|“Active in his field for more than two decades, Ishii has a broad network of fellow activists and intellectuals, giving him a unique insight into the current state of Asian politics.”
“Many scholars and critics specialize in Asia, but no other expert in Japan seems to be as deeply involved in the field as you.”
– Interview on Hidetoshi Ishii by Japan Forward, Aug 23, 2017.
Hidetoshi Ishii (born in 1976) is a strategist from Fukuoka city, Japan.
He is an expert on ethnic minority issues of Asia, and he has a broad network in the world.
Ishii supports the independence of Tibet, Uyghur, Southern Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and other ethnic minorities/citizens that are suffering under oppression.
Some call him a international human rights activist.
His best known mottos are “Freedom and independence for Asia” and “Japan should be the fortress of freedom in Asia.”
He started to be engaged in political activities during his studies in Kyushu University which he later graduated from.
After working in an economic organization, Ishii got officially approved as the candidate of the Party for Japanese Kokoro for House of Councilors election held in 2016.
In 2017, he ran for House of Representatives election as an official candidate of the Party of Hope.
In 2011, Ishii established the NPO “Yume Dai Asia (Dream – Greater Asia).” He’s been the president of the NPO ever since.
Starting in 2014, his NPO also caught everyone’s attention for publishing the magazine (Vol. 1-3), “Yume Dai Asia (Dream – Greater Asia),” which specializes on Asian matters.
What makes his career outstanding is that he became the vice president of FIPA (Free Indo-Pacific Alliance) in 2018. FIPA is an international organization against Chinese expansionism and human rights oppression which consists of Tibet, Uyghur, Southern Mongolia, Taiwan, India, Vietnam and Japan. He is cooperating with the Uyghur leader, Rebiya Kadeer, who became the president of FIPA. FIPA is attracting attention internationally.
In June, 2019, Ishii planned and organized the protest action, named J20, aimed against Xi Jinping, for which he served as the Secretary General of the Executive Committee he formed. This was held at the timing of Xi participating in Osaka G20. J20’s press conference, gathering and huge protest march caught the attention from the media both in and outside of the country.
J20’s actions in Osaka became the direct cause of Ishii being listed on the blacklist, “Hong Kong Leaks” which consists of 3,000 people which, according to AFP, was made by the involvement of the Chinese government. Ishii is the only Japanese on the list. Pro-China newspapers in Hong Kong have criticized him as “an activist maneuvering the independence of Tibet, Uyghur, Southern Mongolia, Hong Kong and Taiwan” which the Chinese authorities are most alert on.
He is currently writing for well-known political magazines and internet media. He also visits various places, making public speeches of his specialties.