Oh look, it’s another new blog about Japan!
Over at Tepido.org, I feel I managed to create a space for a group of people who, despite its flaws, call Japan their home. However, Hikosaemon opened my eyes to Tepido.org being not much more than a virtual todger-waving contest, so I decided enough was enough for that domain.
Since that event, I’ve had a few emails from members of Notorious 12, I’ve had a think, and I feel there is a definite gap in the market for a blog that:
- Highlights both overly gushy and overly doom-laden articles in the foreign and local English-language press (I’ll try to stay away from personal blogs) with a fact-based response. People like Shisaku and Ampontan, for instance, have a very obvious political bias in their spin, making it easier to discount their views with an "Of course, they would say that!"
- Criticises the use of lazy stereotypes in the press.
- Is science-based, not emotion-based, especially with regards to the ongoing nuclear issues, stripping the tinfoil hat off sites like EneNews.
- And, of course, has a good laugh at stupid stuff like the Gaijin Gulag Guy.
There is of course other reasons for launching a new blog despite appealing to a similar readership as Tepido.org; Japologism.com will strive to avoid being involved in schlong-measuring, trolling, slamming and of course the completely overused and abused stalking. You’ll note that this would appear to contradict point 4 above, and you’d be right.
The old Tepido.org commenting rules will be basically retained but tightened a little, although The Wall will probably not.
Oh, and this seems rather appropriate: