May 19 at 12:15pm
Americans and westerners in general will find this film highly offensive. I specifically and personally cautioned Yoshiko Sakurai not to promote this film.
Ms. Sakurai promoted it anyway and lost much respect. People are afraid to speak up to Ms. Sakurai because she is extremely connected and powerful. Whatever she says goes.
The buck stops here.
Ms. Sakurai did not watch the film before promoting it. She told me this personally after a meeting at LDP HQ in Tokyo. I invited her to coffee near LDP and our team cautioned her about this film, saying she should under no circumstances promote this.
I warned the filmmaker Yujiro Taniyama many times about his film. He gave me three copies one evening at Yoshiko Sakurai's home just before she put him on her Genron TV to promote it. Our team later watched the film and were appalled. And appalled that Ms. Sakurai would promote this film, which is causing damage to Japan.
I and others tried to school Taniyama and told him not to show this at CWU (Central Washington University) without serious editing. He did it anyway, but at least with some editing.
Taniyama visited me twice in Thailand and I cautioned him in Thailand about American culture and that his film is overboard. I no longer support Taniyama or Sakurai due to their pushing Taniyama's film in the United States.
Sakurai lost respect after endorsing this film without watching it, and by not taking our advice not to endorse it. Sakurai's endorsement is no longer worth paper.
Sakurai's endorsement is having a ripple effect. Taniyama was invited to speak at CWU due to Sakurai's endorsement. I know this because I communicate with the person who invited him. This raised Taniyama's profile in the United States.
Last week al Jazeera contacted me asking for help getting Japanese academics on board for a show. I tried with people like Professors Fujioka and Hata, who could have done a great job. They bucked. Jazeera did not accept Dr. Mera who also could have done well. Instead, Jazeera chose Taniyama. I immediately warned Jazeera not to have Taniyama as the spokesman.
I passed Jazeera's invitation directly to Sakurai and did not get a response. I can no longer take her seriously other than that she is connected and powerful. Her judgement is terrible. Long time readers on my page know that when I take on someone very powerful like Sakurai, it is always for cause, and turns out in the end to be for good cause.
Jazeera used Taniyama -- thanks ultimately to Sakurai raising his profile. Koreans and PRC Chinese must love this. There is no better spokesman for the anti-Japanese cause. Just let Taniyama talk and know that victory is assured. I warned him privately many times. Sakurai has wax in her ears and again did not even watch the film before heavily promoting it. She told me this face to face.
Sakurai should publicly admit her mistake and walk away from this film before it damages her and Japan any more.
This comment just in from our Japanese blog: