Australian TV: “Japs Are Cannibals Who Eat Anything!”


A recent comedy broadcast on Australian TV has attracted outrage in Japan for its crude anti-whaling histrionics, accusing the Japanese of being a barbarous race who will happily eat the flesh of Pandas, Koalas, and even humans.

The show in question, ABC’s “The Chaser’s War on Everything”, is a well known and popular Australian satirical production, but a number of its stunts have been harshly criticised by Australian media for being extraordinarily tasteless (though it has also been hailed as a beacon of Australian humour, which perhaps explains much).

Japanese viewers are understandably disgusted at the programme, which attempts to portray the Japanese as a race of savages who will eat anything, thus explaining their unbelievable barbarism in persisting in eating whale meat.

The video can be seen below – for those not interested in viewing it, it simply shows passersby in a Japanese city being offered free samples of various meats, and then being tricked into thinking they have eaten Panda or Human or similar, all in English for the benefit of viewers:

The tasting is obviously a contrived and selectively edited fabrication, the sort of thing TV the world over is notorious for.

It would be as ludicrous a slander to suggest the Japanese are latent cannibals as it would be to suggest Australians are a nation of congenitally deviant criminals, and it is about as valid to criticise Japanese cuisine for including occasional whale meat as it is to criticise Australian cuisine for including anything which crawls through the outback as part of “bush tucker,” with kangaroo, camel, emu and a variety of insects on the menu in many speciality restaurants.

More noteworthy to many than the tired issue of Japan’s implacable whaling lobby is perhaps the acceptance of crass anti-Japanese sentiment it represents, whether intended in a spirit of levity or otherwise – it is difficult to imagine the same programme daring to venture criticism of Islam or similar on such an extreme level, yet it seems in the case of Japan it is acceptable…

Naturally, 2ch and Nico are outraged:


“The Australoreans talk big for such a weak little country” [オーストコリア / Austrokorea is a favoured insult on 2ch due to the perception that there is an influential Korean minority in Australia]

“As expected of a nation of convicts.”

“Because Japanese eat whale they think we’ll eat anything. Despite the fact we’re not Chinese…”

“They’re a race of degenerates, it can’t be helped.”

“They are about on the same level as Koreans.”

“It would be better to make a show where they take Australians to Korea to eat dog, and to China to eat cat…”

“They’re so crude I laughed…”

“Whale bacon is seriously tasty – try it!”

“It’s the worst country in the English speaking world.”

“They’re just looking to sell more Aussie beef!”

“Where on earth can you buy Panda meat anyway?”

“After Aboriginals come the Japanese?”

“Complain to their embassy.”

“Come to think of it, the one who wrote the Mainichi WaiWai was Australian too…”

“Racism? Japanese are less than people, so this isn’t racism, apparently…”

“China probably made them do it…”

“Of course, Japanese TV is well known for its sophistication, isn’t it?”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:02 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Am I the only one disturbed by the OP?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calm down weeaboo fgts. I'm sure Japan does the same to other countries as well.

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    02:06 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What else can you expect from a nation entirely peopled with criminals? People who are used to having others not trust them.

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    Comment by Bakajim
    17:11 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am getting a little sick of saying this but only the first fleet were Convicts. And many of then were serving a 7 year sentence for steeling a loaf of bread or something petty like that. After the first fleet normal people came to Australia to take their chances in a new country.. Much like the early colinisation of America. Please research an oppinion like that before you make wild accusations like that

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    Comment by Reo
    01:56 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    how cruel they does such insult on Japan!
    It's simply insult other countries....

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Japanese aren't ya?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I ain't Japanese and I think this is mean...

    Actually, too mean...which leads me to believe Revirrim's "fakely subbed" comment...

    Australian's aren't that mean. At least I believe so...

    Are you Australian then? If you are not, that's like claiming that Aussie's are mean. If you are, it's like you're claiming that you are a mean racist blah blah blah person.

    Comment by lolz
    02:19 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This was so funny and obviously a joke. I'm gonna get some sushi now, and hope they have fresh Aussie meat on the menu.

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    Comment by ChaosAngelZero
    02:58 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese are known for hating us all gaijins, so what's the big deal about this?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:42 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm having a hard time naming a country that *isn't* xenophobic, to some degree. Maybe some island nation in Micronesia? Then again, they might harbor a bit of suspicion toward white folk after a history of colonization and exploitation.

    Comment by Kokuyoku
    03:53 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tbh, the closest you would get to would be the UK - if only due to the fact that there are very few pure brits due to Global Expansion and the (stupid at times) immigration laws.

    That and the fact more than 30% of the population are foreigners registered to like here , 60% have some foreign blood (be it 2-4 generations back).

    It really shows when less than 15% is actually fully british.

    Comment by Revirrim
    02:51 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fakely subbed... =.=;

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    02:27 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    “Because Japanese eat whale they think we’ll eat anything. Despite the fact we’re not Chinese…”

    -_- I hope to god the poster intended the irony here...

    Comment by TheTrueGOD
    10:20 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just eat lolis vaginas. THANK YOU!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:02 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Chaser’s War on Everything, is just a bunch of dick that just piss people of for shit and giggles...

    well it worked LOL

    Comment by Jaruto
    10:40 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw You! Australia is awesome >:( not every one is a convict, plus how can Australia be racist when its a multicultural country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    See the United States of America for a good example of how.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did the same exact thing to Australians:

    Jesus christ you Wap douches have to go lighten up. Japan has some serious problems with it, which does not stop you or anyone from enjoy the aspects of the culture you like. Just because anime is fun doesn't mean the Japanese people are perfect in every way.

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    Comment by Narcotic-Nightmares
    04:53 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Panda Burgers :>

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    Comment by Ukonkivi
    19:29 23/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    My good Panda friend, why would you cannibalize yourself?:<

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Step away from the panda!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cut down on the drugs, crackhead.

    Comment by Avsky
    08:52 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    God these guys are annoying, they're not even funny. Their show is stupidly scripted and they try too hard. Their "controversy" isn't even funny anymore.

    Group of wankers really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think some people have a misunderstanding. The Chasers are just "interested in seeing how the Japanese react when they see meals created from animals they regard as special". So this really has nothing to do with mistaking the Japanese as the chinese, it all leads back to whale hunting. And the cannbibalism was just a bad joke, they're probably just saying how sumos look unique(in a cute way) that they can be seen as different.

    I don't quite understand why people are saying Australia is like Korea, when the Japanese who are raging about this are acting just like the Koreans who raged over Hetalia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:35 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    It's like Artefact took some time off his busy schedule of fapping to lolis, screencapping Queen's Blade episodes and polishing Japan's dick to see that, O NOES SOMEONE INSULTED JAPAN, HOWEVER SLIGHTLY, THIS IS NEWS-WORTHY! I'm wondering if Artefact even WATCHED this (probably just reading all the retarded comments about it first) before he made the 'AUSTRALIAN TV THINGS JAPANESE ARE CANNIBALS" headline. Where in the video does it even suggest this? They're presenting the koala, panda and sumo as AUSTRALIAN dishes, as satire, so its like they're saying "australians eat anything' to see how the japanese react. It's just harmless fun, and personally I thought it was funny.
    What's far, far funnier, however ,is the total butthurt tone Artefact has in this article. I can totally imagine him furiously typing this with this RAGE face that someone would dare, DARE to satirise his precious, precious Japan. I'm guessing the subs are incorrect because otherwise the 2chaners/Nicoers wouldnt have reacted so retardedly. Unless they havent heard of satire in Japan, although I doubt they havent because you could tell some of the japanese people in the video certainly took the joke (and even went along with it, like the awesome woman with the sumo)

    Of course, had this been a japanese program, I'm sure Artefact would think it was the best thing ever.

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    Comment by Artefact

    A lot of whining Australians in here today. To be expected I suppose...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny that you assume people are Australian just because they recognize your butthurtedness, Artefact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:22 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    For those 'not in the know', these are the same people who made the 'all americans are stupid' video which is pretty popular on youtube.

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    Comment by Bakajim
    17:04 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes and that skit was funny too. They also invaides the APEC thing in Sydney dressed as secret service policemen and osama binladin. Now that was a national embarassment.. But funny.. $160 million in secutiry and they got in.

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    Comment by Bakajim
    17:28 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

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    21:20 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by DaZ
    21:17 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Say No To Racism

    Comment by Ghostie
    21:44 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    im australian. and for a FACT chasers is not a beacon of australian comedy. chasers can suck my dick and die. seriously though they suck

    Comment by Ershin
    22:03 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to disagree with the contention that whale and kangaroo consumption share equal moral footing. I think if you asked the average person which is worse, their initial reaction would be that both are pretty weird, but that eating whale is a bit more iffy.

    I think one reason that this "skit" has provoked such (legitimate) outrage is that Japan actually DOES have a tragic episode in their history involving cannibalism (WWII). I imagine that's something that people don't like to be reminded of, and it's in extremely poor taste to stage something like this.

    Comment by sambo
    20:37 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol australia

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Taking a show based on satire seriously, go Japan lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite a few butthurt weeaboos here. I had a good laugh reading their comments. I also like how they're quick to bash other Asian countries. Nippon banzai!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:00 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha, Chaser's War On Everything is great.

    Comment by RyoBase
    00:42 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually pretty funny. But people can't just take jokes, they're taking it too serious. Jeez

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well japanese makes fun of koreans >:O it is fine like this isnt it

    Comment by Jonathan
    00:25 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The clip was very funny. I really do not understand the uproar. :)

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    Comment by mr.demon
    01:06 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's just a comedy and hidecam tv show... what's the deal?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 05/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The big deal is they ate the boobie lady 0-0

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    Comment by Demon
    01:30 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i was hatin on australia when i read part of the summary but the vid is fucking funny so n worries but i think japan can fuck australia up

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 15/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    no they won't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 12/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do not feed the troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:59 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the chasers are just running out of idea's after they did the security breech at that huge world government meeting after that their out of idea's its really sad :S

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    They did make fun of Muslims in this week's episode, actually. It's not called the Chaser's War on Everything for nothing.

    I guess you can draw whatever implications you like from the stunt! They offered this stuff to passersby (it was pretty obvious what it was), they chose whether or not to eat it. The point was to humorously raise awareness of, and protest against whaling.

    I would think the blatant anti-Korean racism in those comments you quoted is quite a lot worse than anything the Chaser's done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:38 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whaling = genocide.

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