posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 12:33 AM
reply to post by martianmallow
He might truly not know. I am partly Japanese and I spent some time there in my youth. They get the sheeple treatment in their education and media,
too. I think it's worse than anything we have here because their pop culture is really the center of their attention. I don't even know how to
explain it. It's like we make fun of us here in the west for dropping everything to pay attention to Pop Idol or American Idol or X Factor. Well
when I was over there, the thrall to the tv just seemed more intense. They work so hard, six days a week, and my cousins were in regular school also
six days a week, then on their time off also had to go to soroban (abacus) school. So to decompress they'd be really intense with some of the
goofiest tv I've ever seen. Lots of game shows, music contests...it was just overload and the tvs were so ...everywhere. I just remember we were
all packed in like sardines in these houses that were so squished together that when your own tv was off, you could hear the neighbor's tv. I would
take off on long walks to try and find a break from it all, despite being young and of an age I usually had a Walkman blaring in my ear anyway. Oh
and manga (comics) how could I forget that? Everybody at all ages except elders like my great aunt were fanatic about manga. My cousin always had her
nose buried in manga so we hardly hung out.
I remember everything being so happy happy cutesy in their media, with most of the really bad news being crime reports about America!
More recently when reading about Japanese atrocities against sea animals, I read how they feed fish that is high in mercury to their own children.
Even the officials will do this and eat it themselves and swear up and down it's safe and nothing to worry about. I do think there are some aspects
of their traditions that are so tied up in their cultural identity that they lie to their own people and actually just deny to themselves all the
wrong involved so they can continue it. Yes, it is arrogant, short sighted, and stubborn, but these are traits we have already seen in the TEPCO
disaster. I have asked my mom about it, but she is mixed heritage herself and was not raised completely in the Japanese culture, so she is at a loss
to understand and explain it fully, too. I think even Japanese who are more city oriented and not from one of the fishing communities might not
understand it either.