Transcendental Bloviation

Politics, Space, Japan

Thursday, October 12, 2006

And speaking of stupidity

A lead story about NoKo Nukes in the Int'l Herald Trib says that the Nihon Keizei Shimbun (Japan's New York Times or Wall Street Journal, depending on how you look at it) compared the impact of North Korea's nuclear test on Japan to that of 9/11's impact on Americans.

Well, if they mean that bars and restaurants emptied out, all flights were cancelled, and the Japanese are now spending 10 hours a day glued to the tube, weeping, calling friends ... No. In fact, nobody here has even mentioned it to me. If Nihon Keizai Shimbun said anything like that (the IHT's reporting on Japan is often so-so), it's probably because somebody at that paper never quite got in touch with how 9/11 hit Americans.

The Aum nerve-gassing of Tokyo subways had a much more dramatic impact on Japanese.


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