The US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, is taking up the issue of the mass killing of dolphins in Japan.
The manner in which such mass slaughters are carried out is unique to the Japanese pyche. To other cultures, this would have stretched beyond the limits of their emotional tolerance for debaucherous cruelty. But the sad historical fact is: the peoples of Asia have witnessed too many unimaginably barbaric acts of the Japanese similar to the plight of these dolphins. (Any normal human looking through an album of random historical photos of just glimpses of WWII atrocities committed by the Japanese would feel disturbed for days.) Westerners do not have a sufficient understanding of the dark sides of the Japanese psyche and are deluded by their “polite” and “orderly” veneer. More in-depth studies and public awareness are badly needed, becuase it had historically been so easily prone for the Japanese to commit these acts.
The Japanese reaction to Kennedy’s protest is one of outrage. “How dare you! This is our ‘normal tradition’!” Some normal tradition indeed.
That’s why we have to be very circumspect in the conduct of our alliance policy with Japan today. Already, they see us as weakening and dependent. Lately, their militarists are rising from the hidden graves and hurriedly advancing their aggressive agenda, using us as their shield and stepping-stone. They will eventually “sneak” us an unpleasant deal, if not a blow. Let’s hope they could be stopped before it’s too late.