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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

America- Quotes about Japan and the USA

“The only American firms I noted [in Robodex 2003] were Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut, running the fast-food booths in the back” Frederik L. Schodt, “The Astro Boy Essays” pg 9

“The students were ordered to research parachutes… Then one day, of piece of cloth was passed to us, and we were told to examine its quality. We thought it was the best cloth we had ever tested. It was nylon, and was used in the parachutes of Americans who became our prisioners of war. At that point, we realised we were no match.” Shintaro Tsuji, founder of Sanrio, Japan Times 2 March 08

“The Gion district [of Kyoto] is as famous for its geishas as New York’s Christopher Street is for its drag queens” Veronica Chambers in Kickboxing Geishas pg 49

“While Sex and the City remained more an aspirational fantasy than a reality for American women, in Japan women across the country lead a life right out of the HBO sitcom” Kickboxing Geishas pg 11

“No gift resembling democracy had yet been presented. A gift as large is always a problem, anyway” Patrick Smith in Japan, A Reinterpretation

“The logic (of the CIA giving tens, maybe hundreds of millions of dollars to the Japanese Liberal Democratic party) was the same as during the Vietnam war, when we burned villages to save them: We subverted democracy to save it” Patrick Smithin Japan, A Reinterpretation

“Japan did not enter a recession in the early 1990’s: It was ‘blindsiding’ us, the better to achieve economic domination”- Another American conspiracy theory, quoted by Patrick Smithin Japan, A Reinterpretation

“…in 1952… The Republic of China (Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China on the mainland, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) all possessed military establishments far larger than what became Japan’s Self-Defense Forces” A statistic that puts a bit of sense behind the rearming of Japan during the Cold War, CIA conspiracies aside.

“Japan’s post-occupation relationship with the United States was founded on the 1951 security treaty. Part of the understanding that lay behind this treaty was that Japan would have access to the U.S. market in exchange for the maintenance of American bases on Japanese soil.”

It doesn’t say if American senators being able to whinge about the Japanese using that access to the markets to get votes was also part of the deal, but as there was apparently a deal between the British government and the EU that the UK could take credit for stopping non-existent laws that made it into tabloid press means that I wouldn’t be surprised…

From the Encyclopedia Britannica Japan’s Public Relations page

“…we should hold Japan up as a mirror, not as a blueprint” Good advice on comparing your country to others and trying to borrow ideas, from Merry White

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[In the imagination of the West, between the old Japan of samurai and Zen gardens and the new Japan of gadgets and efficiency] “there is a blank, where the Japanese live” Nobel Prize for Literature winner Kenzaburo Oe, quoted in Japan, A Reinterpretation by Patrick Smith

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“The logic (of the CIA giving tens, maybe hundreds of millions of dollars to the Japanese Liberal Democratic party) was the same as during the Vietnam war, when we burned villages to save them: We subverted democracy to save it” Patrick Smith

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“Everyone has the same right to… ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ as the 1947 Japanese constitution puts it, its American drafters not having thought it necessary to strain for originality in these matters” Ronald P Dore

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“To this day .. monks wooden sandals are washed up on the shores of the [American] Pacific Northwest” A wonderfully romantic image from The Economist 22 December 2007, explaining how the first Japanese ships to get washed up on American shores ended there

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