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JAPAN LEARNS THE MANTRA - 'NEVER ENOUGH!'
November 7, 2002
WIESENTHAL CENTER URGES JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER
TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST SENIOR OFFICIAL WHO UTTERED
The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi to take significant action against Vice Minister of Health,
Labor, and Welfare, Yoshio Kimura, who referred to "money-grubbing
ghoulish Jews" while discussing important social and economic issues
earlier this week.
In his letter to the Japanese Prime Minister, Rabbi Abraham Cooper,
the Wiesenthal Center's associate dean stated that, "this official (Mr.
Kimura) has succeeded in insulting and endangering Jews the world
"Even more devastating," Cooper continued, "is that the vice minister's
false arguments and horrific imagery parallels the very hate that motivates
terrorists and suicide bombers who murder Jews and attacked Jewish
institutions on three continents. Unless appropriate action is taken these
terrorists and bomb makers will believe they have found new friends and
allies in Japan," he added.
The Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human
rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United
States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United
Nations, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe. Over the years, the
Wiesenthal Center has presented a variety of exhibitions in Japan related
to the Nazi Holocaust and human rights.