Excessive Violence World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization. The former commander's lies and obfuscations so enraged Okuzaki that he physically assaulted him, shouting: ''I hate Hirohito for not taking responsibility, and people like you for following him blindly.''. He was an actor, known for Saezaete nao kokkeina tsuki (2012), Yuki yukite, shingun (1987) and Kami-sama no ui yatsu (2001). Thus he couldn't be held accountable for what others did in his name. Could such a mission be embarked upon again? You see, ever since right-wing terrorism began in the 1920's, we have been scared. He was sent to jail for 13 years. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. At the same time, Okuzaki wants to assassinate Emperor Hirohito (who died of natural causes after this film was completed) for leading the Japanese into World War II in the first place. Possibly it takes a faith to attack another - one reason perhaps why Christians and Marxists have always been among the most trenchant critics of the emperor system and its political uses, just as Buddhists were centuries ago. The imperial family cannot be separated from Japanese mythology. Kenzo Okuzaki was born on February 1, 1921 in Akashi, Hyogo, Japan. By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements. Added to this is a kind of snobbish disdain among Japanese liberals for entering into arguments with people they despise. (It was shown in New York last spring). They were allegedly executed for desertion a full three weeks after the end of the war. Nor (with the possible exception of Ishihara) are they calling for a revival of militarism. Rightists accuse the Asahi, as well as the once-powerful Teachers' Union, of being a hotbed of leftist rabble-rousers. The documentary centers on 62-year-old veteran of Japan's Second World War campaign in New Guinea, Kenzo Okuzaki, and follows him around as he searches out those responsible for the unexplained deaths of two soldiers in his old unit. So says the subject of the documentary, Kenzo Okuzaki, an elderly Japanese man who dips into his World War II experience to offer moving testimonials against the war. Several foreign journalists have pointed out that Shinto worship seems out of date and wholly incongruous in ''high-tech Japan.'' In fact, the Asahi exercised the same degree of ''self-restraint'' as the rest of the Japanese media during the Emperor's illness. Yet his long-drawn-out death and the succession of his son, the equally uncharismatic Akihito, brought back much of the language, if not the fanaticism, of the prewar emperor cult. . Sexual Content I read some at random in the office of a volunteer group called the Association Demanding Free Speech. Shinto, before then little more than a collection of fertility rites, began to be propagated as a national religion to enforce unification and ''harmony'' in the name of the divine imperial line. Jun Eto, a literary scholar, argues in Bungei Shunju that the Americans imposed a false image of the Emperor on the postwar Japanese. Things have changed since then, of course. It is about a Japanese man, Kenzo Okuzaki, who very publicly marched to Emperor Hirohito's palace and fired a slingshot at the building in order to publicly shame the Emperor for the actions of the Japanese military leaders during WWII. For decades he’s been on a crusade against Emperor Hirohito, whom he wants to force to accept responsibility for the war crimes that took place and the atrocities Japanese soldiers suffered. Prof. Iwamatsu, an economist and very much an intellectual, began with his own story: how he had been educated before the war to worship and die for the Emperor; how he barely survived the bombing of Nagasaki; how he was more shocked by the Japanese surrender than by the bomb; how he was so wracked with guilt that he thought of committing suicide, and how finally his worship of the Emperor changed to deep skepticism. Nearly 7,000 letters have arrived so far in Nagasaki in support of the Mayor, and more keep coming in. This point was also made before the war by guardians of native values. Motoshima is a remarkable man, a devout Christian born on a small island off the coast of Kyushu. Perhaps this explains the strangely lopsided debate on the Emperor in the mainstream intellectual journals. The hero is a man called Kenzo Okuzaki, a war veteran who gained notoriety by lobbing a pinball at the Emperor during one of his annual public appearances. ''No,'' said Hara, ''he has his own religion, the Okuzaki religion; sometimes I get the feeling he believes that he is God himself.''. I asked one of Motoshima's supporters in Nagasaki about this. Unlike Germany and Italy, Japan never changed these symbols after the war. They may be missing an important point. Few people talk about militarism; all discuss free speech, historical responsibility and democracy. At the mere mention of the word ''Emperor'' people had to stand instantly to attention like well-drilled soldiers. Today's visitors appear to treat the shrine in the same spirit as any other tourist spot: as a collective photo opportunity. How to stop bureaucrats from incorporating prewar moral education in the school curriculum has been the main concern of the left-leaning Teachers' Union, whose motto is ''We shall never send our children to the battlefields again.'' Though Okuzaki ultimately holds Emperor Hirohito accountable for all the suffering of the war, ("I hate irresponsible people...the most cowardly man in Japan, is the Emperor Hirohito"), he painstakingly tracks down former soldiers and officers, coaxing them into telling him about the deaths, often abusing them verbally and at times physically in the process (at one point, Okuzaki states that "violence is my forte"). It (Continued on Page 64) was depressing to find out that 40 years after the war Japanese democracy still exists on such a fragile base. And the Japanese imperial cult is clearly a matter of faith. The people he talks to give different accounts of what transpired almost 40 years earlier, some saying that those killed were executed for desertion after the war was already over, while others state that they were shot for cannibalizing New Guinea indigenous people. Conservatives were outraged. File:The-Emperor's-Naked-Army-Marches-On(DVDcover).jpg, Readers' Choice Award for Best Film (Kazuo Hara), Best Sound Recording (Toyohiko Kuribayashi), http://www.dartmouth.edu/~jruoff/Articles/HaraCover.html, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tFc0fiLzJg (YouTube). ANOTHER JAPANESE whose dedication to the truth got him in trouble is Hitoshi Motoshima, Mayor of Nagasaki. After that there is an epilogue with pictures of newspaper headlines where it is revealed that Okuzaki attempted to kill Koshimizu, whom he holds responsible for the deaths of the two soldiers.
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