Profile of Shintaro Ishihara
A flamboyant Tokyo Governor and a not-yet official but possible future candidate for nationalist Prime Minister.
Highlights from “Tokyo Story: Shintaro Ishihara’s flamboyant nationalism appeals to many Japanese voters who are looking for a change in government” By John Nathan, (The New Yorker, April 9, 2001)

Shintaro Ishihara, a flamboyant Tokyo Governor, appeals to many Japanese voters, despite his frequent controversy over his xenophobic nationalism. Could this populist be a Japanese Prime Minister quite soon? John Nathan, a biographer of Yukio Mishima, interviewed with Ishihara and wrote a profile of this “national hero" for the April 9 issue of the New Yorker magazine. These are some highlights from the Nathan article.