Letter to Don Quixote Co., Ltd.

December 6, 2010

Mr. Takao Yasuda
Chairman of the Board
Don Quixote Co., Ltd.
2-19-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku

Mr. Junji Narusawa
President and COO
Don Quixote Co., Ltd.
2-19-10 Aobadai, Meguro-ku


The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization with 400,000 constituent families. We are committed to teach younger generations about the bitter legacy of the World War II Nazi Holocaust and other crimes from that era.

One of our members in Japan was shocked to see Nazi uniforms replete with swastikas being sold by your chain.

Nazi Germany carried out a genocidal campaign against the Jewish people during World War II. Six million innocent Jews and millions of other innocents were murdered by the Nazis, including 1.5 million children. In December 2010 Nazism is not dead and the swastika is still deployed as a symbol of hatred against all “non-Aryans” including Asians.

I note also your corporate guidelines which states in part, “Besides following the law as a member of the corporate citizen, we believe taking social responsibility is true compliance… We do not accept any unreasonable requests from antisocial sources.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges Don Quixote to immediately remove the Nazi uniforms and similar items and to desist from selling such items in the future.

I look forward to your immediate reply.


Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean

Cc: Consul General Junichi Ihara