Today is the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War in World War II, and this is also one of the days that right-wing nationalists come out to protest against Americans, Chinese, Koreans, and pretty much any other foreigner in Japan. Well, I wish I could ask one several questions, such as what they watch on TV, what their favourite movies are, what food they like, and so on. Here’s some advice to nationalists.
Don’t watch any foreign movies. Only watch Japanese movies. Don’t watch any foreign TV dramas, only Japanese. Don’t eat yakiniku, it’s Korean. Don’t eat gyoza, it’s Chinese. Don’t eat tempura, it’s Dutch. Don’t use an iPhone, it’s American. Don’t go to a doctor, the techniques were developed by foreigners. Don’t eat pasta or pizza, it’s Italian. Don’t eat hamburg steak, it’s American. Don’t wear glasses, they originated in Europe. Don’t drive a car, they were invented in Germany. Don’t use computers, they’re an American invention. Don’t use telephones, they were developed in Canada/USA. Don’t use the train, they’re a European invention. Don’t use airplanes, they’re American, too. Don’t use a western style toilet, that’s British. Don’t use forks, they’re Byzantine in origin. Don’t drink Coke, that’s American. Don’t even drink Ramune, it’s British. Don’t eat ramen, it’s Chinese. Don’t wear western style clothes, only wear traditional Japanese clothes. You should be wearing geta, not your Nike sneakers. Do you have a watch? Get rid of it, it’s German. Don’t use toilet paper, it’s a Chinese invention. Don’t even be a Buddhist, that’s an import from China (although originally from India). Do you feel hot in summer? Don’t use an air conditioner, that’s an American invention. I can go on and on.
If you want to live in a Japan free from any foreign influence, that is impossible. That kind of Japan never existed. That kind of Japan will never exist. You need to start living in reality. Do you want to live in a Japan without all the things I listed? Japan’s survival depends on its ability to adapt to changing global conditions and to have good relationships with other countries. What are you afraid of? You can’t cope with change. The world is always changing. You need to learn to change with it.
I love Japan. I’m not your enemy, I’m trying to be a friend.