Regarding the Oct. 31 Kyodo article “University may cave into sex slave threats“: One reads with incredulity the reports that the president of Hokusei Gakuen University in Hokkaido is considering not renewing a contract by a professor who wrote articles concerning forced prostitution in World War II. In any legally civilized country, it would be the individual who threatened to plant a bomb in the school who would be treated as a terrorist, and that is where the onus of this crime would lie. Instead, in Japan we have a university caving in to these threats and the fact that the caller represents views of Abe’s government only makes this situation even more disturbing.

Right-wing nationalism and extremism are growing worldwide, and the actions by this individual in Hokkaido clearly shows that Japan has its own form of domestic terrorism without even calling into question the actions of such groups as Zaitokukai, nor a Japanese Cabinet member’s support of that fascist organization.

The individual in Hokkaido who made these threats should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and made an example of. Or Will the Japanese be bullied into submission again by right-wing nationalists as they were during WWII ?

name withheld by request

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