77.9% “Self-Restraint Has Gone Too Far!”


Japan’s ongoing infatuation with cancelling as much fun as possible out of a spirit of “self-restraint” and ostensible solidarity with quake victims, most famously through efforts by Ishihara to ban hanami, seems to becoming increasingly unpopular.


A survey conducted by rag Nikkei on 4,823 of its readers found 77.9% agreed that Japan’s recent fad for pointless cancellations in the name of “self-restraint” has “gone too far.” 12.2% disagreed.

Most of the opinions solicited seem to show an awareness of the economic damage such restraint will wreak, as well as concern for the political implications:

“Self-restraint is just inflicting secondary damage.”

“It the economy stops, the disaster area is going to be even more hard hit.”

“Excessive self-restraint will damage service sector and food industry revenues.”

“Buying Touhoku’s produce is another type of aid.”

“Consumption has the same value as donations.”

“Self-restraint shouldn’t be forced on people.”

“The spirit of conformity is far too strong.”

“It’s frightening – during the war we were told ‘luxury is the enemy’ and ‘We won’t want for anything until victory is ours'”

“We need to distinguish between self-restraint and economising on electricity usage.”

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    Avatar of Ecchi-BANZAII
    Comment by Ecchi-BANZAII
    20:21 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Why doesn't someone assassinate him already..?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:37 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Where do the otaku get their guns?

    Avatar of Eddyak
    Comment by Eddyak
    20:46 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wimps use guns. Real men use their fists. Or swords.

    Avatar of Tremere
    Comment by Tremere
    21:18 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You need manly punches.

    Avatar of konakona
    Comment by konakona
    23:22 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Real men use spoons to kill!

    Avatar of The REAL Lamberto
    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    23:31 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Real men use fists and swords and they don't fear gods and goddesses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Real men only needs to enter the room to win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Real man have dick thats its.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Real men use Mechas with fighting spirits!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gun beats sword.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 09/04/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    A real man's only weapons are his fists and legs. Don't confuse your RPG weaboo tendencies(swords) with what constitutes a real man.

    Men who win, though, are men who uses anything from his fists, to melee objects, to firearms and his brain. ESPECIALLY the last two.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    20:48 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Who says it requires a gun to kill a man? Boxcutter FTW.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    23:50 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    A long boxcutter thats shaped as a katana :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, it must be a Progressive Knife Boxcutter, too, no?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Use the spork of justice and aim for the eyes!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:56 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A spork? Are you out of your goddamn mind?! You don't use a spork THE SPORK USES YOU!!!!!!!

    Well, don't go blaming me when it posesses you and your future offspring turns into sporks.

    Avatar of curot
    Comment by curot
    20:24 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Comment by John Hayabusa
    21:21 09/04/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Hey, do not forget Matsuzawa. We need to get rid of him too, you know.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    00:49 10/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Tokyo should exercise self-restraint from voting him.

    Avatar of The REAL Lamberto
    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    23:19 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @Anon 21:21 You're right but what can we do? We won't let bastards like iShitHara and Matsuzawa get away with this shit!


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 23:09 which will be very good for humanity if some Japanese decide to abandon it altogether for 'removing' iShitHara, Matsuzawa and the rest of asylum escapee.

    Avatar of Mizushima 水島
    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    08:51 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    02:56 10/04/2011

    like kill bill huh? lol

    Avatar of The REAL Lamberto
    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    23:38 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sorry, I was replying to Anon 23:09, not Hayabusa. Epic fail. LOL


    Someone should stick some big fatass leeks up iShitHara and Matsuzawa's ass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You guys really lack some self-restraint ಠ_ಠ

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Screw self-restraint. Kill them all!!

    Avatar of Alexeon
    Comment by Alexeon
    03:09 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @23:09, Thoroughly un-Japanese, right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, they're showing their self-restraint by just ranting on this website rather than taking the next flight to tokyo with a sniper rifle.

    Avatar of Darien Cross
    Comment by Darien Cross
    14:04 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure, just make him sit through hours of what he hates. Seriously though, assassination would only give him the importance he so desperately desires. With the crisis after crisis ensuing, they should tell him to screw off and totally find a way to impeach him since he's not helping one way or the other with the situation.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    23:28 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If that happens, his supporters and colleagues will see him as a martyr... and we don't want that to happen...

    Avatar of MasterJ633
    Comment by MasterJ633
    07:37 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then get him sent to an Insanity Asylum.

    Then they will see how crazy he is.

    Avatar of MasterJ633
    Comment by MasterJ633
    01:59 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Serious, Who EVER Has a Death Note, PLEASE Use it for to save us and everybody that's getting Fucked Over in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:53 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Can't. In these hard times, they're exercising self-restraint.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:36 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    This self-restraint thing is equivalent to moping around doing nothing. If events and other such 'happy' forms of commerce stops, it'll affect the economy, and Japan's been in deep shit in that area for some time now.

    People who have AIDS don't lie on their beds for 5+ years just waiting to die. They go to work and try to live for as much time they have remaining.

    I'm willing to bet most politians up there don't really give a fuck anyway, deep inside. They try to show that they do to keep their seats. Yet, hundreds of thousands of people are still stranded at relief centers and probably will stay there for a month more. You can have all the restraint you want but you can't even so much as build temporary homes for them even though it's already April? Fucking opera these people are running, I tell ya.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I agree with this. You aren't doing those that died or those that survived with little or nothing any service by practicing "self-restraint". In fact, you could even say that doing this is insulting to them *because* you have the means to enjoy yourself and live life normally.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The victims probably won't even care whether or not the rest of the population, fortunate enough to be unaffected by the disasters, practices "self-restraint"; they have more pressing concerns, like their own lives for example, and thinking of ways they can start from scratch after the previous events robbed them of everything.

    Plus, though the sympathy given them during the first few weeks, maybe even the first month, might have made them feel better, any more "understanding" you give them after they finally come to terms with what happened and would rather not be reminded about it just feels a little alienating...you're making the victims feel different and pitiful, and for what its worth, some people do have their pride.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eh... you are forgetting that the old fogies and the religious brainwashed think that 'self-restraint' 'honors the dead' or some shit like that.

    It doesn't, but try convincing a oldster about that.... you would have a better chance of having the sky rain gold tomorrow.

    Avatar of Pyrus
    Comment by Pyrus
    22:30 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about this tact then: Next time you're out partying & having a good ol' time, take time to remember there are people less fortunate than you who can't do so & give some of that expendable income to charity, some of that free time to community service, & be on your best behavior otherwise.

    They probably could have said it like that, but Ishihara is just making a political show & everyone else is probably thinking the rest of the world should go, "Oohhh! You poor unfortunates in Japan, I will give everything I can to you everyday until your troubles are over. I'll even go without just to help straighten out your lives that much faster!"

    However, this is the real world, and when the going gets tough, the tough go partying anyway!

    Avatar of uber phallas
    Comment by uber phallas
    20:22 09/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well if Self-Restraint involves bondage then it's never too much for me!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you mean self bondage, then unless you're a hot chick, I don't want any part of you or it

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Garterbelt is that you?

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    Comment by KingFisher
    20:40 09/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The bad thing is...12.2% is still pretty large. I wonder if the 12.2% of these people those with no life or old senile morons? I mean I think that if 99% of the population disagreed with self-restraint then maybe the politicians would shut up and take back some of their pointless bans.

    Avatar of Imyou
    Comment by Imyou
    01:20 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “Self-restraint shouldn’t be forced on people.”

    Or more to the point, self-restraint can't be forced on people. Then it's just a ban.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    self-restraint help makes emo kids

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:52 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bad news kids ishihara is most likely winning the election prepare to lose even more faith in humanity!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:07 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It does appear the Japanese have lost their Culture that they had in the 1200's which is what they have tried to keep for their own identity. Manga not related to keeing Japanese Culture at the front could be why. It appears 20,000 people were washed out to sea in an instant and now an untold unforsen event is coming from the Radiation that won't be delt with for more than 10 years of time. Maybe the Godzilla movies were a warning to the future Japan from someone who went back in time after all.

    But as I see it now, the Japanese might as well party hardy till they die since with all the radiation thats going to cover all the islands from the water that cirlces them from that plant, they have nothing left to do.

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    Comment by tingle
    06:24 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe the delays can be spent improving it like when they delay Zelda games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 11/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yo! Ishihara so needs to make a political rant about how the country needs to stop all business, imports, exports, ect. for a week in the name of self-restraint. I call it political self-annihilation.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    05:42 17/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is just bullshit

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 10/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might wanna check your use of English there on the eighth translation. "to want for" is the exact opposite of what you seem to think it means.

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