79: What does QAnon mean for Japan?
On Jan. 6, the U.S. Capitol came under siege from a mob of Trump supporters, incited by the former president. The attack was condemned around the world and shone a spotlight onto the dangerous misinformation and conspiracies that fueled the riots.
One that has come under particular scrutiny is QAnon, a conspiracy that dates to 2017 and that has picked up a significant following in the U.S. But, says Bloomberg’s Max Zimmerman, the U.S. is not the only country to have supporters of the QAnon conspiracy, and a fringe group of followers has also developed here in Japan.
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QAnon’s Rise in Japan Shows Conspiracy Theory’s Global Spread (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-29/qanon-s-rise-in-japan-shows-conspiracy-theory-s-global-spread) (Max Zimmerman, Bloomberg)
What drives ‘J-Anon,’ QAnon's Japanese counterpart? (https://globalvoices.org/2021/01/13/what-drives-j-anon-qanons-japanese-counterpart/) (Nevin Thompson, Global Voices)
Pro-Trump rallies in Tokyo (https://twitter.com/mrjeffu/status/1346744290144206848) (Jeffrey J. Hall via Twitter)
Trump supporters rally in Tokyo against Biden's inauguration (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2021/01/21/national/politics-diplomacy/trump-believers-tokyo/) (Reuters via The Japan Times)
QAnon's 'Great Awakening' failed to materialize. What's next could be worse (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/20/qanon-biden-inauguration-trump-antisemitism-white-nationalism) (Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian)
On this episode:
Max Zimmerman: Twitter (https://twitter.com/max__zim) | Articles (https://www.bloomberg.com/authors/AUH8UU4ziQc/max-zimmerman)
Oscar Boyd: Twitter (https://twitter.com/omhboyd) | Articles (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/author/oscar-boyd/) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/oscar.boyd/)
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Photo: Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump hold a rally in Tokyo ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington. | REUTERS