Hayao Miyazaki criticized Japanese Prime Minister Taro Asō during a Thursday news conference for overemphasizing his manga reading.
When asked about the conservative minister’s manga habit, Miyazaki said, “It’s an embarrassment. That’s something that should be done in private.” Miyazaki also downplayed the use of Japanese entertainment to promote the country — as Asō has been advocating — and to raise Japan’s youth. The director warned of nationalism by noting, “We learned from the last war that the town we love or the country we love can always turn into something bad to the world. I believe we must not forget what we learned.”