Members of the…group did not attempt to land on the uninhabited islands…but had said they wanted to send a message to China.“We want to show these islands are under Japanese control,” Satoru Mizushima, the right-wing film maker who leads Ganbare Nippon, told activists before departure late on Saturday from a port in Okinawa.
Ganbare Nippon members visited the Yasukuni shrine en masse last week and have publicly shown their support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Mizushima is a well-known right-wing nationalist. He directed a documentary called “The Truth about Nanjing” in 2007, which alleged that the Nanjing massacre was a set-up organized by Chinese officials and portrayed the Japanese war criminals who orchestrated the slaughter as martyrs and scapegoats. The nationalist governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, helped make the film.[Members of a nationalist group march on the street at Korean Town in Tokyo during a demonstration denouncing South Korean people living in Japan on June 16, 2013. Photo courtesy of Getty Images]