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  •  Its commonplace (18+ / 0-)

    And (unfortunately) a common racist comment about the Japanese by ignorant Westerners who likely have never even stepped foot inside of Japan.

    The students at Tokyo university in the 60s were so complacent they took over the school and the military had to bring wrecking balls to knock down the the great hall of that famous University. You can still see the cracks in the wall and the places they had to repair.

    There is a damn good reason we have universal health care, a respectable pension system and some of the best workers rights outside of Germany. Because the Japanese people fought tooth and nail for them.

    Not every story has a happy ending but Im doing my best to make mine so. Come and take a look at my discussion forum: TheNewCurevents We are looking for new active members!

    by ProgressiveTokyo on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 04:03:46 AM PDT

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    •  or is it because they are operating with a 200% (0+ / 0-)

      debt to GDP ratio and have a population crisis that will likely bring the country down ?

    •  Is it really a "common" racist comment? (1+ / 0-)
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      I regret my choice of the word; "congenital" was inaccurate. I meant to emphasize the cultural tunnel vision. I think much could be said also about the Japanese disdain for the Chinese and the racism implied in the mass murder of several million Chinese in the 1930s. Just my opinion of course; opinions are a trait of the ignorant Westerners. (But identifying me as an "ignorant Westerner" is also racism, is it not?)

      Let's be friends. There's a great deal I admire about the Japanese.

      "And that's the way it is." --Walter Cronkite

      by Barnaby Grudge on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 08:30:45 PM PDT

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      •  Sure man! (0+ / 0-)

        And I wasnt directing that comment at your specifically. Ive seen comments like that many times and usually bite my tongue and move on.. I was in a respond mood and responded.

        @SetaSan: Yeah we have a debt problem, and a population problem and we are trying to solve those problems. Unlike the states where they want to first cut social services though they are trying to fix the system without breaking the commitment to our seniors and children.

        And regarding our debt problem, we have the 2nd largest reserves of US treasuries. If we ever really needed the liquidity we could dump them on the open market... but I think the US would not like that (nor would their currency).

        Not every story has a happy ending but Im doing my best to make mine so. Come and take a look at my discussion forum: TheNewCurevents We are looking for new active members!

        by ProgressiveTokyo on Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 09:31:44 PM PDT

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