I am sending you the letter of Professor Ernst von Weizsaecker addressed to the Japanese Ambassador to Germany,Mr. Takeshi Yagi.
Professor von Weizsaecker expresses his deepest indignation about the use of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” as teaching material in schools.
He points out that the implementation of Hitler’s intentions has led Europe and a big part of the world into the most horrendous catastrophe of the 20th century. He is afraid that the Japanese constitution based on peace between nations would be violated by the new step and ask Ambassador Tagi to do his best to reverse it.
I am convinced that Professor Weizsaecker’s message will be fully understood and supported globally.
It will certainly have an impact on the future of Japan.
Former Ambassador to Switzerland
From: Ernst von Weizsaecker
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:55 PM
Subject: AW: Alarming situation in Japan
Dear Ambassador Murata,
Here is my letter to the Japanese Ambassador to Germany. He speaks German well, – so I wrote it in German.
Von: Ernst von Weizsaecker [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. April 2017 11:10
Betreff: AW: Alarming situation in Japan
Thanks very much for informing me. I’ll write a letter of protest to the Japanese Embassy against the use of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”.
Ernst von Weizsäcker
Von: mitsu [mailto:email@example.com]
Gesendet: Freitag, 21. April 2017 09:35
Betreff: Alarming situation in Japan
Conscientious Japanese do not forget the goal described in the Constitution “We desire to occupy an honored place in an international society striving for the preservation of peace.” They are required to stay particularly vigilant to any departure from it,under present circumstances.
The Japanese Government has decided to tolerate the use of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) as teaching material in schools. It is known that this book advocates fascism, racism and extremism.
Earlier, the Government announced its intention to allow equally the use of the Imperial Rescript on Education of 1890.
It has stunned the majority of the Japanese and, to a greater degree, the international community, because it reveals undeniably the move of returning to the prewar militarism.
On April 18, Chinese Foreign Ministry official’s reaction was reported as expected. It is to the effect that fascism and militarism “must be held thoroughly accountable and eradicated” and that Japan must educate its young people with “the right view of history”.
Something seems to be wrong in Japan.
The credibility of the party in power is seriously being damaged by successive scandals in addition to the Moritomo school problem and newly surfacing Kakei school affair, concerning the transfer of national land and the supply of huge grant-in-aid.
Mr.Toshinao Nakagawa has tendered his resignation as Parliamentary vice minister of Economy, Trade and Industry for having had an extramarital affair. We are reminded of recent verbal gaffs by a number of ministers and the presence in the Cabinet of certain incompetent ministers.
A few days ago, a commentator of the Television Asahi expressed his astonishment about the unprecedented resolution of the commission to enable the presence of a director-general of the Ministry of Justice in order to assist the Minister of Justice.Opposition parties are severely criticizing the autocratic
manegement of the parliamentary deliberations.
It is noteworthy that Chaiman Natsuo Yamaguchi of Komeito, the coalition partner of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party could not refrain from stating
in his recent public speech made a few days ago that the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is “strikingly lacking in a sense of alertness.”
To complicate the situation,the President of the organizing Committee,Yoshiro Mori,has written a book commented in the attached Japanese article.
It seems to be a fierse attack against Governor Koike. President Mori is” fighting against two fears,one is cancer and the other is the blade of Governor Koike”.This will invite a discussion on the “under control”assertion. I have sent to Governor Koike the attached message to reiterate my conviction that the retreat from the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 would mark the beginning of a new age awaited by the majority of the Japanese.
Please allow mw to count on your undersanding and support.
Former Ambassador to Switzerland