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KOBAYASHI Yoshinori

小林よしのり

This is an official website of well-known comedy-manga artist Kobayashi Yoshinori. His series of political comics, “Gōmanism Sengen (ゴーマニズム宣言)”, first appeared in 1992. At the beginning of the series, his “anti-hegemonic” attitude appealed to some liberal audiences. However, he became an iconic figure as a “revisionist” of Japan’s modern history who criticized Japanese postwar academia for forcing a “self-torture historical view” on the Japanese people. For this, liberal fans left him, but he gained popularity amongst radical nationalists, who had raised their voices in the online space. As for constitutional discussion, as of March 2019, he supports a lawmaker of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (立憲民主党), Yamao Shirori, who calls for constitutional revision from a “liberal” perspective. Yamao aims to confine the sphere of Japan’s self-defense right to its individual self-defense, excluding its collective self-defense; this highlights differences between him and online radical nationalists. Kobayashi insists that Yamao’s direction would bring Japan independence from the US and match his “conservative” claims. Kobayashi’s publication information and blog articles are available on this website.
 

SAKURAI Yoshiko

櫻井よしこ

This is the official website of one of the most influential pro-constitutional revision journalists and activists, Sakurai Yoshiko. Beginning her career as a journalist in 1971, she started working as an advocate of constitutional revision around 2007. In 2014, she founded a group to promote constitutional revision nationally, Utsukushii Nippon no Kenpō o Tsukuru Kokumin no Kai (美しい日本の憲法をつくる国民の会). She is also known for reviewing historical descriptions for Japan’s controversial war-time crimes; she has argued that neither the Japanese government nor the Japanese military forcibly drugged women or systematically organized brothels. Her publication information and columns are available on this website.