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June 10, 1988 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-06-10

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Japan

Continued from preceding page

Blowing a Millionaire's
Bugle" extol the image of
Jews as clever financial
manipulators.
These books, he suggests,
have led to a kind of
backhanded admiration for
"Jewish traits," based on
stereotypes that most Jews
would consider offensive.
Other books do not pretend
to be so admiring. "Basically,
these books draw upon the
"Protocols of the Elders of
Zion" to explain the current
Japanese economic situa-
tion," Schudrich wrote recent-
ly in an unpublished paper.
"They blame the rising value
of the Japanese yen on a
worldwide Jewish conspiracy
to control Japan. One 'proof'
is that multi-national com-
panies are a 'Jewish inven-
tion;' IBM, Exxon, Ford and
Chrysler are Jewish owned;
Rockefeller, George Shultz
and Stalin are 'Jewish.' Jews
are also responsible for the
Tanaka-Lockheed case, AIDS
and the pillage of the Incas in
the 15th century."
Books based on these out-
rageous themes — especially
those produced by Masami
Uno, the leading "Jewish Con-
spiracy" theorist in Japan —
have sold millions of copies in
the last few years. More im-
portantly, they have achieved
a legitimacy in mainstream
Japanese society that
spreads their message far
beyond small, xenophobic
political sects.
The Japanese, Schudrich
says, are increasingly worried
about their economic future
as competition between the
world's economic super-
powers heats up. This fear, as
well as the long Japanese
tradition of distrust of out-
siders, has made these
conspiracy-oriented books
particularly appealing to
broad segments of the
Japanese public.
"The Japanese," he said,
"have no reason to like or
dislike Jews. However, since
they know so little, when a
plausible anti-Semitic book
comes along, it's believable.
And it builds on older fears;
they're very vulnerable to im-
ages that suggest that Jews
are the embodiment of
everything they distrust in
the outside world."
Curiously, all this negative
imagery has not produced
overt expressions of anti-
Semitism. One reason for this
is obvious; aside from the
small community of Jewish
foreigners in the major cities,
there are almost no potential
victims in Japan.
Schudrich's congregants
generally meet only a special
class of Japanese, mainly
members of the international

business and diplomatic com-
munities, groups that are the
least likely to be influenced
by the gross images of
popular authors like Uno.
"We can't help but be aware
of the anti-Semitism, but it's
not something we're forced to
deal with on a daily basis," he
says. "We are exposed to a
very limited sliver of
Japanese life."
But this lack of contact, he
suggested, may also serve to
strengthen the hold of anti-
Semitism. "Without contact
with Jews, they have nothing
to go by," he said. "There's
nothing to balance these im-
ages and provide a more
realistic perspective on Jews
and Judaism."
This concern has given rise
to Schudrich's pet project, the
creation of a Jewish cultural
center in Japan. One reason
for his recent trip to the
United States was to arouse
interest among potential
financial donors. Ibkyo is an
extraordinarily expensive ci-
ty, and the creation of a
cultural center is far beyond
the means of Japan's tiny
Jewish community.
"Basically, what we have in
mind is a center that would
help the Japanese put these
images in perspective," he
said. "Japan is going to
become more and more im-
portant in the world; the fact
that we are allowing millions
of people to have the wrong
image of Jews is something
that just doesn't make sense
to me.
"It behooves the world
Jewish community to sit up
and take notice of the impor-
tance of Japan, particularly
since this problem would be
relatively easy to rectify now
Let's deal with it while it's
still just images, not ac-
tion." 0

"'"'""1 N EWS

Waldheim TV
'Trial' Blasted

New York (JTA) — The
Home Box Office program,
"Waldheim: A Commission
Of Inquiry," in which Aus-
trian President Kurt Wald-
heim would go on "trial", has
drawn strong reservations.
Experts questioned the pro-
priety of a cable television
special which probes Wald-
heim's guilt for wartime
crimes.
The program was to pre-
mier in several countries
worldwide last Sunday, an
unusual television "trial" of
a living person for alleged
wartime crimes not tried by
any other court.
According to HBO, 20 re-

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