School Milk Banned “For Destroying Japanese Culture”

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A Japanese city has abolished school milk for polluting the glorious culinary culture of Japan, saying it “destroys Japanese culinary culture” and “doesn’t go well with rice.”

The mayor of the Niigata prefecture city of Sanjo acted in response to complaints from parents and schools that “milk and rice don’t go together well,” saying that milk pollutes young minds into accepting a non-Japanese diet:

“Do you ordinarily drink milk when eating a Japanese style meal? You don’t drink it then, do you?

School lunches are dietary education. It is very important use the culture of a meal provided as a school lunch to make children understand this.”

After the completion of a three month trial, from April onward provision of milk with school meals has been completely abolished in the city. There is no official comment as to what nutritional considerations were involved in the decision.

Coincidentally, Sanjo also happens to be a major rice producer and shifted all elementary and middle schools to rice-based meals 6 years ago.

Some locals are baffled by the decision, with a housewife quoted as raising the most obvious objection that “Milk is necessary – it is hardly a problem to eat it with Japanese food” and even a sushi restaurateur comments that “What is wrong with milk? It is for the health of the children…”

The increasing influence of western dietary norms and scientific nutrition are widely credited with being responsible for the dramatic increases in height (and even cup size) enjoyed by the Japanese population in the post-war period, although it apparently seems protecting the purity of Japanese cuisine from barbarian influences is a rather more popular cause than ensuring adequate calcium intake in infants among some circles in Japan:

“They should have done this 20 years ago!”

“Only now do they realise this?”

“Milk was just to correct post-war nutritional problems, it is no longer necessary.”

“Milk doesn’t go with white rice!”

“What the hell has whether it goes with rice got to do with this? You want to turn us back into a nation of hobbits?”

“What about all those stumpy little Niigatan kids…”

“Of course, no problem at all if Japanese all go back to their tiny pre-war sizes!”

“I don’t even see what all the fuss is about, I drink it whilst eating my ramen.”

“The meal should be able to provide enough nutrition so who needs milk.”

“Only after decades of universal school milk do these idiots realise it is destroying our culinary culture?!”

“With only Japanese meals provided the issue is whether they are providing adequate calcium… if so then it doesn’t seem to matter.”

“A lot of whinging from people who don’t like milk – yet with anything else they would be attacking people for being too picky.”

“It is not really clear what level of ‘washoku’ they are actually providing to kids here – it could easily be very poor fare.”

“Bizarre that they drum eating everything on your plate and not leaving things just because you don’t like them into you yet but then abolish milk because it doesn’t go well with rice…”

“You’d think 60 years of massive milk consumption would have made it part of Japanese culinary culture.”

“It is probably just a way of cutting costs.”

“Niigata is full of rice farmers so it is not really surprising they got this passed. National abolition would probably have dire effects on dairy farmers though.”

“Just a bunch of moneyed interests sacrificing the health of children to their profits.”

“GHQ implemented the policy and it stuck through inertia, no wonder all you crazy rightists want to get rid of it.”

“Let them drink tea!”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 04/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you're Japanese, you're only allowed to eat Japanese food, lest you betray your country.

    Or so they would apparently have people believe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:27 04/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No more KFC for Christmas then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No more mayonaise in their takoyaki!

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    05:21 06/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No more pizza and doughnuts.
    C.C. and Shinobu are going to cry.
    Shinobu probably also will go on a murderous rampage as well after crying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'd like to see your average Japanese adult go without a single stop to a fast food place without any of the American-provided subsidies, such as the imports they wouldn't see without the military being there...

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    Comment by Erranty
    08:34 04/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Enjoy your nothing? Since the majority of their food styles came from early China?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:56 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    yup... like the rice thing

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    Comment by Dark Mage
    05:22 06/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Rice,tofu,temerpra,and all the noodles etc came from China and Korea originally.

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    Comment by Ben Dover
    23:34 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most Japanese cuisine has heavy Chinese influence.

    Soy beans? From China.
    Noodles? From China.
    FUCKING RICE (the word for which is a synonym for 'food' in moonspeak)? From China.

    Which together sums up about 90% of their cooking. It's only cultural cuisine if it's seen widespread use and adaption over time in the region. The Elevens have made their own milk culture - from drinking milk at the baths, to the old wives' tales of it increasing bust size (before somebody derps me about this, please know that Japan banned rBGH milk - andf that the hypothesis is untested and unproven.)

    Damn nationalists. 'You want aisukureemu? You want pizza? Fuck you filthy dairy pig traitor.'

    Being part of the civilised world is about borrowing nice habits from other societies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 06/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You missed one:

    The people? From China.

    Nepponese are just Chinese immigrants from 3000 years ago who isolated themselves on islands. Genetically, they're pure Han Chinese, as opposed to mongrels in the motherland.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    A school is eduating kids. So they have standards on school grounds which enforce that. It would be like school uniforms. School uniform at school does not mean ONLY SCHOOL UNIFORM EVAR!!!!!1

    So many binary thinking IQ of 90 idiots around here.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    06:01 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    City officials are only saving costs of driving their schools, and raise their own wages!
    Milk is good for bones and therefore for lenght increase of children up to 8-12 years old.
    Grownup adults really don`t need milk, they won`t grow any longer from it, only fatter!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:53 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.tofugu.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/01_imlovinit.jpg

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    Comment by CaioSaber
    13:36 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that they are at it might as well get rid of all fried food (Portuguese brought oil to Japan), rice (China). Let them survive on fish and tofu and see them become as starved as North Koreans.

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    Comment by Hypersleep
    18:58 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tofu originated in China as well.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I think even North Koreans would eat better than these idiots...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 04/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They need to know the glorious Arroz-doce(Rice pudding)! Have rice and milk! WARE YOUR GODS NOW?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:31 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Adding Milchreis (literally milk rice).

    They should get rid of all pastries, cakes, restaurants that don't sell ramen/sushi/tofu, as well as filthy barbarian traditions like Christmas and it's tree (!), Valentine's Day and more. Stupid nationalist island monkeys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:29 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Ramen was copied from China after WW2... It should be abolished for the same reassons as milk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Br hue-hue.
    I´m japanese descendant and I know how a poor diet can do to a body, an old relative from the war era, was half the size of my well nutred parents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's not as if rice has nutritional value worth mentioning. It seems "Japanese Culture" would have everyone be malnourished, overworked, insomniacs. I bet they'll see a local rise in broken bones after this has it's effects. Broken bones which will heal poorly.

    Culture is important anyway, but so is a standard of living.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    School uniforms are also entirely Western... if they really cared that much about culture would they all wear kimonos?

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    Comment by Satonaka
    17:25 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh fuck I loved your comment 5:28

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm just wondering why most of the people who responded to that anon got downvoted...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:12 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Arroz con leche con abundante santilli como dios manda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Peru is a shithole

    Comment by Anonymous

    ¡viva Perú!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Arroz con leche conchetumadre

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    jajaja buena esa!!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Camilo, sos vos boludo?

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Bem pensado

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    arroz-doce é foda...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    hue hue hue br infectando tudo ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Arroz-doce é realmente foda. (fácil de fazer)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 04/04/2014 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Arroz doce é uma bela merda.

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by kintama00
    06:34 04/04/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “You’d think 60 years of massive milk consumption would have made it part of Japanese culinary culture.”

    !!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 05/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    By their logic, they should replace the kids' milk with sake because it's more part of the Japanese culture.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:46 06/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yup, kids should walk around drinking sake carrying around katanas and slicing off eachother's limbs >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:37 06/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just add Kimonos instead of school uniforms. There, authentically Japanese in every way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 08/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    russia does it w/ vodka... why not japan w/ saki?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fail. They don't feed sake to their kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You fail and understanding sarcasm moron.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Difference between educating people about TRADITIONAL and modern diets. They obviously want to preserve and enforce their cultural traditions. It's actually good for national cohesion.

    There are no arguments against this which favour Western / American culture over Japanese culture, which is cultural imperialism and bigotry.

    Leave the Japanese alone bigots. They're not hurting you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 06/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Meh, in this case they're using "tradition" as an excuse to try and enforce their company rice monopoly and to insure their rice sales stay high >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:46 06/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And 30 years later, they'll be a major producer of diabetics care supplies.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 09/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 19:36 - How the fuck are we bigots? If your going to call us bigots atleast use the damn term correctly. There hasn't been a single bigoted comment since I started reading this article and came to your comment.

    We are simply talking about their fucking logic. Nothing to do with their nationality, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 04/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Teach kids about nutrition... by taking away nutrition!

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    Comment by Erranty
    08:32 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As long as they supply adequate nutrition then it isn't that big of a deal. Though I do believe they should have it as an available option for those who want it though.

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    Comment by kamehappo
    06:08 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese should be concerned about getting adequate amount of all types of proteins with their otherwise delicious food. Besides milk, there is cheese, butter, fat fish etc. nutritious things needed to make Japanese diet really complete.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Milk is a major source of bad nutrition.

    DO you still eat brain to make grow yours bigger ?
    Do you eat a heart to make yours bigger ?
    Do you eat muscle to lift ?

    Eating those " calcium " don't bring calcium, that's bullshit !!!!

    Our body can't assimilate this industrial petro-milk, it's not done by, for our race.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 04/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    @13:42, what the hell was that? your brain grows as you do.
    If your heart is growing larger, you might want to go to a doctor, or you've suddenly become the grinch.
    you basically just gave up on the muscles one didn't you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 04/04/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Not sure if troll or serious.

    > DO you still eat brain to make grow yours bigger ?
    > Do you eat a heart to make yours bigger ?
    Not really. Both of those use protein for growth and that can be got from many sources.
    > Do you eat muscle to lift ?
    Muscle also uses proteins for growth. One good source for proteins is meat (=muscle).

    For calcium, there are not a lot sources besides milk (and calcium pills).

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:54 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Are you cat or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:03 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I read somewhere that fermented milk such as yogurt is a better source of calcium and is easier to digest

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:52 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like, why ban milk because it doesn't go with rice? You could just drink it alone or with something else. Duhh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Putting aside your fear of milk, saying rice and milk don't go together is retarded. It's like saying bananas and chocolate or bacon and eggs don't go together.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw you milk haters. I don't care, a lot of good tasting things are made with milk! If you don't like milk, don't dare touch another piece of milk chocolate in your lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    challenge accepted

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    Comment by kamehappo
    06:09 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my country real milk products are widely available.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why did his post get voted down?

    Milk is bad for you.

    The only reason you've ever been told it was good was so that people could sell you more milk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 04/04/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    fishes has a lot of nutrition, IDIOT

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 05/04/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    He didn't mention fish nor did he say they were taking away ALL nutrition.











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