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And so to bed…

Well, today I turned off the auto-renew on this domain, although it’s still got over a year to run.

As can be witnessed by my lack of updates, my heart is no longer in it, and quite frankly I feel sorry for Dr Arudou these days. Furthermore, it would appear that Japan Times has decided to lose the racism and complete all transactions with the said Doctor, as witnessed by (a) the lack of Just Be Cause this month and (b) said Doctor committing, in my opinion, copyright infringement with Japan Times twice this month, whereas previously he always just published extracts from JT columns.

For other topics, the Fookooshimar idiots are sadly still in force, but repeating the same debunking of their nonsense is a pretty futile endeavour.

Japan Times subeditor having a sly dig?

I’ll probably write more this evening, but for now, I noticed the subheading on this month’s JBC reads:

Intellectual snobbery and an inability to work together are perennial problems

Indeed.

And now this evening’s input:

And we are seeing outdoor protest after protest, with ranks swelling to numbers not seen in decades.

Make that three years: 75,000 marching against nuclear power; organisers said 170,000, police reported 75,000, versus the recent protest managing 120,000 (organisers) versus 30,000 (police). (Incidentally, the Japan Times chose to cast doubt on these numbers with this badly- and weasely-worded paragraph: “Meanwhile, NHK, quoting unnamed police sources, reported the Metropolitan Police Department estimated that only 30,000 protesters gathered around the Diet. A police spokesman declined to comment when contacted by The Japan Times.”

Japan is a land that craves precedent

What? Where did that come from?

few dare display communist sympathies

Oh really? So why were the JCP the only party that made significant progress in the last election?

“Hey, the system worked for our ancestors in the past, right?”

Collective self-defence is a whole new ball-game with no precedent in Japan.

Whenever Japan harks to the past, an element of ancestor worship seeps in.

:roll:

You see that even with WWII war criminals enshrined as heroes at public worship sites

You spelt “war-linked shrine” wrongly! :facepalm:

Then there’s the leftist ideological distaste for measuring everything in terms of money.

Where does that statement come from? Or is this a reference to Hatoyama’s (incidentally, the richest Diet Member when he was in the House) fantasy budget about how he was going to find zillions of yen in savings?

But the biggest disadvantage I see in Japan’s left is an intellectual snobbery.

Now, this is an area that I must admit Doctor Arudou PhD is an expert in.

Rightists intuitively understand that if something is to be a talking point, you have to put it in manga or anime form. Then you’ll reach even the most disaffected shut-in (who will then go online to terrorize a newfound foe). In comparison, leftists look more like doctrinaire fossils, sniffing at all this anti-intellectualism: “Who needs to tell lowbrow stories when we have abstract principles to adhere to?”

:roll: Furthermore, I recall the Western press going gaga over the JCP’s cute mascots at the last election.

But the right knows it needs as many people as possible parroting its talking points — for a fundamental maxim of propaganda is that if enough people say something, it becomes true.

So, how does leftist Diet Members repeating “War Bill” all the time fit into this analysis?

As a bonus, Toolonggone comments on the article:

It’s just so sad and mind-boggling to see these activists made a horrible choice to engage in killing sprees within their factions in course of challenging the state regime.

Maybe it’s just badly-phrased, but that seems to suggest that the horrible choice was to kill fellow activists instead of members of the state regime.

No doubt they gave Marxism a really bad name.

:headdesk:

Losing my racism, completing my transaction

This month, Dr Arudou decides to spin out a blog entry into an article for the Japan Times, on how “racism” at a Canadian bank and at Jamaican borders prove once again that Japan is horrible.

First, at the bank an “Asian gentleman” (I’ve learnt from the comments on his blog that it’s only racist if you categorise someone’s race behind their back, not while they are within earshot) denied the doctor’s inalienable human right to be both Japanese and white, although you’ll note that the Asian gent was denied his right to be Canadian and Asian.

Now, what exactly happened at the bank? According to debito.org and the second eyewitness, there is agreement up until we lose the racism and complete the transaction. However, he then says “Afterwards, I asked the teller”, but if we assume “afterwards” to be after heading to the car then returning to complain (as told by the third party), the teller had already been sent home! If it was after losing the racism and completing the transaction, according to the original telling the manager intervened leaving no opportunity for this exchange. This may seem like trivial quibbling, but as others have pointed out, and even as Dr Arudou himself has documented regarding his returning of his US passport, his reliability as a true record of events is questionable, and not of the degree of rigour that one would expect from an “independent scholar”.

Next, he touches on the Facebook flare-up, but glosses over, indeed backpedals on, the fact that he capitulated by admitting that “I overreacted, and in an unproductive way”.

There is then a ridiculous section of self-aggrandising, talking about how not having had more than a parking ticket then completing a tiresome paper chase to obtain Japanese citizenship is some sort of feat worthy of respect.

We then think of the children:

OK, how will you react the 100th time (or the fifth time in a day) that you hear, “Oh, what cute gaijin kids!”

I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate! And wouldn’t his sprogs have been called “haafu”s? I’m not going give myself nightmares by revisiting his archives to find out exactly how he classified them.

We’re fully formed adults — we can take these sucker punches

But wasn’t this article all about how he didn’t take the “You don’t look Japanese” sucker punch? Indeed he agrees:

But if they articulate thoughts inaccurate, unkind or alienating about us or the people we care for, we should reserve the right to push back accordingly

I’d be confused, but I’m already sucker punch-drunk from reading this guff.

Another thing, with him being out of the country he seems totally unaware of the coverage of two new star haafu sportsmen, the next Usain Bolt, Ghanaian-fathered Sani Brown Abdul Hakim (Ghana Web credits his ability to his Japanese mother), and one of the two Koushien Kaibutsu, some kid with a Nigerian (I think) father. I’m sure he’ll find a way to spin it all negatively (kaibutsu – scary black monster!), just like he has warned Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Universe Japan (respect to her PR team!) that she surely faces “frustration” when she fails to change Japan.

On a side note, Eido’s comment on his lack of negative experiences was deleted from the Japan Times, as was, apparently, a naturalised Japanese commenting on Arudou’s Facebook page that he travels very regularly without any similar bother from immigration.

Finally, as a bonus, here is some Vogon poetry.

Goebbels-like blitzkrieg annexes Japan Today

…and nothing of value was lost. Doctor Arudou writes about it, and nothing of value was gained.

none have the national and international media footprint that online news site Japan Today has.

:facepalm: I checked with Quantcast and its probably horrendously inaccurate figures put JT just 10-20% above the dead for many a year Japan Probe in the USA.

However, Just Be Cause has for the first time felt pressure (with this column) after coming under increased scrutiny in the editing process. 

Perhaps they were worried that they could get sued for some loose words? :roll: However, I noticed that he says “Click on its advertisers“, which given that most of the ads are from Google, are against their rules. If you wish, here is where to grass them up.

Rewriting history

Today’s Just Be Cause is all over the place. I’ll skip the history bit and leave that to experts, so let’s try to stick to stuff I know something about:

The U.S., Japan’s strongest ally and chaperone for most of its foreign policy, is, given Japan’s powerless leftist opposition, basically the only one who can stop this.

So, the USA should interfere in Japanese politics. However, a few paragraphs down I see:

But the U.S., now assuming the post-Cold War mantle of world’s policeman, is undermining that goal by continuing to meddle in Japan’s politics.

So, the USA should not interfere in Japanese politics. I suspect that what he means is that they should only interfere with policies Dr Arudou doesn’t like.

So, in the name of “containing communism” at the dawn of the Cold War, the U.S. released the Japanese war criminals they hadn’t executed, who then went on to become prominent politicians, businessmen, organized-crime figures — even a prime minister.

That “organised crime” one looks straight out of Jake Adelstien’s playbook. Furthermore, the prime minister, Kishi, was not tried as a war criminal.

blood-nationalists

This seems to be a new term he has invented, but as many nationalist politicians have said, obtaining Japanese citizenship is good enough for them. Furthermore, Japanese naturalisation requirements are rather low and cheap, and I have not heard anyone from the LDP say that they should become more strict.

China’s rapid economic growth and heavy integration into the world market, both as its factory and lender of last resort, indicates that it shall not (and should not) be so easily contained. 

Really? Is he not bothered by them reclaiming land in the Paracels, etc, to build islands to try to extend their EEZ?

[Shinzo Abe] even recently sent his “liberal” wife to visit war-celebrating Yasukuni Shrine

:roll:

This will be confirmed beyond doubt once we see the revival of prewar politics by assassination, the natural progression from the current trends of intimidation and death threats.

:facepalm: So when does he predict Diet members will start dying of lead poisoning?

Look out, non-Japanese residents, you’re going to attract even more attention now — as lab rats for Japan’s nascent foreign policy. 

What on earth is that supposed to mean?

 

 

 

 

 

Japan Times trailer for Japan Focus

It’s a bit odd that half an interview (and a much shorter than the average Just Be Cause column) ends with:

The full Ziegler interview will be up at The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus website in a few days.

This article is actually pretty good in parts, but I suspect it is because Dr Arudou gets out of the way and lets the professor do the talking. The good part is that Dr Ziegler talks about an area where he is fully qualified to comment, another country’s governmental interference into his editorial freedom, but the bad part is that Dr Ziegler also talks about an area where he is unqualified to comment, Japan:

I didn’t know it was there because the first volume my co-author wrote, not me.

and

I’m not a specialist in East Asian history.

At this point I would expect Professor Bentley to be brought in to fill us in on the parts he wrote and presumably is a specialist on, but no. Will he feature in the Japan Focus version? I’m not holding my breath. No he won’t, he passed on in 2012 according to Wikipedia.

Regarding the meat of the article, as usual the Japanese government seems totally tone deaf to how their actions will be perceived; arguing about Nanking or the Comfort Women is widely regarded as the equivalent of Holocaust denial, despite the 400,000 Nanking death numbers being a figure straight from Party Headquarters, and the East Sea featuring due to (presumably) Korean lobbying.

Defying one’s doctoral training

Last year, the then Mr Arudou said this:

[…] he defied his doctorate training by calling Koreans an “emotional people,” and dismissed several counter-opinions as “stupid”

This year, the doctorately-trained Arudou said:

The majority of you stayed on because you were anesthetized by sex, booze, easy money and the freedom to live outside both the boxes you were brought up in and the boxes Japanese people slot themselves in.

And:

But as your twilight years approach, you’ll look back in anger and wish you’d created a different bubble.

That looks like similar behaviour to me, and behaviour that has been committed to print for all eternity.

And in slightly related news, Robert McKinney of Otaru, a regular letter-writer to the Japan Times often voicing support for Dr Arudou’s columns, outs himself as one of Arudou’s losers – see the third letter down here.

The Christmas present thread

Please comment here! I’m away from my PC so unable to make a proper post.

Quite competent, but questions a-begging

Just Be Cause:

As my doctoral research demonstrated, “Japaneseness” is linked to physical appearance by Japan’s laws, law enforcement, public policy, jurisprudence and media messages.

While I can agree with some of that list, I’d love to learn what laws mention physical appearance. I’d also disagree that research can demonstrate things.

Permanent residents should claim their minority status themselves. After all, if you can stay here as a permanent part of a society, you can qualify as a minority.

I haven’t a clue about how I would go about claiming my minority status, and I’m not really sure I want to either.

That includes the foreign scholars of minority issues, who despite decades living in and researching in Japan, don’t appear to consider themselves members of a minority.

I’m not sure if this is some subtle dig against someone, or a boast, or what. And given he says “the foreign scholars”, is he implying none consider themselves a minority?

First, if the Japanese police must go gaijin hunting, then train them properly in immigration law.

“Must” they? Are you tacitly approving? :shock: Furthermore, the immigration law issue he brings up is, I think, more down to lazy news reporting than to ignorant police.

However, we can start off small by officially depicting Japaneseness as a legal status, not a bloodline-determined mystical concept entwined with racial purity.

Isn’t that how it is already officially seen – even Shintaro Ishihara says foreigners should naturalise if they want to vote, and I don’t think you can get much more officially Japaneseness than participating in elections here. What exactly do you mean?

It’s that time of the month again

More musing on the psychological state of Japan. I wonder how long it will take for the comments to go down the drain? Anyway, as usual one can play the game of replacing “Japan” with “I”, especially with his closing statement:

Like the abused who becomes the abuser, Japanese society is simply too psychologically damaged by RD [racial discrimination] to stop its RD.

It works for me here too. Furthermore, it we accept what he writes as true, how does he suggest it gets fixed? Does he think it is fixable? I’ve posted to that effect in this JT comments.

 UPDATE: First time through the story I missed the earlier part of the paragraph:

Until Japan gets over itself and accepts that racialization processes are intrinsic to every society, it will never resolve its constant and unwarranted exceptionalism.

However, I’m not quite sure how exactly Japan is supposed to “get over itself”; the AA 12 Step process (see the JT comments thread – I’ve stop responding so as not to bore everyone to death) initially required an outside actor, God or religion, and further requires an experienced reformed alcoholic to help out, and the only “cure” is zero tolerance. I think many of these factors are difficult to apply to a society or a country.