- By Isaac Stone FishIsaac Stone Fish is Asia editor at Foreign Policy, where he edits, reports, and writes stories from across the region. Previously a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Isaac wrote stories on such subjects as the Dalai Lama’s effect on international trade, China’s love affair with rogue states, and crystal meth in North Korea, a country he has visited twice. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Isaac spent seven years living in China prior to joining FP; he has traveled widely in the region and in China. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Economist, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Al-Jazeera, and PRI, among others.
On Sunday, Japan went to the polls and elected the right-wing Abe Shinzo as prime minister. Japan also bestowed a surprisingly large number of seats to the party of far-right contender Ishihara Shintaro, who thinks that French doesn’t deserve to be an international language and who told a Playboy Magazine interviewer in 1990 that the extensively documented Rape of Naking was "made up" by the Chinese. On Friday, I spoke with Yuki Tatsumi, a security expert at the DC-based think tank The Stimson Center: Yuki described Ishihara as a cross between Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, and discussed the implications of the election for Japan’s relationship with China and the United States. Video below: