Nippon Kaigi

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                          On the one end of the politics taking place at the Pyeongchang Winter
Olympics are the North Korean, and on the other to an extant are the Japanese Nationalists. It 
seems that there is no way to get away from politics and how they are playing out behind the
scenes. We can already see the political games the North Koreans are playing. The Japanese
Nationalists are a bit more shadowy. Nevertheless, the Japanese Nationalists are there. The one
organization best known is the Nippon Kaigi. The Nippon Kaigi has a lot of influence in Japan
today. Fifteen of current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet are members of the Nippon
Kaigi, and Abe’s brother Nobuo Kishi is a member of the Nippon Kaigi. What makes Nippon
Kaigi dangerous is their denial of Japan’s atrocities during World War II, their mistreatment of
Korea, and their denial of the Nanking massacre. To this end the Nippon Kaigi puts out books
glorifying Japan before and during World War II, revering the Japanese imperial family, and also
promoting a complete revision of Japan’s current constitution so that Japan can have a large
military force as it did before and during World War II. Additionally, Nippon Kaigi is creating
private schools so that they can train children and young people to whitewash Japanese history
and change the direction of the country. Whether they will succeed or not remains to be seen.
There can be no doubt that the Japanese far right is not only far from dead, but is trying to
create a new generation of followers who will see Japan being “denied the glory it should
have” and becoming a possible threat to its neighbors. It remains to be seen how they will
change modern Japan’s skepticism of its imperial past.