Japanese Culture Channel Sakura

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Japanese Culture Channel Sakura (日本文化チャンネル桜?, Nihon Bunka Channeru Sakura) is a Japanese television channel and video-sharing website. It is known for its support for uyoku dantai and Japanese right-wing, nationalist causes.[1] It is also called Channel Sakura. It was founded in 2004 and the main spokesperson is Satoru Mizushima.[2]

The channel broadcasts Japanese history, culture, politics, economics, etc. from a right-wing point of view and has hosted Prime Minister Abe, many ministers, members of the Liberal Democratic Party as well as the Democratic Party of Japan, local government delegates, well-known intellectuals and people in various fields. Discussion topics often include positive portrayal of Japanese imperialism, war crime denial, anti-Korean and anti-Chinese sentiments as well as attempting to present a "pure" Japanese cultural image. In addition, the channel is associated with nationalist and right-wing Japanese political groups,[3] such as the Japan Conference, Ganbare Nippon and the Sunrise Party of Japan ("Tachiagare Nippon"). Channel Sakura also participates in mass political rallies, which have garnered as many as several thousand participants, carrying Japanese Hinomaru flags. For example, these groups demonstrated against China during the 2011 Diaoyutai/Senkaku dispute, against Fuji TV's showing of Korean dramas and other content (during which time they called Fuji TV the "traitor network"[4]), and against Naoto Kan's administration in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake as well as the handling of the 2011 Senkaku Dispute.

On YouTube, Channel Sakura maintains an active account, "SakuraSOTV" that has had over 100,000 subscribers and 116,115,570 million views as of August 2013.

Criticism[edit]

Channel Sakura was criticized for showing a film that portrays the Nanking Massacre as a hoax.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Penney, Matthew. ""Racists Go Home!", "Go Crawl Back to the Net!" – Anti-Racism Protestors Confront the Zaitokukai". Japan Focus. Retrieved 19 October 2013. 
  2. ^ McNeill, David (December 6, 2007). "Look Back in Anger. Filming the Nanjing Massacre". Japan Focus. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Johnston, Eric (March 14, 2006). "Net boards venue for faceless rightists". Japan Times. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Schilling, Mark (2011-08-22). "Japanese rally against Fuji TV : Korean programming riles locals". Variety. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Japanese filmmaker to deny Nanjing massacre". Taipei Times. 2007-01-26. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 

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