 am) Wired.
- Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes by Jamin Brophy-Warren (July 9, 2008) The Wall Street Journal (archived from August 29, 2008).