The post where I unmask Fight Back

But first, let me say that I approve of voting up Fight Back’s Japan Times comments!

To the meat, tell me you didn’t think the same as me as you read this:

American-turned-Japanese author and activist Debito Arudou is a constant thorn in the side of nationalist politicians. His blog items and columns pull no punches and his latest, headlined “Triumph of Tokyo Olympic Bid Sends Wrong Signal to Japan’s Resurgent Right,” is raising blood pressures in Nagatacho

Surely William Pesek is chanelling dear old Fight Back! :lol:

 

* Note to lawyers: Fight Back is not actually William Pesek. Satire, that’s what it is!

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  1. Did you see that FightBack’s comment was up-voted by Fight Back? Hmm.

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  2. @iago: Wouldn’t that be like an author giving his own book a 5-star rating on Amazon? :twisted:

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  3. @chuckers: Nobody would do that.

    I was wondering if there’s more than one FB. And with Mr. Pesek as well, perhaps it’s becoming a movement?

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  4. yawn . . .

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  5. @yawn

    My favourite pastime is do things which don’t interest me or I don’t like. Why, just the other day I ate at a kaiten sushi train. Gross was the stomach ache, profoundly bored was the disposition.

    Still, other do/did it better. You need to lift your game. Or not.

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  6. I am curious. Is Fight Back not the individual that claimed he became fluent in Japanese in 3 months? I have been speaking Japanese for 15 years, have been pretty much immersed in the language, and would never consider myself fluent.

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  7. @Doug: I think Fight Back has become less an individual and more a concept.

    Or an icon.

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  8. Doug, Fight Back is not real. He’s a brilliant satire of a Debito Arudou reader. I’m surprised no one thought of creating him earlier. Instead of criticizing or ignoring Debito Arudou’s arguments, just agree with everything he says. What would someone sound like if they took everything Debito Arudou wrote at face value, remembered it, and tried to live by it? It’s Fight Back. And you know what? He’s probably more effective at demonstrating how absurd Debito’s arguments are than any rational criticism could ever hope to achieve. I love Fight Back.

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  9. Fight Back originally a character by James Gray, trolling on debito.org. Debs lapped up all the praise even though people told him it was clear a wind up. More than 1 Fight Backs accounts have made a commenting on debito’s articles on Japan Times, no idea if they are to do with Jimi or just awesome tributes. Love them all though. Not seen FightB on debito for a while, and Jimi sounds like he is real annoyed with Japan by now. But with that puppet master, who can tell.

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  10. This blog stands as a testament to the truth of what Debito has fought for all these years. South Africa had Mandela, the United States had King, but what has Japan?

    Shame on you all. While we do not experience literal beatings on the streets, mark my words, we all suffer under the imperial yoke of the racist Japanese system. Beatings do take place, but now they are virtual, and our ghettos are constructed in cyberspace. Where people who frequent this blog dwell.

    Shame on you all. The one guy who would stand tall and make his voice heard deserves our respect. Or at the very least our gratitude for highlighting the plight of the NJ in this velvet prison.

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  11. Oh, c’mon now. It’s so obvious. FB is ILD. He’s sitting on the toilet at ECC laughing his ass off. The man is a troll savant, a true master of the craft. Well done ole chap, lovin it! You’ve got everybody guessing.

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  12. I work in a factory.

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  13. @Fight Back: no one deserved respect. You earn respect. And nothing HE has done in the last several decades has been respectable. He had a shot at taking the long high road and he decided that the short low road was easier.

    Love your work though! Keep up the great work! And advice other than being born a savant on becoming fluent in Japanese in 3 months?

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  14. @iLikedolphins: are you sure you don’t sell propane and propane accessories?

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  15. That’s the real iLD, hurrah! :grin:

    However, if that’s the real Fight Back (Poe’s law makes it difficult to tell!), then he’s (JDG) not gone back to Blighty as promised, and he’s also been saying naughty things about his hero under another alias. :facepalm:

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  16. yawn

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  17. I’m quite convinced that Japan Times commenter “Michiko” is actually an online alias of “Jake Adelstein”, who in turn is the pop-media alias of Donald Keene.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to figure out what role “Amy Chavez” plays in any of this.

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  18. Ketsuro: “Amy Chavez” is the alias of socialite and dearly-missed JT contributor “Jane Rees”.

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  19. I don’t think I’ve seen such paranoia since Nixon’s enemies list. Totally obsessed with identities and enemy camps.
    Meanwhile the Devil Incarnate continues his thing from an actual forum instead of one of millions of unread blogs. That has to be frustrating.

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  20. o.t.
    Variation on the oldie but goodie fake foreign accent trick? Mitaka JK murder suspect- “whiteguy in purple turban” turns out to be garden variety Japanese. Enquiring minds want to know…

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  21. @Andrew in Ezo:

    Eleven O’ clock news on NTV claims he was half filipino. Gave a name also.

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  22. One of the worst readers’ letters JT has printed, the fourth one down, “Fear of the fluent foreigner” from a regular letter-writer. My favourite quote:

    Reminds me somewhat of the antebellum South in the days of American black slavery. […] Book learnin’ wasn’t permitted in the slave quarters. It might have given “them darkies” ideas about freedom or at least the direction north.

    :facepalm:

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  23. I’ve asked this before, but is Robert McKinney actually a real person?

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  24. In other news, which sadly, due to a viagra overdose leaving Google search rather flaccid, I cannot verify, but I am sure that Jim Di Griz claimed/implied to be in his forties, but this comment confirms what I suspected:

    I have been looking in on Debito.org since my undergrad days back home many years ago. Before I even came to Japan for the first time.

    To link this comment back to this article, a fine display of Fight Back-quality arse licking!

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  25. @Ken Y-N:

    That could have been a mature student degree funded by his wife who earns somewhere in the region of 70 million yen a year.

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