Anders Behring Breivik, the gunman who murdered scores of people in Norway in two separate deadly attacks, looked to Japan as a “model country.”
In a massive and rambling 1500-page document he issued to friends and others prior to the massacres, Breivik pointed to Japan as the type of country he admired because of its strict immigration policies and devotion to a mono-cultural society.
According to reports, less than 2 percent of Japan’s population is composed of foreigners, principally Chinese and Koreans. However, with Japan’s aging demographics, some lawmakers are concerned about the country’s future and may seek to loosen immigration restrictions.
Still, many Japanese are apparently wary of allowing too many immigrants into their country, associating newcomers with crime and the potential destruction of their cohesive society.
Breivik specifically indicated his fondness for former Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, a right-wing conservative who reportedly boasted that Japan was strong because it had "one nation, one civilization, one language, one culture and one race.”
The Norwegian mass murderer made similar admiring comments about South Korea.
"You may not have heard and Japan and South Korea?,” Breivik wrote in his bizarre manifesto.
“These are successful and modern regimes even if they rejected multiculturalism in the 70's. Are Japanese and South Koreans goblins?"
He further commended these East Asian powers for refusing to accept large numbers of immigrants.
"The UN has for years been trying to push them to receive hundreds of thousands of refugees but the number has ended in a tiny fraction of the original claim," Breivik wrote.
"Multiculturalists will be very embarrassed if you mention Japan and South Korea as these nations proves quite obvious [sic] that mass immigration is only a result of specific Marxist doctrines and very rarely economically or culturally privileged. Japan/South Korea has a border and border guards. If one lacks the visa one is denied passage ... (Europe had known this scheme prior to 1950-1960).
Breivik added: "The interesting question is, why are not Japanese and South Koreans demonized as Nazis and fascists?"