Hi there. I used to post here under the name CzechMaster401k until around two years ago, when I became content to lurk. Once the time came to either register or let my membership lapse, I let the latter happen. I’ve been lurking since then, and for all the indignation I share with many of you towards the political situation in the states and my desire to join in discussions of the apprentice, it seems odd that I would speak up again about this, but to the point:
Today I read an article in the New York Times entitled “Tokyo’s Flag Laws: Patriotism or Indoctrination?” Unfortunately, I only read it in the paper copy and I’m not registered on the site so I can’t post quotes, but here’s the link for those who are:
Apparently people are required BY LAW to stand up and sing the national anthem at various official functions and schools in the Tokyo area. Several teachers have lost their jobs over refusing to do so, which is itself abhorrent, but there are some other good bits.
They have people “patrolling” the aisles and taking the names of the noncompliant, who then face some form of punishment, such as in the case of the aforementioned teachers Not only that, they have people to RATE how loudly students sing the anthem to gauge how patriotic they are.
Even though he’s just a figurehead, Akihito has dismissed this as the load of shit that it is, saying that you can’t enforce patriotism. But then, the right-wing governor of Tokyo’s prefecture has dismissed that in turn as the result of the influence of the Emperor’s American Quaker tutor when he was a kid.
So the Emperor’s opinion on this matter is simply the result of his mind having been poisoned by intellectuals who are out of touch with reality? Sound familiar to anyone? :rolleyes:
So here’s a hearty FUCK YOU SIDEWAYS to the governor of Tokyo and his cronies with their dirty spies and intimidation. Fuck you right in place where the troglodytes that came up with free speech zones and loyalty oaths at political rallies in this country so soundly deserve to be fucked. Keep right on trying to chase down thought crime, those students are snickering behind your back while you cream yourself over your precious piece of fabric. Fuck you. A thousand times, FUCK YOU.
It’s terrifying to think that crazy fucks like this have power and the people willing to carry out their orders, not only in this country, but now Japan too. Any Japanese dopers know how prevalent this crock really is? God damn. :mad: