This month’s Just Be Cause is a spew of hate and, quite frankly, racism:
That is precisely what tatemae does to Japanese society. It makes everyone into a politician, changing the truth to suit their audience, garner support or deflect criticism and responsibility.
One point I find interesting is that he appears to blame the Japanese for bringing Hiroshima and Nagasaki on themselves (my highlighting):
The Japanese Empire’s deception about its treatment of prisoners of war and noncombatants under the Geneva Conventions (e.g., the Bataan Death March, medical experiments under Unit 731), not to mention lying to its own civilians about how they would be treated if captured by the Allies, led to some of the most horrifying mass murder-suicides of Japanese, dehumanizing reprisals by their enemies, and war without mercy in World War II’s Pacific Theater.
If anyone would like to provide an alternative explanation, I’m all ears.
And of course, he finishes off with his usual "Fookooshimar will kill us all!"
As the public — possibly worldwide — sickens over time, the truth will leak out.
I’ve defended the printing of previous columns as being just the Japan Times trolling for page views, but I cannot do it in this case. Or perhaps the joke is on me – this is just an illustration of uso mo houben, mixing a certain amount of facts with wild speculation and flat-out disinformation?