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We landed in darkness. The last time I was in Narita was 18 years earlier. With a six-hour layover, I inexplicably didn’t leave the airport. “Can I possibly die without at least a glimpse of Japan?” I’d ask myself, cringing.

Finally, I was there. My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore, subway cars packed with standing, black-suited salarymen then, at Nippori Station, a commanding middle-aged executive, sheathed in an expensive suit, staggering drunk. Everyone else on the platform stood so straight and rigid, I also noticed, as if contrapposto was banned. In Vietnam, few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.

My maternal great-grandfather, Ngo Thuc Dinh, was one of the top officials in the pro-Japanese Vietnamese government of World War II, and for this collaboration, he was targeted for assassination by the Communists. Unable to do this, they killed my grandfather instead. This incident didn’t just change how my mother was raised, but my emotional makeup.

As a motherless 12-year-old in Tacoma, Washington, I had a Japanese-American teacher, Miss Dogen, who treated me like a son. If you can read this, I thank you and am truly sorry I never said a proper goodbye. Learning to write, I read Mishima, Kawabata, Akutagawa, Dazai, all suicides, and the Japanese-American David Mura, whose Turning Japanese gave me enduring insights into Japan, America and myself.

My father owned a Japanese restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. Its cooks were Mexicans and Vietnamese, however, with only one Japanese ever employed, right at the beginning, to teach the rest the basics, then he was, ah, fired. Among Kobe’s decorations was a Turkish serving plate, bought at a flea market.

“This is clearly not Japanese, dad.”

“It’s close enough. No one will know.” To be so slapdash and careless is typically Vietnamese, I’m sorry to say.

Young, I saw The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black. Fronted by Kembra Pfahler, it’s a cathartic band of half-naked, weirdly-painted women, with a Japanese drummer who walked around, even before the show, in a bottomless leather pants. Even at my most rebellious, I never had such balls.

My wife and I booked a small yet very efficient apartment in Nihonbashi, the financial district. For the first time, I experienced a heated toilet seat and a jet of water aimed at my exit. What impressed me most, though, was a mini-sink built into the water tank, so as it was being refilled, I could wash my hands.

Some people aren’t meant to travel, for the unexpected will alarm or infuriate them. They simply can’t stomach the fact that the aim of traveling is to be refuted, disorientated or, if one’s very lucky, deranged. For an entire day, my wife stayed inside to watch a Vietnamese TV movie on YouTube.

As Europeans roamed and conquered, East Asians turned hermetic. From 1405 to 1433, the Chinese arrayed an unprecedented armada to explore the world, then they stopped voyaging, banned the building of large ships and outlawed seafaring. There was nothing beyond the waves but trifles and Japanese dwarf pirates, wokou. Smug, the Chinese sank themselves.

Initially open to whites, Japan’s rulers then saw the Christian missionaries as deforming and dividing their society, thus began 220 years of isolation. With his suck-on-this black ships and two white flags as gifts, Admiral Perry changed all that, and once Japan decided it had no choice but to compete with whites, it systematically and energetically proceeded to deform itself, a process that hasn’t stopped.

Genpei Akasegawa (1937-2014) was an artist who documented Tokyo architectural components that had become useless. Not demolished, they’re often even maintained or fixed, as in the railing of a wooden staircase leading nowhere. These instances of found art, Akasegawa dubbed Thomasson, after the American baseball player. Though signed to the biggest Nippon League contract ever, Gary Thomasson was a strikeout machine as the cleanup hitter for the Yomiuri Giants. Serving no purpose, Thomasson became art, as it were. A recurrent Dada nightmare, Thomasson was nicknamed the “Giant Human Fan.”

The beauty (and sadness) of Thomassons is that they represent the nearly obliterated past, and walking around Tokyo, I couldn’t help but feel, constantly, that the entire city was a gorgeous and glittering tomb over a scorched and pulverized Japan.

41 km2 of Tokyo were obliterated by American bombs, as compared to 6.5 km2 of Dresden, by British and US planes. Killing 100,000 mostly civilian Tokyoites over two days, Operation Meeting House is still the most destructive bombing raid in history.

As for the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American justification is that they saved millions of GI lives, with sadism, racism, worship of technology and the desire to browbeat the Russkies playing no significant part. As the shocking-and-awesome proof of American supremacy, the atomic bomb had to be used! You can buy a T-shirt with a mushroom cloud, “MADE IN AMERICA / TESTED IN JAPAN.”

Many will say the Japanese had it coming after their Bombing of Chongqing, Rape of Nanking, Bataan Death March and Unit 731, etc. For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.

The chief planner of the firebombing of Tokyo and 64 other Japanese cities was General Curtis LeMay, “There are no innocent civilians. It is their government and you are fighting a people, you are not trying to fight an armed force anymore.” “Killing Japanese didn’t bother me very much at that time [...] I suppose if I had lost the war, I would have been tried as a war criminal.” LeMay’s most famous statement, though, concerns the Vietnam War, “My solution to the problem would be to tell [the North Vietnamese] frankly that they’ve got to draw in their horns and stop their aggression or we’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Ages.” In any case, if entire cities must be destroyed to atone for war crimes, then Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, etc., should have been vaporized yesterday.

The Yasukuni Shrine
The Yasukuni Shrine

In the heart of Berlin is a vast and, frankly, hideously clunky Holocaust Memorial, while in the middle of Tokyo is the sublimely beautiful Yasukuni Shrine. Built in 1869, it’s a memorial to Japanese war dead, dating to the Boshin War. After walking half a kilometer and passing through three enormous torii, I finally arrived at its magnificent main building. Exploring its grounds, I stumbled upon monuments to the Kamikaze pilot, war widow, military horse, dog and even carrier pigeon. Elegantly sculpted, these honor any Japanese being that had suffered on behalf of the nation. Like most people, I never made it to the Chinreisha, a shrine dedicated to war dead of all nations, but it is tiny and tucked away, an afterthought erected only in 1965.

At Ueno Zoo, there’s a memorial to animals deliberately killed in anticipation of American bombing, but nothing to indicate a B-29 pilot had been displayed, naked, in a tiger cage. Ray “Hap” Halloran remembers:

Almost miraculously, our prisoner of war camp survived a massive fire raid by B-29s on nearby Tokyo that took place on March 10,1945. Much of Tokyo burned to the ground that night, with more than 100,000 people killed, more even than those killed at either Nagasaki or Hiroshima after an atomic bomb was dropped on these two cities.

The wooden stable—where I was held captive in a steel cage—was surrounded by a huge fire that night. Again, I don’t know how I endured the heat or the smoke. After I survived the firebombing, I was removed from my own cage and put on exhibit (naked) in a tiger cage at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, where Japanese civilians, mostly women, looked upon me in sad silence.

Decorated Traffic Cones
Decorated Traffic Cones

Over dinner, I said to novelist Hideo Furukawa, “Everything here is so exact. The Japanese are so attentive to each detail, and that’s why just about everything here is so beautiful. This kind of care and love, I’ve also seen in Germany and Italy.”

Hideo smiled, “They’re all Fascist countries!”

“Fascism is only a blip in their history, and it’s seven decades ago! Why should Germany and Japan be singled out as particularly evil? Do Americans ever apologize? They’re killing people right now, as we’re talking!”

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Lafcadio Hearn wrote in 1895, “A Japanese city is still, as it was ten centuries ago, little more than a wilderness of wooden sheds,—picturesque, indeed, as paper lanterns are, but scarcely less frail. And there is no great stir and noise anywhere,—no heavy traffic, no booming and rumbling, no furious haste. In Tokyo itself you may enjoy, if you wish, the peace of a country village.”

Even with 16 million people and skyscrapers everywhere, Tokyo is still tranquil, thanks to its cozy side streets, with their intimate bars and restaurants, and because its people are always mindful of others. No one jostles, or hogs a sidewalk or seat. Unlike in urban America, there’s no public display of aggression, and the very rare homeless don’t pester anyone for anything. Street crime almost never occurs, and only foreigners yak loudly on cellphones.

Signs on sidewalks, “No Smoking While Walking!” Venturing out, my wife observed, “No one eats while walking either! There is no activity on the sidewalk, and there’s not a trash can anywhere. They are so uptight!”

Seeing nearly everyone on the subway staring at his cellphone, my wife whispered to me, “They’re even lonelier than Americans.”

In Yaesu, I stared up at a multi-storied karaoke business. In a purple, red and green lit room, a man appeared to be singing by himself. I kept waiting in vain for another person to appear.

Always nearby, there’s a pachinko parlor where men, mostly, spend hours feeding steel balls into childishly colorful machines. Although the nominal aim is to win prizes, trifling mostly, the real attraction is oblivion. In Tokyo-Ga, Wim Wenders comments:

This game induces a kind of hypnosis, a strange feeling of happiness. Winning is hardly important, but time passes. You lose touch with yourself for a while, and merge with the machine, and perhaps you forget what you always wanted to forget. This game first appeared after the lost war, when the Japanese people had a national trauma to forget.

In the past, Japanese merged with their plow, pottery, brush and sword. Now, they strive to be at one with their office cubicle, pachinko machine and Gucci bag.

Disaffected, the Japanese don’t mug and loot, but geek or drop out, thus you have the anime and manga nerds, hikikomori recluses who sometimes assault their parents with baseball bats and legions of virginal young men, dubbed “herbivores,” who don’t even try to have a girlfriend.

Such alienation was anticipated in Kawabata’s gently creepy House of the Sleeping Beauties (1961), which depicts a brothel where men pay to merely sleep with a naked, unconscious woman. It begins:

He was not to do anything in bad taste, the woman of the inn warned old Eguchi. He was not to put his finger into the mouth of the sleeping girl, or try anything else of that sort.

One evening, the protagonist arrived to find out the madame had provided him and his drugged beauty with an electric blanket having two switches:

“An interesting idea, a blanket that two people can adjust to suit themselves.”

“It’s American. But please don’t be difficult and turn off the girl’s side. You understand, I’m sure, that she won’t wake up, no matter how cold she gets.”

Ah, the progressive comfort of not quite sharing a blanket! It’s American. In the US, there’s now a phenomenon called the half-night stand, where the casual sex partner leaves right after the act, to avoid any post-coital awkwardness.

The breakdown of community and extended family in all Americanized societies have resulted in anomic individuals who see no needs for any human relationship that isn’t mechanically sexual.

Since sex sans intimacy is their true aim, many find it best to bypass the seeing, argumentative body altogether, so now you have widespread porn addiction and a vast array of masturbatory aids, with Japanese companies leading the way.

From Tenga, there’s the Iroha Mikazuki, “This vibrator delivers a soft undulating ocean-like sensation to the female erogenous zones. This pastel colored vibrator is covered in a unique ‘Soft Touch’ silicone that is naturally smooth in texture and can repel dust and be used underwater.”

If you’re still heartbroken after being weaned from breast feeding so many moons ago, there’s the Japanese Mother Breast Milk Heaven Lotion from Kanojo Toys, “The generously sized bottle contains a lube that uniquely replicates the feel and smell of breast milk (but without any of the issues regarding hygiene).”

When not dropping out, Japanese overwork, sometimes to death from a heart attack or a stroke, and there’s even a term, karojisatsu, for workers driven to suicide.

Japanese arrange suicide pacts with internet buddies. In one 2005 case, seven young people, including a 14-year-old girl, died in two cars, 30 miles apart. Among developed nations, Japan has the highest rate of suicides, and they ingest more anti-depressants than anyone else on earth.

Though already told that Japanese don’t talk to strangers in bars, I gave it a try anyway, hence I met two ladies at iBrew, on the edge of Ginza. In their mid-30’s, one had been a manager at an upscale department store, but quit because “the work was too much.” Now a housewife, Ayako showed me, on her phone, dinners she had prepared for her husband, and I was immediately struck by the artfulness of her food arrangement. “It is common,” she said of the exquisite care, love and nurtured tradition on display.

Her friend was a pastry chef who had trained in Paris and had worked for two years in Indonesia. Photos of her creations also betrayed tremendous love and artistry. Interestingly, Yoko preferred the relative chaos and spontaneity of Indonesia to overly regimented Japan. “I’d like to live there.”

Ayako had done some traveling, so I asked for her favorite city. “Prague!” she immediately answered.

“That’s because it was never bombed! It’s one of my favorite cities also.”

In 1853, Herman Meville published “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street.” As iconic a modern man as any, Bartleby is described as “pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn!” Employed in a law office with windows staring at walls, with views that are “deficient in what landscape painters call “life’,” Bartleby started out as an exceptional worker:

At first Bartleby did an extraordinary quantity of writing. As if long famishing for something to copy, he seemed to gorge himself on my documents. There was no pause for digestion. He ran a day and night line, copying by sun-light and by candle-light. I should have been quite delighted with his application, had he been cheerfully industrious. But he wrote on silently, palely, mechanically.

The salaryman then hit a wall, and his refusal to perform a simple task, as requested by his genial boss, is one of the greatest moments in fiction:

Imagine my surprise, nay, my consternation, when without moving from his privacy, Bartleby in a singularly mild, firm voice, replied, “I would prefer not to.”

That became his mantra. Without emotion, Bartleby simply refused to do anything. He declined alternative jobs and even turned down his boss’ offer to take him in. Finally jailed as a homeless vagrant, Bartleby even refused to eat:

“I prefer not to dine today,” said Bartleby, turning away. “It would disagree with me; I am unused to dinners.”

By saying no to everything, Bartleby was the first hikimori, herbivore and karojisatsu salaryman. Without being aware of Melville, Kafka would publish “The Hunger Artist” in 1922. He, too, couldn’t stomach anything, “I couldn’t find the food I liked. If I had found it, believe me, I should have made no fuss and stuffed myself like you or anyone else.”

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A wholesale rejection of everything doesn’t have to be self-destructive, however, and can even lead to a recovery of sanity, beauty and long-suppressed virtues. The end of the American epoch, now unfurling, is an opportunity for all societies to rediscover themselves, and Japan, with its exceptional human capital still intact, is in better shape than most for this transition.

Lafcadio Hearn wrote in 1904, “What remains of this elder civilization is full of charm,—charm unspeakable,—and to witness its gradual destruction must be a grief for whomsoever has felt that charm.” After a century and a half of destruction, it’s time to end the mourning.

Uncle Sam, Tokyo
Uncle Sam, Tokyo

A hugely popular pachinko machine, I’m Juggler, features Uncle Sam as a hysterical, red-nosed clown, and since pachinko parlors are everywhere in Japan, this laughing maniac infests the entire country. You can hardly walk a block without seeing him.

From its founding, the US has destroyed societies to save them, with Iraq, Libya and Syria only the latest examples. Without any violence whatsoever, perhaps Japan can return the favor.

Linh Dinh’s latest books are Postcards from the End of America (non-fiction) and A Mere Rica (poetry). He maintains a regularly updated photo blog.

 
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  1. Dan Hayes says:

    Hi Linh,

    Many thanks. Your essay is a profound and revealing analysis of the character of the Japanese people.

    Many thanks.

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  2. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Smug, the Chinese sank themselves.

    Didn’t you say Chinese were always conquering and expanding, often taking over parts of Vietnam?

    Well, at least Chinese didn’t kill all those natives of South America and didn’t do the Atlantic Slave Trade.

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    • Replies: @johnl
    well, at least the chinese claimed to have gone all over the world in their imperial fleet, so it is amazing that they did not convert everyone to Maoism...

    https://www.booksfact.com/history/zheng-china-discovered-america-1418-columbus.html

    oops this is fake history..!
    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0123_060123_chinese_map_2.html
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  3. Anon[425] • Disclaimer says: • Website

    In any case, if entire cities must be destroyed to atone for war crimes, then Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, etc., should have been vaporized yesterday.

    That wouldn’t be so bad. A city can come back from mass bombing. Even Hiroshima and Nagasaki came back.

    But a city cannot recover from mass invasion, especially of the Negro kind. Look at Detroit. Look at entire areas of Baltimore. Look at European cities that are filling up with Muslims and Africans. Negroes are even bombing white wombs with their dong-seeds. This is far far worse.

    Bombs kill, but when they stop, new life grows and recovers.

    But, with mass invasion, new life takes over and devours the native population.

    Death from above, you can recover from. Vietnam recovered from whole bunch of Kilgores.
    But Life from beyond, that is fatal. All those new Sea Peoples coming to Europe from Africa and the Middle East(and even from India and China) will take over Europe.
    Chinese and Hindus may take over Australia and whole swaths of Canada.

    War is about aggression through spreading death. Most nations recover even if terribly scarred by it.
    In contrast, Demographic Invasion is aggression through spreading foreign life. Most nations never recover once the invaders take over. There will never be Palestine again. There will never be Tibet again. There will never be native Hawaii again. There will never be Serbian Kosovo ever again.

    In a way, the US and EU ended up punished worse than Hiroshima. They got population-bombed with foreigners. Look at LA. The once great Anglos lost it all to browns and yellows and blacks.

    This is why Japan needs to have more kids and not allow foreign population invasion.
    THAT, more than Tokyo firebombing or Hiroshima nuking, will finish off Japan. Japanese women got jungle fever and they will have black kids who will take over Japanese sports, and then Japanese will be worshiping blacks as heroes, and that will lead to welcoming millions of Africans into Japan. That is what will destroy Japan. I said it first, and I’m usually right.

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    • Replies: @Guy Smiley
    "Negroes bombing white wombs with their dong seeds." It's 6AM and I'm rolling. Too funny!

    These negroes do us a favor by culling our race of it's undesirable elements. The same way old produce get trashed.
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  4. 1/ Curtis Lemay was George Wallace’s running mate in his 1968 Presidential campaign (which I assume a lot of people here voted for).

    2/ ‘…From its founding, the US has destroyed societies to save them, with Iraq, Libya and Syria only the latest examples. Without any violence whatsoever, perhaps Japan can return the favor…’

    With its 1.4-1.5 TFR, Japan won’t be doing very much very soon.

    But they don’t have immigrants!

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    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
    You're right that Japan's suicidally low fertility rate will make it impossible to threaten us much.
    In the near future, they won't have enough younger men to muster a conventional armed force able to take on a substantial military power. Its population will be not just decreasing but plummeting shortly.

    As for the candidates in the 1968 US presidential election, I'll wager most commenters here weren't old enough to vote then. Many of us weren't even alive in 1968.

    But who would I have voted for if I had been voting age in 1968? Wallace, probably, given the alternatives and given his signature issues.
    , @Hapalong Cassidy
    I think that Japan’s TFR will recover once their population stabilized at a certain level. Japan has always been overcrowded regardless. Even during their era of sel-imposed isolation, Tokugawa Japan in 1700 was the world’s third most populous country.
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  5. Biff says:

    The Japanese are so attentive to each detail, and that’s why just about everything here is so beautiful. This kind of care and love, I’ve also seen in Germany and Italy.”

    Hideo smiled, “They’re all Fascist countries!”

    A little off topic, but if your in the home mechanical business nobody makes better air conditioners, water heaters, boilers, furnaces, toilets, radiant heaters, stoves, and ovens better than the Japanese or the Germans, with the Italians in a close second. NOBODY! Add in automobiles and motorcycles.

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    • Replies: @jlee
    "fascist contries" maybe the adjective is "nationalist"... japan still had a nominally working parliamentary "congress" and it should be noted that he PM resinged when things were not entirely in Japan's favor..... try getting this with the western "fascists" at the time..
    , @YetAnotherAnon
    The UK imports a lot of commercial air conditioning stuff from Japan. Ridiculous, really, that we can't make it here but have to import from 6,000 miles away.
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  6. Anon[275] • Disclaimer says:

    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.

    When grousing about the European penchant for conquest in the context of Asian societies, it’s really quite remiss to leave unmentioned all those centuries that, for example, the Japanese spent invading themselves, or the influence that contact with the Turks, Mongols and other Asiatic hordes had upon the European mindset vis-a-vis foreign peoples.

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    • Replies: @songbird
    I agree. Asians unwarlike by nature, except by the malign influence of whites is maudlin and unhistorical. Everyone is warlike. Conquests came from technological scope and ability. Japan did not carve out an earlier empire because they lacked the ability.
    , @Bay Area Guy
    Having read Linh Dinh's writings, I'm going to be charitable and give him the benefit of the doubt. He's never struck me as anti-white, and to the extent that he does criticize whites, he criticizes imperialist elites more than the white masses.

    Also, judging by his previous posts on China, he seems well aware of Asia's violent premodern history.
    , @Moses
    I like Linh's writing.

    However, I couldn't help but notice a strong undercurrent of anti-White, anti-American anger from him in this essay. A lot of gratuitous digs.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.

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  7. Franz says:

    “… bomb them back into the Stone Ages.”

    Famous, but he never said it.

    Before the Net zombiefied the world, debunking misquotes was the province of many, many cheap paperbacks. Many publishing houses dealt in little else (along with diet books, of course.)

    Novelist and newspaper writer MacKinley Kantor made up the “stone age” quote and attributed it to LeMay sometime earlier than LeMay’s disasterous political career when they found out that LeMay, like Eisenhower before him, had no political experience. At all. George Wallace took to sending LeMay out on “fact-finding missions” so as not to embarrass the compaign.

    But Kantor did admit to faking the quote. Like “The only good Indian is a dead Indian” it’s a phony that will never be washed out no matter how many times it’s noted that LeMay just never had the talent for such a pithy, oft-quoted line. Butcher, sure. Wordsmith, no.

    Nice article in any case.

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    • Replies: @jlee
    not for japan but for vietnam..
    "culture wars in america," roger chapman, 2014 routlege.
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  8. Moses says:

    I like your writing anh Linh. Rất tốt.

    But blaming Whites for Japanese aggression? Oh dear.

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    • Replies: @MacNucc11
    In fairness the Japanese were forced at gunpoint to open their society to the anglos. They had no imperial ambitions at that time. After, I assume they realized that to prevent further hostile invasion they would need a larger buffer zone. So what Linh states makes infinite sense. In a way they simply spread their defenses further out and at the same time rooting out potential enemies. Notice that seems to be the grand strategy of Israel present day.
    , @Johann
    Just bought your Postcards Linh. Since I grew up in Philadelphia I am infortunately familiar with many of the dystopias you describe. Now I live among the Amish in Lancaster sure hope the American Fed Gov doesn’t try to bomb them (us) into the stone ages.
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  9. llloyd says: • Website

    Rape of Nanking is now officially in English anyway, called Massacre of Nanking. A Japanese television crew visited Nanking and found no evidence of mass rape or even any rapes. The Japanese army was very disciplined, trained by the Germans. That is why they had “comfort women”. Massacre of Nanking evidence is dependant not on archaeology but on grainy source unknown photographs of dead people.

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    • Replies: @anonymous
    Some Japanese, especially the right wingers, don't want to admit that Japanese, just like any other peoples, are capable of committing atrocities. The Japanese government can keep trying to seal its citizens from the truth of the Rape of Nanking but there are Japanese who are trying to find out the truth.


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/japanese-vets-admit-on-film-to-nanjing-atrocities-1.889895

    Japanese vets admit on film to Nanjing atrocities

    Activist Tamaki Matsuoka is challenging Japanese perceptions of the country's war record with a new documentary on the atrocities known as the Rape of Nanking.

    Her film, Torn Memories of Nanjing, combines the memories of Japanese war veterans with accounts by Chinese survivors of the massacres of 1937-38, after Japan captured the former capital city of Nanking.


    Takeda, who is in his 30s, said he was shocked by what he heard from Japanese veterans interviewed on film.

    Juhei Teramoto, a former soldier, admits on film that "superior officers told us to commit robbery, murder, rape and arson and do anything.

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.

    , @iffen
    Rape of Nanking is now officially in English anyway, called Massacre of Nanking.

    The sneak attack on Pearl is now known as The Surprise in Paradise.
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  10. jim jones says:

    The Japanese try to be creative but it just looks ridiculous:

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    • Replies: @songbird
    I'd take Japanese commercials any day over the pozzed ones in the West, where half of them seem to be about miscegenation, and most of them about racial politics.
    , @Anonymous
    Nonsense.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTsLcEG6qpU
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91da9XpRupI

    , @Not Raul
    And to think these guys kicked Tommy Atkins out of Singapore!
    , @johnlee
    I suggest that the poster look a little more into "Lotte". It is a Korean-Japanese company. And Koreans know what sells, perhaps better than *sigh*the Japanese at this point in the new millenium...
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  11. Brabantian says: • Website

    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay … Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding ‘nuclear weapons’ … From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a ‘nuclear’ or ‘atomic bomb’ explosion:

    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka … central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath ‘ground zero’ … no spot where things had been ‘vapourised’

    - The ‘smoking gun’ proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as ‘chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan’, close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged ‘atomic bomb’ … Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids … this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, ‘death penalty for unauthorised speaking’, suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons … whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak … in general, the ‘mushroom clouds’ eventually marketed as the ‘nuclear weapon signature’, are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that ‘nuclear weapons’ as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to ‘ban nuclear weapons’ is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    [MORE]

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin’s later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a ‘nuclear weapons power’ too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, ‘Best Enemy Money Can Buy’ proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of ‘nuclear terror’ supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via ‘weapons industries’. All the ‘nuclear powers’ have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate ‘nuclear weapons’ for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year’s ‘UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons’ … a ‘great favour’ the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged ‘nuclear bomb nations’ have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the ‘nuclear weapons’ scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them … Consider the history:

    1945 – USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg…), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast ‘mushroom clouds’ in film & photos – USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 – Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror – COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 – UK Brits & London financial centre don’t want to be 2nd class – UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 – France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits – FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 – China upgraded to major league – COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 – Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars – JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later ‘confirmed’ by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not ‘in Israeli prison’, like ‘not really in Ecuador Embassy’ Julian Assange

    1974 – India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme ‘Smiling Buddha’ – INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 – South Africa’s white apartheid gov gets to play – WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE … but ‘dismantles bombs’ before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 – Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme – PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 – North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade – CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    ‘Nuclear terror’ – A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

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    Sorry dude, I'm not buying it. My bullshit detector is off the scale.
    , @WCK
    This kind of delusion is why we need to bring back nuclear testing.

    Just one historian has produced all this evidence of the nuclear program.

    http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/
    , @denjae

    It seems indeed that ‘nuclear weapons’ as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to ‘ban nuclear weapons’ is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.
     
    Pu . . . I mean Phew !!! (as in sigh of relief . . . nothing else)

    I could’a thunk of 239 reasons to go off on your comment.

    But thanks to you, now realize that

    my 239 weeks in — and 239 weeks out of — that Special-Metals facility (it was hot in there) where those guys from Nevada and California and (was it?) Manhattan were doing bang-up applied science again — literally a PhD production line

    20 years later — 24/7 — lots more stuff — lots more bang-ier.

    10 freaking years . . . NEVER EXISTED !!!

    And those letters I used to get from Nevada? Deceased? . . . Cause of death? . . . Yeah, just fake too.
    , @MacNucc11
    This is the first time I am hearing this but I think at least some of what you are saying seems plausible.
    , @llloyd
    In the Pacific ocean, there is huge genetic and environmental damage from American and French nuclear tests. Protesting boats including a New Zealand navy ship had its crews suffer permanent health problems that were passed on to their descendants. There is an official conspiracy of silence about this. But you are right. Hiroshima and Nagkasaki have had nothing like these consequences. Yet radiation sickness is well documented there. Maybe a mini atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima but the actual destruction of the city was fire bombing. Come to think of it, residents of those cities suffered burns rather than vapourisation. It was a psych ops and the Japanese people were rendred helpless by terror. The whole image of Japanese fanaticism is quite false. They are an easily frightened people.
    , @llloyd
    This does throw light why in both cases of false nuclear alerts in Russia and Hawaii, the missiles were not fired. That would have exposed the hoax.
    , @robt
    This nonsense started with an article in The Daily Bell; nuclear weapons are a hoax created by the government to scare everyone, or something, Hiroshima and Nagasaki never happened, atomic and hydrogen bomb testing never occurred, etc etc.
    They didn't present the hoax of nuclear power plants though. Maybe that's coming in a future article.
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  12. Linh Dinh is without question one of the great essayists of our time. His limpid prose, expressive yet dignified, elicits my deepest admiration every time I encounter it.

    This particular essay is one of his finest: a wry and deeply humane appreciation of Japan and its unique culture, by turns bizarre and beautiful.

    The quote from Wim Wenders about pachinko being the solace of a defeated nation’s men brings to mind an irony that he apparently overlooked. Wander into any pachinko parlor in Japan and the melody that one hears blaring out most prominently from the seemingly endless aisles lined with dazzling, noisy machines is the Gunkan kōshinkyoku (Warship March)—the signature tune of the old Imperial Japanese Navy.

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    An absolutely marvelous essay. I thank you, sir.

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  14. Beautifully written.

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  15. In any case, if entire cities must be destroyed to atone for war crimes, then Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, etc., should have been vaporized yesterday.

    Please, feel free to vaporize Washington. You’ll be doing our country–nay, our world!–a huge favor.

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    Detroit! Detroit! He forgot Detroit.
    , @Mishra
    Trouble is, the people you hate in Washington were sent there by others all over the nation. So they'd just make a new one--and fill it right quick--if you wrecked the old one. The sickness isn't born in one town; it's rained down from above as if by some kind of nefarious mass media kind of thing. Can't imagine who'd be responsible for something like that.
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  16. Over dinner, I said to novelist Hideo Furukawa, “Everything here is so exact. The Japanese are so attentive to each detail, and that’s why just about everything here is so beautiful. This kind of care and love, I’ve also seen in Germany and Italy.”

    Hideo smiled, “They’re all Fascist countries!”

    Both Germany and Japan, sadly, were ruined by the war–culturally as well as physically. What’s weird about the Japanese is that, while their collective self-preservation instinct still functions, they tend to exhibit self-destructive tendencies at the individual level. The Germans, on the other hand, are collectively self-destructive, but not quite as crazy at the individual level.

    Weird …

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    Maybe Japan had an older culture? Their edo period is legendary and must have laid the grounds for their self identity. Notice how the samurai spirit seems to have become the Japanese spirit, when previously it was reserved for the fighting class only?

    I think the Germans only emerged as a collective not so long before all the wars started, so their recent humiliations seem to dominate the tapestry of who they are.
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  17. @Anon
    In any case, if entire cities must be destroyed to atone for war crimes, then Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, etc., should have been vaporized yesterday.

    That wouldn't be so bad. A city can come back from mass bombing. Even Hiroshima and Nagasaki came back.

    But a city cannot recover from mass invasion, especially of the Negro kind. Look at Detroit. Look at entire areas of Baltimore. Look at European cities that are filling up with Muslims and Africans. Negroes are even bombing white wombs with their dong-seeds. This is far far worse.

    Bombs kill, but when they stop, new life grows and recovers.

    But, with mass invasion, new life takes over and devours the native population.

    Death from above, you can recover from. Vietnam recovered from whole bunch of Kilgores.
    But Life from beyond, that is fatal. All those new Sea Peoples coming to Europe from Africa and the Middle East(and even from India and China) will take over Europe.
    Chinese and Hindus may take over Australia and whole swaths of Canada.

    War is about aggression through spreading death. Most nations recover even if terribly scarred by it.
    In contrast, Demographic Invasion is aggression through spreading foreign life. Most nations never recover once the invaders take over. There will never be Palestine again. There will never be Tibet again. There will never be native Hawaii again. There will never be Serbian Kosovo ever again.

    In a way, the US and EU ended up punished worse than Hiroshima. They got population-bombed with foreigners. Look at LA. The once great Anglos lost it all to browns and yellows and blacks.

    This is why Japan needs to have more kids and not allow foreign population invasion.
    THAT, more than Tokyo firebombing or Hiroshima nuking, will finish off Japan. Japanese women got jungle fever and they will have black kids who will take over Japanese sports, and then Japanese will be worshiping blacks as heroes, and that will lead to welcoming millions of Africans into Japan. That is what will destroy Japan. I said it first, and I'm usually right.

    “Negroes bombing white wombs with their dong seeds.” It’s 6AM and I’m rolling. Too funny!

    These negroes do us a favor by culling our race of it’s undesirable elements. The same way old produce get trashed.

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  18. The thing that amazes me, or one of so many things, is that if Col. Lang & Co. didn’t help exterminate nearly 30% of the population of Vietnam during The Vietnam War, this article wouldn’t exist. Who knows what or who you would have been or become, but it wouldn’t be the same you, unless you’re Steve Sailer and believe, as dogmatically as Calvin in order to prove your Superiority, that Genetics by & large cements your fate. So, I guess what I’m saying is, I suppose you owe a Debt of Gratitude to Col. Lang & Co. and to the people murdered during The Vietnam War, because, if you think about it, they helped make this wonderful article possible.

    I read an article about a decade ago, and I can’t find it now, where the author interviewed the lonely, materialistic, largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn’t even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder. Seriously, they had no clue. Unlike The Jews, apparently The Japanese are the exact opposite of Never Forget. They’re more like Obama when he says we should look forward and not back.

    Anyway, since you’re Vietnamese, I think you and your wife might like this movie. My wife & I certainly enjoyed it. It’s one of our favorites. It gives you a glimpse of life in French Colonial Vietnam just prior to and during The Vietnam War. It’s Touching & Sensual. Great Directing. Great Cinematography. Great Everything.

    Cold’s Picks

    It’s the second choice of the two suggestions per that link, obviously. And it just so happens I’m buying one of those today for a recipe. A Papaya. I will fondly think of Mui when I do.

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    ... largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn’t even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder.
     
    I've been shocked numerous times to discover that few of the younger generations in the US have any awareness of the American war on the Vietnamese, and even more shocked to find that almost no Filipino has any awareness whatsoever of US war crimes and overall perfidy during the Spanish-American war or the criminal behavior and betrayal of the US military against their Filipino allies in the subsequent Philippine-American war, either.

    As for the article, I heartily agree with those who give it their highest approbation.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic

    Who knows what or who you would have been or become, but it wouldn’t be the same you, unless you’re Steve Sailer and believe, as dogmatically as Calvin in order to prove your Superiority, that Genetics by & large cements your fate.
     
    That's not how genetic expression works; you're attacking a straw man. George S. Patton was nearly medically discharged after he got kicked by a horse in 1937. But he recovered, and went on to express his genetic potential for leadership with commands of the II Corps and Third Army. Nature is the code; nurture is the programming. A twist of fate or two, and Patton's genetics would not have been fully expressed.

    We formerly used the phrase, "reach his potential." Now we don't, and we end up with a lot of heartache and wasted resources.
    , @Morongobill
    Cole, you really are on a warpath against Pat Lang(Sic Semper Tyrannis), and b(from Moon of Alabama.)
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  19. …once Japan decided it had no choice but to compete with whites, it systematically and energetically proceeded to deform itself, a process that hasn’t stopped.

    Love it.

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  20. …features Uncle Sam as a hysterical, red-nosed clown…

    They nailed it.

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  21. On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it’s worth. Admittedly, these conversations were in English, so it wasn’t a random sample. But my kid, who lives there, said she’s had similar conversations in Japanese with the locals.

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    Something wrong with the Chinese eh ?

    They'r so scary,
    feared by the murkkans/Brits/Indians/Jp/Aussies.....

    heheheheh

    Here's quiz,

    Other than their fear of the yellow peril,
    whats common to these four QUAD members ???
    , @Bliss

    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion
     
    Very interesting.
    , @anonymous

    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it’s worth.
     
    I wonder if they were referring to the Senkaku islands? I've been traveling and doing business in Japan (and the rest of the Far East) for over 15 years now and I've never heard such sentiments expressed about a serious invasion of Japan, with the only exception being the possibility of China taking the Senkaku Islands. Most Japanese couldn't even be bothered to give a damn when Kim was shooting missiles over Japan while simultaneously threatening to nuke them last year. People are more worried about the hothead Trump doing something stupid or trying to stir conflict in the region. As far as China, most Japanese that I know are rather indifferent, outside of business prospects. Although some Japanese are hoping that the rise of China brings about the potential for Japan to exit from America's war mongering empire for good.
    , @Joe Wong
    Perhaps Japanese are scared Chinese will reverse their systematically and energetically proceeded to deform itself into an unnormal White and return them back into their Asian root.
    , @lulu
    Just like ex-criminals are afraid that justice someday will come to catch them.
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  22. The end of the American epoch, now unfurling, is an opportunity for all societies to rediscover themselves, and Japan, with its exceptional human capital still intact, is in better shape than most for this transition.

    Perhaps as the two generations scarred by WW2 pass away this will happen. The birth rates are problematic, but the Japanese who do show up for the future will be well-positioned.

    Is there any resurgent religious practice in Japan? Societies need a tie to the metaphysical.

    Your judgment of America is harsh but true. For traditional societies to return, America has to die. But that may also mean a world dominated by China and, in some part, India. Not sure that’s a good outcome either.

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    Japan is more or less eternally Shinto. Its gotten a bit more popular in recent memory, I suppose - downturn of the economy appeared to have a direct correlation with increase in religiousity. That's also why cults like Aum Shinrikyo got a significant buy-in from a lot of the disaffected.
    , @Corvinus
    "For traditional societies to return, America has to die."

    Fortunately, most white Americans do not share your view.
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  23. @Cold N. Holefield
    The thing that amazes me, or one of so many things, is that if Col. Lang & Co. didn't help exterminate nearly 30% of the population of Vietnam during The Vietnam War, this article wouldn't exist. Who knows what or who you would have been or become, but it wouldn't be the same you, unless you're Steve Sailer and believe, as dogmatically as Calvin in order to prove your Superiority, that Genetics by & large cements your fate. So, I guess what I'm saying is, I suppose you owe a Debt of Gratitude to Col. Lang & Co. and to the people murdered during The Vietnam War, because, if you think about it, they helped make this wonderful article possible.

    I read an article about a decade ago, and I can't find it now, where the author interviewed the lonely, materialistic, largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn't even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder. Seriously, they had no clue. Unlike The Jews, apparently The Japanese are the exact opposite of Never Forget. They're more like Obama when he says we should look forward and not back.

    Anyway, since you're Vietnamese, I think you and your wife might like this movie. My wife & I certainly enjoyed it. It's one of our favorites. It gives you a glimpse of life in French Colonial Vietnam just prior to and during The Vietnam War. It's Touching & Sensual. Great Directing. Great Cinematography. Great Everything.

    Cold's Picks

    It's the second choice of the two suggestions per that link, obviously. And it just so happens I'm buying one of those today for a recipe. A Papaya. I will fondly think of Mui when I do.

    … largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn’t even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder.

    I’ve been shocked numerous times to discover that few of the younger generations in the US have any awareness of the American war on the Vietnamese, and even more shocked to find that almost no Filipino has any awareness whatsoever of US war crimes and overall perfidy during the Spanish-American war or the criminal behavior and betrayal of the US military against their Filipino allies in the subsequent Philippine-American war, either.

    As for the article, I heartily agree with those who give it their highest approbation.

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    There's money to be made teaching people to be presently outraged and personally affronted over past grievances.

    This can be scaled up or scaled down as much as you like. You can seethe forever over the Nazis or the Americans or the bully from middle school or the family member who broke your trust, or you can move on.
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  24. Joe Hide says:

    Interesting take on Japan.
    When you use derogatory universal put down references to others, like Americans, Europeans, or whites, or Vietnamese… you would do well to say, “American Elitists”, or “Eurpean pyschopaths”, or some term more focused and specific. Else you come off like an American / European / white / Vietnamese elitist pyschopath racist fascist narcissist, which I know you’re not. By the way, most of us Americans /Europeans / whites / Vietnamese are not bad guys either.
    That said, his was a small point.
    Linh you do good work, and deserve praise. Keep writing.

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    I agree with this criticism. The Jews and their allies run the USA. I and most Americans sure don't. You can readily see that any time we have a chance at voting against the psychopaths we do. They never follow through though.

    as for,"...As for the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American justification is that they saved millions of GI lives..."

    I think this can reliably considered as true. No matter what other factors were involved the Japanese attacked us first. Hitler shouldn't have attacked Poland and the Japanese shouldn't have attacked Pearl Harbor.

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    @Seamus Padraig

    Over dinner, I said to novelist Hideo Furukawa, “Everything here is so exact. The Japanese are so attentive to each detail, and that’s why just about everything here is so beautiful. This kind of care and love, I’ve also seen in Germany and Italy.”

    Hideo smiled, “They’re all Fascist countries!”
     
    Both Germany and Japan, sadly, were ruined by the war--culturally as well as physically. What's weird about the Japanese is that, while their collective self-preservation instinct still functions, they tend to exhibit self-destructive tendencies at the individual level. The Germans, on the other hand, are collectively self-destructive, but not quite as crazy at the individual level.

    Weird ...

    Maybe Japan had an older culture? Their edo period is legendary and must have laid the grounds for their self identity. Notice how the samurai spirit seems to have become the Japanese spirit, when previously it was reserved for the fighting class only?

    I think the Germans only emerged as a collective not so long before all the wars started, so their recent humiliations seem to dominate the tapestry of who they are.

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  26. Anonymous[989] • Disclaimer says:
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    Sorry dude, I’m not buying it. My bullshit detector is off the scale.

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  27. The end of the American epoch, now unfurling, is an opportunity for all societies to rediscover themselves, and Japan, with its exceptional human capital still intact, is in better shape than most for this transition.

    Well, as the saying goes, you can never go back. Certainly not entirely or anywhere close to it.

    Japan, for much of its history, was Feudalism. Japan, since it is not rich in Natural Resources, is not in better shape than most unless you mean it can reduce its population to about 10% of what it is now and return to an Agrarian Feudal Society or some form of Egalitarian Feudal Collective. Even upon that Return, it will never be the same, not even close, as when Japan was “Progressing” precisely because it will be approaching the same Resource Restrictions from the opposite direction.

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  28. @Cold N. Holefield
    The thing that amazes me, or one of so many things, is that if Col. Lang & Co. didn't help exterminate nearly 30% of the population of Vietnam during The Vietnam War, this article wouldn't exist. Who knows what or who you would have been or become, but it wouldn't be the same you, unless you're Steve Sailer and believe, as dogmatically as Calvin in order to prove your Superiority, that Genetics by & large cements your fate. So, I guess what I'm saying is, I suppose you owe a Debt of Gratitude to Col. Lang & Co. and to the people murdered during The Vietnam War, because, if you think about it, they helped make this wonderful article possible.

    I read an article about a decade ago, and I can't find it now, where the author interviewed the lonely, materialistic, largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn't even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder. Seriously, they had no clue. Unlike The Jews, apparently The Japanese are the exact opposite of Never Forget. They're more like Obama when he says we should look forward and not back.

    Anyway, since you're Vietnamese, I think you and your wife might like this movie. My wife & I certainly enjoyed it. It's one of our favorites. It gives you a glimpse of life in French Colonial Vietnam just prior to and during The Vietnam War. It's Touching & Sensual. Great Directing. Great Cinematography. Great Everything.

    Cold's Picks

    It's the second choice of the two suggestions per that link, obviously. And it just so happens I'm buying one of those today for a recipe. A Papaya. I will fondly think of Mui when I do.

    Who knows what or who you would have been or become, but it wouldn’t be the same you, unless you’re Steve Sailer and believe, as dogmatically as Calvin in order to prove your Superiority, that Genetics by & large cements your fate.

    That’s not how genetic expression works; you’re attacking a straw man. George S. Patton was nearly medically discharged after he got kicked by a horse in 1937. But he recovered, and went on to express his genetic potential for leadership with commands of the II Corps and Third Army. Nature is the code; nurture is the programming. A twist of fate or two, and Patton’s genetics would not have been fully expressed.

    We formerly used the phrase, “reach his potential.” Now we don’t, and we end up with a lot of heartache and wasted resources.

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  29. @jacques sheete

    ... largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn’t even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder.
     
    I've been shocked numerous times to discover that few of the younger generations in the US have any awareness of the American war on the Vietnamese, and even more shocked to find that almost no Filipino has any awareness whatsoever of US war crimes and overall perfidy during the Spanish-American war or the criminal behavior and betrayal of the US military against their Filipino allies in the subsequent Philippine-American war, either.

    As for the article, I heartily agree with those who give it their highest approbation.

    There’s money to be made teaching people to be presently outraged and personally affronted over past grievances.

    This can be scaled up or scaled down as much as you like. You can seethe forever over the Nazis or the Americans or the bully from middle school or the family member who broke your trust, or you can move on.

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  30. @The Anti-Gnostic

    The end of the American epoch, now unfurling, is an opportunity for all societies to rediscover themselves, and Japan, with its exceptional human capital still intact, is in better shape than most for this transition.

     

    Perhaps as the two generations scarred by WW2 pass away this will happen. The birth rates are problematic, but the Japanese who do show up for the future will be well-positioned.

    Is there any resurgent religious practice in Japan? Societies need a tie to the metaphysical.

    Your judgment of America is harsh but true. For traditional societies to return, America has to die. But that may also mean a world dominated by China and, in some part, India. Not sure that's a good outcome either.

    Japan is more or less eternally Shinto. Its gotten a bit more popular in recent memory, I suppose – downturn of the economy appeared to have a direct correlation with increase in religiousity. That’s also why cults like Aum Shinrikyo got a significant buy-in from a lot of the disaffected.

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  31. @Cold N. Holefield
    The thing that amazes me, or one of so many things, is that if Col. Lang & Co. didn't help exterminate nearly 30% of the population of Vietnam during The Vietnam War, this article wouldn't exist. Who knows what or who you would have been or become, but it wouldn't be the same you, unless you're Steve Sailer and believe, as dogmatically as Calvin in order to prove your Superiority, that Genetics by & large cements your fate. So, I guess what I'm saying is, I suppose you owe a Debt of Gratitude to Col. Lang & Co. and to the people murdered during The Vietnam War, because, if you think about it, they helped make this wonderful article possible.

    I read an article about a decade ago, and I can't find it now, where the author interviewed the lonely, materialistic, largely clueless younger generation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki about the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on their cities and the overwhelming majority of them didn't even know that where they were standing was just 60 years earlier a Burning Lifeless Cinder. Seriously, they had no clue. Unlike The Jews, apparently The Japanese are the exact opposite of Never Forget. They're more like Obama when he says we should look forward and not back.

    Anyway, since you're Vietnamese, I think you and your wife might like this movie. My wife & I certainly enjoyed it. It's one of our favorites. It gives you a glimpse of life in French Colonial Vietnam just prior to and during The Vietnam War. It's Touching & Sensual. Great Directing. Great Cinematography. Great Everything.

    Cold's Picks

    It's the second choice of the two suggestions per that link, obviously. And it just so happens I'm buying one of those today for a recipe. A Papaya. I will fondly think of Mui when I do.

    Cole, you really are on a warpath against Pat Lang(Sic Semper Tyrannis), and b(from Moon of Alabama.)

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  32. AaronB says:

    On of your best pieces!

    And I particularly appreciate the note of hope it ends on. Yes, the American order is ending, the era of soulless technology likewise. It is time to end mourning and begin building something new – a new sense of beauty and community.

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  33. Sam J. says:
    @Joe Hide
    Interesting take on Japan.
    When you use derogatory universal put down references to others, like Americans, Europeans, or whites, or Vietnamese... you would do well to say, "American Elitists", or "Eurpean pyschopaths", or some term more focused and specific. Else you come off like an American / European / white / Vietnamese elitist pyschopath racist fascist narcissist, which I know you're not. By the way, most of us Americans /Europeans / whites / Vietnamese are not bad guys either.
    That said, his was a small point.
    Linh you do good work, and deserve praise. Keep writing.

    I agree with this criticism. The Jews and their allies run the USA. I and most Americans sure don’t. You can readily see that any time we have a chance at voting against the psychopaths we do. They never follow through though.

    as for,”…As for the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American justification is that they saved millions of GI lives…”

    I think this can reliably considered as true. No matter what other factors were involved the Japanese attacked us first. Hitler shouldn’t have attacked Poland and the Japanese shouldn’t have attacked Pearl Harbor.

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    FWIW, I have a much easier time forgiving the attack on Pearl Harbor than the endless parade of sadism which characterized Japanese conduct during the rest of the war. And no, this doesn't mean anyone else is innocent.

    Meanwhile, as mentioned above this blame game can go on forever, or we can get over it. As also mentioned above, nations can recover from bombing much more readily than from having their populations replaced.

    In this regard Japan is reasonably safe, as is China. In fact, incredibly enough, pretty much the entire world is safe in this regard, with the signal exceptions of the (formerly) white nations. It's almost as though someone were prosecuting a vendetta.

    , @MacNucc11
    I think blockading of another country's port is an act of war, and at least Pearl Harbor is a legitimate military target, not an undefended civilian population. I like how it is always referred to as a sneak attack. In what way is it a sneak attack? They attacked in broad daylight flying planes from miles away.
    , @byrresheim
    You, sir, should not believe your national myth.
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  34. WCK says:
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    This kind of delusion is why we need to bring back nuclear testing.

    Just one historian has produced all this evidence of the nuclear program.

    http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/

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  35. Che Guava says:

    Hello Linh,

    I am sorry that we did not have timing to meet.

    My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore,My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore,

    I agree with the Singapore comparison. Which line did you ride from Narita?

    few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.

    That remains true in Japan, even in many areas in Tokyo, at times.

    My maternal great-grandfather, Ngo Thuc Dinh, was one of the top officials in the pro-Japanese Vietnamese government of World War II, and for this collaboration, he was targeted for assassination by the Communists. Unable to do this, they killed my grandfather instead. This incident didn’t just change how my mother was raised, but my emotional makeup.

    I am very sorry to hear that, i know little of the time after the Vichy collapse in Vietnam, must reading more on it.

    so as it was being refilled, I could wash my hands.

    Taking it for usual, but it was a good idea.

    Initially open to whites, Japan’s rulers then saw the Christian missionaries as deforming and dividing their society, thus began 220 years of isolation.

    In the failed invasion of Korea under Hideyoshi, and the battle of Sekigahara, crucial to establishment of the Tokugawa, many of the lords, and their samurai and soldiers, were under the sign of the cross.

    The real depredations came after the fall of the Tokugawa, when mainly Jewish people exploited differences in the relative prices of silver and gold relative to elsewhere, and the ‘powers’ at the time set up extraterritorial zones, partly to assist such exploitation.

    The beauty (and sadness) of Thomassons

    Well, that was something I had wanted to show you more of (but not exactly the same). However, I have never heard that term, I find many instances of such. Was looking it on up Japanese Yahoo, almost all search results were in English.

    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98),

    Too busy fighting internally, subduing the Ainu, and with piracy, and kidnapping, particularly from Korea, which is why the North Koreans felt justified in kidnapping a few from Japan.

    The Yasukuni Shrine

    In the heart of Berlin is a vast and, frankly, hideously clunky Holocaust Memorial, while in the middle of Tokyo is the sublimely beautiful Yasukuni Shrine. Built in 1869, it’s a memorial to Japanese war dead, dating to the Boshin War.

    Yasukuni is far from ‘sublimely beautiful’ it is an ugly symbol, and the scene of many Korean residents and opponents of militarism being beaten by police and fascists (real, not the imaginary ones of insane western left of now) in protests outside. It is not a memorial, but a shrine, and Shinto priests secretly transported the ashes of class-A war crimininals to be enshrined there in the dead of night, some did not deserve the classification of war crhminal, some did.

    Many other shrines and temples, also some churches. are much more beautiful.
    One such is abt. 80 m. from my new workplace, 25 or so min. from entering the train at a station where you were staying to arrival. Instead of war, its gods are dedicated to success in work and small business. Also, very much older than Yasukuni.

    massive fire raid by B-29s on nearby Tokyo that took place on March 10,1945. Much of Tokyo burned to the ground that night, with more than 100,000 people killed, more even than those killed at either Nagasaki or Hiroshima after an atomic bomb was dropped on these two cities.

    Well, I know of at least one street where some of the bars still have tiles scorched by it. War crime, sure!

    Fascism is only a blip in their history, and it’s seven decades ago! Why should Germany and Japan be singled out as particularly evil?

    Well, it seems Germany (and even most of western Europe) has been singled out for destruction. Apart from the depredations of Lemay and Halsey, we have been allowed or forced to continue a form of Fascism that is close to the Italian model. This was working well for many years, but the proliferation of intelligent people having to working in bad jobs, and not very intelligent but good-hearted people having none but the worse choices, often homelessness, to which I will be returning.

    No one jostles, or hogs a sidewalk or seat. Unlike in urban America, there’s no public display of aggression, and the very rare homeless don’t pester anyone for anything.

    When working in the area, I was smoking at will, as many others. People are not suppposed to, but I am not a chain smoker, and always carrying a portable ashtray, nobody cares.

    Linh, you are completely wrong on your first sentence. Your impressions are only from the range and timing of your travels.

    The ‘very rare homeless’ only became very rare because most of them are working on the Fukushima ‘cleanup’, sure, if you were an ejected industrial or construction worker (or other), would you not prefer to be housed in nice hotels by the government or TEPCO, to work in the cleanup’ (and this mainly organised, as far as salary and bookings, to make sure they don’t have labour rights, through Yakuza shell-companies).

    Signs on sidewalks, “No Smoking While Walking!” Venturing out, my wife observed, “No one eats while walking either! There is no activity on the sidewalk, and there’s not a trash can anywhere. They are so uptight!”

    In Yaesu, I stared up at a multi-storied karaoke business. In a purple, red and green lit room, a man appeared to be singing by himself. I kept waiting in vain for another person to appear.

    Well, that is a strange thing, I am doing it on occasion, on a free afternoon, at a very cheap place, taking own food and drinks OK, to practise for songs with very fast words, but sure you don’t know if that man was a lone fool, or force-feeding hIs poor staff.

    a pachinko parlor where men, mostly, spend hours feeding steel balls into childishly colorful machines. Although the nominal aim is to win prizes, trifling mostly, the real attraction is oblivion.

    You are likely correct about the real attraction, but plenty of women are avid players. … and some people make money from it. Near every pachinko parlour, or complex of pachinko parlours is a ‘TUC shop’, exchange for relatively big money (if winning big) iis there. Technically illegal, but legit.shop windows.

    If you’re still heartbroken after being weaned

    For many, weaning is at four or five or even older, it is a custom, so no mystery.

    Much younger for me, finding it a little sick to continuing so long. .

    there’s even a term, karojisatsu, for workers driven to suicide.

    In writing that is comprehensiible, but karoushi is the general term.

    ingest more anti-depressants than anyone else on earth.

    That is surprising me, most doctors here are very averse to prescribing such, not that I would wanting it, guess it is a function of place and social class.

    Regards.

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    I am sorry that we did not have timing to meet.
     
    You weren't able to criticize him in person.

    When working in the area, I was smoking at will, as many others. People are not suppposed to, but I am not a chain smoker, and always carrying a portable ashtray, nobody cares.
     
    They care but they are not confrontational. You are simply rude as well as clueless.

    Linh, you are completely wrong on your first sentence. Your impressions are only from the range and timing of your travels.

    The ‘very rare homeless’ only became very rare because most of them are working on the Fukushima ‘cleanup’,
     
    Fukushima was seven years ago. Perhaps he should have waited another 18 years, or until 2036, to visit Japan when the homeless situation is more to your liking.

    We are astute enough to know that we are getting impressions from a tourist who didn't have to deal with the rush hour commuters.

    ----------------
    Great article Linh.
    , @lulu
    It is very courageous for you to point out the obvious mis-representation of some aspects of Japanese socitey by Linh Dinh. Unfortunately, it seems that he doesn't have the decency to acknowledge it.

    Not telling the uninformed readers here about the Yasukuni Shrine hosted the ashes of class-A war crimininals , such as Hideki Tojo , who planned, launched and prosecuted Japan's bloody war in Asia and the Pacific - and are still revered there, is purely misleading and misinformation from the part of Linh Dinh, who is in no doubt knows this fact.

    Take a look at 14 'Class A' war criminals honoured by Japan at the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese MPs still go there every year to pay their respect:

    -Hideki Tojo: A general and commander of the Kwantung Army in China, a strong advocate of the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Italy as Army Minister, directly responsible for the unannounced attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.

    - Kenji Doihara: Instrumental in the occupation of Manchuria, Doihara rose to become chief of the intelligence services in the puppet state that Japan knew as Manchuko.

    - Iwane Matsui: Commander-in-Chief for Nanking Massacre and Raping.

    Details: : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11031805/Yasukuni-Shrine-the-14-Class-A-war-criminals-honoured-by-Japan.html
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  36. songbird says:
    @Anon

    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.
     
    When grousing about the European penchant for conquest in the context of Asian societies, it’s really quite remiss to leave unmentioned all those centuries that, for example, the Japanese spent invading themselves, or the influence that contact with the Turks, Mongols and other Asiatic hordes had upon the European mindset vis-a-vis foreign peoples.

    I agree. Asians unwarlike by nature, except by the malign influence of whites is maudlin and unhistorical. Everyone is warlike. Conquests came from technological scope and ability. Japan did not carve out an earlier empire because they lacked the ability.

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    You are a moron and a liar. Ever hearing of the Mongol empire? Read a little more history before saying such an assinine thing.
    , @Daniel Chieh
    Well, the Chinese really are an un-martial people, something which EA Ross talked about as well - perhaps a kind of the issue of low testosterone writ large and which even earlier visitors talked about("A people neither distinguished in great valor nor size, but employ much cunning"). Traditionally, the Confucian society have placed soldiers extremely low in respect, below farmers and laborers, and speak of almost all use of violence as zeman or barbaric/thuggish/beneath them(and yet, Great Leap Forward and millions of dead! Is starvation due to mismanagement a kinder death to inflict? Hypocrisy must be universal). Generally speaking, unless more martial people rule them, they do interesting things but shrink to pathetic sizes(look at how small Song dynasty is compared to Qing). Even something like Romance of the Three Kingdoms is ancient, and is basically a civil war writ huge and a lot of focus is placed on cleverness and strategem, not valor(and indeed, valor is almost derided as bravado in some cases).

    I don't say this approvingly, I find it cowardice and I find justifications for it to be justifications for cowardice. In that sense, I'm not very pleasant to my co-ethnics for what I see is their lack of courage. Well, one man's pacifism and prudence is another man's cowardice, I suppose.

    Japan was always quite martial. Being forced to open up by the West certainly impacted them, but its not like Europeans introduced the concept of samurai to them, or that they didn't put martial castes at the top of their totem pole. Anyway, a bit of humor to finish this off, insofar as the Japanese introduction to the "Mongol way of combat."

    According to our manner of fighting we must first call out by name someone from the enemy ranks, and then attack in single combat. But the Mongols took no notice at all of such conventions. They rushed forward all together in a mass, grappling with any individuals they could catch and killing them.

     

    , @lulu
    Daniel Chieh, your hatred to China is leading you to become a laughing stock and debase your otherwise excellent writings.

    Talking "unless more martial people rule them, they do interesting things but shrink to pathetic sizes(look at how small Song dynasty is compared to Qing)", why not compare the map of Ming Dynasty (after Song and before Qing) which was built and ruled by Han Chinese: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/ming-dynasty-map.cfm

    Because this will debase your biased and hatred filled misinformation about China.
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  37. songbird says:

    What happened to America was worse than if its cities had been bombed. Possibly worse than if it had lost the war. I have a feeling there wouldn’t be so many lobbyists on K-street, if it had once been nuked. or fire-bombed.

    In a perverse sense, Japan is lucky. Being on the receiving end on A-bombs is like an absolution to the culture of guilt that has developed in Germany. Of course, there are other factors at play too.

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  38. songbird says:
    @jim jones
    The Japanese try to be creative but it just looks ridiculous:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=W0X0cmQAdSE

    I’d take Japanese commercials any day over the pozzed ones in the West, where half of them seem to be about miscegenation, and most of them about racial politics.

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  39. denjae says:
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    It seems indeed that ‘nuclear weapons’ as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to ‘ban nuclear weapons’ is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    Pu . . . I mean Phew !!! (as in sigh of relief . . . nothing else)

    I could’a thunk of 239 reasons to go off on your comment.

    But thanks to you, now realize that

    my 239 weeks in — and 239 weeks out of — that Special-Metals facility (it was hot in there) where those guys from Nevada and California and (was it?) Manhattan were doing bang-up applied science again — literally a PhD production line

    20 years later — 24/7 — lots more stuff — lots more bang-ier.

    10 freaking years . . . NEVER EXISTED !!!

    And those letters I used to get from Nevada? Deceased? . . . Cause of death? . . . Yeah, just fake too.

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  40. anonymous[279] • Disclaimer says:
    @llloyd
    Rape of Nanking is now officially in English anyway, called Massacre of Nanking. A Japanese television crew visited Nanking and found no evidence of mass rape or even any rapes. The Japanese army was very disciplined, trained by the Germans. That is why they had "comfort women". Massacre of Nanking evidence is dependant not on archaeology but on grainy source unknown photographs of dead people.

    Some Japanese, especially the right wingers, don’t want to admit that Japanese, just like any other peoples, are capable of committing atrocities. The Japanese government can keep trying to seal its citizens from the truth of the Rape of Nanking but there are Japanese who are trying to find out the truth.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/japanese-vets-admit-on-film-to-nanjing-atrocities-1.889895

    Japanese vets admit on film to Nanjing atrocities

    Activist Tamaki Matsuoka is challenging Japanese perceptions of the country’s war record with a new documentary on the atrocities known as the Rape of Nanking.

    Her film, Torn Memories of Nanjing, combines the memories of Japanese war veterans with accounts by Chinese survivors of the massacres of 1937-38, after Japan captured the former capital city of Nanking.

    Takeda, who is in his 30s, said he was shocked by what he heard from Japanese veterans interviewed on film.

    Juhei Teramoto, a former soldier, admits on film that “superior officers told us to commit robbery, murder, rape and arson and do anything.

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.

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    See the film The Emperor's Naked Army (Marches on)., 肌かな帝国軍の前進I don't know how to see it now, but it must be on-line. The protagonist was a WWII soldier, firing a pachinko ball from a slingshot at the emperor of the time, locked up for a while, am not wanting to say more. It is a great documentary.
    , @utu

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.
     
    How many Americans express regret for fire bombing Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...? How many expressed regret for killing Japanese soldiers who tried to surrender or who already surrendered?
    , @llloyd
    Japan has its Cultural Marxists and radical feminists too. Takeda's film sounds like the Japanese version of the movie Shoah which is also entirely drawn from hearsay. No doubt it will win prizes from Western film festivals. From what you said, movie does not appear to push the mass rapes of Nanking story. That is now a massacre story. True people do get killed in war. In Taiwan, refugees from the mainland commonly say, Chinese bandits and half starved soldiers used to atack Chinese villages and their atrocities werre blamed on the Japanese. As then, still the case, Chinese did not understand language dialects outside their regions, that sounds plausible.
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  41. Anonymous[341] • Disclaimer says:
    @jim jones
    The Japanese try to be creative but it just looks ridiculous:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=W0X0cmQAdSE

    Nonsense.

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  42. Che Guava says:

    Sorry, again your ”noone josttles or struggles for a seat’ is false reportage born of being in a narrow area and travelling outside peak-hour times. Tokyo Station itself has much maniacal forward marching at times, but avoidable by walking slowly and avoiding the maniacs.

    I am surprised that you were never seeing it! Many other major change-line stations, positively violent. I am not participating. Don’t say what you know nothing about.

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  43. Che Guava says:
    @songbird
    I agree. Asians unwarlike by nature, except by the malign influence of whites is maudlin and unhistorical. Everyone is warlike. Conquests came from technological scope and ability. Japan did not carve out an earlier empire because they lacked the ability.

    You are a moron and a liar. Ever hearing of the Mongol empire? Read a little more history before saying such an assinine thing.

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  44. Japs killed two of my Uncles and almost, my Pop. Then they eliminated 95% of manufacturing in the United States. They can go FUCK themselves. Nuke them AGAIN. With bigger nukes this time, I understand we’re on the kiloton-per-penny plan. There should be plenty enough left over to bring them to extinction or at least to heel at long last. After we make peace with North Korea. we can sell them weapons and planes to handle Japan with. Like Israel buying weapons to stifle Syria, Japan will do experiments on people if you let them. Iranians caused me problems with that silly hostage rescue business back in April 1980. They can all die, too! Ah, were *I* the King, things would get FIXED in the World!

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    • Troll: L.K
    • Replies: @Severo Díaz-Llobet
    Thank divine Providence, in all His sagacity, that you’re barred from even wielding power as a Wal-Mart greeter, let alone a king.
    , @Che Guava
    Really.?

    You are entertaining, but apart from our makers making cars Americans want to buy (unlike GM, Ford of now), tech. bullying was all on one
    side, U.S.A. as the bully.all along, and even running docnmentation companies to steal research results and other technical documents.

    That is real.

    The reverse is not.
    , @utu
    Too bad they did not kill your father. The world would be better w/o you.
    , @Josep
    Wishing death upon modern generations of a nationality just because of events from a few generations prior is not a Christian thing to do. Those same modern generations weren't even born at the time of the atrocities and ergo had no involvement in them. For you to hate modern Japanese because soldiers killed your uncles over 70 years ago is just as bad as modern Jews hating modern Europeans (Germans especially) for the Holocaust.

    By the way, VHS, Betamax, 3½-inch floppies and CDs, among several other things Westerners have taken for granted in the post-WWII era, came from Japan. Just saying.

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  45. Anonymous[341] • Disclaimer says:

    Or if you want to stick to breath freshener commercials, the song Tokyo Jihen did for Dopamint! is ridiculously good for a jingle:

    But yes, the Japanese do love cute and ridiculous. Sometimes that okay too, though I have a pretty low tolerance for most jpop and other manifestations of that sensibility.

    And then there is the literature and the art and visual art. I think Japan holds its own where the arts are concerned.

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    Yeah, if you're the Emperor and it's 1941.
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  46. Che Guava says:
    @anonymous
    Some Japanese, especially the right wingers, don't want to admit that Japanese, just like any other peoples, are capable of committing atrocities. The Japanese government can keep trying to seal its citizens from the truth of the Rape of Nanking but there are Japanese who are trying to find out the truth.


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/japanese-vets-admit-on-film-to-nanjing-atrocities-1.889895

    Japanese vets admit on film to Nanjing atrocities

    Activist Tamaki Matsuoka is challenging Japanese perceptions of the country's war record with a new documentary on the atrocities known as the Rape of Nanking.

    Her film, Torn Memories of Nanjing, combines the memories of Japanese war veterans with accounts by Chinese survivors of the massacres of 1937-38, after Japan captured the former capital city of Nanking.


    Takeda, who is in his 30s, said he was shocked by what he heard from Japanese veterans interviewed on film.

    Juhei Teramoto, a former soldier, admits on film that "superior officers told us to commit robbery, murder, rape and arson and do anything.

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.

    See the film The Emperor’s Naked Army (Marches on)., 肌かな帝国軍の前進I don’t know how to see it now, but it must be on-line. The protagonist was a WWII soldier, firing a pachinko ball from a slingshot at the emperor of the time, locked up for a while, am not wanting to say more. It is a great documentary.

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    Oh yes,

    Must See !

    That would be:
    https://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Naked-Army-Marches-Kazuo/dp/B000LPS39O

    Not funny at all, nothing romantic or honorable here, other than a man avenging the death of his mate.
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  47. @Anonymous
    Or if you want to stick to breath freshener commercials, the song Tokyo Jihen did for Dopamint! is ridiculously good for a jingle:

    https://youtu.be/_kw25gC5_68?t=47

    But yes, the Japanese do love cute and ridiculous. Sometimes that okay too, though I have a pretty low tolerance for most jpop and other manifestations of that sensibility.

    And then there is the literature and the art and visual art. I think Japan holds its own where the arts are concerned.

    Yeah, if you’re the Emperor and it’s 1941.

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  48. danand says:

    Linh Dinh, interesting read, thank you.

    My father owned a Japanese restaurant in Santa Clara, CA. Its cooks were Mexicans and Vietnamese, however, with only one Japanese ever employed, right at the beginning, to teach the rest the basics, then he was, ah, fired.

    I have dined at that Kobes a few times, having lived in the city of Santa Clara from age 2 weeks thru midlife. I have to confess though that most of the Sushi I consummed was from Kazoo, in San Jose’s Japan Town, a couple of miles SE of Kobes. Kazoo actually employeed a honest to goodness Japanese chef, who intersetingly enough went by the english name Tomasson. A little unustul; he would stop by the house every few years to drop off a card or small gift, exchange a few words, then depart. When he died a couple of years ago, his daughter sent a note. The new chef “looks” Japanese to my eyes.

    Among Kobe’s decorations was a Turkish serving plate, bought at a flea market.

    “This is clearly not Japanese, dad.” “It’s close enough. No one will know.” To be so slapdash and careless is typically Vietnamese, I’m sorry to say.

    My maternal great-grandfather, Ngo Thuc Dinh, was one of the top officials in the pro-Japanese Vietnamese government of World War II.

    You’re lucky I think, got a good portion of you mothers-grandfathers genes.

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  49. Aside from Honda, Hello Kitty is Japan’s greatest contribution to Mankind.

    Who doesn’t LOVE Hello Kitty?

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  50. Che Guava says:

    Hello Priss.

    You are correct about jungle fever being psessed in Japan, but outside inner Tokyo, results are sparse. Many picanninies.
    The cultusal bombardment is from the mid-90s, non-stop nig sounds, at ramen chains, at burger places, at curry places, etc.

    I can’t even see why people even want to hear that

    Fem bot:Ooh, aah, rilly wanna coo for you.

    Man bot:I just gots to ‘splaining why I cheating on you, an’ you gotta had me ba-a-aAk.

    Etc. That this is the real lyrical ontent.
    Also ‘autotuned’ into the realm of synthesis.

    Am often telling other Japanese, ‘if only you understand the words, you will hating it, but those bombarded by it for twenty or nore years, and less, aod no taste forr other music (or any music) are just addicts.

    Those who are not liking it are many, but in public spaces, so sick of it, and my two liines above, a perfect summary.

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    Che Guava:

    Your writing, "Am often telling other Japanese," is incorrect English on three counts:

    (1) You have dropped the first-person singular pronoun.

    (2) You have used the present progressive instead of the simple present for indicating a habitual or frequently recurring action.

    (3) You have written "other Japanese" as if you wanted people to include you in the category of "Japanese" even though it is known that you are not Japanese.

    Quit being a ridiculous liar.
    , @myself
    In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.

    China has outright prohibited not only the music, but depictions of the espoused lifestyles. Recent law.

    Make of that what you will
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  51. denk says:
    @Captain Willard
    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it's worth. Admittedly, these conversations were in English, so it wasn't a random sample. But my kid, who lives there, said she's had similar conversations in Japanese with the locals.

    Something wrong with the Chinese eh ?

    They’r so scary,
    feared by the murkkans/Brits/Indians/Jp/Aussies…..

    heheheheh

    Here’s quiz,

    Other than their fear of the yellow peril,
    whats common to these four QUAD members ???

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    I'd have thought its a no brainer,

    Here's the answer...

    Sorry mate, it's got nuthin to do with their being democrazies,

    These four are all serial aggressors against the Chinese.
    The Jp goes right back to the Ming dynasty,
    the anglos since the days of Opium war, when they and their Indian jawans whacked 20k chinks [according to some white trash supremacists here], the Indian jawans have been with their British officer corps right from the beginning, the Aussies were in the thick of every god damned war with their fukus cousins.

    Unlike the psychopaths who run these democrzies, the Chinese look kinda rational to me, I dont envisage them invading [sic] any of these four any time soon.

    Hence the conclusion,
    The QUAD is guilty conscious of what they've been doing to the Chinese, now that China is getting strong, they'r worried one of this day
    China might wanna settle some old and new score.


    hehehe
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  52. @Jim Christian
    Japs killed two of my Uncles and almost, my Pop. Then they eliminated 95% of manufacturing in the United States. They can go FUCK themselves. Nuke them AGAIN. With bigger nukes this time, I understand we're on the kiloton-per-penny plan. There should be plenty enough left over to bring them to extinction or at least to heel at long last. After we make peace with North Korea. we can sell them weapons and planes to handle Japan with. Like Israel buying weapons to stifle Syria, Japan will do experiments on people if you let them. Iranians caused me problems with that silly hostage rescue business back in April 1980. They can all die, too! Ah, were *I* the King, things would get FIXED in the World!

    Thank divine Providence, in all His sagacity, that you’re barred from even wielding power as a Wal-Mart greeter, let alone a king.

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    I was their wiretap/Telecom guy. From screws to Jews, I set divorce wiretaps, wiretaps against the Algerian Embassy in the early 80s on behalf of FBI and DIA after the Israelis encouraged the explosions at the Lebanese Embassy in 1982 or 1983. I set wiretaps all over town back then. Nowadays? I don't kill anyone doesn't have it coming. How about YOU, cupcake?
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    • Replies: @utu
    That's true. Japanese towns seem to be ugly as if there was not urban planning. But they are clean unlike Chinese towns.
    , @Josep
    One can't always judge a whole country's towns just by looking at the ugliest ones; in some cases it's a mixed bag. Then again, if the majority of towns in Japan are really as "ugly" as that one, then you might have a point.
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  54. Che Guava says:
    @Jim Christian
    Japs killed two of my Uncles and almost, my Pop. Then they eliminated 95% of manufacturing in the United States. They can go FUCK themselves. Nuke them AGAIN. With bigger nukes this time, I understand we're on the kiloton-per-penny plan. There should be plenty enough left over to bring them to extinction or at least to heel at long last. After we make peace with North Korea. we can sell them weapons and planes to handle Japan with. Like Israel buying weapons to stifle Syria, Japan will do experiments on people if you let them. Iranians caused me problems with that silly hostage rescue business back in April 1980. They can all die, too! Ah, were *I* the King, things would get FIXED in the World!

    Really.?

    You are entertaining, but apart from our makers making cars Americans want to buy (unlike GM, Ford of now), tech. bullying was all on one
    side, U.S.A. as the bully.all along, and even running docnmentation companies to steal research results and other technical documents.

    That is real.

    The reverse is not.

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    You are not. Entertaining NOR relevant.
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  55. Bliss says:

    In Vietnam, few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.

    That cracked me up. Arigato…

    Many will say the Japanese had it coming after their Bombing of Chongqing, Rape of Nanking, Bataan Death March and Unit 731, etc. For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.

    A paragraph packed with info and insight. It seems many Japanese still think they aren’t really yellow, that they are “honorary whites” or “honorary aryans”. It’s only a matter of time before they will have to come to their senses, recognize their actual historical status and acknowledge their barbaric crimes against other Asians.

    A wholesale rejection of everything doesn’t have to be self-destructive, however, and can even lead to a recovery of sanity, beauty and long-suppressed virtues.

    And, above all, it can even lead to the realization of the eternal God within us all.

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    This is a level of epic, breathtaking cluelessness.
    , @MacNucc11
    I certainly cannot prove it but I suspect much of the so called atrocities attributed to the Japanese is simply over the top urban legend similar to Germano Russo phobia. Way overblown and very self serving. Been going on for a long time. The so called black legend of the Spanish in America. Nothing more than a smear campaign by those hoping to steal their colonies. I have taken in a number of Japanese students and found them extremely polite, funny, and respectful. I also noticed many of the traits that Linh Dhin mentions here. They tend to be more Americanized than I am. Very clean, almost to a fault. I would love to see them recover some of their culture and reject American junk culture. Global investment capital found its way to both Germany and Japan after the war and managed to help gut the U.S. auto industry by perfecting manufacturing processes. Sadly they have become a consumer culture much like the U.S.
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  56. @Bliss

    In Vietnam, few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.
     
    That cracked me up. Arigato...

    Many will say the Japanese had it coming after their Bombing of Chongqing, Rape of Nanking, Bataan Death March and Unit 731, etc. For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.
     
    A paragraph packed with info and insight. It seems many Japanese still think they aren’t really yellow, that they are “honorary whites” or “honorary aryans”. It’s only a matter of time before they will have to come to their senses, recognize their actual historical status and acknowledge their barbaric crimes against other Asians.

    A wholesale rejection of everything doesn’t have to be self-destructive, however, and can even lead to a recovery of sanity, beauty and long-suppressed virtues.
     
    And, above all, it can even lead to the realization of the eternal God within us all.

    This is a level of epic, breathtaking cluelessness.

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    We don't need no stinking Time Magazine pictorials showing us Muricans how to distinguish between the Ching Changs and the Yo Yo Jos. I say kill'em all and let Confucius sort them out. Wait, should that be Buddha? No, Shinto kami?
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  57. MacNucc11 says:
    @Moses
    I like your writing anh Linh. Rất tốt.

    But blaming Whites for Japanese aggression? Oh dear.

    In fairness the Japanese were forced at gunpoint to open their society to the anglos. They had no imperial ambitions at that time. After, I assume they realized that to prevent further hostile invasion they would need a larger buffer zone. So what Linh states makes infinite sense. In a way they simply spread their defenses further out and at the same time rooting out potential enemies. Notice that seems to be the grand strategy of Israel present day.

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    I had no idea White people were to blame for the Japanese Rape of Nanking and brutal occupation of Korea.

    Is there any evil in the world that the White devils aren't behind? I don't think so!
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  58. Not Raul says:
    @jim jones
    The Japanese try to be creative but it just looks ridiculous:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=W0X0cmQAdSE

    And to think these guys kicked Tommy Atkins out of Singapore!

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  59. MacNucc11 says:
    @Bliss

    In Vietnam, few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.
     
    That cracked me up. Arigato...

    Many will say the Japanese had it coming after their Bombing of Chongqing, Rape of Nanking, Bataan Death March and Unit 731, etc. For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.
     
    A paragraph packed with info and insight. It seems many Japanese still think they aren’t really yellow, that they are “honorary whites” or “honorary aryans”. It’s only a matter of time before they will have to come to their senses, recognize their actual historical status and acknowledge their barbaric crimes against other Asians.

    A wholesale rejection of everything doesn’t have to be self-destructive, however, and can even lead to a recovery of sanity, beauty and long-suppressed virtues.
     
    And, above all, it can even lead to the realization of the eternal God within us all.

    I certainly cannot prove it but I suspect much of the so called atrocities attributed to the Japanese is simply over the top urban legend similar to Germano Russo phobia. Way overblown and very self serving. Been going on for a long time. The so called black legend of the Spanish in America. Nothing more than a smear campaign by those hoping to steal their colonies. I have taken in a number of Japanese students and found them extremely polite, funny, and respectful. I also noticed many of the traits that Linh Dhin mentions here. They tend to be more Americanized than I am. Very clean, almost to a fault. I would love to see them recover some of their culture and reject American junk culture. Global investment capital found its way to both Germany and Japan after the war and managed to help gut the U.S. auto industry by perfecting manufacturing processes. Sadly they have become a consumer culture much like the U.S.

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    I don’t know about that. Was recently reading one of the works of Lee Kuan Yew (founder of modern Singapore) where he described life in the ‘40s under Japanese occupation.
    They seemed like a pretty brutal bunch to me, and I don’t think Lee had any axe to grind, unless it was to showcase the more enlightened British colonial despotism.
    Also, what about the accounts from survivors of the Bataan death march and other eyewitness accounts?
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  60. @Severo Díaz-Llobet
    Thank divine Providence, in all His sagacity, that you’re barred from even wielding power as a Wal-Mart greeter, let alone a king.

    I was their wiretap/Telecom guy. From screws to Jews, I set divorce wiretaps, wiretaps against the Algerian Embassy in the early 80s on behalf of FBI and DIA after the Israelis encouraged the explosions at the Lebanese Embassy in 1982 or 1983. I set wiretaps all over town back then. Nowadays? I don’t kill anyone doesn’t have it coming. How about YOU, cupcake?

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  61. MacNucc11 says:

    As far as the bombing of Japanese cities with both traditional and nuclear it is nothing more than an unprovoked act of sheer barbarism and murder. I love it. All of a sudden after how many Japanese and American dead they now are hoping to save American soldier’s lives? Ha, what a joke! You know what would have saved a lot of lives? Not starting a war with Japan by blockading her ports. But even if we skip ahead to just before Hiroshima and Nakasaki the U.S. could have ended the war at any time they wanted but global capital wanted into both Germany and Japan so they wanted full access to all the labor and resources. They were not happy with surrender they wanted total submission. War crimes by the U.S. near the end of the war was all about greed.

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  62. @Che Guava
    Really.?

    You are entertaining, but apart from our makers making cars Americans want to buy (unlike GM, Ford of now), tech. bullying was all on one
    side, U.S.A. as the bully.all along, and even running docnmentation companies to steal research results and other technical documents.

    That is real.

    The reverse is not.

    You are not. Entertaining NOR relevant.

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  63. MacNucc11 says:
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    This is the first time I am hearing this but I think at least some of what you are saying seems plausible.

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  64. MacNucc11 says:

    Soviet military capability turned out to be a hoax so I guess anything is possible. I will admit it works great as a threat and the amount of people who would actually know it was real or not would likely be very few. I know for a fact that so called fear over Iran nukes is total garbage. Everyone knows they have no nuclear weapons ambitions but it makes for a great threat. Bush 2 even invoked the mushroom cloud in reference to Iraq.

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  65. @anony-mouse
    1/ Curtis Lemay was George Wallace's running mate in his 1968 Presidential campaign (which I assume a lot of people here voted for).

    2/ '...From its founding, the US has destroyed societies to save them, with Iraq, Libya and Syria only the latest examples. Without any violence whatsoever, perhaps Japan can return the favor...'

    With its 1.4-1.5 TFR, Japan won't be doing very much very soon.

    But they don't have immigrants!

    You’re right that Japan’s suicidally low fertility rate will make it impossible to threaten us much.
    In the near future, they won’t have enough younger men to muster a conventional armed force able to take on a substantial military power. Its population will be not just decreasing but plummeting shortly.

    As for the candidates in the 1968 US presidential election, I’ll wager most commenters here weren’t old enough to vote then. Many of us weren’t even alive in 1968.

    But who would I have voted for if I had been voting age in 1968? Wallace, probably, given the alternatives and given his signature issues.

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  66. A couple of links that may amuse:

    https://www.amazon.com/Things-Japanese-Everyday-Exceptional-Significance-ebook/dp/B00J75N50G

    ( Japanese ceramic “technology” came from kidnapped Koreans many hundreds of years ago. )

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/nick-bornoff-writer-who-recorded-with-wit-and-vivacity-the-sexual-mores-of-japanese-society-2131708.html

    Nick Bornoff’s obit.

    “His fondness for the higher culture of Japan was reflected in a later book entitled Things Japanese (2002).”

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  67. @Anon

    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.
     
    When grousing about the European penchant for conquest in the context of Asian societies, it’s really quite remiss to leave unmentioned all those centuries that, for example, the Japanese spent invading themselves, or the influence that contact with the Turks, Mongols and other Asiatic hordes had upon the European mindset vis-a-vis foreign peoples.

    Having read Linh Dinh’s writings, I’m going to be charitable and give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s never struck me as anti-white, and to the extent that he does criticize whites, he criticizes imperialist elites more than the white masses.

    Also, judging by his previous posts on China, he seems well aware of Asia’s violent premodern history.

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  68. @Che Guava
    Hello Linh,

    I am sorry that we did not have timing to meet.

    My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore,My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore,

     

    I agree with the Singapore comparison. Which line did you ride from Narita?

    few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.
     
    That remains true in Japan, even in many areas in Tokyo, at times.


    My maternal great-grandfather, Ngo Thuc Dinh, was one of the top officials in the pro-Japanese Vietnamese government of World War II, and for this collaboration, he was targeted for assassination by the Communists. Unable to do this, they killed my grandfather instead. This incident didn’t just change how my mother was raised, but my emotional makeup.

     

    I am very sorry to hear that, i know little of the time after the Vichy collapse in Vietnam, must reading more on it.

    so as it was being refilled, I could wash my hands.
     
    Taking it for usual, but it was a good idea.

    Initially open to whites, Japan’s rulers then saw the Christian missionaries as deforming and dividing their society, thus began 220 years of isolation.
     
    In the failed invasion of Korea under Hideyoshi, and the battle of Sekigahara, crucial to establishment of the Tokugawa, many of the lords, and their samurai and soldiers, were under the sign of the cross.

    The real depredations came after the fall of the Tokugawa, when mainly Jewish people exploited differences in the relative prices of silver and gold relative to elsewhere, and the 'powers' at the time set up extraterritorial zones, partly to assist such exploitation.

    The beauty (and sadness) of Thomassons
     
    Well, that was something I had wanted to show you more of (but not exactly the same). However, I have never heard that term, I find many instances of such. Was looking it on up Japanese Yahoo, almost all search results were in English.


    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98),
     
    Too busy fighting internally, subduing the Ainu, and with piracy, and kidnapping, particularly from Korea, which is why the North Koreans felt justified in kidnapping a few from Japan.

    The Yasukuni Shrine

    In the heart of Berlin is a vast and, frankly, hideously clunky Holocaust Memorial, while in the middle of Tokyo is the sublimely beautiful Yasukuni Shrine. Built in 1869, it’s a memorial to Japanese war dead, dating to the Boshin War.

     

    Yasukuni is far from 'sublimely beautiful' it is an ugly symbol, and the scene of many Korean residents and opponents of militarism being beaten by police and fascists (real, not the imaginary ones of insane western left of now) in protests outside. It is not a memorial, but a shrine, and Shinto priests secretly transported the ashes of class-A war crimininals to be enshrined there in the dead of night, some did not deserve the classification of war crhminal, some did.

    Many other shrines and temples, also some churches. are much more beautiful.
    One such is abt. 80 m. from my new workplace, 25 or so min. from entering the train at a station where you were staying to arrival. Instead of war, its gods are dedicated to success in work and small business. Also, very much older than Yasukuni.


    massive fire raid by B-29s on nearby Tokyo that took place on March 10,1945. Much of Tokyo burned to the ground that night, with more than 100,000 people killed, more even than those killed at either Nagasaki or Hiroshima after an atomic bomb was dropped on these two cities.
     
    Well, I know of at least one street where some of the bars still have tiles scorched by it. War crime, sure!

    Fascism is only a blip in their history, and it’s seven decades ago! Why should Germany and Japan be singled out as particularly evil?

     

    Well, it seems Germany (and even most of western Europe) has been singled out for destruction. Apart from the depredations of Lemay and Halsey, we have been allowed or forced to continue a form of Fascism that is close to the Italian model. This was working well for many years, but the proliferation of intelligent people having to working in bad jobs, and not very intelligent but good-hearted people having none but the worse choices, often homelessness, to which I will be returning.


    No one jostles, or hogs a sidewalk or seat. Unlike in urban America, there’s no public display of aggression, and the very rare homeless don’t pester anyone for anything.
     
    When working in the area, I was smoking at will, as many others. People are not suppposed to, but I am not a chain smoker, and always carrying a portable ashtray, nobody cares.

    Linh, you are completely wrong on your first sentence. Your impressions are only from the range and timing of your travels.

    The 'very rare homeless' only became very rare because most of them are working on the Fukushima 'cleanup', sure, if you were an ejected industrial or construction worker (or other), would you not prefer to be housed in nice hotels by the government or TEPCO, to work in the cleanup' (and this mainly organised, as far as salary and bookings, to make sure they don't have labour rights, through Yakuza shell-companies).


    Signs on sidewalks, “No Smoking While Walking!” Venturing out, my wife observed, “No one eats while walking either! There is no activity on the sidewalk, and there’s not a trash can anywhere. They are so uptight!”

     



    In Yaesu, I stared up at a multi-storied karaoke business. In a purple, red and green lit room, a man appeared to be singing by himself. I kept waiting in vain for another person to appear.

     

    Well, that is a strange thing, I am doing it on occasion, on a free afternoon, at a very cheap place, taking own food and drinks OK, to practise for songs with very fast words, but sure you don't know if that man was a lone fool, or force-feeding hIs poor staff.


    a pachinko parlor where men, mostly, spend hours feeding steel balls into childishly colorful machines. Although the nominal aim is to win prizes, trifling mostly, the real attraction is oblivion.
     
    You are likely correct about the real attraction, but plenty of women are avid players. ... and some people make money from it. Near every pachinko parlour, or complex of pachinko parlours is a 'TUC shop', exchange for relatively big money (if winning big) iis there. Technically illegal, but legit.shop windows.

    If you’re still heartbroken after being weaned

     

    For many, weaning is at four or five or even older, it is a custom, so no mystery.

    Much younger for me, finding it a little sick to continuing so long. .


    there’s even a term, karojisatsu, for workers driven to suicide.

     

    In writing that is comprehensiible, but karoushi is the general term.


    ingest more anti-depressants than anyone else on earth.
     
    That is surprising me, most doctors here are very averse to prescribing such, not that I would wanting it, guess it is a function of place and social class.

    Regards.

    I am sorry that we did not have timing to meet.

    You weren’t able to criticize him in person.

    When working in the area, I was smoking at will, as many others. People are not suppposed to, but I am not a chain smoker, and always carrying a portable ashtray, nobody cares.

    They care but they are not confrontational. You are simply rude as well as clueless.

    Linh, you are completely wrong on your first sentence. Your impressions are only from the range and timing of your travels.

    The ‘very rare homeless’ only became very rare because most of them are working on the Fukushima ‘cleanup’,

    Fukushima was seven years ago. Perhaps he should have waited another 18 years, or until 2036, to visit Japan when the homeless situation is more to your liking.

    We are astute enough to know that we are getting impressions from a tourist who didn’t have to deal with the rush hour commuters.

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    Great article Linh.

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    You are a fool, and not deserving any regard. I was very careful to trim my reply to Linh's artGcle to only points of praise or correction.
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  69. üeljang says:
    @Che Guava
    Hello Priss.

    You are correct about jungle fever being psessed in Japan, but outside inner Tokyo, results are sparse. Many picanninies.
    The cultusal bombardment is from the mid-90s, non-stop nig sounds, at ramen chains, at burger places, at curry places, etc.

    I can't even see why people even want to hear that

    Fem bot:Ooh, aah, rilly wanna coo for you.

    Man bot:I just gots to 'splaining why I cheating on you, an' you gotta had me ba-a-aAk.

    Etc. That this is the real lyrical ontent.
    Also 'autotuned' into the realm of synthesis.

    Am often telling other Japanese, 'if only you understand the words, you will hating it, but those bombarded by it for twenty or nore years, and less, aod no taste forr other music (or any music) are just addicts.

    Those who are not liking it are many, but in public spaces, so sick of it, and my two liines above, a perfect summary.

    Che Guava:

    Your writing, “Am often telling other Japanese,” is incorrect English on three counts:

    (1) You have dropped the first-person singular pronoun.

    (2) You have used the present progressive instead of the simple present for indicating a habitual or frequently recurring action.

    (3) You have written “other Japanese” as if you wanted people to include you in the category of “Japanese” even though it is known that you are not Japanese.

    Quit being a ridiculous liar.

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    Sorry, mr. Spy, i am a citizen.
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  70. denk says:
    @denk
    Something wrong with the Chinese eh ?

    They'r so scary,
    feared by the murkkans/Brits/Indians/Jp/Aussies.....

    heheheheh

    Here's quiz,

    Other than their fear of the yellow peril,
    whats common to these four QUAD members ???

    I’d have thought its a no brainer,

    Here’s the answer…

    Sorry mate, it’s got nuthin to do with their being democrazies,

    These four are all serial aggressors against the Chinese.
    The Jp goes right back to the Ming dynasty,
    the anglos since the days of Opium war, when they and their Indian jawans whacked 20k chinks [according to some white trash supremacists here], the Indian jawans have been with their British officer corps right from the beginning, the Aussies were in the thick of every god damned war with their fukus cousins.

    Unlike the psychopaths who run these democrzies, the Chinese look kinda rational to me, I dont envisage them invading [sic] any of these four any time soon.

    Hence the conclusion,
    The QUAD is guilty conscious of what they’ve been doing to the Chinese, now that China is getting strong, they’r worried one of this day
    China might wanna settle some old and new score.

    hehehe

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    That's basically it, in a nutshell.

    You don't want your former victims to get powerful, else you may have a harder time acting the thug against them.
    , @The Anti-Gnostic
    I'm not recalling any "murrcan" war against China, and apparently neither are you.

    Anyway, I've pointed this out before: the Jet Li movie Fearless has an interesting fight scene with hilarious caricatures of an American, a Brit, a Frenchman, and a Japanese. The American is a huge strongman with a walrus mustache and red, white and blue trunks. The Brit and the French are treacherous fops. The Japanese is a fat, wannabe Westerner in a top hat and scanty beard sitting with the col onials at a dais--imperialist running dog!

    Huo's fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury. They hold up each other's fists to the applause of the crowd. The Brit sneaks a weapon into the ring; the Frenchman flails around with an epee. Both are dispatched.

    The movie ends on an upbeat note: resurgent Han are guardians of diverse Asian peoples!

    I tell people it looks like the Chinese haven't forgotten the Opium Wars and French "Indochina" even if they've never heard of either.
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  71. utu says:
    @Pam Travel
    If Japanese are so sophisticated, why Japanese towns are so ugly?

    https://www.google.co.za/maps/@36.7650953,140.1299686,3a,75y,289.26h,104.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skLpUBO8D1KKEuG4VWaPE5A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?dcr=0

    That’s true. Japanese towns seem to be ugly as if there was not urban planning. But they are clean unlike Chinese towns.

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    Utu,

    You are correct abt. lack of planning controls.

    The central govt. also encourages local govt. areas to be considated into 'cities', which aren't cities, but mall strips along main roads, and removes whatever controls the former local govts held.

    I think, however, that Pam Travel's example is not much good. It is a quiet place, with a river or stream on the other side of the fence in the shot.

    You would know of Hokusai's 'True Views of the Toukaidou'.

    I take many photos of pretty places, in some cases, mentally thinking of them as 'false views', because of having to walk around to find the spot to cut the ugliness of the built environment. So, false views, just as Hokusai's were true views.

    Not always the case. Even the Toukaidou, some stretches an hour from Tokyo are nice.

    I was preferring central Tokyo when the 'no buildings to overlook the Palace' rule was applicable, and am sure that none of the politicians who despise him, as many in the LDP do, ever asked him about changing it, although part of their bs has always been 'support the emperor'. They just don't much like the curreot one
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  72. utu says:
    @Jim Christian
    Japs killed two of my Uncles and almost, my Pop. Then they eliminated 95% of manufacturing in the United States. They can go FUCK themselves. Nuke them AGAIN. With bigger nukes this time, I understand we're on the kiloton-per-penny plan. There should be plenty enough left over to bring them to extinction or at least to heel at long last. After we make peace with North Korea. we can sell them weapons and planes to handle Japan with. Like Israel buying weapons to stifle Syria, Japan will do experiments on people if you let them. Iranians caused me problems with that silly hostage rescue business back in April 1980. They can all die, too! Ah, were *I* the King, things would get FIXED in the World!

    Too bad they did not kill your father. The world would be better w/o you.

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  73. iffen says:
    @llloyd
    Rape of Nanking is now officially in English anyway, called Massacre of Nanking. A Japanese television crew visited Nanking and found no evidence of mass rape or even any rapes. The Japanese army was very disciplined, trained by the Germans. That is why they had "comfort women". Massacre of Nanking evidence is dependant not on archaeology but on grainy source unknown photographs of dead people.

    Rape of Nanking is now officially in English anyway, called Massacre of Nanking.

    The sneak attack on Pearl is now known as The Surprise in Paradise.

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    hilarius.. i want my cheezeburger
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  74. utu says:
    @anonymous
    Some Japanese, especially the right wingers, don't want to admit that Japanese, just like any other peoples, are capable of committing atrocities. The Japanese government can keep trying to seal its citizens from the truth of the Rape of Nanking but there are Japanese who are trying to find out the truth.


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/japanese-vets-admit-on-film-to-nanjing-atrocities-1.889895

    Japanese vets admit on film to Nanjing atrocities

    Activist Tamaki Matsuoka is challenging Japanese perceptions of the country's war record with a new documentary on the atrocities known as the Rape of Nanking.

    Her film, Torn Memories of Nanjing, combines the memories of Japanese war veterans with accounts by Chinese survivors of the massacres of 1937-38, after Japan captured the former capital city of Nanking.


    Takeda, who is in his 30s, said he was shocked by what he heard from Japanese veterans interviewed on film.

    Juhei Teramoto, a former soldier, admits on film that "superior officers told us to commit robbery, murder, rape and arson and do anything.

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.

    How many Americans express regret for fire bombing Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg…? How many expressed regret for killing Japanese soldiers who tried to surrender or who already surrendered?

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  75. iffen says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    In any case, if entire cities must be destroyed to atone for war crimes, then Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, etc., should have been vaporized yesterday.
     
    Please, feel free to vaporize Washington. You'll be doing our country--nay, our world!--a huge favor.

    Detroit! Detroit! He forgot Detroit.

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  76. iffen says:
    @Daniel Chieh
    This is a level of epic, breathtaking cluelessness.

    We don’t need no stinking Time Magazine pictorials showing us Muricans how to distinguish between the Ching Changs and the Yo Yo Jos. I say kill’em all and let Confucius sort them out. Wait, should that be Buddha? No, Shinto kami?

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  77. Bliss says:
    @Captain Willard
    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it's worth. Admittedly, these conversations were in English, so it wasn't a random sample. But my kid, who lives there, said she's had similar conversations in Japanese with the locals.

    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion

    Very interesting.

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  78. llloyd says: • Website
    @anonymous
    Some Japanese, especially the right wingers, don't want to admit that Japanese, just like any other peoples, are capable of committing atrocities. The Japanese government can keep trying to seal its citizens from the truth of the Rape of Nanking but there are Japanese who are trying to find out the truth.


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/japanese-vets-admit-on-film-to-nanjing-atrocities-1.889895

    Japanese vets admit on film to Nanjing atrocities

    Activist Tamaki Matsuoka is challenging Japanese perceptions of the country's war record with a new documentary on the atrocities known as the Rape of Nanking.

    Her film, Torn Memories of Nanjing, combines the memories of Japanese war veterans with accounts by Chinese survivors of the massacres of 1937-38, after Japan captured the former capital city of Nanking.


    Takeda, who is in his 30s, said he was shocked by what he heard from Japanese veterans interviewed on film.

    Juhei Teramoto, a former soldier, admits on film that "superior officers told us to commit robbery, murder, rape and arson and do anything.

    Few veterans showed any remorse. Out of the 250 former soldiers interviewed, only three expressed regret for their actions, Matsuoka said.

    Japan has its Cultural Marxists and radical feminists too. Takeda’s film sounds like the Japanese version of the movie Shoah which is also entirely drawn from hearsay. No doubt it will win prizes from Western film festivals. From what you said, movie does not appear to push the mass rapes of Nanking story. That is now a massacre story. True people do get killed in war. In Taiwan, refugees from the mainland commonly say, Chinese bandits and half starved soldiers used to atack Chinese villages and their atrocities werre blamed on the Japanese. As then, still the case, Chinese did not understand language dialects outside their regions, that sounds plausible.

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    Per your comment, see the fraudulent Jew propaganda film 'Shoah' demolished with ease:

    The Dictatorship of Imbecility
    Claude Lanzmann and ‘Shoah’
    By Serge Thion
    https://codoh.com/library/document/2716/?lang=en

    Shoah
    A film review By Robert Faurisson
    https://codoh.com/library/document/2184/?lang=en

    book review of:
    Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust. The Complete Text of the Film, by Claude Lanzmann
    By Theodore J. O'Keefe
    https://codoh.com/library/document/2190/?lang=en

    Holocaust Movie Shoah Exposed as Propaganda
    By Jean-Francois Beaulieu
    http://www.vho.org/tr/2003/2/Beaulieu166-168.html

    Shoah film 'witnesses' were paid says director Lanzmann
    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1393&p=81595

    much more here:
    https://codoh.com/search/?sorting=relevance&q=lanzmann+shoah
    and:
    https://forum.codoh.com/search.php?keywords=lanzmann+shoah&fid%5B0%5D=2

    www.codoh.com

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  79. Mishra says:
    @Seamus Padraig

    In any case, if entire cities must be destroyed to atone for war crimes, then Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, etc., should have been vaporized yesterday.
     
    Please, feel free to vaporize Washington. You'll be doing our country--nay, our world!--a huge favor.

    Trouble is, the people you hate in Washington were sent there by others all over the nation. So they’d just make a new one–and fill it right quick–if you wrecked the old one. The sickness isn’t born in one town; it’s rained down from above as if by some kind of nefarious mass media kind of thing. Can’t imagine who’d be responsible for something like that.

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  80. Mishra says:
    @Sam J.
    I agree with this criticism. The Jews and their allies run the USA. I and most Americans sure don't. You can readily see that any time we have a chance at voting against the psychopaths we do. They never follow through though.

    as for,"...As for the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American justification is that they saved millions of GI lives..."

    I think this can reliably considered as true. No matter what other factors were involved the Japanese attacked us first. Hitler shouldn't have attacked Poland and the Japanese shouldn't have attacked Pearl Harbor.

    FWIW, I have a much easier time forgiving the attack on Pearl Harbor than the endless parade of sadism which characterized Japanese conduct during the rest of the war. And no, this doesn’t mean anyone else is innocent.

    Meanwhile, as mentioned above this blame game can go on forever, or we can get over it. As also mentioned above, nations can recover from bombing much more readily than from having their populations replaced.

    In this regard Japan is reasonably safe, as is China. In fact, incredibly enough, pretty much the entire world is safe in this regard, with the signal exceptions of the (formerly) white nations. It’s almost as though someone were prosecuting a vendetta.

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  81. llloyd says: • Website
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    In the Pacific ocean, there is huge genetic and environmental damage from American and French nuclear tests. Protesting boats including a New Zealand navy ship had its crews suffer permanent health problems that were passed on to their descendants. There is an official conspiracy of silence about this. But you are right. Hiroshima and Nagkasaki have had nothing like these consequences. Yet radiation sickness is well documented there. Maybe a mini atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima but the actual destruction of the city was fire bombing. Come to think of it, residents of those cities suffered burns rather than vapourisation. It was a psych ops and the Japanese people were rendred helpless by terror. The whole image of Japanese fanaticism is quite false. They are an easily frightened people.

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    You know the hiroshima bomb was about 1% of the power of the bombs they routinely tested later right? 13 kT vs. ca. 1 MT. The soviets even got up to 33 MT (Tsar Bomba), which makes it more than 2000x the power of the hiroshima bomb. In terms of waste, the hiroshima bomb started with around 45 kg of fuel. Compare this to commercial reactors like Chernobyl and Fukushima who carry a few thousand times as much. All in all, it was a really really small bomb.

    Saying nuclear bombs don't exist is saying he doesn't believe in prompt criticality. That's pretty silly, since even nuclear reactors can go prompt critical.
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  82. llloyd says: • Website
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    This does throw light why in both cases of false nuclear alerts in Russia and Hawaii, the missiles were not fired. That would have exposed the hoax.

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  83. Wally says:
    @llloyd
    Japan has its Cultural Marxists and radical feminists too. Takeda's film sounds like the Japanese version of the movie Shoah which is also entirely drawn from hearsay. No doubt it will win prizes from Western film festivals. From what you said, movie does not appear to push the mass rapes of Nanking story. That is now a massacre story. True people do get killed in war. In Taiwan, refugees from the mainland commonly say, Chinese bandits and half starved soldiers used to atack Chinese villages and their atrocities werre blamed on the Japanese. As then, still the case, Chinese did not understand language dialects outside their regions, that sounds plausible.

    Per your comment, see the fraudulent Jew propaganda film ‘Shoah’ demolished with ease:

    The Dictatorship of Imbecility
    Claude Lanzmann and ‘Shoah’
    By Serge Thion

    https://codoh.com/library/document/2716/?lang=en

    Shoah
    A film review By Robert Faurisson

    https://codoh.com/library/document/2184/?lang=en

    book review of:
    Shoah: An Oral History of the Holocaust. The Complete Text of the Film, by Claude Lanzmann
    By Theodore J. O’Keefe

    https://codoh.com/library/document/2190/?lang=en

    Holocaust Movie Shoah Exposed as Propaganda
    By Jean-Francois Beaulieu

    http://www.vho.org/tr/2003/2/Beaulieu166-168.html

    Shoah film ‘witnesses’ were paid says director Lanzmann

    https://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1393&p=81595

    much more here:

    https://codoh.com/search/?sorting=relevance&q=lanzmann+shoah

    and:

    https://forum.codoh.com/search.php?keywords=lanzmann+shoah&fid%5B0%5D=2

    http://www.codoh.com

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  84. jlee says: • Website

    re: the comment that prague was never bombed…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945_Bombing_of_Prague

    this is not due solely to her ignornace but to in part to the educational system that exists in Japan. There are those who yelp at Japan’s attempts to set the historical record straight, but Japan is usually shouted down… as Japs are of course “war criminals” and “beasts” and they were “asking for it”.
    One other interesting note is that one of your relations “collaborated” with the Japanese. Now, by the time your relative “collaboated” with Japan, Indochina was not really “French” (OMG I am not a lawyer!…) was at least “non-French”, maybe even “independent” before communist Ho’s declaration?…

    Ultimately, can any of us go beyond the propaganda and reflect on why things were they way they were…?

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  85. johnlee says: • Website
    @jim jones
    The Japanese try to be creative but it just looks ridiculous:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=W0X0cmQAdSE

    I suggest that the poster look a little more into “Lotte”. It is a Korean-Japanese company. And Koreans know what sells, perhaps better than *sigh*the Japanese at this point in the new millenium…

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  86. lemay says:
    @iffen
    Rape of Nanking is now officially in English anyway, called Massacre of Nanking.

    The sneak attack on Pearl is now known as The Surprise in Paradise.

    hilarius.. i want my cheezeburger

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  87. jlee says:
    @Biff

    The Japanese are so attentive to each detail, and that’s why just about everything here is so beautiful. This kind of care and love, I’ve also seen in Germany and Italy.”

    Hideo smiled, “They’re all Fascist countries!”
     
    A little off topic, but if your in the home mechanical business nobody makes better air conditioners, water heaters, boilers, furnaces, toilets, radiant heaters, stoves, and ovens better than the Japanese or the Germans, with the Italians in a close second. NOBODY! Add in automobiles and motorcycles.

    “fascist contries” maybe the adjective is “nationalist”… japan still had a nominally working parliamentary “congress” and it should be noted that he PM resinged when things were not entirely in Japan’s favor….. try getting this with the western “fascists” at the time..

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  88. myself says:
    @Che Guava
    Hello Priss.

    You are correct about jungle fever being psessed in Japan, but outside inner Tokyo, results are sparse. Many picanninies.
    The cultusal bombardment is from the mid-90s, non-stop nig sounds, at ramen chains, at burger places, at curry places, etc.

    I can't even see why people even want to hear that

    Fem bot:Ooh, aah, rilly wanna coo for you.

    Man bot:I just gots to 'splaining why I cheating on you, an' you gotta had me ba-a-aAk.

    Etc. That this is the real lyrical ontent.
    Also 'autotuned' into the realm of synthesis.

    Am often telling other Japanese, 'if only you understand the words, you will hating it, but those bombarded by it for twenty or nore years, and less, aod no taste forr other music (or any music) are just addicts.

    Those who are not liking it are many, but in public spaces, so sick of it, and my two liines above, a perfect summary.

    In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.

    China has outright prohibited not only the music, but depictions of the espoused lifestyles. Recent law.

    Make of that what you will

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    It is seeming like a good idea to me. Early versions were fun, but for the last how many years, boring. I am not wanting to listen to some semi- or very rich person bitch about the state in life. In the same way, am hating the way Japanese hip-hop or rap acts ape the ape behaviour.
    , @daniel le mouche
    'In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.'

    I think that's brilliant, highly commendable, and sane. What else can that be said of these days? Not only rap, but all, literally all, of the garbage dumped on everyone's face every day around the world--it is poison. It poisons and corrupts young people, its precise point. Once corrupted, who can become uncorrupted? Just look to England, that foulest of lands, to see what corruption is... No innocence! No beauty. A whole culture of immorality: the drinking, smoking, MDMA, festivals which are anything but occasions to be festive. I'd rather live in the height of the Inquisition. I'd VERY MUCH rather, in fact. Amongst actual, SERIOUS, people. Women covered up, and not with tattoos, all 'funky ass shit' punishable by death. Give me Plato! Give me Savonarola preaching hellfire!!! Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems).
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  89. eye opening,and as always a great read.

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  90. myself says:
    @denk
    I'd have thought its a no brainer,

    Here's the answer...

    Sorry mate, it's got nuthin to do with their being democrazies,

    These four are all serial aggressors against the Chinese.
    The Jp goes right back to the Ming dynasty,
    the anglos since the days of Opium war, when they and their Indian jawans whacked 20k chinks [according to some white trash supremacists here], the Indian jawans have been with their British officer corps right from the beginning, the Aussies were in the thick of every god damned war with their fukus cousins.

    Unlike the psychopaths who run these democrzies, the Chinese look kinda rational to me, I dont envisage them invading [sic] any of these four any time soon.

    Hence the conclusion,
    The QUAD is guilty conscious of what they've been doing to the Chinese, now that China is getting strong, they'r worried one of this day
    China might wanna settle some old and new score.


    hehehe

    That’s basically it, in a nutshell.

    You don’t want your former victims to get powerful, else you may have a harder time acting the thug against them.

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    From where I look,
    The Jp dont seem to be quaking in their boots,

    They'r positively taunting the Chinese.....

    'Seeing the right-wing Japanese allies of the US "pivot" into the Asia-Pacific unearth and celebrate Unit 731 is an ugly and dangerous signal to China that "we are coming after you again". Prime Minister Abe is also currently asking the Japanese government to give him the authority to undertake a new doctrine of preemptive attacks which would clearly be aimed at China and North Korea."

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aEqL0MYtlJs/Ua9g32ABScI/AAAAAAAANGY/RlfI2R19FoE/s1600/abe.jpg

    http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2013/06/loose-ends-from-berkeley-conference.html

    hehehhehe
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  91. @denk
    I'd have thought its a no brainer,

    Here's the answer...

    Sorry mate, it's got nuthin to do with their being democrazies,

    These four are all serial aggressors against the Chinese.
    The Jp goes right back to the Ming dynasty,
    the anglos since the days of Opium war, when they and their Indian jawans whacked 20k chinks [according to some white trash supremacists here], the Indian jawans have been with their British officer corps right from the beginning, the Aussies were in the thick of every god damned war with their fukus cousins.

    Unlike the psychopaths who run these democrzies, the Chinese look kinda rational to me, I dont envisage them invading [sic] any of these four any time soon.

    Hence the conclusion,
    The QUAD is guilty conscious of what they've been doing to the Chinese, now that China is getting strong, they'r worried one of this day
    China might wanna settle some old and new score.


    hehehe

    I’m not recalling any “murrcan” war against China, and apparently neither are you.

    Anyway, I’ve pointed this out before: the Jet Li movie Fearless has an interesting fight scene with hilarious caricatures of an American, a Brit, a Frenchman, and a Japanese. The American is a huge strongman with a walrus mustache and red, white and blue trunks. The Brit and the French are treacherous fops. The Japanese is a fat, wannabe Westerner in a top hat and scanty beard sitting with the col onials at a dais–imperialist running dog!

    Huo’s fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury. They hold up each other’s fists to the applause of the crowd. The Brit sneaks a weapon into the ring; the Frenchman flails around with an epee. Both are dispatched.

    The movie ends on an upbeat note: resurgent Han are guardians of diverse Asian peoples!

    I tell people it looks like the Chinese haven’t forgotten the Opium Wars and French “Indochina” even if they’ve never heard of either.

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    I’m not recalling any “murrcan” war against China, and apparently neither are you. '
     
    You should make my posts a must read, so you wont miss out in future.

    http://www.unz.com/article/tracing-the-rush-to-war/#comment-2293359

    'Huo’s fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury'
     
    That encapsulates the Han's magnificent generosity, they never hit a man when he's down.
    Whether it's the vanquished Mongols, Manchus, Indians, Jps...
    The Chinese even took care of the tens of thousands Jp war orphans left in China after ww2 !

    if the Chinese thought their magnanimity would bring about re-conciliation, they'r solely mistaken.....
    The barbarians are back with a vengeance !

    Now we've the QUAD + 1, aka fukusI.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/04/macr-m04.html

    hehehehhe
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  92. @anony-mouse
    1/ Curtis Lemay was George Wallace's running mate in his 1968 Presidential campaign (which I assume a lot of people here voted for).

    2/ '...From its founding, the US has destroyed societies to save them, with Iraq, Libya and Syria only the latest examples. Without any violence whatsoever, perhaps Japan can return the favor...'

    With its 1.4-1.5 TFR, Japan won't be doing very much very soon.

    But they don't have immigrants!

    I think that Japan’s TFR will recover once their population stabilized at a certain level. Japan has always been overcrowded regardless. Even during their era of sel-imposed isolation, Tokugawa Japan in 1700 was the world’s third most populous country.

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  93. Moses says:
    @MacNucc11
    In fairness the Japanese were forced at gunpoint to open their society to the anglos. They had no imperial ambitions at that time. After, I assume they realized that to prevent further hostile invasion they would need a larger buffer zone. So what Linh states makes infinite sense. In a way they simply spread their defenses further out and at the same time rooting out potential enemies. Notice that seems to be the grand strategy of Israel present day.

    I had no idea White people were to blame for the Japanese Rape of Nanking and brutal occupation of Korea.

    Is there any evil in the world that the White devils aren’t behind? I don’t think so!

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    I am sure that there is plenty white people are not guilty of. But they have to take some responsibility for opening a closed society. We cannot necessarily assume these things happen otherwise but I am not really familiar with either event in any case at least Rape of Nanking sounds too pre-packaged propaganda but I am sure whatever it actually refers to has some basis in fact. I always like to hear both sides of a story though and then sort through the obvious bs.
    What I am simply saying is that there are always unintended consequences for certain actions.
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  94. Moses says:
    @Anon

    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98), but after being bullied by whites, it tried to outwhite whites by unleashing the worst barbarity against other Asians. It is as if in doing so, Japanese proved they weren’t really yellow.
     
    When grousing about the European penchant for conquest in the context of Asian societies, it’s really quite remiss to leave unmentioned all those centuries that, for example, the Japanese spent invading themselves, or the influence that contact with the Turks, Mongols and other Asiatic hordes had upon the European mindset vis-a-vis foreign peoples.

    I like Linh’s writing.

    However, I couldn’t help but notice a strong undercurrent of anti-White, anti-American anger from him in this essay. A lot of gratuitous digs.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.

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    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.
     
    Ha, ha, ha... I guess you didn't notice that Linh permanently moved back to Vietnam a few months ago, which is why his recent columns have all been about East Asian countries.

    I'd think that the recent of your analysis is equally perceptive...
    , @myself
    Linh Din lives in Vietnam.

    You know the trope of wanting the non-white to clear out and "go back where he came from"?

    Well, Mr. Linh did EXACTLY that! A man of conviction, apparently. He didn't bitch and moan, he left.

    Yup, he's gone, not our problem. Maybe he doesn't like White society, but he's sure not mooching off or making any demands of whites.

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO
    , @Yan Shen

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam
     
    Well you've been endlessly and repetitively using that line ever since you heard Steve Sailer use it a while ago, so I suppose if he had a dollar for every time you mindlessly trotted that out, he'd probably be wealthy enough to start up his own foundation and fund other writers.

    Now I normally think it's in bad taste to talk about someone's personal life, but you're quite a curious case so I'll break my rule here. Despite endlessly complaining about East Asians and East Asia and always going on incessantly about the importance of racial tribalism, for some very strange reason you decided to spend 10 years of your life working and living in East Asia as an expat and also ended up marrying someone Asian, IIRC.

    I mean with self-hating white men like Moses who even needs allies?

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  95. Che Guava says:
    @üeljang
    Che Guava:

    Your writing, "Am often telling other Japanese," is incorrect English on three counts:

    (1) You have dropped the first-person singular pronoun.

    (2) You have used the present progressive instead of the simple present for indicating a habitual or frequently recurring action.

    (3) You have written "other Japanese" as if you wanted people to include you in the category of "Japanese" even though it is known that you are not Japanese.

    Quit being a ridiculous liar.

    Sorry, mr. Spy, i am a citizen.

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  96. Che Guava says:
    @myself
    In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.

    China has outright prohibited not only the music, but depictions of the espoused lifestyles. Recent law.

    Make of that what you will

    It is seeming like a good idea to me. Early versions were fun, but for the last how many years, boring. I am not wanting to listen to some semi- or very rich person bitch about the state in life. In the same way, am hating the way Japanese hip-hop or rap acts ape the ape behaviour.

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  97. Anonymous[989] • Disclaimer says:
    @llloyd
    In the Pacific ocean, there is huge genetic and environmental damage from American and French nuclear tests. Protesting boats including a New Zealand navy ship had its crews suffer permanent health problems that were passed on to their descendants. There is an official conspiracy of silence about this. But you are right. Hiroshima and Nagkasaki have had nothing like these consequences. Yet radiation sickness is well documented there. Maybe a mini atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima but the actual destruction of the city was fire bombing. Come to think of it, residents of those cities suffered burns rather than vapourisation. It was a psych ops and the Japanese people were rendred helpless by terror. The whole image of Japanese fanaticism is quite false. They are an easily frightened people.

    You know the hiroshima bomb was about 1% of the power of the bombs they routinely tested later right? 13 kT vs. ca. 1 MT. The soviets even got up to 33 MT (Tsar Bomba), which makes it more than 2000x the power of the hiroshima bomb. In terms of waste, the hiroshima bomb started with around 45 kg of fuel. Compare this to commercial reactors like Chernobyl and Fukushima who carry a few thousand times as much. All in all, it was a really really small bomb.

    Saying nuclear bombs don’t exist is saying he doesn’t believe in prompt criticality. That’s pretty silly, since even nuclear reactors can go prompt critical.

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  98. Che Guava says:
    @Triumph104

    I am sorry that we did not have timing to meet.
     
    You weren't able to criticize him in person.

    When working in the area, I was smoking at will, as many others. People are not suppposed to, but I am not a chain smoker, and always carrying a portable ashtray, nobody cares.
     
    They care but they are not confrontational. You are simply rude as well as clueless.

    Linh, you are completely wrong on your first sentence. Your impressions are only from the range and timing of your travels.

    The ‘very rare homeless’ only became very rare because most of them are working on the Fukushima ‘cleanup’,
     
    Fukushima was seven years ago. Perhaps he should have waited another 18 years, or until 2036, to visit Japan when the homeless situation is more to your liking.

    We are astute enough to know that we are getting impressions from a tourist who didn't have to deal with the rush hour commuters.

    ----------------
    Great article Linh.

    You are a fool, and not deserving any regard. I was very careful to trim my reply to Linh’s artGcle to only points of praise or correction.

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  99. @songbird
    I agree. Asians unwarlike by nature, except by the malign influence of whites is maudlin and unhistorical. Everyone is warlike. Conquests came from technological scope and ability. Japan did not carve out an earlier empire because they lacked the ability.

    Well, the Chinese really are an un-martial people, something which EA Ross talked about as well – perhaps a kind of the issue of low testosterone writ large and which even earlier visitors talked about(“A people neither distinguished in great valor nor size, but employ much cunning”). Traditionally, the Confucian society have placed soldiers extremely low in respect, below farmers and laborers, and speak of almost all use of violence as zeman or barbaric/thuggish/beneath them(and yet, Great Leap Forward and millions of dead! Is starvation due to mismanagement a kinder death to inflict? Hypocrisy must be universal). Generally speaking, unless more martial people rule them, they do interesting things but shrink to pathetic sizes(look at how small Song dynasty is compared to Qing). Even something like Romance of the Three Kingdoms is ancient, and is basically a civil war writ huge and a lot of focus is placed on cleverness and strategem, not valor(and indeed, valor is almost derided as bravado in some cases).

    I don’t say this approvingly, I find it cowardice and I find justifications for it to be justifications for cowardice. In that sense, I’m not very pleasant to my co-ethnics for what I see is their lack of courage. Well, one man’s pacifism and prudence is another man’s cowardice, I suppose.

    Japan was always quite martial. Being forced to open up by the West certainly impacted them, but its not like Europeans introduced the concept of samurai to them, or that they didn’t put martial castes at the top of their totem pole. Anyway, a bit of humor to finish this off, insofar as the Japanese introduction to the “Mongol way of combat.”

    According to our manner of fighting we must first call out by name someone from the enemy ranks, and then attack in single combat. But the Mongols took no notice at all of such conventions. They rushed forward all together in a mass, grappling with any individuals they could catch and killing them.

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    I've always wondered about the truth regarding the way Mao was contrasted with Stalin. Even without having equivalent access to the records, there seems to be a grain of truth in it. That Mao did not seem to have a penchant for executing people (hard to beat Stalin, anyway). But how many did he execute is an interesting question which could perhaps shed light on his views towards killing people by neglect - if he was consciously deciding to kill people by starving them, sending them into Korea, etc. There do seem to be many stories about the Red Guards killing people, but it is hard to determine their truth and whether that ties to Mao.

    Single combat seems like such a bizarre phenomenon today, that it is almost hard to believe that it existed at all, but the evidence seems to be fairly overwhelming that it did. My favorite example is the story of Cuchulain because it is basically one man against an army.
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  100. denk says:
    @myself
    That's basically it, in a nutshell.

    You don't want your former victims to get powerful, else you may have a harder time acting the thug against them.

    From where I look,
    The Jp dont seem to be quaking in their boots,

    They’r positively taunting the Chinese…..

    ‘Seeing the right-wing Japanese allies of the US “pivot” into the Asia-Pacific unearth and celebrate Unit 731 is an ugly and dangerous signal to China that “we are coming after you again”. Prime Minister Abe is also currently asking the Japanese government to give him the authority to undertake a new doctrine of preemptive attacks which would clearly be aimed at China and North Korea.”

    http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2013/06/loose-ends-from-berkeley-conference.html

    hehehhehe

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    I would suggest that in contrast to Abe who is hobbled by what freedom loving people call a "constitution" (look it up), the Secretary of the CCP and ruler of the state of the PRC has no such inconvenience;


    http://indianexpress.com/article/world/peoples-liberation-army-anniversary-pla-can-defeat-all-invading-armies-says-chinese-president-xi-jinping-doklam-at-the-china-india-bhutan-trijunction-4774590/
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  101. denk says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic
    I'm not recalling any "murrcan" war against China, and apparently neither are you.

    Anyway, I've pointed this out before: the Jet Li movie Fearless has an interesting fight scene with hilarious caricatures of an American, a Brit, a Frenchman, and a Japanese. The American is a huge strongman with a walrus mustache and red, white and blue trunks. The Brit and the French are treacherous fops. The Japanese is a fat, wannabe Westerner in a top hat and scanty beard sitting with the col onials at a dais--imperialist running dog!

    Huo's fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury. They hold up each other's fists to the applause of the crowd. The Brit sneaks a weapon into the ring; the Frenchman flails around with an epee. Both are dispatched.

    The movie ends on an upbeat note: resurgent Han are guardians of diverse Asian peoples!

    I tell people it looks like the Chinese haven't forgotten the Opium Wars and French "Indochina" even if they've never heard of either.

    I’m not recalling any “murrcan” war against China, and apparently neither are you. ‘

    You should make my posts a must read, so you wont miss out in future.

    http://www.unz.com/article/tracing-the-rush-to-war/#comment-2293359

    ‘Huo’s fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury’

    That encapsulates the Han’s magnificent generosity, they never hit a man when he’s down.
    Whether it’s the vanquished Mongols, Manchus, Indians, Jps…
    The Chinese even took care of the tens of thousands Jp war orphans left in China after ww2 !

    if the Chinese thought their magnanimity would bring about re-conciliation, they’r solely mistaken…..
    The barbarians are back with a vengeance !

    Now we’ve the QUAD + 1, aka fukusI.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/04/macr-m04.html

    hehehehhe

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    renfro is ok,
    anti-imperialist and animal lover,
    , @denk

    if the Chinese thought their magnanimity would bring about re-conciliation, they’r solely mistaken…..
     
    Actually, sino/jp had a honeymoon back in 2009 under PM Yiochi Hatoyama.
    During its peak, FM Ichiro Ozawa led a team of 600 Jp to Beijing, including businessmen, artistes, journos, academics and students,..that's some party. !

    You bet somebody in Washington werent amused.

    Hatoyama also vowed to end the murkkans' occupation of Okinawa.

    Here's
    Hatoyama with vice PM Xi Jing Ping.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7zhhLeoAf8


    As we all know by now, that's as good as signing his own death warrant.

    Regime change in jp

    Everybody knows the Nuland coup in Ukraine 2014, how many ever heard of the bloodless coup in Tokyo, in 2010 ?

    With friends like us......

    'President Obama and his top aides may not have given the final twist to the knife that Japan’s establishment lodged in Hatoyama’s back. But their fingerprints are nonetheless all over the hilt.'


    https://newrepublic.com/article/75359/friends-us

    and the rest is history/
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  102. songbird says:
    @Daniel Chieh
    Well, the Chinese really are an un-martial people, something which EA Ross talked about as well - perhaps a kind of the issue of low testosterone writ large and which even earlier visitors talked about("A people neither distinguished in great valor nor size, but employ much cunning"). Traditionally, the Confucian society have placed soldiers extremely low in respect, below farmers and laborers, and speak of almost all use of violence as zeman or barbaric/thuggish/beneath them(and yet, Great Leap Forward and millions of dead! Is starvation due to mismanagement a kinder death to inflict? Hypocrisy must be universal). Generally speaking, unless more martial people rule them, they do interesting things but shrink to pathetic sizes(look at how small Song dynasty is compared to Qing). Even something like Romance of the Three Kingdoms is ancient, and is basically a civil war writ huge and a lot of focus is placed on cleverness and strategem, not valor(and indeed, valor is almost derided as bravado in some cases).

    I don't say this approvingly, I find it cowardice and I find justifications for it to be justifications for cowardice. In that sense, I'm not very pleasant to my co-ethnics for what I see is their lack of courage. Well, one man's pacifism and prudence is another man's cowardice, I suppose.

    Japan was always quite martial. Being forced to open up by the West certainly impacted them, but its not like Europeans introduced the concept of samurai to them, or that they didn't put martial castes at the top of their totem pole. Anyway, a bit of humor to finish this off, insofar as the Japanese introduction to the "Mongol way of combat."

    According to our manner of fighting we must first call out by name someone from the enemy ranks, and then attack in single combat. But the Mongols took no notice at all of such conventions. They rushed forward all together in a mass, grappling with any individuals they could catch and killing them.

     

    I’ve always wondered about the truth regarding the way Mao was contrasted with Stalin. Even without having equivalent access to the records, there seems to be a grain of truth in it. That Mao did not seem to have a penchant for executing people (hard to beat Stalin, anyway). But how many did he execute is an interesting question which could perhaps shed light on his views towards killing people by neglect – if he was consciously deciding to kill people by starving them, sending them into Korea, etc. There do seem to be many stories about the Red Guards killing people, but it is hard to determine their truth and whether that ties to Mao.

    Single combat seems like such a bizarre phenomenon today, that it is almost hard to believe that it existed at all, but the evidence seems to be fairly overwhelming that it did. My favorite example is the story of Cuchulain because it is basically one man against an army.

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  103. denk says:
    @denk

    I’m not recalling any “murrcan” war against China, and apparently neither are you. '
     
    You should make my posts a must read, so you wont miss out in future.

    http://www.unz.com/article/tracing-the-rush-to-war/#comment-2293359

    'Huo’s fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury'
     
    That encapsulates the Han's magnificent generosity, they never hit a man when he's down.
    Whether it's the vanquished Mongols, Manchus, Indians, Jps...
    The Chinese even took care of the tens of thousands Jp war orphans left in China after ww2 !

    if the Chinese thought their magnanimity would bring about re-conciliation, they'r solely mistaken.....
    The barbarians are back with a vengeance !

    Now we've the QUAD + 1, aka fukusI.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/04/macr-m04.html

    hehehehhe

    renfro is ok,
    anti-imperialist and animal lover,

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  104. VolInPdx says:

    Great article Linh. You take too long in between tho. Maybe you should write more huh. Again, fantastic reading.

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  105. anonymous[848] • Disclaimer says:

    Among developed nations, Japan has the highest rate of suicides

    Interestingly, suicide numbers in Japan have been dropping quite a bit, from 33k a year about a decade ago, to 21k in 2017. Meanwhile in the US, suicides have risen from about 34k to 45k in the same timespan, with much of this increase being driven by whites. Then there’s also the 60k overdose deaths a year in the US. These curious facts rarely seem to find their way into the mainstream media for some reason. When it comes to suicide, the msm prefers to focus on places like Japan, South Korea, Finland, Eastern Europe, etc… It’d be nice if the media could feign a little concern for American citizens every once in a while.

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    Interestingly, suicide numbers in Japan have been dropping quite a bit, from 33k a year about a decade ago, to 21k in 2017.
     
    That is still substantially higher than the global average, but much lower than the South Korean rate.

    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.

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  106. Ron Unz says:
    @Moses
    I like Linh's writing.

    However, I couldn't help but notice a strong undercurrent of anti-White, anti-American anger from him in this essay. A lot of gratuitous digs.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.

    Ha, ha, ha… I guess you didn’t notice that Linh permanently moved back to Vietnam a few months ago, which is why his recent columns have all been about East Asian countries.

    I’d think that the recent of your analysis is equally perceptive…

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    Fair enough Ron.

    Your comment will pack a better punch after Linh renounces his US passport and becomes 100% Vietnamese, subject to the whims of his glorious people's government.

    Btw, thanks for this site.

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  107. anonymous[848] • Disclaimer says:
    @Captain Willard
    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it's worth. Admittedly, these conversations were in English, so it wasn't a random sample. But my kid, who lives there, said she's had similar conversations in Japanese with the locals.

    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it’s worth.

    I wonder if they were referring to the Senkaku islands? I’ve been traveling and doing business in Japan (and the rest of the Far East) for over 15 years now and I’ve never heard such sentiments expressed about a serious invasion of Japan, with the only exception being the possibility of China taking the Senkaku Islands. Most Japanese couldn’t even be bothered to give a damn when Kim was shooting missiles over Japan while simultaneously threatening to nuke them last year. People are more worried about the hothead Trump doing something stupid or trying to stir conflict in the region. As far as China, most Japanese that I know are rather indifferent, outside of business prospects. Although some Japanese are hoping that the rise of China brings about the potential for Japan to exit from America’s war mongering empire for good.

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    There is no such thing as the Senkaku islands. It is called the Diaoyutai in Taiwan and Hong Kong (Diaoyu islands in mainland China).
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  108. MacNucc11 says:
    @Moses
    I had no idea White people were to blame for the Japanese Rape of Nanking and brutal occupation of Korea.

    Is there any evil in the world that the White devils aren't behind? I don't think so!

    I am sure that there is plenty white people are not guilty of. But they have to take some responsibility for opening a closed society. We cannot necessarily assume these things happen otherwise but I am not really familiar with either event in any case at least Rape of Nanking sounds too pre-packaged propaganda but I am sure whatever it actually refers to has some basis in fact. I always like to hear both sides of a story though and then sort through the obvious bs.
    What I am simply saying is that there are always unintended consequences for certain actions.

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    What I am simply saying is that there are always unintended consequences for certain actions.
     
    Wait, I'm confused. Are White people responsible for Japanese actions like Linh says, or not? Do Japanese have any agency after American gunboats opened their island?

    Maybe everything good Japanese did was the result of their own agency, but everything bad they did was the fault of Whites?

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  109. MacNucc11 says:
    @Sam J.
    I agree with this criticism. The Jews and their allies run the USA. I and most Americans sure don't. You can readily see that any time we have a chance at voting against the psychopaths we do. They never follow through though.

    as for,"...As for the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American justification is that they saved millions of GI lives..."

    I think this can reliably considered as true. No matter what other factors were involved the Japanese attacked us first. Hitler shouldn't have attacked Poland and the Japanese shouldn't have attacked Pearl Harbor.

    I think blockading of another country’s port is an act of war, and at least Pearl Harbor is a legitimate military target, not an undefended civilian population. I like how it is always referred to as a sneak attack. In what way is it a sneak attack? They attacked in broad daylight flying planes from miles away.

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    In what way is it a sneak attack?
     
    It was on a Sunday morning. The daylight was so that they could see their targets. There had been no declaration of war, and there had been deliberate deception on the political level. They were counting on surprise, and got it.
    , @ChuckOrloski
    MacNucc11 reasoned, wrote:
    "I think blockading of another country’s port is an act of war, and at least Pearl Harbor is a legitimate military target, not an undefended civilian population."

    Thanks for words, above! Do you recall how Pat Buchanan wrote a "Shock & Awe" article on how the WW II Japanese military communication-code was solved & the likelihood FDR's administration was completely aware of plan to "sneak attack" Pearl Harbor?

    Very shitty, eh? While modern Americans visit beautiful & volcanic Hawaii, they won't learn about Mr. Buchanan's Pearl Harbor, revisionist history.

    At any rate, I retreat (forward) to your interesting quote, above, and draw focus upon a less discussed method of warmongering action.

    As I am curious as to Zionist business influence in post-WW II Japan to date, please consider watching the video (below) where the mighty Goldman Sachs Group unveils its research on the troubling topic of "aging Japan,"and suggests how best to capitaliZe on the phenomenon.

    https://youtu.be/pf8abRalMG

    Thank you, MacNucc11.
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  110. songbird says:
    @MacNucc11
    I think blockading of another country's port is an act of war, and at least Pearl Harbor is a legitimate military target, not an undefended civilian population. I like how it is always referred to as a sneak attack. In what way is it a sneak attack? They attacked in broad daylight flying planes from miles away.

    In what way is it a sneak attack?

    It was on a Sunday morning. The daylight was so that they could see their targets. There had been no declaration of war, and there had been deliberate deception on the political level. They were counting on surprise, and got it.

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    It seems unlikely that there had been no back and forth between both countries once the ports were being blockaded. We were trying to goad them into a war that FDR wanted in on and capitalized on their alliance with Germany. I would agree that the attack took us by surprise. As far as I can tell there is no denying that.
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  111. Nancy says:

    Faces glued to screens, work addictions, hyper consumerism, etc..go america!

    Perhaps, Neurotic Beauty by Morris Berman, or his trilogy may help some regarding why the american empire was destined to collapse. Hu$tling, huckstering, and endless war mongering–that’s the empire’s “narrative.”

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  112. @Sam J.
    I agree with this criticism. The Jews and their allies run the USA. I and most Americans sure don't. You can readily see that any time we have a chance at voting against the psychopaths we do. They never follow through though.

    as for,"...As for the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the American justification is that they saved millions of GI lives..."

    I think this can reliably considered as true. No matter what other factors were involved the Japanese attacked us first. Hitler shouldn't have attacked Poland and the Japanese shouldn't have attacked Pearl Harbor.

    You, sir, should not believe your national myth.

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    No he's right. Countries shouldn't invade other countries and governments shouldn't invent political crimes. The US shouldn't do it, much less Nazi Germany and Imperial Fascist Japan.
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  113. Joe Wong says:
    @Captain Willard
    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it's worth. Admittedly, these conversations were in English, so it wasn't a random sample. But my kid, who lives there, said she's had similar conversations in Japanese with the locals.

    Perhaps Japanese are scared Chinese will reverse their systematically and energetically proceeded to deform itself into an unnormal White and return them back into their Asian root.

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  114. myself says:
    @Moses
    I like Linh's writing.

    However, I couldn't help but notice a strong undercurrent of anti-White, anti-American anger from him in this essay. A lot of gratuitous digs.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.

    Linh Din lives in Vietnam.

    You know the trope of wanting the non-white to clear out and “go back where he came from”?

    Well, Mr. Linh did EXACTLY that! A man of conviction, apparently. He didn’t bitch and moan, he left.

    Yup, he’s gone, not our problem. Maybe he doesn’t like White society, but he’s sure not mooching off or making any demands of whites.

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO

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    Linh Din lives in Vietnam.
     
    Fair enough, but weak.

    Did Linh also renounce US citizenship and the protection of his US passport to 100% rejoin his compatriots?

    I didn't think so.

    , @Moses

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO
     
    Agreed. That's assuming that Linh owes nothing to Whites or their majority White country, the USA.

    Perhaps you've forgotten that America welcomed Linh when his family fled Vietnam to America from fear their Communist countrymen would kill or imprison them. And he lived safe and sound in said White bigoted country for 30+ years.

    But the fact that he "moved to Vietnam a few months ago" wipes any debt clean, right?

    Never mind he has not renounced US citizenship or surrendered his US passport to become a sole Vietnamese citizen. He preserves the ability to flee back to his safe American haven anytime the going gets tough.

    You can bet the VN government is watching him closely. There's nothing they fear more than an overseas Vietnamese with ties to the old Republic of Vietnam. Especially an overseas Vietnamese with a media platform.

    But you're totally right -- Linh "owes nothing to Whites."

    lol

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  115. MacNucc11 says:
    @songbird

    In what way is it a sneak attack?
     
    It was on a Sunday morning. The daylight was so that they could see their targets. There had been no declaration of war, and there had been deliberate deception on the political level. They were counting on surprise, and got it.

    It seems unlikely that there had been no back and forth between both countries once the ports were being blockaded. We were trying to goad them into a war that FDR wanted in on and capitalized on their alliance with Germany. I would agree that the attack took us by surprise. As far as I can tell there is no denying that.

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  116. MacNucc11 says:

    I did a little research on the internet and the History Channel site actually indicates that the Americans were expecting an attack by the Japanese but were surprised that it was Hawaii that was attacked. So I find it very interesting that the Americans were actually expecting an attack. Why?
    There is a whole conspiracy theory that we knew of the attack and that was why no carriers were hit. It is not like the History Channel is going to support a conspiracy but they may have because strange that we were expecting an attack. Why would we be expecting a surprise attack which seems so out of character for the Japanese? The History Channel did indicate that there had been much discussion with the Japanese. Did they in fact threaten to attack?

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    yes the Americans were decoding diplomatic & naval codes well before the attack, so they knew an attack from Japan would be forthcoming. (John Toland, "Infamy"). Indications that it would be Pearl and not the Phillippines were provided by non US government sources (again see Toland).

    Indeed one should look at the minutes of Secretary of War Henry Stimson to see official strategy concering US entry into what was later called "WW2".
    http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1930
    , @Sparkon

    History Channel site actually indicates that the Americans were expecting an attack by the Japanese but were surprised that it was Hawaii that was attacked
    [...]
    Why would we be expecting a surprise attack which seems so out of character for the Japanese?
     
    If I may, I would suggest that The History Channel, like its MSM cohorts, specializes in misinformation and partial hangouts, to lead astray the unwary and the undereducated.

    The attack on Pearl Harbor was really no surprise for a number of reasons, not least of all because the advance of the Imperial Japanese Navy's carrier strike force Kido Butai across the N. Pacific was known to certain well-placed Allied military authorities with access to highly classified technical intelligence

    In the early 30s, there was a USN Fleet exercise which featured a successful (mock) attack on Pearl Harbor by an enemy attacking from aircraft carriers out of the NW.

    In the days, weeks, and months before Dec. 7, 1941, a series of idiotic orders from Washington deterred Pearl commanders from taking sensible defensive measures to protect the valuable base, and one commander was sacked for strenuously objecting to concentrating the Pacific fleet at Pearl, where its ships were sitting ducks.

    While FDR was running his provocative "Pop-Up Cruises" with USN warships flirting with Japanese territorial waters, trying to provoke a IJN reaction, and mirroring his aggressive actions against German U-boats in the Atlantic, Pearl commanders were discouraged or prevented from conducting sensible reconnaissance of the approaches to the harbor, or using the big warships to screen Pearl. All of that was prevented because the objective was to let the attack succeed.

    Aircraft were parked in tight clusters, and battleships bottled up in the small harbor. Anti-aircraft ammo locked up. 'Nothing wrong with that, I guess, if you're waiting for an attack, but not trying to prevent it.

    This is the way you lure a tiger into a trap, by staking out a tethered goat in an opening. Of course in this war, the real objective was not to kill the tiger immediately after it seized the goat and began to rip its flesh, but rather in a leisurely, multi-pronged, round-about way so as to build up a powerful force of tiger killers. Everyone was afraid of the tigers, so you could do it.

    The main Allied pre-war psychological strategy was to ensure that it would be the enemy who was seen striking the first blow, so that the moral high ground could be claimed from the outset.

    For its part, the Imperial Japanese Navy had been in existence as a relatively modern force only since the late 1890s. Japan had been propelled into the modern age via the Meiji Restoration only after it's doors had been kicked open at the point of U.S. Gunboat Diplomacy exercised in Tokyo's Edo Bay by a menacing fleet of the notorious Black Ships under command of towering asshole U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry.

    Japan's industry was not yet capable of building modern warships in the aftermath of the first Sino-Japanese War, where the victorious Japanese were nonetheless again subjected to Western powers dictating some of the terms, so the new six-six fleet had to be constructed by British shipyards.


    Japan's industrial resources at the time were inadequate for the construction of a main battle force of armored warships domestically, as the country was still in the process of developing and acquiring the industrial infrastructure for the construction of major naval vessels. As a result, 90 percent of the 234,000 tons of naval construction contracted for under the ten-year beginning 1896-97 was to be foreign built, and when complete would comprise 70 percent of the Japanese fleet. Of this, the overwhelming majority was built in British shipyards. With the completion of the fleet, Japan would become the fourth strongest naval power in the world in a single decade.
     
    In the rough and tumble politics that ensued as Japan modernized and tried to transmogrify itself from a bucolic feudal state under the at least honorific or titualar control of the shōgun but in fact governed by powerful daimyō and their warrior samurai to maintain order and discipline into some semblance of a constitutional monarchy under the emperor protected and controlled by his ministers, but as it turned out, neither could control the military, and the closely related, emerging zaibatsu military-industrial cliques, where many of the disenfranchised daimyō and samurai had found a new homes, and where there was no shortage of ultra-nationalistic hotheads.

    By 1905, Japan defeated Russia, with much of the financing provided by famed Jewish financier and man of the world Jacob Schiff representing Kuhn, Loeb & Co., who was rewarded for his efforts with glorious medals and decorations by the Emporer himself after the Japanese had used their powerful new navy to defeat the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 which the Japanese launched with a sneak attack on Russian Ships at Port Arthur.

    Schiff wasn't done yet. Nevertheless, despite his financial assistance, the 1905 revolution in Russia was not successful, and many of the wannabe revolutionaries were forced to scurry back to their sanctuaries of NYC's lower east side, to lick their wounds, spin their yarns, and bide their time for yet a few more years.

    It's a long, tangled story, and some may contest my quick recap here -- any mistakes may be mine -- but I hope this quick introduction will encourage further study, and underline this point: never use the MSN as sole source for your knowledge of history. There's a lot to know, a lot of bad noise around the good signal, and time passes like magic.

    As Hokusai put it:


    Learning to draw never ends.
     
    In similar fashion, the study of history never ends. Learning never ends either, at least for those of us who are capable, and can avoid cerebral ossification.

    Just as money can't buy love, it can't buy knowledge either, and certainly not wisdom.

    頑張ろう

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  117. @Che Guava
    See the film The Emperor's Naked Army (Marches on)., 肌かな帝国軍の前進I don't know how to see it now, but it must be on-line. The protagonist was a WWII soldier, firing a pachinko ball from a slingshot at the emperor of the time, locked up for a while, am not wanting to say more. It is a great documentary.

    Oh yes,

    Must See !

    That would be:

    https://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Naked-Army-Marches-Kazuo/dp/B000LPS39O

    Not funny at all, nothing romantic or honorable here, other than a man avenging the death of his mate.

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  118. Bliss says:
    @anonymous

    Among developed nations, Japan has the highest rate of suicides
     
    Interestingly, suicide numbers in Japan have been dropping quite a bit, from 33k a year about a decade ago, to 21k in 2017. Meanwhile in the US, suicides have risen from about 34k to 45k in the same timespan, with much of this increase being driven by whites. Then there's also the 60k overdose deaths a year in the US. These curious facts rarely seem to find their way into the mainstream media for some reason. When it comes to suicide, the msm prefers to focus on places like Japan, South Korea, Finland, Eastern Europe, etc... It'd be nice if the media could feign a little concern for American citizens every once in a while.

    Interestingly, suicide numbers in Japan have been dropping quite a bit, from 33k a year about a decade ago, to 21k in 2017.

    That is still substantially higher than the global average, but much lower than the South Korean rate.

    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.

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    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.
     
    Except when they go “boom” for the 72 virgin payout.
    , @Anon
    Actually Sri Lankans are the most prone to suicide. It's a strange thing.
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  119. Che Guava says:

    I think, if you have actually watched it, you have really missed the point.

    Maybe the english subtitles are completely wrong. I haven’t watched it with them, so maybe they misrepresent the whole thing.

    Sure, it is not romantic.

    Won’t explain what is really the centre, as it is a spoiler.

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  120. denk says:
    @denk

    I’m not recalling any “murrcan” war against China, and apparently neither are you. '
     
    You should make my posts a must read, so you wont miss out in future.

    http://www.unz.com/article/tracing-the-rush-to-war/#comment-2293359

    'Huo’s fight with the American ends with a dramatic throw, and at the last instant, Huo graciously saves his opponent from a fatal injury'
     
    That encapsulates the Han's magnificent generosity, they never hit a man when he's down.
    Whether it's the vanquished Mongols, Manchus, Indians, Jps...
    The Chinese even took care of the tens of thousands Jp war orphans left in China after ww2 !

    if the Chinese thought their magnanimity would bring about re-conciliation, they'r solely mistaken.....
    The barbarians are back with a vengeance !

    Now we've the QUAD + 1, aka fukusI.

    http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/04/macr-m04.html

    hehehehhe

    if the Chinese thought their magnanimity would bring about re-conciliation, they’r solely mistaken…..

    Actually, sino/jp had a honeymoon back in 2009 under PM Yiochi Hatoyama.
    During its peak, FM Ichiro Ozawa led a team of 600 Jp to Beijing, including businessmen, artistes, journos, academics and students,..that’s some party. !

    You bet somebody in Washington werent amused.

    Hatoyama also vowed to end the murkkans’ occupation of Okinawa.

    Here’s
    Hatoyama with vice PM Xi Jing Ping.

    As we all know by now, that’s as good as signing his own death warrant.

    Regime change in jp

    Everybody knows the Nuland coup in Ukraine 2014, how many ever heard of the bloodless coup in Tokyo, in 2010 ?

    With friends like us……

    President Obama and his top aides may not have given the final twist to the knife that Japan’s establishment lodged in Hatoyama’s back. But their fingerprints are nonetheless all over the hilt.’

    https://newrepublic.com/article/75359/friends-us

    and the rest is history/

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  121. Xerxes says:

    Linh,

    Comparing what you have written since going home to the Postcards, aren’t you glad you left the hell hole? You certainly seem so.

    Cheers

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  122. jlee says: • Website
    @denk
    From where I look,
    The Jp dont seem to be quaking in their boots,

    They'r positively taunting the Chinese.....

    'Seeing the right-wing Japanese allies of the US "pivot" into the Asia-Pacific unearth and celebrate Unit 731 is an ugly and dangerous signal to China that "we are coming after you again". Prime Minister Abe is also currently asking the Japanese government to give him the authority to undertake a new doctrine of preemptive attacks which would clearly be aimed at China and North Korea."

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aEqL0MYtlJs/Ua9g32ABScI/AAAAAAAANGY/RlfI2R19FoE/s1600/abe.jpg

    http://space4peace.blogspot.com/2013/06/loose-ends-from-berkeley-conference.html

    hehehhehe

    I would suggest that in contrast to Abe who is hobbled by what freedom loving people call a “constitution” (look it up), the Secretary of the CCP and ruler of the state of the PRC has no such inconvenience;

    http://indianexpress.com/article/world/peoples-liberation-army-anniversary-pla-can-defeat-all-invading-armies-says-chinese-president-xi-jinping-doklam-at-the-china-india-bhutan-trijunction-4774590/

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    I would suggest that in contrast to Abe who is hobbled by what freedom loving people call a “constitution” (look it up), the Secretary of the CCP and ruler of the state of the PRC has no such inconvenience;
     
    In 'freedom loving' India,
    The army enjoys the freedom to rape/kill/plunder,

    In 'freedom loving Jp,

    Objection from 70 % of Jp failed to stop the govn from sending troops to Iraq,

    meanwhile ,

    Tokyo couldnt even protect its citizens from rapes, assaults by occupation forces in Okinawa,
    it laid prostrate when murkkan nuclear subs forced a penetration in the 70's

    Everybody knows that Abe take its marching order from Washington.
    the murkkans didnt even have to holler, they merely whispered that Jp needs to do something to that pesky article 9 ,so the SDF can be sent to fight murkkan wars.

    Abe snap to attention and say 'aye ayr sir'.
    Thats what a lapdog does, when the master gave an order, you jump,
    Abe knows that defying the murkkans could lead to the end of his political life in a jiffy..... prolly even his own life.


    Moral of the story......

    kid,
    [how old are you ?]

    In 'freedom loving ' countries, its the govn who calls the shot,

    The meanest of them all, the USA, enjoys the ultimate in freedom....free to invade sovereign countries, commit genocides, toppled non-compliant foreign leaders....

    USA, MURDER INC, LICENSED TO KILL

    Thank gawd China isnt one of your 'freedom loving' country,

    hehehhe
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  123. johnl says: • Website
    @MacNucc11
    I did a little research on the internet and the History Channel site actually indicates that the Americans were expecting an attack by the Japanese but were surprised that it was Hawaii that was attacked. So I find it very interesting that the Americans were actually expecting an attack. Why?
    There is a whole conspiracy theory that we knew of the attack and that was why no carriers were hit. It is not like the History Channel is going to support a conspiracy but they may have because strange that we were expecting an attack. Why would we be expecting a surprise attack which seems so out of character for the Japanese? The History Channel did indicate that there had been much discussion with the Japanese. Did they in fact threaten to attack?

    yes the Americans were decoding diplomatic & naval codes well before the attack, so they knew an attack from Japan would be forthcoming. (John Toland, “Infamy”). Indications that it would be Pearl and not the Phillippines were provided by non US government sources (again see Toland).

    Indeed one should look at the minutes of Secretary of War Henry Stimson to see official strategy concering US entry into what was later called “WW2″.

    http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1930

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  124. johnl says:
    @Anon
    Smug, the Chinese sank themselves.

    Didn't you say Chinese were always conquering and expanding, often taking over parts of Vietnam?

    Well, at least Chinese didn't kill all those natives of South America and didn't do the Atlantic Slave Trade.

    well, at least the chinese claimed to have gone all over the world in their imperial fleet, so it is amazing that they did not convert everyone to Maoism…

    https://www.booksfact.com/history/zheng-china-discovered-america-1418-columbus.html

    oops this is fake history..!

    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0123_060123_chinese_map_2.html

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    Professional Chinese historians say that the treasure fleets only went as far as East Africa. Only Gavin Menzies make the assertion that Zheng He landed in North America, but he may be a crypto-Chinese posing as an Englishman for all we know!
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  125. jlee says:
    @Franz
    "... bomb them back into the Stone Ages."

    Famous, but he never said it.

    Before the Net zombiefied the world, debunking misquotes was the province of many, many cheap paperbacks. Many publishing houses dealt in little else (along with diet books, of course.)

    Novelist and newspaper writer MacKinley Kantor made up the "stone age" quote and attributed it to LeMay sometime earlier than LeMay's disasterous political career when they found out that LeMay, like Eisenhower before him, had no political experience. At all. George Wallace took to sending LeMay out on "fact-finding missions" so as not to embarrass the compaign.

    But Kantor did admit to faking the quote. Like "The only good Indian is a dead Indian" it's a phony that will never be washed out no matter how many times it's noted that LeMay just never had the talent for such a pithy, oft-quoted line. Butcher, sure. Wordsmith, no.

    Nice article in any case.

    not for japan but for vietnam..
    “culture wars in america,” roger chapman, 2014 routlege.

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  126. Anonymous[308] • Disclaimer says:
    @johnl
    well, at least the chinese claimed to have gone all over the world in their imperial fleet, so it is amazing that they did not convert everyone to Maoism...

    https://www.booksfact.com/history/zheng-china-discovered-america-1418-columbus.html

    oops this is fake history..!
    https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0123_060123_chinese_map_2.html

    Professional Chinese historians say that the treasure fleets only went as far as East Africa. Only Gavin Menzies make the assertion that Zheng He landed in North America, but he may be a crypto-Chinese posing as an Englishman for all we know!

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    Only Gavin Menzies make the assertion that Zheng He landed in North America, but he may be a crypto-Chinese posing as an Englishman for all we know!
     
    You never know with genetics, tricky thing that!

    Still, going by the evidence of my eyes, Gavin Menzies looks like no Chinese I've ever seen. Looks like some white Royal Navy officer, actually . . .
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  127. @byrresheim
    You, sir, should not believe your national myth.

    No he’s right. Countries shouldn’t invade other countries and governments shouldn’t invent political crimes. The US shouldn’t do it, much less Nazi Germany and Imperial Fascist Japan.

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  128. lulu says:

    Have your ever heard good German Nazi and businessman John Rabe who set up Nanking Safety Zone with a bunch Westerners to save ordinary Chinese from being killed by Japanese soldiers?

    These Western businessmen, physicians and missionaries were the witnesses to the Japanese atrocities in Nanking.

    Get yourself the book The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II by Iris Chang, and learn some history.

    Japanese atrocities committed to Chinese can not be whitewashed no matter how much you try.

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  129. lulu says:
    @Captain Willard
    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it's worth. Admittedly, these conversations were in English, so it wasn't a random sample. But my kid, who lives there, said she's had similar conversations in Japanese with the locals.

    Just like ex-criminals are afraid that justice someday will come to catch them.

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  130. lulu says:
    @Che Guava
    Hello Linh,

    I am sorry that we did not have timing to meet.

    My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore,My first impressions were the generous legroom on the train to Tokyo, sterile apartment buildings somewhat reminiscent of Singapore,

     

    I agree with the Singapore comparison. Which line did you ride from Narita?

    few can stand for more than a few seconds without leaning on something or collapsing into a squat.
     
    That remains true in Japan, even in many areas in Tokyo, at times.


    My maternal great-grandfather, Ngo Thuc Dinh, was one of the top officials in the pro-Japanese Vietnamese government of World War II, and for this collaboration, he was targeted for assassination by the Communists. Unable to do this, they killed my grandfather instead. This incident didn’t just change how my mother was raised, but my emotional makeup.

     

    I am very sorry to hear that, i know little of the time after the Vichy collapse in Vietnam, must reading more on it.

    so as it was being refilled, I could wash my hands.
     
    Taking it for usual, but it was a good idea.

    Initially open to whites, Japan’s rulers then saw the Christian missionaries as deforming and dividing their society, thus began 220 years of isolation.
     
    In the failed invasion of Korea under Hideyoshi, and the battle of Sekigahara, crucial to establishment of the Tokugawa, many of the lords, and their samurai and soldiers, were under the sign of the cross.

    The real depredations came after the fall of the Tokugawa, when mainly Jewish people exploited differences in the relative prices of silver and gold relative to elsewhere, and the 'powers' at the time set up extraterritorial zones, partly to assist such exploitation.

    The beauty (and sadness) of Thomassons
     
    Well, that was something I had wanted to show you more of (but not exactly the same). However, I have never heard that term, I find many instances of such. Was looking it on up Japanese Yahoo, almost all search results were in English.


    For over a thousand years, Japan only invaded a neighboring country once (Korea in 1592-98),
     
    Too busy fighting internally, subduing the Ainu, and with piracy, and kidnapping, particularly from Korea, which is why the North Koreans felt justified in kidnapping a few from Japan.

    The Yasukuni Shrine

    In the heart of Berlin is a vast and, frankly, hideously clunky Holocaust Memorial, while in the middle of Tokyo is the sublimely beautiful Yasukuni Shrine. Built in 1869, it’s a memorial to Japanese war dead, dating to the Boshin War.

     

    Yasukuni is far from 'sublimely beautiful' it is an ugly symbol, and the scene of many Korean residents and opponents of militarism being beaten by police and fascists (real, not the imaginary ones of insane western left of now) in protests outside. It is not a memorial, but a shrine, and Shinto priests secretly transported the ashes of class-A war crimininals to be enshrined there in the dead of night, some did not deserve the classification of war crhminal, some did.

    Many other shrines and temples, also some churches. are much more beautiful.
    One such is abt. 80 m. from my new workplace, 25 or so min. from entering the train at a station where you were staying to arrival. Instead of war, its gods are dedicated to success in work and small business. Also, very much older than Yasukuni.


    massive fire raid by B-29s on nearby Tokyo that took place on March 10,1945. Much of Tokyo burned to the ground that night, with more than 100,000 people killed, more even than those killed at either Nagasaki or Hiroshima after an atomic bomb was dropped on these two cities.
     
    Well, I know of at least one street where some of the bars still have tiles scorched by it. War crime, sure!

    Fascism is only a blip in their history, and it’s seven decades ago! Why should Germany and Japan be singled out as particularly evil?

     

    Well, it seems Germany (and even most of western Europe) has been singled out for destruction. Apart from the depredations of Lemay and Halsey, we have been allowed or forced to continue a form of Fascism that is close to the Italian model. This was working well for many years, but the proliferation of intelligent people having to working in bad jobs, and not very intelligent but good-hearted people having none but the worse choices, often homelessness, to which I will be returning.


    No one jostles, or hogs a sidewalk or seat. Unlike in urban America, there’s no public display of aggression, and the very rare homeless don’t pester anyone for anything.
     
    When working in the area, I was smoking at will, as many others. People are not suppposed to, but I am not a chain smoker, and always carrying a portable ashtray, nobody cares.

    Linh, you are completely wrong on your first sentence. Your impressions are only from the range and timing of your travels.

    The 'very rare homeless' only became very rare because most of them are working on the Fukushima 'cleanup', sure, if you were an ejected industrial or construction worker (or other), would you not prefer to be housed in nice hotels by the government or TEPCO, to work in the cleanup' (and this mainly organised, as far as salary and bookings, to make sure they don't have labour rights, through Yakuza shell-companies).


    Signs on sidewalks, “No Smoking While Walking!” Venturing out, my wife observed, “No one eats while walking either! There is no activity on the sidewalk, and there’s not a trash can anywhere. They are so uptight!”

     



    In Yaesu, I stared up at a multi-storied karaoke business. In a purple, red and green lit room, a man appeared to be singing by himself. I kept waiting in vain for another person to appear.

     

    Well, that is a strange thing, I am doing it on occasion, on a free afternoon, at a very cheap place, taking own food and drinks OK, to practise for songs with very fast words, but sure you don't know if that man was a lone fool, or force-feeding hIs poor staff.


    a pachinko parlor where men, mostly, spend hours feeding steel balls into childishly colorful machines. Although the nominal aim is to win prizes, trifling mostly, the real attraction is oblivion.
     
    You are likely correct about the real attraction, but plenty of women are avid players. ... and some people make money from it. Near every pachinko parlour, or complex of pachinko parlours is a 'TUC shop', exchange for relatively big money (if winning big) iis there. Technically illegal, but legit.shop windows.

    If you’re still heartbroken after being weaned

     

    For many, weaning is at four or five or even older, it is a custom, so no mystery.

    Much younger for me, finding it a little sick to continuing so long. .


    there’s even a term, karojisatsu, for workers driven to suicide.

     

    In writing that is comprehensiible, but karoushi is the general term.


    ingest more anti-depressants than anyone else on earth.
     
    That is surprising me, most doctors here are very averse to prescribing such, not that I would wanting it, guess it is a function of place and social class.

    Regards.

    It is very courageous for you to point out the obvious mis-representation of some aspects of Japanese socitey by Linh Dinh. Unfortunately, it seems that he doesn’t have the decency to acknowledge it.

    Not telling the uninformed readers here about the Yasukuni Shrine hosted the ashes of class-A war crimininals , such as Hideki Tojo , who planned, launched and prosecuted Japan’s bloody war in Asia and the Pacific – and are still revered there, is purely misleading and misinformation from the part of Linh Dinh, who is in no doubt knows this fact.

    Take a look at 14 ‘Class A’ war criminals honoured by Japan at the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese MPs still go there every year to pay their respect:

    -Hideki Tojo: A general and commander of the Kwantung Army in China, a strong advocate of the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Italy as Army Minister, directly responsible for the unannounced attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.

    - Kenji Doihara: Instrumental in the occupation of Manchuria, Doihara rose to become chief of the intelligence services in the puppet state that Japan knew as Manchuko.

    - Iwane Matsui: Commander-in-Chief for Nanking Massacre and Raping.

    Details: : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11031805/Yasukuni-Shrine-the-14-Class-A-war-criminals-honoured-by-Japan.html

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    Someone should make a list of America's class A war criminals!
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    BTW, lulu,

    I did reply to you but wrecked the link. Please check my earlier reply, too.

    One more point as an aside that I think I missed (neither approval nor correction), weaning of babies is usually at a relatively advanced age, often as late as five, generally three or four, but late enough for breast-feeding to be a memory and then a memory of a memory.

    It is a long time since I was touring a porn and sex-toy, fetish shop, and the breast-feeding ones are new since then, but no surprise.

    Maybe will be checking this week, not that I have an interest in such a device, but I am sure that Linh was correct that they now exist, the breast toys were there last time I saw, but not simulating lactation.

    An advance of technology!

    Also, I recommend reading on the relative guilt of Gen. Matsui and Prince Asaka for Nanking.
    , @johnl
    there are no ashes of anyone at Yasukuni... issue is more complicated the gaijin say otherwise.
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  131. DB Cooper says:
    @anonymous

    On my recent trip to Japan, nearly every Japanese with whom I spoke expressed real fear of a Chinese invasion, for what it’s worth.
     
    I wonder if they were referring to the Senkaku islands? I've been traveling and doing business in Japan (and the rest of the Far East) for over 15 years now and I've never heard such sentiments expressed about a serious invasion of Japan, with the only exception being the possibility of China taking the Senkaku Islands. Most Japanese couldn't even be bothered to give a damn when Kim was shooting missiles over Japan while simultaneously threatening to nuke them last year. People are more worried about the hothead Trump doing something stupid or trying to stir conflict in the region. As far as China, most Japanese that I know are rather indifferent, outside of business prospects. Although some Japanese are hoping that the rise of China brings about the potential for Japan to exit from America's war mongering empire for good.

    There is no such thing as the Senkaku islands. It is called the Diaoyutai in Taiwan and Hong Kong (Diaoyu islands in mainland China).

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  132. lulu says:
    @songbird
    I agree. Asians unwarlike by nature, except by the malign influence of whites is maudlin and unhistorical. Everyone is warlike. Conquests came from technological scope and ability. Japan did not carve out an earlier empire because they lacked the ability.

    Daniel Chieh, your hatred to China is leading you to become a laughing stock and debase your otherwise excellent writings.

    Talking “unless more martial people rule them, they do interesting things but shrink to pathetic sizes(look at how small Song dynasty is compared to Qing)”, why not compare the map of Ming Dynasty (after Song and before Qing) which was built and ruled by Han Chinese: http://archive.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/ming-dynasty-map.cfm

    Because this will debase your biased and hatred filled misinformation about China.

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  133. Lin says:

    I’m glad that Linh dinh revealed his ancestral pedigree of collaboration. No wonder as a viet ‘nationalist’(if I remember right from his interview with Chris Hedges), he stayed until recently in a country that bombed and poisoned the fuck of his viet homeland.

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  134. Sparkon says:
    @MacNucc11
    I did a little research on the internet and the History Channel site actually indicates that the Americans were expecting an attack by the Japanese but were surprised that it was Hawaii that was attacked. So I find it very interesting that the Americans were actually expecting an attack. Why?
    There is a whole conspiracy theory that we knew of the attack and that was why no carriers were hit. It is not like the History Channel is going to support a conspiracy but they may have because strange that we were expecting an attack. Why would we be expecting a surprise attack which seems so out of character for the Japanese? The History Channel did indicate that there had been much discussion with the Japanese. Did they in fact threaten to attack?

    History Channel site actually indicates that the Americans were expecting an attack by the Japanese but were surprised that it was Hawaii that was attacked
    [...]
    Why would we be expecting a surprise attack which seems so out of character for the Japanese?

    If I may, I would suggest that The History Channel, like its MSM cohorts, specializes in misinformation and partial hangouts, to lead astray the unwary and the undereducated.

    The attack on Pearl Harbor was really no surprise for a number of reasons, not least of all because the advance of the Imperial Japanese Navy’s carrier strike force Kido Butai across the N. Pacific was known to certain well-placed Allied military authorities with access to highly classified technical intelligence

    In the early 30s, there was a USN Fleet exercise which featured a successful (mock) attack on Pearl Harbor by an enemy attacking from aircraft carriers out of the NW.

    In the days, weeks, and months before Dec. 7, 1941, a series of idiotic orders from Washington deterred Pearl commanders from taking sensible defensive measures to protect the valuable base, and one commander was sacked for strenuously objecting to concentrating the Pacific fleet at Pearl, where its ships were sitting ducks.

    While FDR was running his provocative “Pop-Up Cruises” with USN warships flirting with Japanese territorial waters, trying to provoke a IJN reaction, and mirroring his aggressive actions against German U-boats in the Atlantic, Pearl commanders were discouraged or prevented from conducting sensible reconnaissance of the approaches to the harbor, or using the big warships to screen Pearl. All of that was prevented because the objective was to let the attack succeed.

    Aircraft were parked in tight clusters, and battleships bottled up in the small harbor. Anti-aircraft ammo locked up. ‘Nothing wrong with that, I guess, if you’re waiting for an attack, but not trying to prevent it.

    This is the way you lure a tiger into a trap, by staking out a tethered goat in an opening. Of course in this war, the real objective was not to kill the tiger immediately after it seized the goat and began to rip its flesh, but rather in a leisurely, multi-pronged, round-about way so as to build up a powerful force of tiger killers. Everyone was afraid of the tigers, so you could do it.

    The main Allied pre-war psychological strategy was to ensure that it would be the enemy who was seen striking the first blow, so that the moral high ground could be claimed from the outset.

    For its part, the Imperial Japanese Navy had been in existence as a relatively modern force only since the late 1890s. Japan had been propelled into the modern age via the Meiji Restoration only after it’s doors had been kicked open at the point of U.S. Gunboat Diplomacy exercised in Tokyo’s Edo Bay by a menacing fleet of the notorious Black Ships under command of towering asshole U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry.

    Japan’s industry was not yet capable of building modern warships in the aftermath of the first Sino-Japanese War, where the victorious Japanese were nonetheless again subjected to Western powers dictating some of the terms, so the new six-six fleet had to be constructed by British shipyards.

    Japan’s industrial resources at the time were inadequate for the construction of a main battle force of armored warships domestically, as the country was still in the process of developing and acquiring the industrial infrastructure for the construction of major naval vessels. As a result, 90 percent of the 234,000 tons of naval construction contracted for under the ten-year beginning 1896-97 was to be foreign built, and when complete would comprise 70 percent of the Japanese fleet. Of this, the overwhelming majority was built in British shipyards. With the completion of the fleet, Japan would become the fourth strongest naval power in the world in a single decade.

    In the rough and tumble politics that ensued as Japan modernized and tried to transmogrify itself from a bucolic feudal state under the at least honorific or titualar control of the shōgun but in fact governed by powerful daimyō and their warrior samurai to maintain order and discipline into some semblance of a constitutional monarchy under the emperor protected and controlled by his ministers, but as it turned out, neither could control the military, and the closely related, emerging zaibatsu military-industrial cliques, where many of the disenfranchised daimyō and samurai had found a new homes, and where there was no shortage of ultra-nationalistic hotheads.

    By 1905, Japan defeated Russia, with much of the financing provided by famed Jewish financier and man of the world Jacob Schiff representing Kuhn, Loeb & Co., who was rewarded for his efforts with glorious medals and decorations by the Emporer himself after the Japanese had used their powerful new navy to defeat the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 which the Japanese launched with a sneak attack on Russian Ships at Port Arthur.

    Schiff wasn’t done yet. Nevertheless, despite his financial assistance, the 1905 revolution in Russia was not successful, and many of the wannabe revolutionaries were forced to scurry back to their sanctuaries of NYC’s lower east side, to lick their wounds, spin their yarns, and bide their time for yet a few more years.

    It’s a long, tangled story, and some may contest my quick recap here — any mistakes may be mine — but I hope this quick introduction will encourage further study, and underline this point: never use the MSN as sole source for your knowledge of history. There’s a lot to know, a lot of bad noise around the good signal, and time passes like magic.

    As Hokusai put it:

    Learning to draw never ends.

    In similar fashion, the study of history never ends. Learning never ends either, at least for those of us who are capable, and can avoid cerebral ossification.

    Just as money can’t buy love, it can’t buy knowledge either, and certainly not wisdom.

    頑張ろう

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    Errata & horrifying typo:

    only after it's its¹ doors had been kicked open at the point of U.S. Gunboat Diplomacy exercised in Tokyo’s Edo Bay by a menacing fleet of the notorious Black Ships under command of towering asshole U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry.

    Japan’s industry was not yet capable of building modern warships in the aftermath of the first Sino-Japanese War, where the victorious Japanese were nonetheless again subjected to Western powers dictating some of the terms, so [edit add] most of the new Six-six fleet had to be constructed by British shipyards.
     

    ¹ In English, personal pronouns never require apostrophe for possession. Its ours yours theirs hers mine his.

    Also, in English, plural number of nouns is almost N E V E R formed using the apostrophe. The only exceptions are p's and q's, but not 1s or 2s.

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  135. Sparkon says:
    @Sparkon

    History Channel site actually indicates that the Americans were expecting an attack by the Japanese but were surprised that it was Hawaii that was attacked
    [...]
    Why would we be expecting a surprise attack which seems so out of character for the Japanese?
     
    If I may, I would suggest that The History Channel, like its MSM cohorts, specializes in misinformation and partial hangouts, to lead astray the unwary and the undereducated.

    The attack on Pearl Harbor was really no surprise for a number of reasons, not least of all because the advance of the Imperial Japanese Navy's carrier strike force Kido Butai across the N. Pacific was known to certain well-placed Allied military authorities with access to highly classified technical intelligence

    In the early 30s, there was a USN Fleet exercise which featured a successful (mock) attack on Pearl Harbor by an enemy attacking from aircraft carriers out of the NW.

    In the days, weeks, and months before Dec. 7, 1941, a series of idiotic orders from Washington deterred Pearl commanders from taking sensible defensive measures to protect the valuable base, and one commander was sacked for strenuously objecting to concentrating the Pacific fleet at Pearl, where its ships were sitting ducks.

    While FDR was running his provocative "Pop-Up Cruises" with USN warships flirting with Japanese territorial waters, trying to provoke a IJN reaction, and mirroring his aggressive actions against German U-boats in the Atlantic, Pearl commanders were discouraged or prevented from conducting sensible reconnaissance of the approaches to the harbor, or using the big warships to screen Pearl. All of that was prevented because the objective was to let the attack succeed.

    Aircraft were parked in tight clusters, and battleships bottled up in the small harbor. Anti-aircraft ammo locked up. 'Nothing wrong with that, I guess, if you're waiting for an attack, but not trying to prevent it.

    This is the way you lure a tiger into a trap, by staking out a tethered goat in an opening. Of course in this war, the real objective was not to kill the tiger immediately after it seized the goat and began to rip its flesh, but rather in a leisurely, multi-pronged, round-about way so as to build up a powerful force of tiger killers. Everyone was afraid of the tigers, so you could do it.

    The main Allied pre-war psychological strategy was to ensure that it would be the enemy who was seen striking the first blow, so that the moral high ground could be claimed from the outset.

    For its part, the Imperial Japanese Navy had been in existence as a relatively modern force only since the late 1890s. Japan had been propelled into the modern age via the Meiji Restoration only after it's doors had been kicked open at the point of U.S. Gunboat Diplomacy exercised in Tokyo's Edo Bay by a menacing fleet of the notorious Black Ships under command of towering asshole U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry.

    Japan's industry was not yet capable of building modern warships in the aftermath of the first Sino-Japanese War, where the victorious Japanese were nonetheless again subjected to Western powers dictating some of the terms, so the new six-six fleet had to be constructed by British shipyards.


    Japan's industrial resources at the time were inadequate for the construction of a main battle force of armored warships domestically, as the country was still in the process of developing and acquiring the industrial infrastructure for the construction of major naval vessels. As a result, 90 percent of the 234,000 tons of naval construction contracted for under the ten-year beginning 1896-97 was to be foreign built, and when complete would comprise 70 percent of the Japanese fleet. Of this, the overwhelming majority was built in British shipyards. With the completion of the fleet, Japan would become the fourth strongest naval power in the world in a single decade.
     
    In the rough and tumble politics that ensued as Japan modernized and tried to transmogrify itself from a bucolic feudal state under the at least honorific or titualar control of the shōgun but in fact governed by powerful daimyō and their warrior samurai to maintain order and discipline into some semblance of a constitutional monarchy under the emperor protected and controlled by his ministers, but as it turned out, neither could control the military, and the closely related, emerging zaibatsu military-industrial cliques, where many of the disenfranchised daimyō and samurai had found a new homes, and where there was no shortage of ultra-nationalistic hotheads.

    By 1905, Japan defeated Russia, with much of the financing provided by famed Jewish financier and man of the world Jacob Schiff representing Kuhn, Loeb & Co., who was rewarded for his efforts with glorious medals and decorations by the Emporer himself after the Japanese had used their powerful new navy to defeat the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 which the Japanese launched with a sneak attack on Russian Ships at Port Arthur.

    Schiff wasn't done yet. Nevertheless, despite his financial assistance, the 1905 revolution in Russia was not successful, and many of the wannabe revolutionaries were forced to scurry back to their sanctuaries of NYC's lower east side, to lick their wounds, spin their yarns, and bide their time for yet a few more years.

    It's a long, tangled story, and some may contest my quick recap here -- any mistakes may be mine -- but I hope this quick introduction will encourage further study, and underline this point: never use the MSN as sole source for your knowledge of history. There's a lot to know, a lot of bad noise around the good signal, and time passes like magic.

    As Hokusai put it:


    Learning to draw never ends.
     
    In similar fashion, the study of history never ends. Learning never ends either, at least for those of us who are capable, and can avoid cerebral ossification.

    Just as money can't buy love, it can't buy knowledge either, and certainly not wisdom.

    頑張ろう

    Errata & horrifying typo:

    only after it’s its¹ doors had been kicked open at the point of U.S. Gunboat Diplomacy exercised in Tokyo’s Edo Bay by a menacing fleet of the notorious Black Ships under command of towering asshole U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry.

    Japan’s industry was not yet capable of building modern warships in the aftermath of the first Sino-Japanese War, where the victorious Japanese were nonetheless again subjected to Western powers dictating some of the terms, so [edit add] most of the new Six-six fleet had to be constructed by British shipyards.

    ¹ In English, personal pronouns never require apostrophe for possession. Its ours yours theirs hers mine his.

    Also, in English, plural number of nouns is almost N E V E R formed using the apostrophe. The only exceptions are p’s and q’s, but not 1s or 2s.

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  136. PeterMx says:

    I enjoy this writer very much, but I disagree about the Tokyo / Dresden bombing comparison. I’m not aware of an organized effort to downplay Japanese suffering during WW II, at least not to the degree German suffering is ignored and lied about, even by Germany itself. The great historian and archivist David Irving did great research in the early 1960′s and wrote his first international bestseller on the Destruction of Dresden. At least 135,000 Dresdeners were killed in two nights of bombing shortly before the end of the war. 135,000 is the minimum number of deaths and it’s possible the figure is several times that number, up to 400,000.

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  137. Moses says:
    @Ron Unz

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.
     
    Ha, ha, ha... I guess you didn't notice that Linh permanently moved back to Vietnam a few months ago, which is why his recent columns have all been about East Asian countries.

    I'd think that the recent of your analysis is equally perceptive...

    Fair enough Ron.

    Your comment will pack a better punch after Linh renounces his US passport and becomes 100% Vietnamese, subject to the whims of his glorious people’s government.

    Btw, thanks for this site.

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  138. Moses says:
    @myself
    Linh Din lives in Vietnam.

    You know the trope of wanting the non-white to clear out and "go back where he came from"?

    Well, Mr. Linh did EXACTLY that! A man of conviction, apparently. He didn't bitch and moan, he left.

    Yup, he's gone, not our problem. Maybe he doesn't like White society, but he's sure not mooching off or making any demands of whites.

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO

    Linh Din lives in Vietnam.

    Fair enough, but weak.

    Did Linh also renounce US citizenship and the protection of his US passport to 100% rejoin his compatriots?

    I didn’t think so.

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  139. Moses says:
    @MacNucc11
    I am sure that there is plenty white people are not guilty of. But they have to take some responsibility for opening a closed society. We cannot necessarily assume these things happen otherwise but I am not really familiar with either event in any case at least Rape of Nanking sounds too pre-packaged propaganda but I am sure whatever it actually refers to has some basis in fact. I always like to hear both sides of a story though and then sort through the obvious bs.
    What I am simply saying is that there are always unintended consequences for certain actions.

    What I am simply saying is that there are always unintended consequences for certain actions.

    Wait, I’m confused. Are White people responsible for Japanese actions like Linh says, or not? Do Japanese have any agency after American gunboats opened their island?

    Maybe everything good Japanese did was the result of their own agency, but everything bad they did was the fault of Whites?

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  140. Moses says:
    @myself
    Linh Din lives in Vietnam.

    You know the trope of wanting the non-white to clear out and "go back where he came from"?

    Well, Mr. Linh did EXACTLY that! A man of conviction, apparently. He didn't bitch and moan, he left.

    Yup, he's gone, not our problem. Maybe he doesn't like White society, but he's sure not mooching off or making any demands of whites.

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO

    Agreed. That’s assuming that Linh owes nothing to Whites or their majority White country, the USA.

    Perhaps you’ve forgotten that America welcomed Linh when his family fled Vietnam to America from fear their Communist countrymen would kill or imprison them. And he lived safe and sound in said White bigoted country for 30+ years.

    But the fact that he “moved to Vietnam a few months ago” wipes any debt clean, right?

    Never mind he has not renounced US citizenship or surrendered his US passport to become a sole Vietnamese citizen. He preserves the ability to flee back to his safe American haven anytime the going gets tough.

    You can bet the VN government is watching him closely. There’s nothing they fear more than an overseas Vietnamese with ties to the old Republic of Vietnam. Especially an overseas Vietnamese with a media platform.

    But you’re totally right — Linh “owes nothing to Whites.”

    lol

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    Not to mention, the world as we know it was created by us. Its like we created a house and cockroaches like him continue to survive in it, eating off the food and poisoning us with their presence but instead of hiding and staying out of sight like his race should, they continue to squeak and make noise. Soon the bugswatter is going to come, and the more noise his jaundiced cockroach self makes, the sooner they will be found out and squished.
    , @myself

    Never mind he has not renounced US citizenship or surrendered his US passport to become a sole Vietnamese citizen. He preserves the ability to flee back to his safe American haven anytime the going gets tough.
     
    In THEORY, Linh would go back to America if it becomes rough in Vietnam. But considering the way he writes, I am willing to take him at face value - the subtext is that he thinks America's no place for him.

    This is a man who's made up his mind - he's in Vietnam to stay, permanently.

    Let him speak, I say.

    Who're you more concerned about, Linh, the pundit and writer, out in the open, - or the quiet faceless kid in Beijing who's going to start a company that'll compete directly with American firms?

    Better the vocal than the silent ones.
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  141. Anonymous[861] • Disclaimer says:
    @Moses

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO
     
    Agreed. That's assuming that Linh owes nothing to Whites or their majority White country, the USA.

    Perhaps you've forgotten that America welcomed Linh when his family fled Vietnam to America from fear their Communist countrymen would kill or imprison them. And he lived safe and sound in said White bigoted country for 30+ years.

    But the fact that he "moved to Vietnam a few months ago" wipes any debt clean, right?

    Never mind he has not renounced US citizenship or surrendered his US passport to become a sole Vietnamese citizen. He preserves the ability to flee back to his safe American haven anytime the going gets tough.

    You can bet the VN government is watching him closely. There's nothing they fear more than an overseas Vietnamese with ties to the old Republic of Vietnam. Especially an overseas Vietnamese with a media platform.

    But you're totally right -- Linh "owes nothing to Whites."

    lol

    Not to mention, the world as we know it was created by us. Its like we created a house and cockroaches like him continue to survive in it, eating off the food and poisoning us with their presence but instead of hiding and staying out of sight like his race should, they continue to squeak and make noise. Soon the bugswatter is going to come, and the more noise his jaundiced cockroach self makes, the sooner they will be found out and squished.

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  142. denk says:
    @jlee
    I would suggest that in contrast to Abe who is hobbled by what freedom loving people call a "constitution" (look it up), the Secretary of the CCP and ruler of the state of the PRC has no such inconvenience;


    http://indianexpress.com/article/world/peoples-liberation-army-anniversary-pla-can-defeat-all-invading-armies-says-chinese-president-xi-jinping-doklam-at-the-china-india-bhutan-trijunction-4774590/

    I would suggest that in contrast to Abe who is hobbled by what freedom loving people call a “constitution” (look it up), the Secretary of the CCP and ruler of the state of the PRC has no such inconvenience;

    In ‘freedom loving‘ India,
    The army enjoys the freedom to rape/kill/plunder,

    In ‘freedom loving Jp,

    Objection from 70 % of Jp failed to stop the govn from sending troops to Iraq,

    meanwhile ,

    Tokyo couldnt even protect its citizens from rapes, assaults by occupation forces in Okinawa,
    it laid prostrate when murkkan nuclear subs forced a penetration in the 70′s

    Everybody knows that Abe take its marching order from Washington.
    the murkkans didnt even have to holler, they merely whispered that Jp needs to do something to that pesky article 9 ,so the SDF can be sent to fight murkkan wars.

    Abe snap to attention and say ‘aye ayr sir’.
    Thats what a lapdog does, when the master gave an order, you jump,
    Abe knows that defying the murkkans could lead to the end of his political life in a jiffy….. prolly even his own life.

    Moral of the story……

    kid,
    [how old are you ?]

    In ‘freedom loving ‘ countries, its the govn who calls the shot,

    The meanest of them all, the USA, enjoys the ultimate in freedom….free to invade sovereign countries, commit genocides, toppled non-compliant foreign leaders….

    USA, MURDER INC, LICENSED TO KILL

    Thank gawd China isnt one of your ‘freedom loving’ country,

    hehehhe

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    well yes I would agree with you there, "some" governments need to follow the american line, unfortunately. but the americans #sigh# are the only ones who can stand up to the CCP.
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  143. myself says:
    @Anonymous
    Professional Chinese historians say that the treasure fleets only went as far as East Africa. Only Gavin Menzies make the assertion that Zheng He landed in North America, but he may be a crypto-Chinese posing as an Englishman for all we know!

    Only Gavin Menzies make the assertion that Zheng He landed in North America, but he may be a crypto-Chinese posing as an Englishman for all we know!

    You never know with genetics, tricky thing that!

    Still, going by the evidence of my eyes, Gavin Menzies looks like no Chinese I’ve ever seen. Looks like some white Royal Navy officer, actually . . .

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  144. myself says:
    @Moses

    A non-white who owes nothing to whites is free to speak his mind, IMHO
     
    Agreed. That's assuming that Linh owes nothing to Whites or their majority White country, the USA.

    Perhaps you've forgotten that America welcomed Linh when his family fled Vietnam to America from fear their Communist countrymen would kill or imprison them. And he lived safe and sound in said White bigoted country for 30+ years.

    But the fact that he "moved to Vietnam a few months ago" wipes any debt clean, right?

    Never mind he has not renounced US citizenship or surrendered his US passport to become a sole Vietnamese citizen. He preserves the ability to flee back to his safe American haven anytime the going gets tough.

    You can bet the VN government is watching him closely. There's nothing they fear more than an overseas Vietnamese with ties to the old Republic of Vietnam. Especially an overseas Vietnamese with a media platform.

    But you're totally right -- Linh "owes nothing to Whites."

    lol

    Never mind he has not renounced US citizenship or surrendered his US passport to become a sole Vietnamese citizen. He preserves the ability to flee back to his safe American haven anytime the going gets tough.

    In THEORY, Linh would go back to America if it becomes rough in Vietnam. But considering the way he writes, I am willing to take him at face value – the subtext is that he thinks America’s no place for him.

    This is a man who’s made up his mind – he’s in Vietnam to stay, permanently.

    Let him speak, I say.

    Who’re you more concerned about, Linh, the pundit and writer, out in the open, – or the quiet faceless kid in Beijing who’s going to start a company that’ll compete directly with American firms?

    Better the vocal than the silent ones.

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  145. Josep says:
    @Jim Christian
    Japs killed two of my Uncles and almost, my Pop. Then they eliminated 95% of manufacturing in the United States. They can go FUCK themselves. Nuke them AGAIN. With bigger nukes this time, I understand we're on the kiloton-per-penny plan. There should be plenty enough left over to bring them to extinction or at least to heel at long last. After we make peace with North Korea. we can sell them weapons and planes to handle Japan with. Like Israel buying weapons to stifle Syria, Japan will do experiments on people if you let them. Iranians caused me problems with that silly hostage rescue business back in April 1980. They can all die, too! Ah, were *I* the King, things would get FIXED in the World!

    Wishing death upon modern generations of a nationality just because of events from a few generations prior is not a Christian thing to do. Those same modern generations weren’t even born at the time of the atrocities and ergo had no involvement in them. For you to hate modern Japanese because soldiers killed your uncles over 70 years ago is just as bad as modern Jews hating modern Europeans (Germans especially) for the Holocaust.

    By the way, VHS, Betamax, 3½-inch floppies and CDs, among several other things Westerners have taken for granted in the post-WWII era, came from Japan. Just saying.

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  146. Escher says:
    @MacNucc11
    I certainly cannot prove it but I suspect much of the so called atrocities attributed to the Japanese is simply over the top urban legend similar to Germano Russo phobia. Way overblown and very self serving. Been going on for a long time. The so called black legend of the Spanish in America. Nothing more than a smear campaign by those hoping to steal their colonies. I have taken in a number of Japanese students and found them extremely polite, funny, and respectful. I also noticed many of the traits that Linh Dhin mentions here. They tend to be more Americanized than I am. Very clean, almost to a fault. I would love to see them recover some of their culture and reject American junk culture. Global investment capital found its way to both Germany and Japan after the war and managed to help gut the U.S. auto industry by perfecting manufacturing processes. Sadly they have become a consumer culture much like the U.S.

    I don’t know about that. Was recently reading one of the works of Lee Kuan Yew (founder of modern Singapore) where he described life in the ‘40s under Japanese occupation.
    They seemed like a pretty brutal bunch to me, and I don’t think Lee had any axe to grind, unless it was to showcase the more enlightened British colonial despotism.
    Also, what about the accounts from survivors of the Bataan death march and other eyewitness accounts?

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  147. Escher says:
    @Bliss

    Interestingly, suicide numbers in Japan have been dropping quite a bit, from 33k a year about a decade ago, to 21k in 2017.
     
    That is still substantially higher than the global average, but much lower than the South Korean rate.

    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.

    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.

    Except when they go “boom” for the 72 virgin payout.

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    has anyone actually reported back on this?

    personally I'd need to see a few good reviews on trustpilot before i went ahead with it.
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  148. Escher says:
    @Anonymous
    Not to mention, the world as we know it was created by us. Its like we created a house and cockroaches like him continue to survive in it, eating off the food and poisoning us with their presence but instead of hiding and staying out of sight like his race should, they continue to squeak and make noise. Soon the bugswatter is going to come, and the more noise his jaundiced cockroach self makes, the sooner they will be found out and squished.

    Off the Prozac are we?

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  149. Anonymous[989] • Disclaimer says:
    @Escher

    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.
     
    Except when they go “boom” for the 72 virgin payout.

    has anyone actually reported back on this?

    personally I’d need to see a few good reviews on trustpilot before i went ahead with it.

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  150. @MacNucc11
    I think blockading of another country's port is an act of war, and at least Pearl Harbor is a legitimate military target, not an undefended civilian population. I like how it is always referred to as a sneak attack. In what way is it a sneak attack? They attacked in broad daylight flying planes from miles away.

    MacNucc11 reasoned, wrote:
    “I think blockading of another country’s port is an act of war, and at least Pearl Harbor is a legitimate military target, not an undefended civilian population.”

    Thanks for words, above! Do you recall how Pat Buchanan wrote a “Shock & Awe” article on how the WW II Japanese military communication-code was solved & the likelihood FDR’s administration was completely aware of plan to “sneak attack” Pearl Harbor?

    Very shitty, eh? While modern Americans visit beautiful & volcanic Hawaii, they won’t learn about Mr. Buchanan’s Pearl Harbor, revisionist history.

    At any rate, I retreat (forward) to your interesting quote, above, and draw focus upon a less discussed method of warmongering action.

    As I am curious as to Zionist business influence in post-WW II Japan to date, please consider watching the video (below) where the mighty Goldman Sachs Group unveils its research on the troubling topic of “aging Japan,”and suggests how best to capitaliZe on the phenomenon.

    Thank you, MacNucc11.

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  151. republic says:
    @lulu
    It is very courageous for you to point out the obvious mis-representation of some aspects of Japanese socitey by Linh Dinh. Unfortunately, it seems that he doesn't have the decency to acknowledge it.

    Not telling the uninformed readers here about the Yasukuni Shrine hosted the ashes of class-A war crimininals , such as Hideki Tojo , who planned, launched and prosecuted Japan's bloody war in Asia and the Pacific - and are still revered there, is purely misleading and misinformation from the part of Linh Dinh, who is in no doubt knows this fact.

    Take a look at 14 'Class A' war criminals honoured by Japan at the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese MPs still go there every year to pay their respect:

    -Hideki Tojo: A general and commander of the Kwantung Army in China, a strong advocate of the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Italy as Army Minister, directly responsible for the unannounced attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.

    - Kenji Doihara: Instrumental in the occupation of Manchuria, Doihara rose to become chief of the intelligence services in the puppet state that Japan knew as Manchuko.

    - Iwane Matsui: Commander-in-Chief for Nanking Massacre and Raping.

    Details: : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11031805/Yasukuni-Shrine-the-14-Class-A-war-criminals-honoured-by-Japan.html

    Someone should make a list of America’s class A war criminals!

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    That is a good idea!

    I will make a start.

    Sherman, Custer, Eisenhower, Curtiss Lemay, Adm. Halsey, Kissinger, Brzheshinski, Albright, Bush II, Barry Soetoro, Oppenheimer, etc.
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  152. Che Guava says:

    Thanks, lulu.

    I have never had as much blatant trolling here as on this thread.

    … and I contacted Linh by e-mail, at his invitation, offering to show some interesting places, wrote a careful reply to points in the article that were observant or simply incorrect impressions, but no reply to them. Of course, I am understanding that time on the visit was limited.

    As for Yasukuni, I have visited many times, but never enter the museum, since I have visited related places in Kyushu many (over twenty) years ago, and dislike the accounts. Also, I prefer other shrines or temples, and the violence of the police against Japanese leftist, Chinese, and Korean protestors was very bad, and only stopped in recent years because the protestors were becoming too frightened.

    One point I was forgetting in my reply, the invasion of the Ryukyu kingdom (Okinawa) was also very brutal, this was conducted by the Satsuma, over a century and a half before drunken Perry’s arrival. The northernmost islands were seized, the kingdom itself placed in a tributary relationship.

    I was in a seaside hot-spring with old people on Yakushima many years ago, they were very interesting, still some fond memories of (there, non-USA) occupation forces also still bitter memories of the invasion by Satsuma.

    Be careful of your opinion on, in particular, Matsui, he was being driven by the nastiest of the Imperial Princes, so, in my opinion, he did not have full responsibility, still a bad guy, but not without pushing from above.

    Thanks again, supposing this post will draw much trolling, but I don’t care.

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  153. Yan Shen says:
    @Moses
    I like Linh's writing.

    However, I couldn't help but notice a strong undercurrent of anti-White, anti-American anger from him in this essay. A lot of gratuitous digs.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam.

    I thought he was different, but seems to be just another angry White hater enjoying the benefits of living in a White country.

    I guess the only thing worse for Linh than living in a racist America built by racist Whites would be if he were not allowed to immigrate to a racist America and had to remain in his native Vietnam

    Well you’ve been endlessly and repetitively using that line ever since you heard Steve Sailer use it a while ago, so I suppose if he had a dollar for every time you mindlessly trotted that out, he’d probably be wealthy enough to start up his own foundation and fund other writers.

    Now I normally think it’s in bad taste to talk about someone’s personal life, but you’re quite a curious case so I’ll break my rule here. Despite endlessly complaining about East Asians and East Asia and always going on incessantly about the importance of racial tribalism, for some very strange reason you decided to spend 10 years of your life working and living in East Asia as an expat and also ended up marrying someone Asian, IIRC.

    I mean with self-hating white men like Moses who even needs allies?

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  154. Che Guava says:
    @republic
    Someone should make a list of America's class A war criminals!

    That is a good idea!

    I will make a start.

    Sherman, Custer, Eisenhower, Curtiss Lemay, Adm. Halsey, Kissinger, Brzheshinski, Albright, Bush II, Barry Soetoro, Oppenheimer, etc.

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  155. Josep says:
    @Pam Travel
    If Japanese are so sophisticated, why Japanese towns are so ugly?

    https://www.google.co.za/maps/@36.7650953,140.1299686,3a,75y,289.26h,104.68t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1skLpUBO8D1KKEuG4VWaPE5A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?dcr=0

    One can’t always judge a whole country’s towns just by looking at the ugliest ones; in some cases it’s a mixed bag. Then again, if the majority of towns in Japan are really as “ugly” as that one, then you might have a point.

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  156. Che Guava says:
    @lulu
    It is very courageous for you to point out the obvious mis-representation of some aspects of Japanese socitey by Linh Dinh. Unfortunately, it seems that he doesn't have the decency to acknowledge it.

    Not telling the uninformed readers here about the Yasukuni Shrine hosted the ashes of class-A war crimininals , such as Hideki Tojo , who planned, launched and prosecuted Japan's bloody war in Asia and the Pacific - and are still revered there, is purely misleading and misinformation from the part of Linh Dinh, who is in no doubt knows this fact.

    Take a look at 14 'Class A' war criminals honoured by Japan at the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese MPs still go there every year to pay their respect:

    -Hideki Tojo: A general and commander of the Kwantung Army in China, a strong advocate of the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Italy as Army Minister, directly responsible for the unannounced attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.

    - Kenji Doihara: Instrumental in the occupation of Manchuria, Doihara rose to become chief of the intelligence services in the puppet state that Japan knew as Manchuko.

    - Iwane Matsui: Commander-in-Chief for Nanking Massacre and Raping.

    Details: : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11031805/Yasukuni-Shrine-the-14-Class-A-war-criminals-honoured-by-Japan.html

    BTW, lulu,

    I did reply to you but wrecked the link. Please check my earlier reply, too.

    One more point as an aside that I think I missed (neither approval nor correction), weaning of babies is usually at a relatively advanced age, often as late as five, generally three or four, but late enough for breast-feeding to be a memory and then a memory of a memory.

    It is a long time since I was touring a porn and sex-toy, fetish shop, and the breast-feeding ones are new since then, but no surprise.

    Maybe will be checking this week, not that I have an interest in such a device, but I am sure that Linh was correct that they now exist, the breast toys were there last time I saw, but not simulating lactation.

    An advance of technology!

    Also, I recommend reading on the relative guilt of Gen. Matsui and Prince Asaka for Nanking.

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  157. Che Guava says:
    @utu
    That's true. Japanese towns seem to be ugly as if there was not urban planning. But they are clean unlike Chinese towns.

    Utu,

    You are correct abt. lack of planning controls.

    The central govt. also encourages local govt. areas to be considated into ‘cities’, which aren’t cities, but mall strips along main roads, and removes whatever controls the former local govts held.

    I think, however, that Pam Travel’s example is not much good. It is a quiet place, with a river or stream on the other side of the fence in the shot.

    You would know of Hokusai’s ‘True Views of the Toukaidou’.

    I take many photos of pretty places, in some cases, mentally thinking of them as ‘false views’, because of having to walk around to find the spot to cut the ugliness of the built environment. So, false views, just as Hokusai’s were true views.

    Not always the case. Even the Toukaidou, some stretches an hour from Tokyo are nice.

    I was preferring central Tokyo when the ‘no buildings to overlook the Palace’ rule was applicable, and am sure that none of the politicians who despise him, as many in the LDP do, ever asked him about changing it, although part of their bs has always been ‘support the emperor’. They just don’t much like the curreot one

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  158. Johann says:
    @Moses
    I like your writing anh Linh. Rất tốt.

    But blaming Whites for Japanese aggression? Oh dear.

    Just bought your Postcards Linh. Since I grew up in Philadelphia I am infortunately familiar with many of the dystopias you describe. Now I live among the Amish in Lancaster sure hope the American Fed Gov doesn’t try to bomb them (us) into the stone ages.

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  159. From its founding, the US has destroyed societies to save them, with Iraq, Libya and Syria only the latest examples. Without any violence whatsoever, perhaps Japan can return the favor.

    this is surprising since linh actually believes in the saving part.

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  160. Hacienda says:

    Linh,

    I went to Japan a few times. Tokyo, Kyoto. Very elegant place as you know (about as elegant as an Asian country can still be, which is to say quite elegant, but nothing like it once was), in spite of the bustle and surface alienation. Super hard country to understand as a foreigner, even if you were to speak Japanese.

    Read Mishima decades ago, to get a sense of it. Of course, his fear was Japan would be forever lost without its divine Emperor. Very unfortunate beheading as his beheader missed and did not get a clean decapitation on the first two attempts. Once certain skills are lost, they are lost forever.

    Saw some really interesting people. A very Ashkenazi looking white male jogging around the Imperial Palace. Looking very contented in that way Jews do when they are in their comfort zone. Played googly eyes with a pretty woman on the subway (when I still did silly things like that). Strolled around the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto and a dumbass blonde man made a leg movement like he was going trip me as we were passing by. LOL. Saw a black woman and her kid walking to school in the morning with a charm and purpose you rarely see in black women and their kids in the US.

    Don’t know what make of your comments that Japan should destroy America. Americans don’t really possess a culture to destroy. Tough beans.

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  161. @myself
    In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.

    China has outright prohibited not only the music, but depictions of the espoused lifestyles. Recent law.

    Make of that what you will

    ‘In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.’

    I think that’s brilliant, highly commendable, and sane. What else can that be said of these days? Not only rap, but all, literally all, of the garbage dumped on everyone’s face every day around the world–it is poison. It poisons and corrupts young people, its precise point. Once corrupted, who can become uncorrupted? Just look to England, that foulest of lands, to see what corruption is… No innocence! No beauty. A whole culture of immorality: the drinking, smoking, MDMA, festivals which are anything but occasions to be festive. I’d rather live in the height of the Inquisition. I’d VERY MUCH rather, in fact. Amongst actual, SERIOUS, people. Women covered up, and not with tattoos, all ‘funky ass shit’ punishable by death. Give me Plato! Give me Savonarola preaching hellfire!!! Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems).

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    Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems)
     
    Jews, to the Han, are just more non-Han. They are not singled out in China, nor given special treatment.

    Han are a strange lot - they leave you free to practice your culture in private, but you can never preach your way of life in their lands. Anyone who tries preaching or promoting an alien culture feels the weight of Han racial tribalism and its extension, the Han state (and there has always been a Han state).

    Buddhism BARELY survived in China, and only then by mutating into something which catered to culture of China. It's a very Sino-centric Buddhism. As for faiths that won't assimilate, like Islam and Christianity, well, they never stop being outsiders, with all that implies in a place like China.

    Han muslims are Han first, muslim second. Non-Han muslims, like those in Xinjiang, may cause trouble, but then get the boot placed on their collective necks - in China, Islam faces a culture equally implacable and ruthless, and with an equal sense of their own identity. Or perhaps even more so.

    As for the non-troublesome Jews, they are left alone and at peace. Their influence is simply unable to make headway among the Han, nor will any Han leader or member of the elite consider them other than alien. Even mixing with the Han will not change anything - the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.

    But since the Kaifeng Jews are humble and law-abiding, they are left alone. Now, FOREIGNERS of all kinds know to keep their heads down and to stay clear of anything that intersects power in China - the state, any public policy, big business and finance, the law, the media, the education system.

    Those foreigners can also come and go in peace.
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  162. robt says:
    @Brabantian
    Hello Linh Dinh, a lovely essay ... Most people are not familiar with the massive evidence that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were, in fact, other versions of the Tokyo, Osaka or Yokohama firebombing horrors, and began what is a global hoax regarding 'nuclear weapons' ... From a recent overview of why Hiroshima was not a 'nuclear' or 'atomic bomb' explosion:
    http://www.newnationalist.net/2017/08/01/was-hiroshima-firebombed-and-not-nuked/

    - The area destroyed in Hiroshima, was only one-fourth the size of the area destroyed in Tokyo fire-bombing with identical devastation

    - US military Major Alexander de Seversky, surveying Japanese cities shortly afterwards, found wooden-house-burned Hiroshima to show no signs at all of anything other than chemical fire-bombing, just like Tokyo, Yokohama & Osaka ... central iron-steel buildings were intact, fragile objects undamaged, even flag poles still up beneath 'ground zero' ... no spot where things had been 'vapourised'

    - The 'smoking gun' proving Hiroshima was fake, is in 1945 US military records, logging 66 aeroplanes as 'chemically fire-bombing Imabari, Japan', close to Hiroshima, at the same date & hour as the alleged 'atomic bomb' ... Imabari which no longer existed, having been totally destroyed in 2 previous fire-bombing raids ... this was the fleet that fire-bombed Hiroshima

    - German Jesuit Rev John Siemes, eye-witness in Hiroshima, documented local witnesses reporting planes spreading incendiary material

    - At the time of Hiroshima there was huge intimidation, 'death penalty for unauthorised speaking', suppression of Japanese & USA witnesses & involved persons ... whilst allowed statements seem scripted & false-seeming

    - Photographs of Hiroshima smoke look exactly like columns of smoke from chemical fire-bombing, confirmed by Japanese witnesses who eventually did speak ... in general, the 'mushroom clouds' eventually marketed as the 'nuclear weapon signature', are also from certain types of chemical explosions, as recently exploding Chinese factories have shown

    - A 1990 medical study, completing 40 years of investigation of Hiroshima & Nagasaki survivors, showed no genetic damage, as is typical of those exposed to too-high radiation

    It seems indeed that 'nuclear weapons' as a whole have never existed, and that he United Nations etc initiative to 'ban nuclear weapons' is actually a concerted effort to bury the hoax.

    The political context for the nuclear weapons scam after Hiroshima, was the USA-Moscow deal in Stalin's later years, that Stalin would pretend to be a 'nuclear weapons power' too, riches & tech would be passed on to Soviet elites (as Antony Sutton, 'Best Enemy Money Can Buy' proved was happening); and the world would be in fear of 'nuclear terror' supporting big-power domination of the earth & trillions of profits for oligarchs via 'weapons industries'. All the 'nuclear powers' have their reasons and motivations to continue colluding in this hoax today.

    Swedish nuclear engineer Anders Björkman, once asked to investigate 'nuclear weapons' for Sweden, has been showing in detail for years that nuclear weapons are impossible, fake, & have never existed (versus nuclear power, which does work).

    Recently, there has been a move to wind down the nuclear weapons hoax, with this year's 'UN resolution to ban & destroy all nuclear weapons' ... a 'great favour' the coming one-world globalist government will do for us, putting the nuclear weapons hoax to rest. They can claim to dis-assemble all the nuclear weapons like South Africa claimed to do in the past.

    But over 72 years, all 10 alleged 'nuclear bomb nations' have played along, in what has been a global scam, trillions for oligarchs owning armaments industries, the 'nuclear weapons' scam a major tool for the big and medium powers who are allowed to claim to have them ... Consider the history:

    1945 - USA chemically bombs Hiroshima & Nagasaki (like Tokyo, Dresden, Hamburg...), also dumping illness-inducing radioactive rubbish. Witnesses ordered to shut up under threat of death, chemical-blast 'mushroom clouds' in film & photos - USA HAS NUCLEAR BOMBS

    1949 - Soviet Union accepts deal for Russian elites to get wealthy by playing along with Cold War & global nuclear terror - COMMIE RUSSIA HAS THE BOMB

    1952 - UK Brits & London financial centre don't want to be 2nd class - UK HAS THE BOMB

    1960 - France chafes not to be 2nd class to Brits - FRANCE & DE GAULLE HAVE THE BOMB

    1964 - China upgraded to major league - COMMIE CHINA HAS THE BOMB

    1966 - Israel joins the club in time to terrorise & blackmail Arabs in 1967 & 1973 wars - JEWS HAVE THE BOMB & JEWS ARE READY TO SAMSON OPTION EVERYBODY, later 'confirmed' by Mordechai Vanunu to MI6 London Times & then maybe living on Haifa beach, not 'in Israeli prison', like 'not really in Ecuador Embassy' Julian Assange

    1974 - India accepted as big power, debasing its heritage naming its bomb programme 'Smiling Buddha' - INDIA HAS THE BOMB

    1979 - South Africa's white apartheid gov gets to play - WHITE RACIST SOUTH AFRICA HAS THE BOMB READY TO KILL BLACK PEOPLE ... but 'dismantles bombs' before Mandela & black government can find out the scam

    1998 - Pakistan becomes central player in new Western anti-Muslim theme - PAKISTANI MUSLIMS HAVE THE BOMB & OSAMA OR TERRORISTS MIGHT GET AHOLD OF IT

    2006 - North Korea, always making deals, gets to upgrade - CRAZY NORTH KOREA HAS THE BOMB

    'Nuclear terror' - A greatly profitable business, & a superbly sticky piece of hoax propaganda

    This nonsense started with an article in The Daily Bell; nuclear weapons are a hoax created by the government to scare everyone, or something, Hiroshima and Nagasaki never happened, atomic and hydrogen bomb testing never occurred, etc etc.
    They didn’t present the hoax of nuclear power plants though. Maybe that’s coming in a future article.

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    It's interesting how these hoaxes take off though. I'm still not sure what to make of the flat earth meme.
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  163. Anonymous[989] • Disclaimer says:
    @robt
    This nonsense started with an article in The Daily Bell; nuclear weapons are a hoax created by the government to scare everyone, or something, Hiroshima and Nagasaki never happened, atomic and hydrogen bomb testing never occurred, etc etc.
    They didn't present the hoax of nuclear power plants though. Maybe that's coming in a future article.

    It’s interesting how these hoaxes take off though. I’m still not sure what to make of the flat earth meme.

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  164. myself says:
    @daniel le mouche
    'In another part of Asia, they have outright banned rap and hip-hop culture.'

    I think that's brilliant, highly commendable, and sane. What else can that be said of these days? Not only rap, but all, literally all, of the garbage dumped on everyone's face every day around the world--it is poison. It poisons and corrupts young people, its precise point. Once corrupted, who can become uncorrupted? Just look to England, that foulest of lands, to see what corruption is... No innocence! No beauty. A whole culture of immorality: the drinking, smoking, MDMA, festivals which are anything but occasions to be festive. I'd rather live in the height of the Inquisition. I'd VERY MUCH rather, in fact. Amongst actual, SERIOUS, people. Women covered up, and not with tattoos, all 'funky ass shit' punishable by death. Give me Plato! Give me Savonarola preaching hellfire!!! Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems).

    Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems)

    Jews, to the Han, are just more non-Han. They are not singled out in China, nor given special treatment.

    Han are a strange lot – they leave you free to practice your culture in private, but you can never preach your way of life in their lands. Anyone who tries preaching or promoting an alien culture feels the weight of Han racial tribalism and its extension, the Han state (and there has always been a Han state).

    Buddhism BARELY survived in China, and only then by mutating into something which catered to culture of China. It’s a very Sino-centric Buddhism. As for faiths that won’t assimilate, like Islam and Christianity, well, they never stop being outsiders, with all that implies in a place like China.

    Han muslims are Han first, muslim second. Non-Han muslims, like those in Xinjiang, may cause trouble, but then get the boot placed on their collective necks – in China, Islam faces a culture equally implacable and ruthless, and with an equal sense of their own identity. Or perhaps even more so.

    As for the non-troublesome Jews, they are left alone and at peace. Their influence is simply unable to make headway among the Han, nor will any Han leader or member of the elite consider them other than alien. Even mixing with the Han will not change anything – the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.

    But since the Kaifeng Jews are humble and law-abiding, they are left alone. Now, FOREIGNERS of all kinds know to keep their heads down and to stay clear of anything that intersects power in China – the state, any public policy, big business and finance, the law, the media, the education system.

    Those foreigners can also come and go in peace.

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    Thanks for info, interesting. I've been there once, briefly. It struck me as really hardcore, harsh, ugly, kind of scary--Beijing, this was. Not ones to be fucked with.
    , @Anonymous

    Even mixing with the Han will not change anything – the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.
     
    As an actual Chinese, I'd have to say this isn't accurate by any measure. The "Han" ethnicity is the product of millennia of interbreeding with non-Han, "foreign" races. If anything, we are the original mongrel race. In the North, Han Chinese take on linguistic, cultural and genetic influence from the steppe nomads (Manchu, Mongol, Xianbei, what have you). Northern Mandarin is definitely influenced by Manchu. In the Shandong peninsula (and by extension the Northeast), there's some influence from centuries of the upper classes taking Korean concubines. In the Northwest, the local dialects, cultural practices and genetics are heavily influenced by Mongolian and Tibetan.

    In the Yangtze River Delta, Wu Chinese has divergent word order (SOV, like Japanese or Korean, rather than SVO as in Mandarin). In Hunan, the local dialect has many words that are cognate with Tai-Kadai languages. The Fujianese and Cantonese are practically foreign. The Cantonese and Vietnamese are practically siblings. Northern Chinese refer to Minnan and Cantonese as 鸟语, the language of the birds, the same label they assign to foreign languages.

    Even the Central Plains of Henan, Hebei and Shanxi, the original of the Han race received significant numbers of non-Han steppe nomad migrants in the form of the "Five Barbarians" following the fall of the Han Dynasty. I could go on ad infinitum, there isn't a single province in China where the original, "undiluted" race which produced the legendary heroes of the Three Kingdoms or Warring States period still exists.

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  165. Corvinus says:
    @The Anti-Gnostic

    The end of the American epoch, now unfurling, is an opportunity for all societies to rediscover themselves, and Japan, with its exceptional human capital still intact, is in better shape than most for this transition.

     

    Perhaps as the two generations scarred by WW2 pass away this will happen. The birth rates are problematic, but the Japanese who do show up for the future will be well-positioned.

    Is there any resurgent religious practice in Japan? Societies need a tie to the metaphysical.

    Your judgment of America is harsh but true. For traditional societies to return, America has to die. But that may also mean a world dominated by China and, in some part, India. Not sure that's a good outcome either.

    “For traditional societies to return, America has to die.”

    Fortunately, most white Americans do not share your view.

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  166. @myself

    Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems)
     
    Jews, to the Han, are just more non-Han. They are not singled out in China, nor given special treatment.

    Han are a strange lot - they leave you free to practice your culture in private, but you can never preach your way of life in their lands. Anyone who tries preaching or promoting an alien culture feels the weight of Han racial tribalism and its extension, the Han state (and there has always been a Han state).

    Buddhism BARELY survived in China, and only then by mutating into something which catered to culture of China. It's a very Sino-centric Buddhism. As for faiths that won't assimilate, like Islam and Christianity, well, they never stop being outsiders, with all that implies in a place like China.

    Han muslims are Han first, muslim second. Non-Han muslims, like those in Xinjiang, may cause trouble, but then get the boot placed on their collective necks - in China, Islam faces a culture equally implacable and ruthless, and with an equal sense of their own identity. Or perhaps even more so.

    As for the non-troublesome Jews, they are left alone and at peace. Their influence is simply unable to make headway among the Han, nor will any Han leader or member of the elite consider them other than alien. Even mixing with the Han will not change anything - the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.

    But since the Kaifeng Jews are humble and law-abiding, they are left alone. Now, FOREIGNERS of all kinds know to keep their heads down and to stay clear of anything that intersects power in China - the state, any public policy, big business and finance, the law, the media, the education system.

    Those foreigners can also come and go in peace.

    Thanks for info, interesting. I’ve been there once, briefly. It struck me as really hardcore, harsh, ugly, kind of scary–Beijing, this was. Not ones to be fucked with.

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  167. thanks linh

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  168. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:
    @myself

    Not Jewish poison, EVERYWHERE (but in China, it seems)
     
    Jews, to the Han, are just more non-Han. They are not singled out in China, nor given special treatment.

    Han are a strange lot - they leave you free to practice your culture in private, but you can never preach your way of life in their lands. Anyone who tries preaching or promoting an alien culture feels the weight of Han racial tribalism and its extension, the Han state (and there has always been a Han state).

    Buddhism BARELY survived in China, and only then by mutating into something which catered to culture of China. It's a very Sino-centric Buddhism. As for faiths that won't assimilate, like Islam and Christianity, well, they never stop being outsiders, with all that implies in a place like China.

    Han muslims are Han first, muslim second. Non-Han muslims, like those in Xinjiang, may cause trouble, but then get the boot placed on their collective necks - in China, Islam faces a culture equally implacable and ruthless, and with an equal sense of their own identity. Or perhaps even more so.

    As for the non-troublesome Jews, they are left alone and at peace. Their influence is simply unable to make headway among the Han, nor will any Han leader or member of the elite consider them other than alien. Even mixing with the Han will not change anything - the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.

    But since the Kaifeng Jews are humble and law-abiding, they are left alone. Now, FOREIGNERS of all kinds know to keep their heads down and to stay clear of anything that intersects power in China - the state, any public policy, big business and finance, the law, the media, the education system.

    Those foreigners can also come and go in peace.

    Even mixing with the Han will not change anything – the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.

    As an actual Chinese, I’d have to say this isn’t accurate by any measure. The “Han” ethnicity is the product of millennia of interbreeding with non-Han, “foreign” races. If anything, we are the original mongrel race. In the North, Han Chinese take on linguistic, cultural and genetic influence from the steppe nomads (Manchu, Mongol, Xianbei, what have you). Northern Mandarin is definitely influenced by Manchu. In the Shandong peninsula (and by extension the Northeast), there’s some influence from centuries of the upper classes taking Korean concubines. In the Northwest, the local dialects, cultural practices and genetics are heavily influenced by Mongolian and Tibetan.

    In the Yangtze River Delta, Wu Chinese has divergent word order (SOV, like Japanese or Korean, rather than SVO as in Mandarin). In Hunan, the local dialect has many words that are cognate with Tai-Kadai languages. The Fujianese and Cantonese are practically foreign. The Cantonese and Vietnamese are practically siblings. Northern Chinese refer to Minnan and Cantonese as 鸟语, the language of the birds, the same label they assign to foreign languages.

    Even the Central Plains of Henan, Hebei and Shanxi, the original of the Han race received significant numbers of non-Han steppe nomad migrants in the form of the “Five Barbarians” following the fall of the Han Dynasty. I could go on ad infinitum, there isn’t a single province in China where the original, “undiluted” race which produced the legendary heroes of the Three Kingdoms or Warring States period still exists.

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    Genetic admixture is not an insurmountable problem, it is CULTURAL admixture that is a much bigger issue for the Chinese.

    China has assimilated a great many ethnicities in the last 4,500 years. But note there the key concept: ASSIMILATION.

    Anyone, regardless of origin, who is suspected of outside loyalty (say to a cult like Falun Gong, to a religion like Buddhism, to overseas Chinese agendas) is going to be marginalized. And if Chinese will do this to their own, what will they do to non-Chinese?

    Chinese truly believe, via long historical experience, that they must uphold their core identity. That is the primary reason for the extreme lifespan of their nation. So, there is no "multi-culturalism" in China, nor is "diversity", even cultural diversity among the people, encouraged. If anything, there is a thrust towards more assimilation.

    If you assimilate, you have acceptance and opportunity, and your life is much easier. If you fully assimilate, then it all becomes a non-issue. If you don't - if you proudly hold on to being Uighur, or Cantonese, or Manchurian - life is much harder.

    The common people will ensure it is so, with no government prompting. The state and institutions will all be watching you, and in China, that is the kind of attention you definitely don't want.

    I'll end with a little story about a friend, ethnically from Guangdong province, and so "Cantonese" His parents spoke broken Potunghua, or Standard Chinese ("Mandarin" to foreigners). He himself is completely fluent. He says he will not bother making his children learn Cantonese, or speaking to them in the dialect.

    When I pointed out that his Cantonese heritage would be lost, he retorted that his family would fully embrace the Chinese identity - and here's the real kicker : "For us descendants to be truly, fully Chinese is what my parents wanted, and what my ANCESTORS would have wanted". His words, roughly.

    When Chinese start speaking of their ancestors, you know they are absolutely serious.
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  169. Very interesting, thank you. Can you recommend any good books on Chinese history? I once read a history of Tu Fu, very interesting, but little else, sadly.

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  170. johnl says: • Website
    @lulu
    It is very courageous for you to point out the obvious mis-representation of some aspects of Japanese socitey by Linh Dinh. Unfortunately, it seems that he doesn't have the decency to acknowledge it.

    Not telling the uninformed readers here about the Yasukuni Shrine hosted the ashes of class-A war crimininals , such as Hideki Tojo , who planned, launched and prosecuted Japan's bloody war in Asia and the Pacific - and are still revered there, is purely misleading and misinformation from the part of Linh Dinh, who is in no doubt knows this fact.

    Take a look at 14 'Class A' war criminals honoured by Japan at the Yasukuni Shrine, Japanese MPs still go there every year to pay their respect:

    -Hideki Tojo: A general and commander of the Kwantung Army in China, a strong advocate of the Tripartite Pact with Nazi Germany and Italy as Army Minister, directly responsible for the unannounced attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbour.

    - Kenji Doihara: Instrumental in the occupation of Manchuria, Doihara rose to become chief of the intelligence services in the puppet state that Japan knew as Manchuko.

    - Iwane Matsui: Commander-in-Chief for Nanking Massacre and Raping.

    Details: : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11031805/Yasukuni-Shrine-the-14-Class-A-war-criminals-honoured-by-Japan.html

    there are no ashes of anyone at Yasukuni… issue is more complicated the gaijin say otherwise.

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  171. jlee says: • Website
    @denk

    I would suggest that in contrast to Abe who is hobbled by what freedom loving people call a “constitution” (look it up), the Secretary of the CCP and ruler of the state of the PRC has no such inconvenience;
     
    In 'freedom loving' India,
    The army enjoys the freedom to rape/kill/plunder,

    In 'freedom loving Jp,

    Objection from 70 % of Jp failed to stop the govn from sending troops to Iraq,

    meanwhile ,

    Tokyo couldnt even protect its citizens from rapes, assaults by occupation forces in Okinawa,
    it laid prostrate when murkkan nuclear subs forced a penetration in the 70's

    Everybody knows that Abe take its marching order from Washington.
    the murkkans didnt even have to holler, they merely whispered that Jp needs to do something to that pesky article 9 ,so the SDF can be sent to fight murkkan wars.

    Abe snap to attention and say 'aye ayr sir'.
    Thats what a lapdog does, when the master gave an order, you jump,
    Abe knows that defying the murkkans could lead to the end of his political life in a jiffy..... prolly even his own life.


    Moral of the story......

    kid,
    [how old are you ?]

    In 'freedom loving ' countries, its the govn who calls the shot,

    The meanest of them all, the USA, enjoys the ultimate in freedom....free to invade sovereign countries, commit genocides, toppled non-compliant foreign leaders....

    USA, MURDER INC, LICENSED TO KILL

    Thank gawd China isnt one of your 'freedom loving' country,

    hehehhe

    well yes I would agree with you there, “some” governments need to follow the american line, unfortunately. but the americans #sigh# are the only ones who can stand up to the CCP.

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  172. myself says:
    @Anonymous

    Even mixing with the Han will not change anything – the Han very much dislike admixture in the first place.
     
    As an actual Chinese, I'd have to say this isn't accurate by any measure. The "Han" ethnicity is the product of millennia of interbreeding with non-Han, "foreign" races. If anything, we are the original mongrel race. In the North, Han Chinese take on linguistic, cultural and genetic influence from the steppe nomads (Manchu, Mongol, Xianbei, what have you). Northern Mandarin is definitely influenced by Manchu. In the Shandong peninsula (and by extension the Northeast), there's some influence from centuries of the upper classes taking Korean concubines. In the Northwest, the local dialects, cultural practices and genetics are heavily influenced by Mongolian and Tibetan.

    In the Yangtze River Delta, Wu Chinese has divergent word order (SOV, like Japanese or Korean, rather than SVO as in Mandarin). In Hunan, the local dialect has many words that are cognate with Tai-Kadai languages. The Fujianese and Cantonese are practically foreign. The Cantonese and Vietnamese are practically siblings. Northern Chinese refer to Minnan and Cantonese as 鸟语, the language of the birds, the same label they assign to foreign languages.

    Even the Central Plains of Henan, Hebei and Shanxi, the original of the Han race received significant numbers of non-Han steppe nomad migrants in the form of the "Five Barbarians" following the fall of the Han Dynasty. I could go on ad infinitum, there isn't a single province in China where the original, "undiluted" race which produced the legendary heroes of the Three Kingdoms or Warring States period still exists.

    Genetic admixture is not an insurmountable problem, it is CULTURAL admixture that is a much bigger issue for the Chinese.

    China has assimilated a great many ethnicities in the last 4,500 years. But note there the key concept: ASSIMILATION.

    Anyone, regardless of origin, who is suspected of outside loyalty (say to a cult like Falun Gong, to a religion like Buddhism, to overseas Chinese agendas) is going to be marginalized. And if Chinese will do this to their own, what will they do to non-Chinese?

    Chinese truly believe, via long historical experience, that they must uphold their core identity. That is the primary reason for the extreme lifespan of their nation. So, there is no “multi-culturalism” in China, nor is “diversity”, even cultural diversity among the people, encouraged. If anything, there is a thrust towards more assimilation.

    If you assimilate, you have acceptance and opportunity, and your life is much easier. If you fully assimilate, then it all becomes a non-issue. If you don’t – if you proudly hold on to being Uighur, or Cantonese, or Manchurian – life is much harder.

    The common people will ensure it is so, with no government prompting. The state and institutions will all be watching you, and in China, that is the kind of attention you definitely don’t want.

    I’ll end with a little story about a friend, ethnically from Guangdong province, and so “Cantonese” His parents spoke broken Potunghua, or Standard Chinese (“Mandarin” to foreigners). He himself is completely fluent. He says he will not bother making his children learn Cantonese, or speaking to them in the dialect.

    When I pointed out that his Cantonese heritage would be lost, he retorted that his family would fully embrace the Chinese identity – and here’s the real kicker : “For us descendants to be truly, fully Chinese is what my parents wanted, and what my ANCESTORS would have wanted”. His words, roughly.

    When Chinese start speaking of their ancestors, you know they are absolutely serious.

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    Mr. Myself, I've always enjoyed reading your comments from the perspective of a laowai supposedly living in China now. However, grouping Cantonese with Uighurs, or to a less degree with Manchurians, as an example of resistance to assimilation is a bit off in my opinion. It's true that most Muslim Uighurs in Southern Xinjiang identify themselves more with Islam and Turkey than with China, and they may truly be an outsider and resister in China.

    The Manchurians used to be one of those alien barbarians that constantly harrased the borders of the middle kingdom and eventually took it over 400+ years ago, but now it's hard to imagine they are not considered chinese (by Han chinese), because the concept of China is dynamic and the current chinese culture is a product of Manchurian culture and the old "orthodox" Chinese culture. In fact, the current standard chinese Mandarin, is based on the chinese dialect with a Manchurian accent. Manchurians now only hold on to being Manchurian when they want to be benefited from the chinese affirmative action that gives preferential treatment to ethnic minorities.

    On the other hand, Cantonese have long been assimilated since Han dynasty. Mainland Cantonese hold on to being Cantonese is not that different from Shanghainese to being Shanghainese, or New Yorkers to being NYers, mostly out of a sense of uniqueness/exceptional-ness within rather than out of the larger group. Mandarin only became the standard national chinese less than a century ago. Given how large and diverse China is, people from different provinces may well regard their own dialect/culture as the more orthodox standard. Cantonese sound louder sometimes because 天高皇帝远, and by no means they would refuse a chinese identity. This is different from a few of those colonially loyal and brainwashed Hong Kong Cantonese that advocate for independence (a show similar to calexit in the US).
    , @Anonymous

    He says he will not bother making his children learn Cantonese, or speaking to them in the dialect.
     
    I'm seeing the same thing in Malaysia. The older generation tend to converse in dialects, while they speak to their kids in pure mandarin.

    It seems to be part of a general worldwide emergence of the Chinese nation which, until now, has existed only unconsciously as a scattered diaspora.

    For my money, they'll be a force to be reckoned with.
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  173. JJ says:
    @myself
    Genetic admixture is not an insurmountable problem, it is CULTURAL admixture that is a much bigger issue for the Chinese.

    China has assimilated a great many ethnicities in the last 4,500 years. But note there the key concept: ASSIMILATION.

    Anyone, regardless of origin, who is suspected of outside loyalty (say to a cult like Falun Gong, to a religion like Buddhism, to overseas Chinese agendas) is going to be marginalized. And if Chinese will do this to their own, what will they do to non-Chinese?

    Chinese truly believe, via long historical experience, that they must uphold their core identity. That is the primary reason for the extreme lifespan of their nation. So, there is no "multi-culturalism" in China, nor is "diversity", even cultural diversity among the people, encouraged. If anything, there is a thrust towards more assimilation.

    If you assimilate, you have acceptance and opportunity, and your life is much easier. If you fully assimilate, then it all becomes a non-issue. If you don't - if you proudly hold on to being Uighur, or Cantonese, or Manchurian - life is much harder.

    The common people will ensure it is so, with no government prompting. The state and institutions will all be watching you, and in China, that is the kind of attention you definitely don't want.

    I'll end with a little story about a friend, ethnically from Guangdong province, and so "Cantonese" His parents spoke broken Potunghua, or Standard Chinese ("Mandarin" to foreigners). He himself is completely fluent. He says he will not bother making his children learn Cantonese, or speaking to them in the dialect.

    When I pointed out that his Cantonese heritage would be lost, he retorted that his family would fully embrace the Chinese identity - and here's the real kicker : "For us descendants to be truly, fully Chinese is what my parents wanted, and what my ANCESTORS would have wanted". His words, roughly.

    When Chinese start speaking of their ancestors, you know they are absolutely serious.

    Mr. Myself, I’ve always enjoyed reading your comments from the perspective of a laowai supposedly living in China now. However, grouping Cantonese with Uighurs, or to a less degree with Manchurians, as an example of resistance to assimilation is a bit off in my opinion. It’s true that most Muslim Uighurs in Southern Xinjiang identify themselves more with Islam and Turkey than with China, and they may truly be an outsider and resister in China.

    The Manchurians used to be one of those alien barbarians that constantly harrased the borders of the middle kingdom and eventually took it over 400+ years ago, but now it’s hard to imagine they are not considered chinese (by Han chinese), because the concept of China is dynamic and the current chinese culture is a product of Manchurian culture and the old “orthodox” Chinese culture. In fact, the current standard chinese Mandarin, is based on the chinese dialect with a Manchurian accent. Manchurians now only hold on to being Manchurian when they want to be benefited from the chinese affirmative action that gives preferential treatment to ethnic minorities.

    On the other hand, Cantonese have long been assimilated since Han dynasty. Mainland Cantonese hold on to being Cantonese is not that different from Shanghainese to being Shanghainese, or New Yorkers to being NYers, mostly out of a sense of uniqueness/exceptional-ness within rather than out of the larger group. Mandarin only became the standard national chinese less than a century ago. Given how large and diverse China is, people from different provinces may well regard their own dialect/culture as the more orthodox standard. Cantonese sound louder sometimes because 天高皇帝远, and by no means they would refuse a chinese identity. This is different from a few of those colonially loyal and brainwashed Hong Kong Cantonese that advocate for independence (a show similar to calexit in the US).

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  174. Anonymous[989] • Disclaimer says:
    @myself
    Genetic admixture is not an insurmountable problem, it is CULTURAL admixture that is a much bigger issue for the Chinese.

    China has assimilated a great many ethnicities in the last 4,500 years. But note there the key concept: ASSIMILATION.

    Anyone, regardless of origin, who is suspected of outside loyalty (say to a cult like Falun Gong, to a religion like Buddhism, to overseas Chinese agendas) is going to be marginalized. And if Chinese will do this to their own, what will they do to non-Chinese?

    Chinese truly believe, via long historical experience, that they must uphold their core identity. That is the primary reason for the extreme lifespan of their nation. So, there is no "multi-culturalism" in China, nor is "diversity", even cultural diversity among the people, encouraged. If anything, there is a thrust towards more assimilation.

    If you assimilate, you have acceptance and opportunity, and your life is much easier. If you fully assimilate, then it all becomes a non-issue. If you don't - if you proudly hold on to being Uighur, or Cantonese, or Manchurian - life is much harder.

    The common people will ensure it is so, with no government prompting. The state and institutions will all be watching you, and in China, that is the kind of attention you definitely don't want.

    I'll end with a little story about a friend, ethnically from Guangdong province, and so "Cantonese" His parents spoke broken Potunghua, or Standard Chinese ("Mandarin" to foreigners). He himself is completely fluent. He says he will not bother making his children learn Cantonese, or speaking to them in the dialect.

    When I pointed out that his Cantonese heritage would be lost, he retorted that his family would fully embrace the Chinese identity - and here's the real kicker : "For us descendants to be truly, fully Chinese is what my parents wanted, and what my ANCESTORS would have wanted". His words, roughly.

    When Chinese start speaking of their ancestors, you know they are absolutely serious.

    He says he will not bother making his children learn Cantonese, or speaking to them in the dialect.

    I’m seeing the same thing in Malaysia. The older generation tend to converse in dialects, while they speak to their kids in pure mandarin.

    It seems to be part of a general worldwide emergence of the Chinese nation which, until now, has existed only unconsciously as a scattered diaspora.

    For my money, they’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

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  175. Anon[198] • Disclaimer says:
    @Bliss

    Interestingly, suicide numbers in Japan have been dropping quite a bit, from 33k a year about a decade ago, to 21k in 2017.
     
    That is still substantially higher than the global average, but much lower than the South Korean rate.

    In today’s world, East Asians are the most prone to suicide while Muslims are the least likely to kill themselves.

    Actually Sri Lankans are the most prone to suicide. It’s a strange thing.

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  176. @Biff

    The Japanese are so attentive to each detail, and that’s why just about everything here is so beautiful. This kind of care and love, I’ve also seen in Germany and Italy.”

    Hideo smiled, “They’re all Fascist countries!”
     
    A little off topic, but if your in the home mechanical business nobody makes better air conditioners, water heaters, boilers, furnaces, toilets, radiant heaters, stoves, and ovens better than the Japanese or the Germans, with the Italians in a close second. NOBODY! Add in automobiles and motorcycles.

    The UK imports a lot of commercial air conditioning stuff from Japan. Ridiculous, really, that we can’t make it here but have to import from 6,000 miles away.

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