The most famous person who will leave us in early 2022 is Shintaro Ishihara, the former governor of Tokyo and the master of Japanese right-wing theory. Shintaro Ishihara is regarded as a representative figure of right-wing advocates because he strongly advocates the Diaoyutai Islands as Japanese territory, and has repeatedly spoken out against the relationship between the Nanjing Massacre. Because of his close relationship with former President Lee Teng-hui in the past, Ishihara was even described by Taiwanese media as a well-known "anti-China" and "Taiwan-friendly" figure in Japan. Shintaro Ishihara's nationalist beliefs are indeed obvious to all, but can we assume that he must be close to Taiwan just because he is friendly with President Lee Teng-hui? Is it because he denied the history of the Nanjing Massacre that he must be against China? The Taiwanese media has long been caught in a "dichotomous" mentality.
It seems that if you don't like China, you must like Taiwan, and if you support Taiwan, you can't treat China kindly. It is actually quite dangerous to look at complex international issues with such an attitude. It is true that Ishihara Shintaro has a very friendly relationship with former President Lee Teng-hui, but what may disappoint the Taiwanese faction is that his relationship with Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo in the past was actually more cordial. Ishihara Shintaro, who visited Taipei as a senator in 1970, was not only received by President Chiang Kai-shek, he also wedding photo retouching services never questioned the reality of the Republic of China governing Taiwan. Even if he spoke half a word for the Taiwanese people living under the "foreign regime", Ishihara Shintaro couldn't do it. How can he be called "Youtai"? Perhaps Ishihara Shintaro made a statement that Taiwan should be independent from the People's Republic of China, but this also cannot be interpreted as Ishihara's support for Taiwan's de jure independence. After all, the Republic of China is also independent from the governance of the People's Republic of China.
Not allowing Taiwan to be taken over by the People's Republic of China is the "greatest common divisor" of successive presidents of the Republic of China from Chiang Kai-shek to Tsai Ing-wen, so such a claim cannot be interpreted as Ishihara's support for Taiwan independence. Therefore, from the perspective of the Taiwan faction, it is difficult to regard Ishihara Shintaro, who came to Taiwan to meet Chiang Kai-shek in 1970, and came to Taiwan to pay tribute to Chiang Kai-shek in 1975 as the director of the Qinglan Association as a "friendly Taiwan" political figure. So is Shintaro Ishihara really "anti-China"? Perhaps for a long time, Shintaro Ishihara tried to convince us that he was "anti-China", but all these illusions were actually broken after he published the book "Genius: Tanaka Kakuei" in 2016.