posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 06:35 PM
I personally feel that to make the Japan Forum into the Nuclear Forum would be inappropriate, since there is more to Japan than its periodic exposure
to large amounts of radiation.
First, as we all know, Japan is on an active fault line and affected by quakes on a fairly regular basis. This makes it interesting from the point of
veiw of geological studies, and in terms of the technological development of Japans anti quake building techniques (dont laugh. If you know anything
worth knowing about these things you will know that the most advanced systems ever developed to counter shaking are designed and used in Japan).
Second of all, Japan is the most technologically developed nation on Earth right now. The psychology and ideaology of Japanese people make them
perfectly adapted to the idea of animatronic and even AI robotics, something which, if not exactly ready to go now, is in the pipes. Thier ability to
give objects personality as a cultural convention, allows them to accept the idea of interacting with robotic intelligences as a concept, far easier
than your average westerner. This means that this is the nation to watch when one is concerned with the evolution of self aware, self ambulating,
Thier animation studios make some of the most highly acclaimed animations on the face of the planet, including Ghost In The Shell, and the works of
Studio Ghibli, as well as many other uncountable classics over the years. These are informed by the aforementioned affinity with the potential of
technology, and also by a rich cultural heritage, ages old. These make Japan a focus for animated art, for all true fans of the genre.
That culture is one as rich in blood and romance as any on the planet, and depicted in film, wood block paintings, and in verse, in some of the most
achingly beautiful detail that one could hope to see. This culture is steeped in some of the most intricate and subtle codes of honour and etiquette
known to diplomacy. From the Emperors of old, to the way business is conducted now, that cultural echo of old times is still with the nation today,
and is unique and wonderful, as it is confusing and obsfucatory. For those interested in sociology, there is an awful lot to chew on here.
Furthermore, Japans feudal system heirarchy was enforced by some of the greatest sword techniques, in both weilding and forging, that have EVER been
devised. The Samurai and the steel they carried are some of the most legendary in history, and the Ninja and thier ways, some of the most shadowy and
mysterious. These enigmatic forces both operated in Japan, as different as they are similar, and all concentrated onto a fairly small nation, by
landmass at least. There are so many legends about the nation and the way its history unfolded, that one could study for a lifetime, and learn only
the history of a very small region of the country, so historically speaking the nation is a trove of treasures.
And the fun doesnt stop there, because Japans history also contains a criminal element (as does near enough every great nations history) and thiers
is a doozy. The Yakuza are a crime syndicate, who are so secretive and organised, that it is hard to say when they began thier existence. They are
however secretive, a very storied group of people. They have some of the strictest codes of "honour" of any crime syndicate that we know of today.
Even the Italian mafia dont quite compare in some respects, so for criminologists, and those interested in the darker nature of the heart, Japan
offers even these some intellectual nourishment.
With everything from ghost stories to chill the heart, to techno thrillers to excite the mind, martial arts to stretch the body, and origami to calm
it, Japan has an awful lot going for it, in terms of its depth and breadth of interest for the outsider. For these reasons, and probably several
hundred I have forgotten to add, I feel it would be somewhat ridiculous to change the Japan Forum into the Nuclear forum. Japan has more going on,
than the number of rads on its counter.