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Glad someone complained

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He needs publicity. Please give him more. /sarcasms

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Some pretty crass stuff if you ask me. I have seen some other t-shirts, worn by people on TV that were questionable at best, and never a peep about any apologies.

Part of it is because of who wore the shirt in this case.

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I think Horie got the response he wanted from wearing his cartoon hitler shirt.

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Considering Horiemon is a media-savvy maverick, I reckon the Tshirt was an intentional troll, and achieved the desired result.

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Whoever wrote the picture description doesn't know how to spell Hitler's name either.

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Its a T-shirt! How much more control do we need in this country?

Let it go and grow up society! Idiots!!!!!

If intentional or not, did it cause harm to anyone other than the thin skinned over pretentious control freaks?

Then, why no picture on the this article? At least give us another evaluation of how bad or irrelevant it actually is!!

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If the shirt had an anti-war message I am assuming he was not praising Hitler, so I really don't understand the fuss.

It's not the first time Hitler and Nazi themes have raised controversy in Japan.

I.e., not the first time the media over reacts to a nonissue related to Nazis.

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Some things should not be trivialized. Hitler is one of those things.

As for trolling: sometimes its important to call a troll out. This is one of those times.

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Some things should not be trivialized. Hitler is one of those things.

As for trolling: sometimes its important to call a troll out. This is one of those times.

Tell that to the protestors painting Hitler moustaches on anyone they don't agree with.

Horie made his money through media and the internet. He's also known for trolling the media with outrageous, but calculated statements.

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Well calculated meaning, he intentionally causes controversy to show how ridiculous the controversy is in the first place.

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According to the article, the T-shirt had an anti-war message on one side and a peace sign on the other. If this is true, what is the fuss about?

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This story proved that just because someone has the slightest amount of popularity or wealth, he/she doesn't have any common sense. Apparently, "it's all about me" syndrome has replaced common politeness. As they say in Hollywood, any bad publicity is better than no publicity. Is the next accepted dress code a bare chested swimsuit model sporting a permanent tattoo of the NK leader?

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After the way the establishment went after and vilified this young maverick risk taking businessman for trying to break the mold, and the message of no more war combined with the hitler image, perhaps the knee jerk reaction to condemn him outright is a bit misplaced. Maybe he is trying to send a message about the sign of the times and the current state of leadership in Japan, and the fact that he chose NHK is also interesting. Don't get your panties in a knot readers. Agree though very likely a publicity stunt.

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We shouldn't forget that there were probably hours of rehersal and script writing, makeup and light adjustment.

NHK knew he was wearing the shirt and they chose to go with it. Just like many politicians like to talk about hitler a little but then say "oops, didnt mean that!" a little later.

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Here's the shirt in question. Not apology worth, imo.

http://geitopi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017071204-1.jpg

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Boneheaded for him to wear it and boneheaded for the boneheads at NHK to allow in in front of the cameras wearing that.

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Not apology worth, imo....

Indeed. In this T-shirt, Hitler (image) with a peace symbol in his uniform is screaming "No War!"

Obviously this is a political satire against so called peace-activists.

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So many people here imagining Horie like some performance artist trying to make a clever anti-war statement. I very much doubt it

How about the flip side;

he chose the shirt with little or no understanding of who Hitler was or did.

He chose to wear it because he thought it looked "cool"

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

Yeah.... sorry they were caught, more like.

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Political satire in Japan? I must have missed something all these years. But yeah, much ado about nothing. Good old Hitler and the Nazis, still entertaining us after all these years. However, why not stay closer to home and be original by wearing a T-shirt with a cartoon image of Hideki Tojo with an anti-war message? I am sure this country would have a good laugh about such political satire.

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What if it was a picture of Stalin? or Torquemada? Or Jeffrey Dhamer? Where do we draw the line on being able to depict images of murderers & maniacs?

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Re: supposing this is trolling-

I don't think that really excuses or justifies anything. While it's doubtful that Horie is a part of the western alt-right neo-Nazi movement, "trolling" is a documented way they get their ideas broader exposure. By constantly claiming to be trolling, hate speech gets spread without condemnation. So again, while Horie isn't likely part of that movement, the notion that he's "just trolling" doesn't excuse it.

In fact, if you actually spend a couple seconds thinking about it, it's weird that trolling is even used as an excuse at all:

A:"Hey man, that thing you just did really upset me."

B:"Joke's on you, sucker! I didn't really believe it, I just did it to make you upset for the lulz! I was only trolling!"

A:"Oh, well that makes it all okay then."

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If this were not NHK I wouldn't care, but that shirt, political satire or just bad wardrobe choice, doesn't really have much place on NHK. I certainly don't want to have to pay to watch that kind of thing.

NHK should stick to informational programming.

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NHK is the wrong place to do an interview if you are expecting to test boundaries. People pay out of their pockets for it which means all walks of life are watching or supporting the station from the ultrasensitive to the ultra easygoing.

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Who complains about Hitler in Japan, except for some non-"NHK fee paying" foreigners?

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Japan will never learn and if know body said anything Japanese people would think what a great tee-shirt and Adolph is cute. History repeats itself because we never learn.

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nobody

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The t-shirt is no big deal. And I say that as a Jew. It obviously was not promoting Hitler's policies - just the opposite. Meanwhile t-shirts that glamorize Che Guevara, and even Mao Zedong, are worn everywhere without comment.

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Well calculated meaning, he intentionally causes controversy to show how ridiculous the controversy is in the first place.

You gave him way too much credit. He probably doesn't even know who it is.

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NHK is the wrong place to do an interview if you are expecting to test boundaries.

Agree with that. But is this t shirt subversive, offensive, abhorrent enough to warrant such a reaction? Did it really 'test' boundaries? I don't think so. I don't even think it is 'that' clever, sarcastic or even borderline anything tbh.

The T-shirt didn't condone, excuse, minimise etc Nazism/Hitler, the 'NO war' message is actually pretty lame/PC, then fine with me.

Hitler salute, no message: bad

Hitler laughing, peeing/doing anything fun/silly: bad
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Dumb idea. And if he was trying to make a statement; it was a wee bit garbled.

I've read more offensive stuff from some posters here.

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YAWN. Tempsest in a thimble. Next!

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If this were not NHK I wouldn't care, so its perfectly fine to wear the picture of a man as a fashion assessory, even though he committed one of the worse genocides in human history, only the morally corrupt or people ignorant of history would do this.

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The shirt is obviously a satire.

Horie is a well known media troll, who enrages the Old Boy Club regularly with his provocative statements and flamboyant lifestyle.

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i wonder how many of you  actually saw the t-shirt before commenting?  it was a satirical image of hitler shouting "no war." i love the lynch mob mentality though.

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The shirt is obviously a satire.

Horie is a well known media troll, who enrages the Old Boy Club regularly with his provocative statements and flamboyant lifestyle.

now that I think about it, you're right.

Jonathon Swift, Mark Twain, Voltaire.....Takafumi Horie.

I see the obvious connection now..

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nakanoguy01Today  11:53 am JST

i wonder how many of you actually saw the t-shirt before commenting? it was a satirical image of hitler shouting "no war." i love the lynch mob mentality though.

Because random people on the internet criticizing a person's t-shirt choice is exactly the same as murder motivated by racial hatred.

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Because random people on the internet criticizing a person's t-shirt choice is exactly the same as murder motivated by racial hatred.

Oh brother, here we go with the transition.

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some people just walk through life looking for trouble. Mr. Horie is one

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For same sad people, being offended is a 24-hour-a-day job. This is such a non-story. Grow up. I dread to think how your kids will turn out.

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OH MY GAWD!! Where's my safe space and puppies!

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Kawabegawa. - I agree that people, especially a few posters here on JT - are offended as a way of life. It's their reason d'être.

But there is a time and place for everything. Speaking up against sporting a shirt with a man who was responsible for the worst war in history and the murder of 6 million Jews is one example.

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I might be reading too much into this, but I am wondering, since the article doesn't say who the people were that complained, if the shirt might be upsetting to the ultra-nationalists, assuming that Hitler's image is referring to, 'ahem' the current PM. The anti-war crowd might traditionally cringe at an image of Hitler, but recently isn't it a common thing to compare a leader you don't like to Hitler, especially the current one? The Left in the America have said this about Trump and the Right similar things about Obama being a 'dictator.' Again, I might be reading too much into this.

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Hooktrunk2 - yes, you read too much into it.

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Speaking up against sporting a shirt with a man who was responsible for the worst war in history and the murder of 6 million Jews is one example.

The shirt was obviously mocking hitler. I find protestors (from either side) painting a toothbrush mustache on any leader they disagree with more offensive.

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Beer delivery guy - the shirt was in bad taste. Leave it at that

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

I won't disagree with the shirt being in bad taste, fashion wise, and political statement-wise.

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he chose the shirt with little or no understanding of who Hitler was or did.

Gimmie a break, do you realize just who you are talking about here?

He chose to wear it because he thought it looked "cool"

More like, "The dude looks like ME with a stache' ...nice shirt"

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As the host Mr Funakoshi (with Horie in the photo linked by Dan Lewis) is currently embroiled in a very nasty divorce with his wife, who appears to be mentally ill in my opinion) daily posting dramatic videos on YouTube vowing to fight to the end of the war with him, etc, perhaps the message on the t-shirt was aimed at them?

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Makes sense in a way as the NHK is the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda for Abe.

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Against my better judgement I'm going to weigh (wade?) in.

I bet, just like most of the people wearing t-shirts with pot leaves, Che Guevara's face, or obscure punk bands, the content was not the deciding factor. The stupid shirt probably just made him feel young or a bit wild and that was the end of his thought process. Bad taste but probably no bad intent.

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If some people got offend by this tee shirt, well you need to get a life, Hitler died 70 odd years ago, i don't find it offensive at all, there are more pressing things to sort out or discuss.

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Someone better not tell these people about all the Hitler cats on the internet, or they will want to cull them off too.

I was just watching Conrad Vernon's latest animation Sausage Party, which is set in a food market, and it has a running joke about German sauerkraut want to "exterminate the Juice" and ends up with a Middle Eastern lavash buggering a "Sammy Bagel Jr".

It was made by Warner Brothers, and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, all of which add up to as Jewish as you can get (because, as we all know, "The Juices Run Hollywood" too).

Since when was Japan swallowed up by the great politically correct whale ... or was it all just a mistake in translation, and the complainants were a couple of JAPs on a shopping holiday in Tokyo?

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I wish the PC pussies would grow up and learn to deal with life without searching for things to complain or feel offended about. It's just a T-shirt...

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Me too. They are spoiling every punchline on earth.

I will sign up to, or buy a ticket for, or product off, whichever company or VIP does NOT apologize to them the next time they find something "totally unacceptable".

And if you don't like that, can I just say, "how inappropriate I find that", so you can't say it first.

I would have bought one but it isn't even a Hitler t-shirt, it's a "Hitler-like T-shirt" with "no war" plastered over.

https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2017/07/b69c3dd24e5c-japanese-entrepreneur-causes-stir-for-wearing-hitler-like-t-shirt.html

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

I hate Illinois nazi's

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Is there not free speech in Japan?

Why should people live in fear of other people's opinions? You people who complain over shirts and speech are so freaking privileged to complain about such nonsense.

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@clamenza You're right, I might be over thinking it, but first I recommend doing a google image search for "Abe compared to Hitler" and you will see why I said his shirt was probably making the ultra conservatives angry. I think I recall hearing some of my adult students talking about him this way.

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I so wish that sometimes I could just unplug from the world, too many people offended by anything and everything.

I gave up TV 10 Years ago, but I am addicted to the awesomeness of the internet, getting to read everyone's point of view, whether I agree with them or not.

We live in a supposed free world, so people are free to say and wear what they like, even if it offends some people. If you don't like something, look or walk away. Don't start an argument, because most of the people will go the extra mile to make sure you are offended even more the next time. It takes something with a profound impact to change peoples point of view!

That being said, I believe NHK should use a little better judgement in what they show on air.

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Free speech in Japan? On paper, yes. However, in Japan they ridicule or make fun of foreign politicians, usually a US president, in a less than flattering manner and using Hitler and the Nazis frequently for various purposes and intentions, not necessarily bad intentions, but still. But then I say, why not use Tojo, emperor Showa or the Imperial Army to make your anti-war statement. And use funny images of your own politicians to ridicule them. Well, that just would be impossible in free speech Japan. You could try, but you would be ostracized.

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FernGullyToday  02:39 pm JST

Is there not free speech in Japan?

Yes, there is. Which is why Horie is not in prison for wearing the shirt in his free time.

Unfortunately, a lot of the Internet peanut gallery confuse "free speech" with "consequence-free speech", and proclaim their persecution if anyone ever expresses a negative opinion of something they like. Hence hysterical posters equating people complaining about a dude's shirt with lynchings and cullings.

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Publicity hungry moron with zero cultural sensitivity. It was an anti-war T-shirt - so what, Hitler's image is offesnive to many. He knew what he was doing, that makes his choice of clothing even more distasteful.

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why not use Tojo, emperor Showa or the Imperial Army to make your anti-war statement. And use funny images of your own politicians to ridicule them. Well, that just would be impossible in free speech Japan. You could try, but you would be ostracized

ermm protestors, journalists, essayists, tabloids and TV shows do so with regular frequency.

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There is no arguing with stupid.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Comedy gold.

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Do some research on Horie and you will learn he is a nut case.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Hitler is a nazi maniac. And this is wrong that people use his image to capture public attention. But meanwhile some people are wearing T-shirts with Lenin and Stalin - communist maniacs who killed many millions of Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars, Russians and Kazakhs during the Red Terror, "Holodomor" (the man-made famine in Ukraine), Collectivization and in Gulag concentration camps. All images of maniacs and mass murderers must be banned in public places, both nazi and communist.

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A broad based international commission should be established (without consideration of expense) to investigate each and every incident in which an image of Hitler appears (no matter how artless it may be) in order to decided for the global public how they should receive it. Clearly, people cannot and should not be allowed to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

Not.

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If he wanted to wear a t-shirt with the face of a war criminal emblazoned on it, he should have looked closer to home and chosen one of Hirohito.

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All images of maniacs and mass murderers must be banned in public places, both nazi and communist.

Jus nazis and communists?

Why not Cromwell, Churchill, the US military, Ronald Reagan etc?

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Something that irritates me about these kind of stories and events is that they never disclose who actually made the complaint for what reason.

I suspect that in a lot of case, not being specific to this one, if we knew who the habitual complaintants are, and met then face to face, we'd just reject them as nuts, immature or vested, e.g. 'right on' students practising their adult voices, single interest political groups using events to promote themselves, actual cranks or nuts. Like the fat ugly chicks who find pictures of models in bikinis "totally accceptable".

Secondly, that they all tend to have very superficial, literally understandings of words or images, so any "Hitler" is bad, even if it is anti-Hitler. There's no subtlety, no irony, no understanding of context, meaning or intent.

I suspect they are people with no sense of humor too. Take Mel Brookes ...

And, lastly, was it a foreigner in Japan? How many Japanese would actually instantly recognize a picture of Hitler and know, pick up or feel any problem with it? Was it, say, a Jewish-American in Japan importing their complex and values?

Wait until they see all the swastikas all over all the maps and temples! I hear the 'politically correct' fascists are trying to remove them for the olympics. (Note: it's a positive Buddhist icon, and used to denote the site of a temple).

Personally, when I look at pictures of the anti-war t-shirt I cannot even tell it is Hitler.

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@Hammerhead

oy vey

I'm sure that's it. Maybe it was Mel Brooks himself complaining.

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And, to make a Mel Brookian reply,

"Let's be honest, there are some professional complanaints within that community ... tell me about it, I married one!"

That or idiot Left Wingers.

Tell us who it was and why.

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cranks or nuts. Like the fat ugly chicks who find pictures of models in bikinis "totally accceptable"

I knew it. People who are hurt or offended have to be mad. Or overweight. How did I miss that?

.Secondly, that they all tend to have very superficial, literally understandings of words or images

So when you call people cranks or nuts or fat ugly chicks it's not being superficial. It's telling it like it is. Got it.

I suspect they are people with no sense of humor too. Take Mel Brookes ...

Because the mentally ill and/or overweight women are rightfullly a target for this, er, humour. Noted.

And, lastly, was it a foreigner in Japan? How many Japanese would actually instantly recognize a picture of Hitler and know, pick up or feel any problem with it?

Because Japanese people have no comprehension of history outside their own country?

Was it, say, a Jewish-American in Japan importing their complex and values?

Are you suggesting that Jewish people have some sort of complex because of that little thing called the holocaust? Or that is simply has to be someone of Jewish heritage who complained, nobody else is concerned?

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For too many, Hitler -- what he represents -- is just a triviality; a thing to be cynically used for whatever reason. Reagan = Hitler? Really? Hitler was a 'war criminal' and so can be compared to whomever? Really?

As for the right-wingers: Woosie liberals just overreact to the normalization of Hitler? Seriously? You really believe this? You think the problem is the overreaction?

It is sadly apparent from the above thread that far too many have learned nothing about the danger of men like Hitler.

And this trivialization of last's century's great threat to civilization means only one thing:

Such evil is all the more tolerated; all the more likely to happen.

Shame on you.

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@Black Sabbath

Such evil is still active in the world today.

After WWII, it expanded it's across Asia; hitting Korea, then Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. It got here via Hawaii, the Philippines and Guam. Then it took a detour down through Central America. And it is currently stomping all over the Middle East, from Palestine to Afghanistan.

Everyone is someone else's "Nazi" at some point or another but, largely, I suppose we're talking about the military-industrial complex.

It's just that the present day Nazis like to point at yesterday's Nazis, and blame them as a distraction instead. We all sense there's a stink in the room and they're pointing at the past to something that's long dead and gone.

@Toasted Heretic

Firstly, before I respond to you, Toasted, please allow me to say that given our political differences in the past, I appreciate you have every interest in discrediting anything I write in any tone therefore, I won't take your distortion or misrepresentation very serious.

people who are hurt or offended have to be mad. Or overweight. How did I miss that?

There appear to be armies of thin skinned, over-sensitive people wandering around "finding that so offensive" and finding things "totally unacceptable".

Therefore, can I just say, I find your posts "so offensive" and "totally unacceptable"?

Except that I don't think those people really are, I think it's just a sort of political manipulation of society by one or other set of values, sometimes an immature one, sometimes a dishonest one, sometimes because their just a little nuts.

I don't think the evolution of society, the media, the arts, history and politics should be ruled by them other. Otherwise we would end up with a very humorless, and sexless, world.

I was thinking of a recent "complaint campaign" targeted at a poster campaign of a healthy, slim, young women wearing a bikini.

I had to wonder who on earth could be offended by that?

Because Japanese people have no comprehension of history outside their own country?

Funny, everyone around here always accuses them - largely unfairly - of having no comprehension of Japan's own history.

Are you suggesting that Jewish people have some sort of complex because of that little thing called the holocaust? Or that is simply has to be someone of Jewish heritage who complained, nobody else is concerned?

No, I was specifically referring to the Holocaust Industry, those making a financial fortune out of exploiting the Holocaust, and those creating political real estate out of it, the Zionists. The two closely entwined with each other.

I asked the question, I'd like to know the answer ... who complained.

Funny, they have similarity with the Korean and Chinese anti-Japan campaigns and the Korean and Chinese anti-Japan campaigns have studied the effectiveness of the Zionist and Holocaust Industries. China, especially replicating it. There is a degree of symbiosis between them.

Mel Brooks, on the other hand, I find far more honest, sincere and funny.

And he made a fortune out of "Spring Time for Hitler and Germany"

I wonder if the "professionally offended" political correct police went after him ... I could what his response would be like. In fact, he probably did respond, I'd look it up for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2hS_LhslTw

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Oh, that was a terrible amateur dramatic version, try;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPXHRX8Q2hs

Hysterical, and very Jewish.

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He is following, all advertising is good advertising and got what he wanted. Guys a tool either way.

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Guys a tool either way.

As one of few people to stand up to the establishment, doing things in a different way than how they are 'supposed' to be done, for which he paid dearly, I respect the guy. Japan needs more like him.

The shirt was a bad idea though. Hitler is just too much of an emotional trigger. There is no way that wearing a shirt with hitler on it is going to escape controversy, and any message that is intended will be lost in the kerfuffle.

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Why the fuss?

Japan was a wartime ally of Nazi Germany.Surely, all Japanese wouldn't be offended by that memory, would they?

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@Toasted Heretic

Allow me to suggest this.

I am a Buddhist. I endorse wearing the swastika, and decorating one's belongings and buildings with it.

My friend the Hindu, my friend the Jain, my friend the native American and my friend the Celt all agree with you.

But there are other people who want to claim authority over us and tell us what we cannot wear or do ... because they are "offended".

Who gets to tell who to do what? Who own the politics to do so? We've all being doing so for far longer than they've been practising "being offended". They weren't "offended" before, why can't they just be "offended" at something else? Who determins the politics of offence?

Now, this case.

A gentleman chooses an article of clothing because he wants to make an anti-war statement. Someone or someones claims to be "offended" by it. Who gets to tell who to do what?

To dictate expression.

Who gentleman chooses an article of clothing with a dictator (and "no") on it.

Now who is being the dictator?

The person dictating who can wear what when (why?) or the person choosing to express themselves?

The dictators don't have to look, they don't have to endorse the statement by buying, what is their concern about?

It is all about determining power and dictating how society is. Yesterday military dictators, today moral dictators.

Challenge the dictators and they will destroy you, and if they can re-make you, your life, your society to benefit themselves.

Now we ask the question, so who complained about it and why? If there was just one complaint, I doubt it would have made a newstory. Were there many complaints?

Were those complaints spontaneous, or contrived?

The story does not tell us.

Now, logically, why would any Japanese person be "offended" by an anti-war t-shirt featuring Hitler? And how many could even recognize it was Hitler from the bad representation? I think you'll find it was a very, very small proportion, cut even smaller by the minor interest of the individual wearing it and the show it was on.

I also don't think it was shown in Israel nor that there are sufficient Israelis who speak Japanese and are interested in Horie. So who could it be?

In lieu of real reporting, let's work our way down through the potential options.

I will tell you 3. There might be others.

Firstly, without any doubt, it is part of the Chinese and Korean 'scripts' to reinforce any association between Japan and Nazidom and the Far Right internationally. There are 2. Many of whom are in Japan, monitoring the media and spreading stories.

To be quite frank, very few of the international correspondences in Japan can speak and read Japan well enough to follow the media.

The third is not so much a coordinated effort, like the Chinese and Korean troll armies, but rather it is an expression of part of the American collective consciousness (in order to cover for and excuse its own ongoing brutality) and to a lesser extent the British-Commonwealth consciousness, especially amongst the elder generations (in order to ameliorate the effect of the loss of their own national/imperial defeats). For both, and especially their correspondents, "making Japan look bad" (silly or bizarre) is sort of chauvinistic indoctrinated national past-time.

Now, I flagged up collusion and influence between the Chinese and Koreans and Zionist networks in the USA. I stand by that comment. Unfortunately, it is probably too 'off topic' to go into it here but if allowed by the moderators, I would.

So when you read something like this story, ask yourself who might be behind it and why? What is their interest or intention? How are you supposed to be being guided to think?

Of course, on the other hand, it might just be something like a naive Left Winger type who has spent time in the US among "liberal" communities; the wife, say, of a Jewish-America who has been led to believe they are doing the right thing; or some foreign language student? Who?

A professor from Temple University? A journalist from AFP? Who brew it up, why?

I don't know. But let's identify them and correct their understanding, and keep Japan free of dictators.

May be I'll make a Dalai Lama t-shirt with, "More Buddhist, Less dictators" on it and offend the Chinese. Or a picture of Douglas MacArthur and "Mass Murder, Chief of Genocide". In America I could.

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People complain about a Hitler shirt that says "No War". He is not a stupid man and obviously wore it intentionally. That being said, people lose their mind over a shirt with a cartoon Hitler, but if he wore a Che Guevera shirt then nobody would bat an eyelash. Unreal.

NHK are the one's with egg on their faces here. Horie is laughing all the way to the bank. Good on him.

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He is following, all advertising is good advertising and got what he wanted. Guys a tool either way.

I'd say he's the opposite of a "tool". He follows his own path without much care of what the rest of the world thinks. That is to be commended in my book. The world, and Japan especially, need more people like him.

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@Penske

The t-shirt aside, do you really think the world needs more people who do what they want, and ignore the rest of humanity?

Seems to me we've seen enough of that, recently....

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The t-shirt aside, do you really think the world needs more people who do what they want, and ignore the rest of humanity?

Actually, I do. Mr. Horie is exactly what this world needs more of in my opinion. Does he hurt anyone? No, he speaks his mind, runs his businesses, writes books, and helps people. He's not a corporate drone who does what he's told and follows the leader. He's an individual and I honestly find that so refreshing in this country. So yes, I think there need to be more like him. Not sure why you wouldn't...

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Amazing ... Horie built a company from scratch to an $8bn market capitalisation.

He can afford more than one t-shirt.

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