European Fascists Attend Conference in Japan
….this August, the BNP and its friends in the Alliance of European National Movements (AENM), the “europarty” coalition of many of Europe’s far-right parties, is to hold a week-long conference in the Japanese capital to discuss “The Future of Nationalist Movements” in partnership with Issuikai, or “Wednesday Society” in Japanese.
The vice-president of France’s Front National (FN), MEP Bruno Gollnisch, said of the conference on his website: “This meeting between Japanese and European patriotic movements is a world first.”
Mr Kimura has long wanted to build an international alliance of far-right parties.
France’s FN and Hungary’s Jobbik, which won 17 percent in the country’s recent general election and maintains a paramilitary wing (itself partly inspired by the fascist-Hungary-era Arrow Cross), Belgium’s Flemish separatist Vlaams Belang, Italy’s Fiamma Tricolore, Ataka from Bulgaria, Portugal’s Partido Nacional Renovador and Svoboda, a Ukrainian group, will also take part in the meeting, to take place between 11 and 18 August.
According to the FN, the conference is to focus on the future of the far right, as well as “lessons that Japan could learn from the experience and achievements of European movements, some of which have made inroads in recent polls, and ways to maintain ties worldwide.”
Here’s a little more background on the group hosting the conference: Anti-American in name of ‘respect’
Mitsuhiro Kimura, leader of the “new right” organization Issuikai, visited Iraq frequently before the U.S. invasion in 2003, meeting six times with Uday Hussein, the notoriously brutal son of Saddam Hussein who was killed soon after the outbreak of war.
Kimura also received a wristwatch as a personal present from the Iraqi dictator himself.
Why the affinity?
As Kimura, a graduate of Japan’s prestigious Keio University in Tokyo, said in a recent interview, he saw Hussein as cultivating a pan-Arab nationalism to protect Arab culture from meddlesome Western influence — while “correctly” demanding that “Israel leave Palestine.