Anti-Japaneseism (反日亡国論, han'nichi-bōkoku-ron) is a radical ideology promoted by a faction of the Japanese New Left that advocates for the destruction of the nation of Japan. The ideology was first conceived by Katsuhisa Oomori, a member of the New Left, in the 1970s. Extending from anti-Japanese sentiments and viewpoints such as the Ainu Revolution Theory, it claims that "the nation called Japan and the entire Japanese race should be extinguished from the face of the earth". Anti-Japanism makes claims that go far back in history, denying the founding of Japan and the history of the Japanese people. It advocates for the extermination of the Japanese ethnicity.

Differences from Anti-Japanism

The Anti-Japanism theory posed that Japan's actions since the Meiji period have been tainted by imperialism, and that a new regime is needed. According to Anti-Japanism, Japan's moral failure can be redeemed if the Imperial family is purged and the country forcibly transitions into a communist "people's republic". Anti-Japaneseism radicalized this argument by claiming that even the communist revolution could not redeem Japan because the Japanese themselves possess an inherent "aggressive nature".[1] Proponents of this theory believe that the only way to redeem oneself from the "oppressive and criminal Japanese race" is to fight against all Japanese interests until the "Japanese" archipelago has been purged of anything Japanese.[2]

From this standpoint, the so-called "Japanese" must be fully aware of themselves as an "oppressive/criminal people" and should deny themselves.

In this theory, since Japan is a counter-revolutionary nation that has accumulated crimes that cannot be amortized, and is an ugly shameful nation and ethnicity, thinking that Japan is the "homeland" is itself the greatest anti-revolutionary ideology. This theory preaches "Abandon Japanese consciousness of nation and ethnicity awareness thoroughly and be a traitor".

Only those who accept this theory of extinction against Japan, and who becomes a warrior for the anti-Japanese struggle, will be freed from the "original sin" of the "suppressive/criminal people" for the first time.[3]

Historical thesis

According to Anti-Japaneseism, the original inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago were lawless agriculturalists but were invaded by an equestrian tribe from whom the current imperial family descends. Those who resisted the conquest became burakumin.[4] The suppression continued through the 19th century as the imperial regime conquered the Ryukyuans and Ainu. Thus, the history of Japan is defined as "a history of invasion and exploitation".[1]

Final solution

The so-called "final solution" of Anti-Japaneseism is to wipe the nation called "Japan" from the face of the earth and exterminate the Japanese race. Because, as described in the above historical theory, Japan is inherently evil, the continued existence of Japanese people is incompatible with peace.[4] East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front member Yoshimasa Kurosawa affirms that he is not opposed to any particular Japanese political regime, but to the existence of Japan itself.[1]

Strategy to extinguish Japanese ethnicity

The East Asia Anti-Japan Armed Front has suggested a scenario that could lead to the ruin of Japan. In this scenario, they would invade South Korea and topple the current "pro-Japanese" regime, replacing it with a military regime that is openly anti-Japanese. Japan, owing to its naturally aggressive nature, would invade Korea in response, then the Anti-Japaneseists could employ their terrorist networks to wreak havoc in Korea similar to the Vietnam War, draining Japan's financial and political strength, which would allow its swift downfall.[1]

The detailed scenario is as follows:

The main country of importance in this scenario is the Republic of Korea. By fostering xenophobic South Korean nationalism, it would fuel anti-Japanese sentiment, induce a coup d'etat in the South Korean military, overthrow the "Pro-Japanese government", and eliminate the "Pro-Japanese" sentiments that are rooted in South Korea. Then, the South Korean "Anti-Japanese military government" would declare war on Japan, killing at least 100,000 Japanese Self Defence Forces personnel.[5][6]

In Okinawa, the "Ryukyu Republic" would declare independence. This 'independent nation' would declare war on Japan and the United States, and then ally with South Korea to invade Japan.

In Hokkaido, the "Ainu-Soviet Republic" would also declare independence. They would claim that Japan ignored the Ainu, in incidences such as "Returning the Northern Territories", and the slaughter of 5 million Japanese people in Hokkaido who are "proud".[7] This would also fuel anti-Japanese sentiment in Southeast Asia.

Using the network of the Japanese Red Army would prevent the export of crude oil to Japan by the Arab countries, the "Anti-Japan siege network" would surround Japan like the former ABCD line which was an economic sanction imposed on Japan taking the initials of national names, America (United States), Britain (England), China, Dutch (Netherlands) in 1940.[8][9]

After "the destruction of Japan", most of the Japanese people would be sentenced to death regardless of age or sex, as the majority of them are "Japanese Empire nationals".

It is a scenario in which only comrades (World Revolution Ronin) who have abandoned ethnic and national consciousness and fought the anti-Japanese struggle are freed from their "original sin", and the Japanese ethnicity is extinguished from the earth.[10]

Prohibition of human rights intervention in Korea

During the 1970s, some members among the left-wing strove to rescue Kim Dae Jung detained by the government of the Republic of Korea in the Kim Dae Jung Incident however, with Japanese status, this was out of the question.

The anti-japaneseists believed this to be yet another expression of "Japanese superiority" that "Japan is a good country for democracy". It was thought to be a principled aggression activity.[11]

Celebration to arson incident on Heian shrine

According to the theory of anti-Japaneseism, to feel pride in Japanese culture is a sinful act that is counter-revolutionary. People who subscribe to Anti-Japaneseism celebrated the Heian Jingu Arson Case where arson was committed on the Heian Shrine which enshrines Emperor Kanmu, who established Heian-kyō, the relocated capital of Japan, in 794.[12]

Influence on Japanese society

Since the eclipse of New Left influence, this group has been thought of as a bizarre cult. The activist who came up with the name "Anti-Japaneseism" has since left the group and describes it as "Satanic". The journalist Toshinao Sasaki describes life within the group as "insane".[13] The education scholar Akira Moriguchi calls it a "violent ideology" and self-contradictory.[14]

It has been suggested, however, that this ideology has provided the basis for other terrorist incidents such as the Tokyo subway sarin attack by Aum Shinrikyo in Tokyo Metro on three lines of the Tokyo Metro (then part of the Tokyo subway) during rush hour, killing 12 people, severely injuring 50, and causing temporary vision problems for nearly 1,000 others.[15]

See also


  1. 黒川芳正『獄窓からのラブレター-反日革命への戦旅』 新泉社、1985年
  2. 治安フォーラム別冊『過激派事件簿40年史』立花書房、2001年
  3. 治安フォーラム別冊『過激派事件簿40年史』立花書房、2001年
  4. 竹中労・平岡正明『水滸伝-窮民革命のための序説』より梅内恒夫「共産同赤軍派より日帝打倒を志すすべての人々へ」三一書房、1973年
  5. 竹中労・平岡正明『水滸伝-窮民革命のための序説』より梅内恒夫「共産同赤軍派より日帝打倒を志すすべての人々へ」三一書房、1973年
  6. 太田竜『辺境最深部に向かって退却せよ!』三一書房、1971年
  7. 太田竜『辺境最深部に向かって退却せよ!』三一書房、1971年
  8. 竹中労・平岡正明『水滸伝-窮民革命のための序説』より梅内恒夫「共産同赤軍派より日帝打倒を志すすべての人々へ」三一書房、1973年
  9. 太田竜『辺境最深部に向かって退却せよ!』三一書房、1971年
  10. 太田竜『革命・情報・認識(よみかきのしかた)』現代書館、1974年
  11. やっていない俺を目撃できるか!編集委員会編『やっていない俺を目撃できるか! 北海道庁爆破犯人デッチ上げ事件』三一書房、1981年
  12. やっていない俺を目撃できるか!編集委員会編『やっていない俺を目撃できるか! 北海道庁爆破犯人デッチ上げ事件』三一書房、1981年
  13. 佐々木俊尚『「当事者」の時代』光文社、2012年
  14. 森口朗『なぜ日本の教育は間違うのか ~復興のための教育学~』扶桑社、2012年
  15. 原田実『幻想の荒覇吐(アラハバキ)秘史-「東日流外三郡誌」の泥濘』批評社、1999年
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