Washington Post publishes Yukihisa Fujita's Letter to the Editor
What do you know.
The Washington Post actually published it.
And thankfully, he does not disavow 9/11 truth in this letter, just the ad hominem nature of the hit piece against him.
I would like to correct the erroneous stance taken by your The Post's March 8 editorial "Poisonous thinking in Japan."
First of all, I am not the head of the foreign affairs committee in the House of Councillors, as the editorial suggests, but one of the six directors (not the head) of the ad hoc Research Committee on International Affairs and Global Warming Issues. Nor am I responsible for policymaking in my capacity as director-general of the International Department of the Democratic Party of Japan, as The Post implied.
Furthermore, I agreed to talk to The Post's writer in my personal capacity, regarding the agreed-upon topic of Japan's response to immigration, and he agreed that the opinions I expressed were my own and not party or government policy. I find it disturbing that the writer chose to use our informal chat after the interview in such an inflammatory way.
Above all, I strongly protest The Post's statement that my views exhibit a "profound distrust" of the United States and "reflect a strain of anti-American thought" in my party and the Japanese government. I have many American friends and have spent many decades endeavoring to serve as a bridge between the two countries..
I believe I am owed an apology for this attempt to damage my credibility by painting me with "poisonous thinking," "conspiratorial views," "intellectually bogus," "lunatic fringe" and "reckless and fact-averse," despite the fact that I had never stated "conspiracy" as such.
Yukihisa Fujita, Tokyo
The writer is a member of Japan's House of Councillors.