Last month’s Just Be Cause failed to raise many laughs, although it did raise the hackles of some nikkei, but this month’s was a quite entertaining satire on the life of a researcher.
Within that contrast lies immense subliminal and normalized pressure to be humble and modest in society.
For another example, if you’re doing research, you must reference other people and refrain from citing yourself — even if you’ve been the only one doing your kind of research in such breadth and depth for decades.
You have highly trained, disciplined and motivated individuals beavering away for lifetimes getting good at something, yet unable to make it "valuable," i.e., lucrative (after all, you’re apparently not "professional" at anything until it earns you enough money).
Furthermore, consider the activists, who are at a particular disadvantage since they are not supposed to be celebrities or media hounds. They have to be self-sacrificing, fighting not for themselves but "for the cause," rarely gaining the wherewithal (especially in Japan) to make their activism sustainable.
Julian Assange and "Captain" Paul Watson spring to mind, and the recent anti-nuclear demos have spawned quite a cottage industry of professional protesters.
If due to humility (or fear of being seen as profiteering from the suffering of others) activists cannot embed themselves within a fund-raising group
So that’s why FRANCA never went anywhere!
I’ve noticed that he often has a paragraph starting with "Look" in his recent articles – I’m sure it’s bad English, and it always reminds me of Tony Blair.
Debito Arudou is the author of seven books
Two EFL text books, English and Japanese versions of Japanese Only, The Handbook, In Appropriate, and …? Is he counting the chapter of Fodor’s guide book?