Japanese right-wing extremist sells stakes claiming Dokdo
A Japanese right-wing extremist is selling stakes on the Internet similar to the one he tied to a memorial statue of a comfort woman in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul on June 18.
Nobuyuki Suzuki, 47, said on his blog that he is selling stakes with the slogan “Takeshima (Dokdo in Korean) belongs to Japan” for 3,000 yen each and 2,500 yen each when customers buy two or more. He is operating a podcast.
“I decided to sell these stakes to raise public awareness that Takeshima is inherently Japanese territory,” Suzuki posted on his blog, along with his contact information.
He referred to the incident where a truck driver, 61, crashed into the Japanese embassy building in revenge for the stake as a “manifestation of the shameful behavior of the Korean government to the world.” He boasted, “This is what I intended.”
“I brought four stakes into Korea,” he said in an interview. “If I can’t do it, someone else may place them in other locations.”
Suzuki is the leader of a right-wing party called Ishin Selto Shimpu, a minority extremist party, opposing Japan's post-war system and claiming that Japan fought World War II in order to liberate East Asia.
A group of 10 Korean women who felt insulted by the defamation of the statue filed a lawsuit against Suzuki. He was banned from entering Korea by the Ministry of Justice on July 10.