Japanese Cowardice Reaches New Lows


Japanese gamers are aghast at the decision to rob upcoming shooter Homefront of all its references to North Korea in the name of kowtowing to censors and North Korea’s substantial fifth column within Japan.

“Homefront” depicts the America of 2027, finally invaded by the evil yellow races – in this case the faintly ridiculous scenario of North Korea invading Japan and its other Asian neighbours and then occupying a moribund USA.

The enemy was originally supposed to be China, but the American publisher apparently proved rather yellow themselves – they changed it to North Korea out of fear of China throwing another fit.

Surprisingly, the game was announced as having a Japanese language release, which greatly excited many Japanese Internet denizens, for whom hatred of all things Korean is an even more major pastime than rubbishing China.

However, some time after the release was announced, translator Spike conceded that they would remove all references to Korea from the game and instead adopt the pathetic ruse of having all the dialogue refer to “A Certain Northern Country.”

The game’s references to Korean dictator Kim Jong-il have also been deleted from the game and are replaced with “The Leader of the North” and his homeland’s name with “a country in the north.”

Needless to say, the response to these changes from the game’s primary audience has been caustic – Spike has been derided for ruining yet another Japanese localisation (such games are frequently butchered), and for displaying unusually pronounced cowardice even for a Japanese company, as well as for removing the game’s only selling point.

Spike claims the reason is that Japan’s “voluntary” CERO game censorship regime’s regulations on “prohibited expression” forbid the use of existing countries and peoples – CERO regulations do in fact seem to presume even adult gamers must be protected like small children, and ban games from featuring any edgy political, violent or sexual content.

However, the existence of plenty of games featuring the USA and other nations as cruel opponents rather suggests they are simply too spineless to endure a few complaints from North Koreans in Japan, a shady and influential bunch.

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    Avatar of Ota-Kool
    Comment by Ota-Kool
    07:26 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    WTF?! China is the real Invader, although North Korea is just a Bully I don't think they have the guts to rule the world. China is one who claiming almost all the sea faring region in the china sea filled with oil and land including Hongkong, Tibet and Taiwan.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    07:44 08/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The battle could have been set on a fictitious island in the pacific.
    China may be a bully but they are not stupid enough to attack the continental US with an invasion force.

    There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass and the supply lines would be impossible to maintain.
    They would have nothing gain but everything to loose.
    Victory would be remote at best and the attack would reunify the factions in the US and likely the rest of the countries in the Americas against a common enemy.
    Casualties for the Chinese would pretty much be 100%.
    The only ones who'd survive would be those who desert and go to Mexico to hide.

    At least Fallout had them attack Alaska which is harder to defend,has a small population and is resource rich.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Wouldn't the US just nuke them the moment it looked like they were going to take over China?

    The scenario is just pathetic - it would be more credible with aliens or something.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    12:31 08/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    True the B2s would be all over the place and Russia would get involved no matter what went down.

    I also don't see any invasion of the CONUS even being remotely successful without some sorta wonder weapon as a plot device.
    All I seen in the video was canned meat driving around as that's what they'd be in those type of tanks,APCs, and helicopters.

    I call them canned meat because that's what they'll be when the can opener comes.


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    Comment by King Tiger
    15:33 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    the warthog!!!!!!!!!!! :o

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 28/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no dumbass the US cannot "just nuke" them because, one, the US are not China, or N.Korea, they're democrats, which means there are alot alot of regulations and laws about nuclear use, plus they have to be concern about what the public think, to complicate the matter further, They cannot just go around nuking whenever they please. Two, N.Korea have just as much nukes as the US, nuking them while they taking over china (another country that possess nuke) will risk a nuclear war that would threaten to destroy the world for good and three, the US aint exactly friend with china, as you know, and they still own china some 895.6 billion dollars so in many case they might just be happy about it, much less help.

    oh, and in regard to how much of a threat N.Korea actually is, they're the country that "estimated" to be possess the third largest nuclear weaponry in the world (real number believe to be much larger, according to the number of nuclear tests they had been doing recently), their army is the fourth-largest, at an estimated 1.21 million armed personnel, they also has violated and withdraw from the NNPT(Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty)a treaty to limit the spread (proliferation) of nuclear weapons, of which US, Russia and China belong to; what is means is that they can use nuke whenever they fucking wanted.
    The only thing that keep them from taking over the world is that their leader is an idiot selfish greedy prick who only care about his own well being, now if that was to change, say his son takeover the command and turn out to be a pure communist leader who wanted "Glories for the homeland" (which is pretty much the setting for the game) and start to seriously invest in warfare technologies and give his soldiers proper military training......we're pretty much screw. So yeah, they're potentially very fucking dangerous.
    Thinking that just because your country has nuke, you're invincible is just pure stupidity

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    Comment by Miroku74
    17:04 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering that all this 'molehill-into-a-mountain' politicking is over a game with absolutely no basis in reality (except by names of countries), not a single fuck is given on my part over this matter.

    The only beef I have is with what those mealy-mouthed fucks did in the name of political correctness.

    And yes, I realize I'm contradicting myself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 10/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    welcome to Sankaku the king of sensationalism

    the whole premise of the game is halrious to begin with, an invasion on conteantial US is ridiculous it worked in the 80's because the USSR was a falsifiable military force who had real experience in war, China is not im sorry but China would be decimeated by uncle sam and theres no doubt that good ol Nippon would join in on the fun as would the Russians, historicly China sucks China has always sucked they'v always been an economic whore this paronoria is just stupid not to mention that the American people are armed to the teeth and American military might has yet to wane

    good luck faggots


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 10/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea uh no u know nothin of warfare so why dont you just stfu and go jerk off at hentai or sumthing.

    Its funny theres still ppl believe in warfare being decided by experiences of soldiers...which in reality plays big role in a battle but not in a war.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:02 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't believe what a crazy reach all the Chinese governmental whining actually has. Damn shame.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Every US company in this position looking to pursue business in China is likely to be censoring things in the US as a result of these kinds of concerns.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Knee jerk reaction much? You act as if China is the only one trying to invade/take over other countries...

    Talking of invasion, Artefact are you going to do an article on Russia trying to "claim back" some islands from Japan that they apparently owned during the war? Though I guess you probably won't since nobody here gives a fuck unless it was either China or Korea instead. Ignorance sure is fun.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:45 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, not China, US.

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    Comment by Alan P.
    07:07 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's ridiculous to think North Korea as being able to occupy the majority of asia and then invade the US. China, I could buy, not North Korea. So any plausibility of the plot is immediately compromised right there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 08/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You would have to watch the "World of Homefront" trailer on the main site to see how they get to that point. It would explain how this situation would be more plausible. It's a more "What if North Korea unified with South Korea which gave them the economic and advanced military power" situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Watched it and couldn't stop LAUGHING! What happened when W & E Germany united? W got caught in the CRIPPLING Debt and Destroyed infrastructure of the E and to This Day~ We know how nk is now as well as china. They be both FUCKED because nk destroyed its economy and china is pissing off its population who've grown to know what its like outside now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The concept of North Korea taking over much of the United States, Japan and other countries is completely absurd, even given the game's suggestion that the US was already weakened by disease and internal instability.

    Them changing the aggressor to a vaguely defined "Northern Country" in the translation at least makes the scenario somewhat more believable. I'd rather they did something similar for the western release.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    You know, I hate to point this out... But it's a game. It's like saying Final Fantasy/Monster Hunter/what-have-you is unrealistic. The point of the game is to make a scenario plausible. Even if it's the most ridicules story you've heard.

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    Comment by Artefact
    09:12 08/02/2011 # ! Astronomical

    How a unified Korea with 70 million people would overpower the neighbouring 1.5 billion people and then sail around the world to conquer a further 320 million gun crazed Americans instantly destroys the credibility of even the most generous "great general unifies the land" scenario.

    Really it just doesn't work without China - had their feted author tried this with "Red Dawn" and "Apocalypse Now" I rather doubt his reputation would be intact...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    FF and monster hunter aren't realistic, but they are credible, in their own paradigms.
    That, isn't.

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    Comment by The Kiss
    11:00 08/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This fucked up scenario would have been plausible if had they build up the story of Homefront's world as far back as WWI or WWII...

    Then, maybe they could have had a chance of Japan destroying much of China and the US defeating Japan still. That could set precedent to Korea being...

    Oh, I give up.. this is just some excuse to justify the creation of another shooter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:09 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The plot sounds something like a Teaparty rightwing nut ranting:"If those damn lie-berals let the godless communists do as they liek, soon they'll be at our doorstep, invadin' us."

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    Comment by Syobon
    11:10 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lets see... NK has crap economy and in total war with china or south would be completely annihilated in zerg vs more zergs scenario.
    the SK is somewhat significant economically because of US support and money all those decades, it could win NK but against China or without US support, not a slightest chance.
    lets also consider the fact the korea has no military history, isolated people that lived like aborigines until japanese occupation in the XX century...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 28/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. Zerg vs more Zerg scenario, and SK has Jaedong ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ~"and to This Day" has not yet recovered! Because of the lack of spending %20 percent of their GDP on Military needs, they like all of eurotrash-land have poured it all into their socialism fantasy land AND NOW are suffering economic Melt Downs. UK - frency - spain - etc. are bleeding RED INK without stopping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Economic Melt Downs, caused by a certain nation's lack of faith in proper Oversight of their businesses.

    Because bless the Holy Market and the Suits who are the Apostles for they will bring forth wealth and prosperity. Course, they then forget to tell folks the small print, namely: only for themselves.

    You Yanks are silly like that, you distrust your own government more than you distrust Big Business who'd like nothing more than to have the lot of you working as indentured servants again.

    The song Sixteen Tons (to name but one example) wasn't just fantasy, it was the way of life for a lot of folks, until those Pinko Commie Unions helped put a stop to it.

    But you just wave your little flag, and hate on others and console yourself with the idea that this makes you so superior. There will come a time when Karoshi becomes as standard in the US as it's in Japan, but whereas in Japan it's an issue of misused feelings of loyalty.

    In the US it'll simply be an issue of trying to survive, paying for the roof over your head and putting food on the table and that being the only way to do so.

    Not sure who to feel more sorry for, to be honest. The one betrayed, or the one who has chosen blind ignorance as his way of life.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    08:47 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Safe to assume various nations would have stepped in before that ever happens.

    But totally plausible in an alternate universe :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:15 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I enjoyed Milius work on 'Red Dawn' but this "EMP" magic bomb tickled me to death.
    That goes along with Global Freezing['70s], DDT['70s], Population Explosion['70s], Nuclear detonations['80s], acid rain['80s], Freon ozone horrors['90s] and gowbal wamings['90s]as the new monster in the closet of the libertard fantasy.

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    Comment by Artefact

    You forgot "Peak Oil"...

    Comment by Dark Mage
    07:28 08/02/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    With those shit tanks and helicopters they could not even invade South Korea.
    Even with China the plot would not work like that.
    There's holes in that plot you could fly a star destroyer through.
    For it to even be remotely plausible some sorta wonder weapon that could down ICBMs and a Chinese and Russian Alliance would be necessary.
    The EMP weapon would have only sealed the fate of the attackers as it would cause a full nuclear response from the US.
    Plus a single device in LEO would not do much damage and military systems tend to be hardened.
    Invasion of CONUS would be pretty much suicide and no one is that stupid so the setting would have to happen somewhere like Alaska or Hawaii.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:33 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i give some credit to china, they have people, who are brain washed.

    they have a competent enough military to stage an attack.

    an ak47, while may not be the best weapon, is a good all rounder for any given situation, and can be bought extremely cheap.

    you could probably get 1-150 paratrooper in a plain, get 10 of them and you have 1000-1500 people on ground almost, especially if its a non military area.

    and lets be honest, a rail gun is REALLY easy to build. however accuracy at a distance is what we go for, if they just want to hit america, they dont need accuracy.

    if china wanted to piss us off, they easily could put up a fight. they have numbers, we have tech. and tech can thin numbers fairly fast.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:18 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And America already DETONATED a low orbit NUCLEAR BOMB back in the '70s! To see how it would effect the ships and land bases. People in Hawaii could even see the explosion! Guess what happened~ NOTHING! Facts are a bitch aint it?

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    Comment by Artefact

    "The Starfish Prime electromagnetic pulse also made those effects known to the public by causing electrical damage in Hawaii, about 1,445 kilometres (898 mi) away from the detonation point, knocking out about 300 streetlights, setting off numerous burglar alarms and damaging a telephone company microwave link. The EMP-damaged microwave link shut down telephone calls from Kauai to the other Hawaiian islands."


    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't think he's interested in facts, Artefact.

    After all, he seems to think that DDT is harmless to humans as well.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    06:44 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep in mind that was a 1.44MT nuke and it's EMP effects were limited.

    Interestingly it also suggests an Orion pulsed nuclear propulsion vehicle may not be so disruptive after all as it uses tiny sub 1KT bombs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_%28nuclear_propulsion%29 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)]

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    Comment by Ben
    08:35 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I like that Star Destroyer metaphor.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    13:00 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They also completely forgot about the EU and India.
    India actually has a fairly capable navy which in someways is better equipped to project power then the PLA Navy.
    The North Koreans would have to fight the Indian Navy to conquer Malaysia and Indonesia.
    Of course the EU would get involved as well.
    The EU collectively may be as powerful as the present US in conventional warfare.

    Even with China they may never leave the region.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It kinda is believable. Hitler proved it. Took over a country while he was in jail, then took over damn near all of Europe. Jong-il could do so too kinda not really. Only hitler can do that, cause it's Hitler.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and because, deutschland had better technology, industrial strength, a good population of 60M (given time), allies, weak/no opposition, nice cool looking uniforms and quality weapons. neither north-korea or china have all of that

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    Comment by alidan
    08:00 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    with a moding community, china will be written back in, but to preserve all the voice data, korea will be a china alli and they will be the invading force, because lets be honest, china has more people, but america has far more tech, hell we are getting close to snipers that can aim themselves.

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    Comment by Maderlulz
    08:32 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Oh ffffss, the only selling point of this game was the way an unlikely invasion would happen under a prediction that relies on Americas' economic decline being an advantage even for North Korea. timeline within the game and the perspective of America being invaded. The timeline is as follows:
    2010: The South Korean corvette ROKS Cheonan was sunk by North Korea.
    2011: North Korea faces another UN sanction over its latest nuclear test.
    2012: Kim Jong-il passes away, succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un.
    2013: Kim Jong-un is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and featured on the cover of Time magazine for his accomplishment of Korean reunification.
    2014: American military withdraws from the Korean Peninsula. A major US auto maker declares bankrupty for the second time.
    2015: The effects of peak oil are felt as gas prices reach up to 20 dollars a gallon. Survivalist literature becomes best seller. China's influences diminishes.
    2016: America withdraws its military from Japan and overseas, focusing on its instability back home. Texas separatism begins, border bloodshed takes place as refugees from other states attempt to enter the southern state.
    2017: Martial law is declared in the United States as its infrastructure crumbles due financial difficulties.
    2018: Korea occupies Japan. The UN is powerless to act.
    2019: The UN is defunct.
    2020: Canada closes its borders to Americans.
    2021: Korean forces succeeded in annexing the countries of Malaysia, Brunei,Burma, Indonesia, Phillipines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. A new pandemic known as the Knoxville Cough begins to spread in the United States.
    2022: Mexico closes its borders to Americans.
    2023: The new flu ravages the American public. The Korean People's Army reaches 20 million.
    2024: The Greater Korean Republic starts launching their own satellites, claiming to replace the collapsing GPS system originally launched by America.
    2025: A Korean satellite decimates the American power grid through the use of EMP. This is followed by the Korean seizure of Hawaii and landings in San Francisco.
    2026: The United States is split into two as Korean occupiers irradiate the entire Mississippi River and occupies the Western side.
    2027: Homefront takes place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    2022: Mexico closes its borders to Americans.


    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    my thoughts exactly

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    Comment by Crim
    05:41 10/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    First Russia invades America
    Then North Korea invades America

    Whos next? Canada invades America!?

    Oh god their maple syrup missiles are jamming up our tanks and weapons

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 23/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mounties would probably baffle US infantry for about half a second, after which they'd just shoot the fucking horse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ANd ths war with united korea war in the usa lasted intill thq come up an ending.

    personliy i give 89 years top to hell from above.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 28/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the biggest growing power in the world would attack a decaying half dead country in the brink of civil war, only the writers know. Glad I didn't buy that piece of shit Homeworld, the story doesn't make any sense.

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    Comment by The Kiss
    07:13 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This is the perfect opportunity for people to imagine Canada as the new threat to the world! Think about it...

    OT: Japan seriously needs to stop bending over to people like this. It's just a video game for goodness' sake!!

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    Comment by King Tiger
    07:21 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The enemy was originally supposed to be China, but the American publisher apparently proved rather yellow themselves – they changed it to North Korea out of fear of China throwing another fit.

    perhaps they changed it because it was "made in china"? hmm?

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    08:53 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    that's 'cause they don't want to piss china off...
    they fuckin' own the U.S. now anyway...

    ah, everywhere you look, everybody's acting like nothing but a bunch of little bitches, and not even the good kind either...

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    Comment by William
    13:13 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well that is true.... but big china would own small china
    just goes to show how many the chinese are lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    When you are strong, you are the bitch. If you look at history, US was the bitch. It's PRC's turn to be the bitch now. Please, stop using China, there are two China. The bitch and the small island country.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    07:41 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Probably Americans have no balls at all like their president is been play by that China quality pianist who play a theme deemed to insult US.

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    Comment by The Kiss
    08:19 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Did the president even know he was hearing a song of insult?

    If I were the president and had been made aware, I would have said something like "what a lackluster performance, I would have used Miku at least".

    Then again... that's why I'm not the prez of a nation... I guess.

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    Comment by Kitsune9Tails
    10:56 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He probably found out later, just like you would have had you been in his position. It's not really his job to know every spiteful folk song from every twisted nation that hates the US (more numerous now thanks to ole GW).

    Although he prolly got it from a more reputable source than Sankaku Complex.

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    Comment by Fapping Time
    09:41 08/02/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    oh, you couldn't fuck it up any worse that what the current clown is doing...

    he's a shining example of why american citizens have guns...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If guns are outlawed, then only outlaws would have guns.

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    Comment by William
    13:12 08/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yep they got no balls musta lost it when they went all over the place being shitheads

    Comment by Anonymous

    i am piss hearing this from the japs jesus i feel like shooting every damn japs

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