To: Flavius; maikeru; Dr. Marten; Eric in the Ozarks; Al Gator; snowsislander; sushiman; ...
What I am concerned about is the very strong anti-Chinese, anti-Korean and sometimes anti-American nationalism that is prevailing in Japan.
Prevailing?? Since when?
Mr Abes advisers say the would-be prime minister is merely trying to draw a line under six decades of self-flagellation under which, they say, schools have taught successive generations that Japan was uniquely wicked in the war.
Ending the "self-flagellation" would be a good thing for Japan, if there ever was any to begin with. And since when have Japanese schools ever taught students the true wickedness of Imperial Japan??
Japan * ping * (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)
posted on 08/28/2006 3:39:54 PM PDT
(I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
What I am concerned about is the very strong anti-Chinese, anti-Korean and sometimes anti-American nationalism that is prevailing in certain night club districts after their patrons are stone-drunk in Japan.
There. Fixed it.
When it comes to nationalism or even jingoism, it is said the Japanese are like a motor that has only two power settings.
Reverse throttle, and FULL STEAM AHEAD.
Getting over their national, post-war heiwa bokkei funk and aversion of geopolitical or even military conflict to stand up for their democracy is good, and about time. For it to go too far, however, is not.
Often we have to be careful what we wish for. We just may get it some day.
posted on 08/28/2006 4:01:35 PM PDT
(..is an American allright, but is not in Japan, folks. Thanks for letting me keep the moniker.)
"He also wants to clarify Japans right to defend itself, by changing the pacifist constitution banning a Japanese military and by spelling out Japans right abandoned for half a century to participate in collective self-defence."
I personally would welcome a rearmed Japan. It would have the Chicoms and that fuzzy little nut salad in North Korea doing kaa kaa in their undies.
posted on 08/28/2006 4:24:51 PM PDT
(If you constantly vote between the lesser of two evils then evil is your ultimate destination.)
There's a difference between nationalism and extremism...I don't see a problem with having pride in your nation, and honoring those who gave their lives in your country's wars. Let's not blame the masses for the sins of the few.
posted on 08/28/2006 7:36:15 PM PDT
(the corps...the corps...and the corps...)
Thanks, for the ping. :)
...I'll readit tuesday....sleepy.
posted on 08/28/2006 9:45:21 PM PDT
(Just b/c your paranoid; Doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you. :^)
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