Counter Culture,” by Gaijinbiker, Riding Sun, 14 July 2005, (from apostropher).

Tokyo Mayor Shintaro Ishihara is the greatest man alive.

He’s not just the man who responds to North Korean aggression by daring them to attack. Now he insults the French.

A group of teachers and translators in Japan on Wednesday sued Tokyo’s outspoken nationalist governor for allegedly calling French a “failed international language,” a news report said.

Twenty-one people filed the lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court, demanding that Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara pay a total of 10.5 million yen (US$94,600) compensation for insulting the French language in remarks last October, national broadcaster NHK said. In their suit, the plaintiffs accused Ishihara of saying: “French is a failed international language because it cannot be used to count numbers.”

Shintaro Ishihara rocks. I’ve long criticized froglandish myself.


  1. I chuckled as I read your post. For a host of reasons.

    First, I speak Ishihara's language as my second language.

    Second, I speak the language he dissed as my third language.

    Third, I love both languages.

    Fourth, I just got back a week ago from a summer in France studying froglandish and am happy to say I've made significant progress. In fact, I had dreamed in French by the end of my summer there and, according to friends, had even spoken rather clearly in French in my sleep. I'm happy.

    No hard feelings, of course. Not everyone loves French or the French. Just for my own interest, I would like to find an article with more details from Ishihara's speech. What does he mean, I wonder, by the inability of French to “count numbers”?

    Ishihara, by the way, does rock. Just for being a controversial character in everything he says. You gotta love politicians like that.

  2. I dissent. Ishihara is a bigoted knuckle-dragger who apparently thinks the Rape of Nanking never happened and the colonization of Korea was what the Koreans wanted.


  3. Yeah, thats right let have more ultra nationalist running around. a world war fighting fascism were not enough let fight another one. hey let start it in asia this time, now thats an idea

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