Thursday, September 27, 2007

Oh, Japan.

Japanese TV. You really can't make this stuff up.

Let's see, you've got the requisite and required, basically constant, comparing of Japan with other countries... which is bad enough, but fairly typical. Japan is a mighty first rate power. With a huge inferiority complex and desire to "prove" its outstanding-ness, hence the never ending "see how much better we are than they are" subtleties. [WWII can have that effect on people, I imagine.]

But then, the very concept that # of robots trumps kissing of wives?

There are no words.

Why Don’t Japanese Men Kiss Their Wives? : Japan Probe:
"A few weeks ago, a show aired on Japanese TV that made some interesting comparisons between Japan and the rest of the world. Most of the data on the show as in ranking form, such as this chart showing how often a day married couples kiss around the world... If it wasn’t for Korea, Japan would have been dead last in the ranking. A dismal 0.56 daily kisses caused the show to state that it was an example of “Bad Nippon.”

...The Japanese men respond to this barrage of criticism by claiming that there are more ways to express your love and appreciation than kissing: Isn’t it okay to just say “thank you” to your wife and give her a shoulder massage? Kisses are only appropriate when one is in a certain extraordinary emotional state, so why kiss our wives every day when even when we’re not in such a state? Panelist Saito-san gives a passionate statement about how he shows his deep love for his wife by working hard,making money, and paying off loans so that he can support his household for many years...

...The kissing segment of the show may have made Japan look a bit “bad,” but they followed it up with an international ranking of countries with the most robots. Sure enough, Japan won... After announcing that Japan was number one, the announcers declared the result an example of “Good Nippon” and everyone applauded. At that moment, the floor beneath the Japanese celebrity guests began to rise, putting them above all the foreign guests seated next to them. Way to pat yourself on the back, Nippon!"

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