On April 1, the Ukrainian government posted a video to Twitter about the “ideology of contemporary ruscism,” which it described as “a mixture of all Russian imperial ideologies.”
The video aimed to counter Moscow’s claims that its war aims to “de-nazify Ukraine.” The implication is that Russia itself has become a totalitarian state.
The video states: “Fascism and Nazism were defeated in 1945.” And it shows photos of Nazi Germany’s leader Adolf Hitler, Italy’s fascist leader Benito Mussolini, and imperial Japan’s wartime leader Hirohito (Emperor Showa after his death).
The Japanese government objected, as did Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan.
On April 24, Masahisa Sato, director of the foreign affairs division of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said on Twitter that he had asked Japan’s Foreign Ministry to take “immediate action” over the video.
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