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Colin Powell has warned the youth of Japan they need more “muscle” and to stop reading manga lest they all turn into a nation of sissy little “herbivores” unable to pay off their national debt.

75-year-old former US Secretary of State and 4-star general Colin Powell gave an interview to Asahi in which he warned the Japanese youth of the dangers of being lead astray from the true path of jockdom by manga and video games, and the need to work hard and breed more so their elders can enjoy the pensions they voted themselves:

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Some young people, called “herbivores,” choose games and manga over real love. What do you have to say to such young people?

“Young people must not only be aware of the problems facing the nation, they must also make progress as well. They can’t just sit around reading manga and texting.”

“The demographic crisis facing Japan is very grave. A small number of youngsters must support a large number of old people.”

“America is ageing too, but we are letting in plenty of immigrants, and thanks to them lots of kids are being born. Japan doesn’t have that. Japan’s ageing is severe, and the people who are going to have to pay for that are the youth of today.”

“The value of Japan’s youth is greater than that of the US – Japan doesn’t have the luxury of letting its youth turn into herbivores. It must have its young become strong and hone their muscles.

They need lots of protein, and to train themselves hard. It’s important that they face up to the future and work towards solving Japan’s ageing society and low birth rates. It’s the young who will determine the future of Japan.”

“The Japanese didn’t use to be herbivores. I’d like them to take a look at themselves in a mirror and reflect on that. They’ve overcome many difficulties – after the war they achieved massive economic growth. They came back from every difficulty.

I really respect that Japan, I’m proud of our alliance with them.”

Coming from a nation which is widely revered for leading the world in obesity, warmongering and lately budget crises, there is a certain sense of this being a case of the pot calling the kettle black amongst the Japanese (to say nothing of those who wonder why an entire generation must sacrifice itself to pay the unfinanced pensions of an older one in the first place):

“Tell it to your own nation’s fatties…”

“Powell looks as though he could take up sumo himself these days…”

“This guy talks like an archetypal meathead.”

“I bet he can lift 150kg…”

“Sure he isn’t just trying to increase US beef exports?”

“Having presided over the slaughter of his own country’s youth it’s not surprising he’d say this stuff.”

“You guys think anything a foreigner says must be right, don’t you?”

“I think he speaks truth!”

“He’s just the scion of some political dynasty looking out for his own, look how full of himself he is.”

“He was raised in the Bronx, the child of Jamaican immigrants, and joined the army…”

“He worked himself up from the bottom to the number 2 position in the US armed forces.”

“He’s a latter day Toyotomi Hideyoshi!”

“Playing FPSes is probably acceptable.”

“You Americans are too obsessed with this macho stuff. You’ve got a bad case of ‘roid rage.”

“He just wants to make sure Japan is fit to go to war for the US. He doesn’t want us getting too strong, of course.”

“Let’s beef ourselves up, and play games and read manga!”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 12/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Youth turning to 2d and manga is a symptom, not the disease. Unless Japan starts overhauling some things, the problem won't go away. Not reading manga won't solve anything; instead of manga people will just do something else.

    This problem isn't even exclusive to Japan. There were (and are) multiple countries where the birth rate had drastically fallen, and blaming the problem on dumb shit like manga didn't solve anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well technically he isn't blaming anything, he's just saying that the people obsessed with those kind of things should wake up a little and do stuff :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, because you know... If you go after real girls, you also look out for your country! However if you are into this 2d shit, you are somehow going to drag down everything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:13 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would we give a rat's ass about our country though? 99% of the government is corrupt and only seems to care about themselves, not the people. Right now, we need to tear down the country and government, and rebuild it from the bottom up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 17/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The birthrate in the west doesn't really matter anymore, in a few decades Europe will be Eurabia, no matter what, unless you have 8 kids per couple.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:17 16/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree. im not from USA , im from Europe
    and still i do not
    care about my country.

    Politicians are boring in every country .

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:17 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if he was told by someone that Japanese youth were 'herbivores' and he took them literally. Not as waste of skin losers but actual vegetarians.

    Though it is true that cultures that don't eat much protein tend to be smaller, weaker and generally inferior in most ways to cultures that do.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Take Singapore for example....the amount of cesspool of otaku there contributing to the declining birthrate.

    You might even mistaken Singapore for Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like USA, that's what immigration is for.

    If your own sons-of-the-country enjoy life being little sissies, let other the big strong cocks of other nations raise the banner.

    Singapore will live on, a society full of mixed-chingchongs but Japan's xenophobia and coddling of its soft squishy manbabies shall be its undoing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know what needs to happen. I have the ultimate solution.

    Import Mexicans to Japan. Millions of them. They'll do the work Japanese are unwilling to do, for low wages and modest treatment. They often have large families reproduce quickly.

    Sure they might be a different ethnicity and have a different culture, but:

    A) They're not from a culture that dislikes you
    B) They never fought a war against you
    C) They're going to be running the US soon so you may as well learn Spanish now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 21/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well but since they are xenophobic, immigration would never be implemented on a large scale.

    Simple, jap otaku faps, otaku donates sperm to sperm bank....problem solved......oh wait.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Look at Japan in the past.
    Hardcore kamikaze fighters and rapist murderers. Look at Nanking. That's how real men does it.

    Look at Japan in the present.
    Herbivorous otaku/stalker faggots who faps to 2D/little children. Can't even murder or rape anyone at all. Such pussies they have become.

    If there's one thing one can blame, it's their "cartoon". Back in those days, when they didn't have this "cartoon"...they were manly killers and rapist.

    Do you see it?

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    23:11 12/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I'm a manga reader and such, etc, but I don't really see anything wrong with what he's saying. I'm not reading "manga are evil" but rather that people need to face up to reality and conquer their problems rather than run away to a fantasy world all the time. This whole herbivore anti-3d hiki NEET thing is exactly what he's talking about, but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading manga or anything. Just do what you need to first.

    And yeah, America has its problems too, but that doesn't make his advice any less valid. It's not like he caused the issues in America, and it's not like America has to solve every issue it has before any other country can act.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 13/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    because i like japanese and their culture, i have to say that what powell said makes sense, especially - "They’ve overcome many difficulties – after the war they achieved massive economic growth. They came back from every difficulty."

    but ppl in japan only realise and acknowledge the problems, the group of ppl who can change the country isn't acting and only moaning about it on 2ch.

    u can enjoy manga, video games and whatever, but its the attitude of the youth that have changed. not only in japan but in all developed countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Their recovery was only enabled AFTER US invested vast amount of capital into japan for supplying US troops during korean war.

    From 1945 to 1950, they were simply starving and living off the land like poor peasants with 'shiga ta ga nai' mentality.

    Did America require such free help from any nation to raise its economy from absolutely nothing?

    Japanese tend to commit suicide (as in, bitch out) when any serious problems present themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 13/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The land now called America had natural resources in abundance. And yes, it did require help from other nations, except back then they called them slaves. You can be certain the settlers were not helping the natives.

    It is not about raising the economy - it is about raising the standard of living. Do you realize how much debt the people of America are burdened with at this time?

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    Comment by Adom Jensom
    12:56 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Chin ks and japs = suckers"

    Stupid AND racist, what a fucking surprise.

    China and Japan are giving the US money so Americans can continue buying their shit, dumbass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    12:56

    I didn't know I had access to government finances. You think average american's purchasing power is dictated by how much money governmen has?

    Typical fuck with no idea about how economics work trying to bitch about 'lending money for your people to buy shit'. When was it that last time US government had to purchase weapons and hardware from the chinese?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 18/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    America was like Apple, they didn't invent so much as find ways of making it easier to make and use.

    Like Ford, he didn't invent the automobile but he invented the assembly line to churn them out quickly.

    Edison didn't invent the light bulb, he just found a way to make them practical.

    As far as NASA goes, well they didn't invent rockets, but they did make it to the moon first.

    So props to the US for being innovative with things some else dreamed up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Artefact : Lmao way to fail on your usual anti-American rhetoric, he was asked the question "Some young people, called “herbivores,” choose games and manga over real love. What do you have to say to such young people?" and what he answered was true. The U.S. doesn't use the term "herbivores" to call a youth, he only used it because that's what the guy asked him.

    Go back to the way Sankaku used to be and stop trying to cause a rift between the U.S. and Japan you commie loyalist bastard. Most of your readers are U.S. citizens, prick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anonymous 05:01

    Have you wondered where exactly America got the capital to begin it's Industrial machine?

    The Industrial Revolution as we all know starting in England with the widespread proliferation of the Cotton Mill. Where did this Cotton come from? America. Cotton was the cash crop America relied on for it's very existence.

    The traditional method of cotton planting was of course slaves. Not to say slavery was all that bad, African slaves in America had it far better then their brethren in Africa, especially considering where they ended up. But of course slavery was considered barbaric in the civilised world ie Europe and in the Northen States. However the South had the conceited belief that Europe relied of their Cotton and would come to their aid, rather the English simply planted their own Cotton in India with might-as-well-be-slaves indentured servants.

    With the South ruined after the Civil war and protectionism established in America, along with the great flow of immigrants America did prosper economically, but was still nowhere close to European powers. Until not one, but two massive wars that destroyed Europe. And even then the Soviet Union arose to give America a run for her money for 70 years before finally collapsing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh really anon 05:01 Here are some things you did Not inwent, but we hungarians did: The Floppy Disk, the ball point pen, the B.A.S.I.C. language, sound movie, the helicopter, the camera, Holography, Microsoft Word and Excel, Rubik's Cube, color television, carbonated water, the ramjet,Jendrassik Cs-1 the world's first working turboprop engine, synthetic blood, binoculars, the carburetor, the electrical transformer, telephone exchange, the particle accelerator, the nuclear bomb and the hydrogen bomb, etc. And we discovered the nuclear chain reaction, vitamin C, and hafnium. We also contributer to the Ford Model T. And this is just Hungary. We did't evet mention the other nations...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 15/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    To anon 05:01.
    Parts of the well known Ford Model T was made by a hungarian. The electric transformer, the ball point pen, color television, carbonated water, Microsoft Word and Excel, binoculars, the helicopter, the carburetor, the particle accelerator, the world's first working turboprop engine, holography, the Floppy Disk, the B.A.S.I.C. language, one of the mars robots that landed on Mars, movie with sound, the camera, the water turbine, Rubik's Cube, and I could go on, were all hungarian inventions and humanity would be nowhere without them especially not the U.S.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 05:01
    Oh really Here is a list they did NOT invent, but we hungarians did, or at least contributed to it (Hungary is an almost 3000 years old nation): Many parts of the fameous Ford Model T, the worlds first automatic pilotless aircraft, plasma display, the infrared camera, radar astronomy, the Heller-Forgó cooling system for power stations, sinthetic blood, analog computer, binoculars, the photo projector, automatic coffeemaker, the Floppy Disck, the B.A.S.I.C. language, the ballpoint pen, the sound film, the helicopter, color television, holography, Microsoft Word and Excel, the Carburetor, the Particle Accelerator, the Water turbine, carbonated water, the ramjet, the transformer, telephone exchange, the Rubik's Cube, the nuclear chain reaction, and I am a bit shamed but admit it: the nuclear bomb, and the hydrogen bomb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:14 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    America got help in the form of free labor. Slavery. I agree with Colin though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did America require such free help from any nation to raise its economy from absolutely nothing?

    Well you know they didnt "build it from nothing" but brought it with them from europe? :>

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As if the U.S. isnt different! Theyr country is only 200 years old. My home country is small, but ower 2000 years old! The U.S. achieved greatness only because they bought the inventions and inventors of other nations, yet they boast as if they created them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pffft UK and Germany and other nation in Europe invested plenty of money in the USA. Who do think designed the Statue of Liberty? Im still waiting for repayments...

    Comment by Anonymous

    01:23

    If I recall correctly, the race to the top for America began AFTER slavery was abolished. Also, the resources here are not as plentiful nor is it easy to get as commonly believed by ignorant people. This land is cold, hot, coldly unforgiving to new comers such as those who arrived in the dinky little ship called Mayflower with nothing else but clothes on their backs.

    Also, try not to side with amerindians that you never really cared for whenever it's convenient. They were migrants and settlers just like Europeans, and new branch of research (buried by bitching people, but with strand of possibility) suggests ancestors from the old world also partially inhabited the Americas before much more numerous siberian tribes came through.

    Anyone who stupidly thinks America only brought inventions should remember Ford, NASA, DARPA, and every GPS-like system as well as countless scientific endeavors you so ignorantly enjoy today that originated from US research labs. Oh, also the packet switch tech and arpanet says you are sadly mistaken. Americans are adaptive, innovative, and you europeans today really need to stop bitching about US thinking you have nothing else to shore up your broken pride. Europe of old was not this weak. Time to get yourself back up.

    I would also like to point out US holds 1st place in both aggregate total of private AND public charity and aid given to other nations on the planet.

    Quit bitching and learn to give credit where credit is due. Statue of Liberty was a repayment made to US by the French who was influenced, encouraged, and emulated our revolution in their own revolution against monarchy.

    BTW, your OS says hi.

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    Comment by Chen-04

    US Debt: http://demonocracy.info/infographics/usa/us_debt/us_debt.html

    It's just ridiculous if you think about it. And they wonder why people call them assholes.

    Comment by Anonymous

    American debt = devaluable with time.

    Chin ks and japs = suckers for giving us 2 trillions and getting back less than what the principle is worth overtime.

    BTW, you can't dump bonds so unilaterally since international bond agreement is not like personal finances, and feds can just print more money to buy them back, with exporting nations taking the super inflation hit.

    Funny how trying to be clever bites you back in the ass eh?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "The Japanese didn't use to be herbivores. I'd like them to take a look at themselves in a mirror and reflect on that."

    Yeah, but I seem to remember them invading other countries and trying to take over East Asia around that time. Is that really what they should be aiming for? :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 13/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    I imagine it's even harder though when you get arrested for looking at a girl practically. Heaven forbid you talk to one even to ask directions. With them kind of scares anyone would become someone afraid to talk to a girl.

    If they stopped arresting people for asking for directions or looking at a girl than maybe just maybe they would have some change in the situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 13/12/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Men need that start standing up for their rights for this to stop. If they keep being beta, it'll only get worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    What you are stating is when someone older talks to a underage schoolgirl. You don't get arrested for asking directions from a 21 yr old.

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    Comment by R団カビゴン
    07:38 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The birthrate problem existed before last week, though.

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    Comment by Erranty
    04:51 13/12/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I've gotta agree.

    I play video games, ,read a select few manga, and watch a ton of anime. But I work out to maintain my physical health.

    I'm still fat, need to shrink that belly, but that's the part which takes the most effort and time so it's the most difficult.

    The simple statement here is "everything in moderation."

    As far as "Working" is concerned, it took me 12 months to get a new job (which I only got through a friend) here in Metro Detroit, Michigan, USA. And to top it off, after 2 month of working there I was in a group of people that got laid off! I haven't had work for a month!

    Colin Powell has no idea what the job market is really like. There are more jobs for Women than there are for Men, and Young Men like myself have it even harder! College is too expensive and the debt just crushes you for years. And while they say the unemployment rate has gone down, that's only because these people have been unemployed for so long they don't qualify for unemployment benefits anymore! The TRUE National unemployment rate is closer to 30% than the 9% they keep telling us!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 15/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As someone who has access to population statistics on a daily basis due to my job in commercial real estate this is pure nonsense.

    It is actually pretty complicated as incomes have fallen in general among middle class. Stayed relatively the same among the lower class. Have gone up among the upper class. At least in the areas that I monitor. There should have been much more inflation than is currently shown which is due to several external factors outside of the nation keeping inflation down.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:45 15/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and whatever you said there did nothing to counter his claim that the country is artificially keeping its unemployment numbers low through miscounting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Dude, i've been in the us armed forces for 6 years, I'm as macho as they come. However, I do not read manga and watch anime by choice. I watch it because it is the only option for me. You see, the problem is that I am asian, and therefore automatically presumed to have a tiny penis. You have no clue just how racist america is, and it's hard as fuck to thrive socially in america as an asian guy. Everywhere I go, there will always be people reminding me that I am asian, there will always be people trying to put me down. When I dont let myself get put down, they will want to fight me. After my 6th something assault charge, its just not worth it to go out into the world and be myself. I'm getting old and I need to stay out of trouble or else I'll really be out of a job. I don't want to get pushed around either, so the best option is just to stay inside and say EFF the world!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You want a kleenex to wipe away all that whine?

    Why don't you get your self-pitying little ass over to MacArthur Park. Maybe you can say good bye to the world when lying as a carcass in a gutter by the 3th street.

    Bitchy little asian kid like you is a great example of why pampered little fucks can't deal with world that is full of prejudices towards anyone.

    I am an asian, and I've seen plenty of little retards like you in my lifetime who tries to talk shit and swing their fists around like a bitch made punk. Put up some shit or shut the fuck up and crawl back to your hole.

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    Comment by chengsta
    14:41 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, they're just wondering why the asian population prefer anime/manga. I was just giving them the obvious truth. Yet obviously stupid asses like you would rather insult me rather than listen to the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The world is not full of prejudices towards anyone. Only against all hetero men.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't want to get pushed around either, so the best option is just to stay inside and say EFF the world!

    Sounds like they did a fine job of pounding your ass into the ground. Be a bitch and keep your mouth shut.

    What, you think other people will give you respect just because you bitch too much? With that kind of half-assed, inferiority complex ridden attitude, it's probably your behavior that pisses other people off.

    It's really amusing to see how pampered shits like you think 'racism' in America is worse than what is faced by minorities all over the world. You really sound like someone who needs a good wake up call. Funny how you think being in the army for 6 years is supposed to lend you automatic cred. Real racism is far more insidious and direct than what your spoiled little ass bitches about day in and day out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    14:14

    Mouthy fucker ain't it?

    I am the same asian guy on the first post. You got a big mouth with a gun and talking shit with fuckin nigga wannabe name like 'chengsta'. You want to see getting your ass capped, either bring yourself down to town and mouth off in public, or shut the fuck up if you haven't got what it takes.

    Little fucker like you acting out with attitude gets a lot of laughs from real asians who don't have this bitch disease called 'identity crisis' you see.

    Fucking 2nd-gen trash talking shit about everybody with bitch attitude gets no respect from no body. You want to talk shit, learn to walk or quit advertising your bitch status online on a porn site.

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    Comment by chengsta
    14:14 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    blind little white bitch. I don't do anything but try to have fun. But whiteys always approach me and try to start something just because they don't like asian dudes having fun or picking up white chicks at the bar. It's not an inferiority complex, little bitch, it's the truth: white people like to fuck with minorities, and then people like you bitch that I'm just too sensitive. Not all of them are racist, but enough of them are to get me in trouble. They fuk with me, I shoot them in the kneecaps, they cry like a little bitch and act all innocent. well, FUCK YOU.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:09 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    chengsta

    haha look at this little asian bitch blowing its mouth. Get your yellow chink ass in public. I've seen more than enough of you little fucks crying like a bitch when properly fucked in fights and assaults. Either put up or be a good bitch and slink elsewhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Racist detected.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:28 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 16:20 you are a typical mangina. you want anyone who disagrees with you to shut the fuck up, just to make you feel like you are sombody... You know, you are not worth to waste my time bye!

    Comment by Anonymous

    14:14

    You really do sound like typical immigrant trash with a chip on the shoulder and a lot of mouth. Where you at fucker? Got the balls to back up your mouth, or should some actual people show you what happens when you talk shit about other people behind the monitor?

    Talking like some washed up punk bitch you sound like a typical american-bred pussy with identity issues. Either you want to end your little life right now today, or quit bitching about having slanty eyes and keep your lips tucked in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    He doesn't have the right to tell anyone how to live their lives. Nothing wrong with people avoiding reality through their hobbies, if they are happy that way then leave them to it.

    I wouldn't change the way I live just because I'm told that I have to support my elders or look out for the future of my country. I'll live the way I'm happiest living.

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    Comment by คภєк๏
    23:44 12/12/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "He doesn't have the right to tell anyone how to live their lives."

    They asked for his opinion. He has the right to answer.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    02:12 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ anon 23:49

    I think he was referring to the fact they had been manipulated by their leaders into doing things that were not necessarily in their best interest. They were also like that under the occupation but really did quite well in rebuilding their society from absolute devastation.

    Good book on the subject is "Embracing Defeat".
    It's a little dry but really digs into the Japanese mind set.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 12/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Absolutely correct. Funny how japs respond with 'tell us something we want to hear' when they are forced to confront facts and reality.

    MacArthur was absolutely right: Japan is a nation of 12 year olds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    02:12

    It is also a great example of how they shift all of their responsibilities onto 'leaders' and 'generals' when they themselves eagerly participated in atrocities or pretended it didn't happen.

    Being too spineless to stand up to people and letting your principles get trampled all over is not a 'talents' or 'culture'. It's just weakness.

    Typical jap mentality. Make excuses and bitch when things don't revolve around them like they want them to be.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Real love for him is to love their homeland, join the army and kill anyone who disagrees!
    The factor Otako applies not only to Japanese, he is misinformed.
    Just imagine his opinion about pacifists.
    By using too much muscles and less brain that several countries are sympathetic to the American way.
    Brilliant command in Iraq finding hundreds of chemical weapons.
    Probably will again use the same intelligence service in Syria :\

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's TONS wrong with avoiding reality through hobbies. If you want to live in a modern society, contribute to it. If you want your hobbies to continue to exist without costing too much to pursue, get a job. If you want a world to live in that's generally worth living in, get out there and do something.

    You don't have to "support your country" because you're told to join a military outfit, but you DO have a responsibility as a human being (loosely said, given the way otaku live) to actually live life.

    Not to mention 3d girls and guys generally frown upon cowards to talk the talk but won't even look down the path where they'd have to walk the walk. You coward.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let him be, he has made up on how he wants to live with his life. Have you ever wonder why many people choose to escape 'reality'(which is overrated btw)

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The impulse to act can be influenced by a number of things - opportunity and environment being two of them. You honestly believe that human beings are born to seclude themselves and shy away from society? It is not a switch you turn on or off - the behavior and attitudes are molded over time. There are reasons why people choose to escape from what is perceived to be the reality - advertisements for material goods, fast food that's cheaper than wholesome food, a blemish on one's reputation that could ruin chances for a career, spend more time at work than with the family, to live in perpetual fear of health, environment, safety, beauty. Blind faith in religion must fall in the realm of reality as well.

    No living creature is born with responsibilities. There are choices and time. Do not be so haughty to believe that all who seclude themselves are there of their own choosing - this modern reality of yours has made it possible.

    Do not be so quick to call others cowardly.

    Comment by Anonymous

    so what does it mean to "actually live life"? isn't that the question that powell is just trying to gloss over with the obvious bullshit like everyone else in the world?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:41 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    BURN THE 3D LOVER,
    ALL HAIL 2D!

    Comment by Taylor
    10:15 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They asked him a question then criticized his obvious answer. I think they are just butt hurt and defending their precious 2d lolis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good for them, then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you. Powell is not condemning games and manga, merely pointing out that they are not a substitute for real life. If an entire generation decides to live a fantasy, there will be no one to make sure that the country survives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>This whole herbivore anti-3d hiki NEET thing is exactly what he's talking about,

    Did you really play the hikikimori card? I guess you're the type that say to all depressive people "oh, just get up you lazy fuck!".

    (also, I lol at the herbivorous "scare". Why not blaming that on the women as well? To reproduce, you need two persons, last time I checked.)

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol the womyn only need a tiny number of men to breed, or better yet get only alpha male sperm from sperm bank. The rest of the 'men' are worth less than trash. Should just line up all the otaku and hikis, make 'em dig their own graves, and shoot 'em in the back of the head. That would relieve he financial burden so all those old ppl can live in luxury.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:34 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sounds like a line strait from an NTR doujin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice representation of a civilized human being there.. not

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There'd be nothing wrong in him not saying it, then. Nothing useful or informative, no real insight into the problems he describes, not serious enough with the approach he takes. Just a plea of allegiance to a tactic that would not win him much cooperation from who he supposedly targets because of its offensive naivete. After all, it's not like they are not making their decisions based on a different set of factors than himself, just the ranges of control are different.

    I wouldn't worry about debt. The more global the scale, the more certainty that inflation will take care of it even if there's not enough material input. Social issues are a horse of a different color, but they're irreducible to anything that coarsely crafted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, I see plenty of faults in what he is saying from a scientific standpoint.

    For one, he doesn't even consider the possibility that Japanese society naturally predisposes it's men to such behavior and that certain kinds of manga just happen to attract such men in general.

    Correlation does not equal causation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:35 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The man is not a scientist... by any means. He simply called it as he saw it. Nothing more or less.

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    Comment by Arcadiac
    05:47 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I couldn't have put it better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad he didn't comment on the amount of Video-Game players here obsessing over World of Warcraft or Eve Online.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:38 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    For one thing, he was responding to a question in an interview, not going out of his way to give opinions about Japanese. Anyone who gets butthurt about generic comments like these obviously owns them. People don't get offended by comments when they assume someone is talking about someone else because they can't even relate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:40 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's stupid: getting offended does not imply any truth in the ofense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:43 12/12/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    He hit the nail on the head using the most elementary language possible so that stupid japanese can understand, but look how they still cover their ears and mouth off against facts.

    I think their women deserve better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well their women are far from blameless I'm sure...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    moar like the womyn are entirely to blame, with their unrealistic expectations of being treated like queens by men with astronomical salaries...

    EQUALITY NAOOO!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:38 13/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @07:27 You're pulling facts from your ass. There's like only 1% of Japanese in North America... let alone the rest of the world. They definitely have better a better life over there than whatever shithole you come from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 14/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 07:27
    Misogynistic? I am sure the word you want to say is "Misandric"!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Japanese society is one of the most misogynistic in the industrialized world. No wonder so many Japanese women emigrate to the West.











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