The sorry state of affairs in Japan is enough to turn WGs into FGs
News On Japan via Japan Times -- Jul 08
Many years ago I coined a phrase - "Frozen Gaijin" - to describe a particular kind of foreigner living in Japan.
A frozen gaijin can be recognized in an instant.
The longer frozen gaijin stay in Japan, the rosier everything in their native country looks to them.
Everyone in Australia becomes magnanimously multicultural; everyone in Germany, hardworking and scrupulous; everyone in India, forthright and ambitious. Even British beer starts tasting good to displaced Brits. Frozen gaijin not only feed off the sanguine stereotypes of their nationality, they exalt in them.
Frozen gaijin never tire of saying to Japanese people, "In my country we would never do things like this." Unusual (to them) Japanese traits are seen as, at best, quirky - and, at worst, backward. They are often heard to "urge" Japanese to scrap all the "outdated" features of their society and become "international" or, to use the trendier phrase, "global."
|| Cops crack down on porn films targeting lolicon lechers |
| || With crackdowns on violators of child prostitution and pornography statutes having increased in recent years, Nikkan Gendai (May 17) wonders how a manager of an online operation that primarily sold lolicon (“Lolita complex”) films was able to evade detection for an extended period prior to his arrest earlier this month. (Tokyo Reporter) |
|| X Japan waxes lyrical at Madame Tussauds debut |
| || This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times ) |
|| Senior Kyodo News official dismissed over improper act |
| || Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press ) |
|| Japan's child kidnapping problem |
| || Dozens of American children are abducted to Japan every year-not by strangers, but by parents after messy divorces. (thedailybeast.com ) |