Ishihara: “Young People Have No Culture”


Tokyo governor and manga ban proponent Shintaro Ishihara has been ranting about how young people today have no culture as a result of the pernicious influence of computers, TV and mobile phones.

Ishihara’s latest televised remarks included such gems as the following:

“The three things which ruined young people are mobile phones, TV and PCs…

With these, young people can obtain vast amounts of information. But there’s no ‘substance’ to any of this. It’s not real ‘culture’ at all.”

Little wonder he is trying to destroy Japan’s anime and manga industry; presumably he would rather young people be off reading one of his fine rape novels.

Of course, that young people are not satisfactory to their elders has been the major complaint of less intelligent elderly for thousands of years, so in this respect Ishihara is merely demonstrating that his own education was sadly deficient in correcting this trend…

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    Comment by entropy13
    01:39 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Notto Disu Shitto Agen

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    Comment by Jareth
    07:59 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just hope he's not thinking of banning all mobile phones, TV and PCs. LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:39 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    he'll crash and burn surely next election if he went that extreme and Tokyo would surely die a slow death. n.n

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    Comment by Anonymous RAW GM
    06:54 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pathetic politician. Like I said before, I shall send my talented WWE performers to crush Japan's terrible government and reshape it with my image.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    08:33 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Old farts have only one thing as a group that binds them: Alzheimer and senility~ Two~ TWO! things in common what all them young rats with their tele-viewings and talking boxes!!! It's like they're going to inherit the world!

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    07:14 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @AnonymousRAWGM And then what? Have yourself as the new, anonymous president of Japan while being a laptop/NGP and have Michael Cole as the vice president and as your mouthpiece again?


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    Comment by Elc
    09:01 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is way beyond the level of "facepalm" and even "facedesk"... Its the time to revel at the sheer stupidity that some people exert...

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    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    09:35 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    mobile phones, TV and PC are not culture,yes


    Avatar of TNinja
    Comment by TNinja
    08:08 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fuck is this iShit-Hara?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Elc: The only thing that could come close to something you're looking for is either called a face wall banging, or something around that order.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    07:19 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mr. Anon RAW GM, do any of your WWE Superstars/Divas even watch anime or read manga? Well I hope you (and Michael Cole) can improve Japan and get Ishihara fired.

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    Comment by cats2
    10:23 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Most all of MODERN culture was given to the world by the USA anyways. T.V., Movies, Internet, etc., etc., most all of it came from the same place..

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    Comment by Gradius
    11:01 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Wait! Who the FUCK is that dirty old (mummy) guy?

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    Comment by Gradius
    09:43 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I was begin SARCASTIC fools!

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    Comment by minirop
    01:18 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    me: "and Ishihara have no brain"

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He is just trying to force his outdated ideals

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    Comment by Syobon
    04:28 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    the problem, the old guy is governor of Tokyo since 1999, how some outdated and hypocrite mind stay in the power of one of most developed and rich regions of world? it bugs me.

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    Comment by nazel212
    11:29 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Has any run against him or any new candidates for office of governor since his time in?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 31/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Even if some one was to run against him. Japan has 'Standards' as to who they would allow to run. and even more so as to who would even be shown as even possible to be voted for.

    If your not a 'role model' citizen then you've no place in the role of goverment. Same can be said for all country and or nations. I mean hell. as soon as the US knew Clinton had a sex life he was gone as well.

    Its like they want us to devolve back into the Eighteenth Century.

    And as for Young people not having a Culture. Its because you Keep banning it all!

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    08:43 01/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I doubt it, cause I just don't see how there is any possible way a person of his kind would even still be in office with the people disagreeing with him like they do...

    Comment by GodMan
    02:03 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If having culture turns me into a Ishithara, then to hell with it...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:41 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    It's just tiny, thats all.
    I'm sure its there somewhere...hold on...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:59 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Somebody should get ishihara a mobile phone, tv, or PC because obviously he has none of those.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    How out of touch with reality can a person really be? The culture that uses mobile phones, television, and computers, along with social media are coalescing to create quite a situation in the Middle East at the moment. Happened before in Tehran as well.

    How can someone not acknowledge the positive power that can be wielded by tapping into these technologies, and the fact that it has clearly created it's own culture?

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    Comment by nanuchan
    02:54 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ishihara has no brain cells, those cells do sure manage vast amounts of information. But there’s no ‘substance’ to any of this. It’s not real ‘culture’ at all.

    So he threw away his brain some time ago

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    Comment by TenguSan
    02:03 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ishihara: Fail Incarnate

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    Comment by kenshinflyer
    02:07 15/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)



    That's better.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:34 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He's like a starfish he has no brain.
    What he has for a central nervous system is just a cluster of nerves around his sphincter and colon.

    In short he thinks with his ass.

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:02 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You won't be able to find his brain cell without a microscope.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You sure brain cells can survive in that vacuum of a cranium that he has?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:20 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't be stupid; things we've been reading all along are actually "no culture". Ishihara is right, if we're trying to view from an elitist high culture perspective.

    Manga, contemporary musics, etc are just a part of pop culture. It's nothing near high culture perspective like Ishihara's.

    It's his right to voice his opinion, but to ban pop culture because of his elitist view doesn't sound right.

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    Comment by Vu Le Khoa
    02:12 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first thing i thought about was: Ishihara has no life. But yours is awesome :D

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    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    03:06 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    He does make an interesting Point! - What would Japanese people be without all these Techno-Gizmo's

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:59 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The stiff people of the eastern world

    01:20 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Ishihara back again with some more of his bullshit.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    01:27 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    One thing's for sure, today and the future isn't for his fucking generation to keep. This trolling relic better realize that those young people he is speak of are the ones who will shoulder the burden of keeping his country afloat in the next years to come. So why kill their enthusiasm and youth with his outrageous antics?

    01:30 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Look at him with his nazi salute, yeah some culture you got there Ishihara.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:34 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    At least Hitler had more popularity than this fool.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    01:33 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Heil Miku Hatsune!

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    01:49 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Will he ever just shutup?

    Someone should take his dentures away, that might work.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:40 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Then he'll ban shoes from all press conferences.
    Just get a water bottle and be done with him.

    Avatar of PewPewPew!
    Comment by PewPewPew!
    01:33 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    All that is needed is the uniform.
    Don't the Japanese even know how to throw tomatoes or even a pair of shoes?

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    Comment by Sithreis
    06:33 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Don't worry, I got you covered guys.

    Made with the wonders of MS Paint. I love you MS Paint, oh-so-much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anybody want to put this guy, Putin, Palin and Ahmenijad in a rocket and shoot it into the sun?

    I'd say send a bunch of nuclear waste along with them but I wouldn't want to make the nuclear waste have to put up with them for the whole trip.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Serious Troll R Serious Shyt

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not some flammable liquid?

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    Comment by Gitami
    02:06 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Whatever else, Hitler's got original, tasteful fashion sense. This is just bland.

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    Comment by Benoist

    DD, don't try to make a godwin point here and get some culture : nazi salute is made with right arm extended and straight, with accordingly straight pose. Plus, nazi had some serious sense of fashion and style, unlike him...

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    Comment by King Tiger
    04:00 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    nice avatar graceunderfire how fitting lol

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:42 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually mistook him for a traffic man....

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hitler also hates this guy:

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    manga is a culture, he took it away, and now saying we have no culture.... man, just wait 10 years, well be good. considering that 70% of japans population is above the age of 60, in 10 years these idiots will all be gone...

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    Comment by Girla PurpleHeart
    14:07 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope so. 2020 here we come.

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    Comment by King Tiger
    01:22 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    oh gawd not this faggot again?

    Ishihara has no life!

    fuck that oligarch's opinion its time for Revolution damnit!

    anyone in favor of a coup to oust this bastard?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:35 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Old Ishihara Has No Use in Modern Politics" fix'd

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    01:46 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Old people like him dream of the old days when everyone was being a "good citizen." "Obedient" and "Refined" probably in his mind. Well at least the people of today are way harder to brainwash in politics,religion and all the crap that institutions throw at you.

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    Comment by Yourtime
    01:39 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    hm that's too harsh, because I wouldn't compare him with the wise old people. I would say, more
    "Old dumb People Have No Use in Modern Politics", because wise would think about it much more.

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:59 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He has no use in politics, but he's an expert in trollitics.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    06:39 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Stupid old man.

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    Comment by yaku
    04:04 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Something even more accurate would be:

    "Old Ishihara has no pills."

    Somebody get his nurse so he can take them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They see me trollin', they hatin'

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 29/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ahhh, you youngsters with your iPhones and Sankaku Complex!
    Get off my Interwebs!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    not really.

    just take the US for example.

    you look at the pre-hippie bible thumping culture that mindlessly herded to church every Sunday without question.

    you look at the hippie culture, that claimed to be about revolution and free thought but mostly was just a bunch of middle class white kids doing a lot of drugs massing together.

    frankly you're just perpetuating the exact same stereotype that Ishihara is.
    everyone wants to think in the good old days everyone had it figured out and they were "smarter" than the subsequent generations because of the perceived ease at which the older generation seemed to navigate the issues of their day.

    the truth of the matter is they went through the exact same growing pains the current youth generation is and will go through.

    the only difference is we're 40-50 years removed from THEIR youth.
    they've had 40-50 years to find their answers and so when we look back upon their history, we get the abridged story.

    "this was their problem."
    "oh look, they totally found the solution."
    "aren't they smart!"
    "why can't the modern youth figure out their problems like the previous generations did?!"

    the stories you miss are THEIR rebellious youth culture, THEIR trials with an aging and backwards but still in power authority.

    like i said, you read the abridged story.

    you see the beginning and the end of their story.
    you see the problem and instantly read their solution.
    and then you think "wow, they figured it out so easily, they must have been way smarter back then."

    but you never get all the stories about the troubles they went through to find those solutions.

    Comment by 666
    02:13 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I don't think that Your plans to dispose him would change anything. Some other Nazi guy would continue Ishihara's plan or would start something even worse(like otaku genocide ^_^ ). It doesn't mean I'm not agree with You that what He is doing is wrong, but from political perspective You all sound really naive.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    03:16 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I dunno, the kids around me in my adopted homeland seem to do okay. Although there are some retards who usually go with how things flow, I can handpick the rest who really know how to take good care of themselves without having the prospect of being future assholes. I guess what I said only applies as a personal opinion with regards to my current surroundings and it doesn't just apply to kids/teens but to adults as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wonder why I can imagine Ishihara like this:

    "Problem, shitty Otakus?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who the hell needs Ishihara's culture when we have Protoculture with us?

    Ack De Culture!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    too much acid for Ishihara, someone stop the supply line.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:05 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Que Ishibara vaya a chingar a su puta madre ¬¬

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:05 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    crawl back to your cave dinosaur!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree with you Gracie, I believe young people are easier to brainwash nowadays than in the past. It's a mixture of a loss of good parenting and the replacement of parents by television and teachers that have created a situation in which children and teenagers are susceptible to brainwashing because they no longer seek to question anything, but merely go with the status quo because it's "cool"

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wasn't the creator of 4chan Time magazine's most influential/important person of the year a while back?

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    Comment by yaku
    06:39 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taking pills doesn't imply one is sane; on the contrary many people take pills to stay docile and/or sedated. If dosage is stopped, you get nuts running the country.

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    Comment by Dia
    06:50 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    The thing is, in Japan youth in the 60's probably were obedient, mild mannered, etc...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    04:47 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    That would imply he was sane from the start which I highly doubt so, esp when you've already published, quote, "fine rape novels".

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    Comment by Lejambre
    15:59 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry Ishihara, the world has changed.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:22 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want to know who was dumb enough to vote this idiot in?
    Really there should be an investigation of electoral fraud behind Ishithara's election as I cannot see any other way someone like him could have got into office.
    Not even Senators in the US can get away with these kind of remarks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    depends who the idiot was in opposition, is ISHIHARA the lesser of two evils?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 20/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Modern peple isn't brainwashed with reliigon? Are you living inside a cave?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    He's becoming worse than Hirano.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:23 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aya Hirano was NEVER this dumb than Isihara

    "don't go insulting the VA for Konata and Haruhi by claiming she's on the same level as this fool.

    plus she want's to keep her fans happy. (closet otaku) and (otaku)

    this one, well he'll get shit loads of 'love letters' from his 'fans' (closet otaku)

    funny how irony is rich comedy material for LOLs
    (and for his faithful voters)


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    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    01:37 29/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    OMFG, get off the fucking stage, old man. Sprouting shit again...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Shintaro Ishihara is a wanker and always will be one... that said please kick him out office already.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:24 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He spews forth more bullshit then all the cattle in Texas.
    He's a broken toilet of a human being.

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    Comment by Kamina
    13:42 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what the saddest part of all this is? The fact that all of us complain about this faggot Ishihara and NONE of us can do a damn thing about him. It really pisses me off watching him taunt us while nobody can touch him, not even 2channel.

    So people what will you do?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:30 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It should be tiled, "Old People in Politics are afriad of new things."

    This isn't the Stone age this is the 21st Century. Pretty much the Technology Age if you will.

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    Comment by ImBZppl
    05:22 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is appealing to all the grouchy old people that is already the majority or will become the majority vote.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He is partly correct, but at same time wrong. We dont lack culture, our culture is radically different from his culture and its his fault. Not ours.

    So I guess he is being very mature by blaming his fails on younger people.

    Comment by Anonymous

    To be honest, i live in the U.S. where people fuck anyobody without a second thought, and that's how our culture is. In Japan they treat women like shit. The women out there ain't got the same rights as we Americans do. I know our country is far from perfect. But from what I've been readin about, Japan is a fuckin hellhole. I always wanted 2 vizit Japan thinking it's some amazing paradise, but lately, it seeems like a country that's quick to take u to jail for simply looking at someone the wrong way. U look at a girl, locked up. You smile at someone, locked up. You fuckin say one word to someone, LOCKED UP! In America all of these things are considered good manners. So i wonder, if i was to go to Japan where the hell will i end up for just LOOKIN at someone. In conclusion, i'm already irritated by this country as it is, but now... fuck... i really have no conclusion. I honestly want to go to the Japan that i've alwayz dreamed of. Fuck u u chinkz.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And for all the Japanese reading this, if you're one of the people that i'm talking about, then i just wanna supersize chink. CHINK! Stop fuckin havin ppl locked up for no goddamn reason!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My guess it's because of the massive messed up draconic laws they have in place that pretty much the entire country has no stable structure that the US has... at times.

    Besides most people that want to go to Japan have only what would be considered as "Hot Spots" such as Akihabara and maybe Kyoto.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well it's bad for those, ...who are straight Males?

    the gay males probably think Japan is a wonderful place.

    I'm still gonna live there n.n

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 29/01/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Fuck yourself loser! Ishihara is right! You cunts should listen to him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    we do have a culture, but you guys go saying "it's not a culture, we have but anything less than a 'sub culture'"

    times change, like how people go to church for Christmas and Easter only , i don't fear an 'all powerful god'

    anyway, you probably hated the hippies, GBLTIQ community as well as the African Americans, or if you are from Australia, then Asians, immigrants, aboriginal and Torres strait islanders, Indians, communists and the greens (political party).

    these were (once) hot minority groups for discrimination during the 1950-1970.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They can't listen. They have no culture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 29/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah that's right.

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