Regarding the Nov. 21 front-page article “Ishihara rattles saber against China“: Poor Shintaro Ishihara (Tokyo’s former governor). It seems that the grumpy old man realizes he is in the twilight of his political career and has been working feverishly in past months to destroy Japanese-Chinese relations while he still can.

His attempt to ride the coattails of the much younger and more popular (yet no less circumspect) Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto into the Diet is pathetically transparent and an indication that he can’t make it with his reactionary ideas alone.

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