I'm happy to see such an honor go to such a deserving manga-ka as Takahashi Rumiko. I've been a big fan of her work since the late 80s when I became aware of it, through Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and the Mermaid stories.
Even after all these years I still have full manga sets of UY, MI, Ranma and the Mermaid stories among my library of books. Eagerly awaiting what she comes up with next!
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Let me tell you, in the US there is a similar phrase for retail people:"The Customer is Always Right." Except that, if you've been in retail more than a few weeks, you'll realize that is utter BS.
In the 13 years I worked in retail (first as an associate, then as a department manager) I can't tell you how many times I was confronted by dolts who would berate you, humiliate you and insult you and your bosses would expect you to take it with grace. I was called a liar to my face, a fatass when I wasn't moving fast enough with the 30 pounds of boxes I was carrying for them, ethnically insulted ("Are you a Jew? You look like a Jew" by two older ladies who were upset with me because they wanted a layaway with no ID or receipt), and pretty much called everything but a milk cow.
And yet, we would get no backup from store managers and expected to say "Thank you, come again". I am sure these poor convenience store clerks are in the same boat as I was. And we too, are taught to de-escalate an angry customer. But more often than not, they just feel like hollering at someone they think is beneath them.
Boy am I glad I no longer work retail :)
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It is a valiant effort, but I don't think a single American newspaper has picked up on this story. But here's the thing: in the US and Europe the swastika was well-known as a symbol for good luck prior to the Nazis' use of it. In my home city of Columbus OH there used to be a medicine company that made things like liver pills, and their symbol was the swastika for a good thirty years. When Hitler rose to power and became well-known in the US, the company quit using it.
A local newspaper (the Columbus Citizen) devoted it's front page for July 20, 1917 to the first day of the WWI draft in Franklin Co., and one article on the front page pointed out that the room chosen for the draft had swastikas on the walls and the ceiling. Once again, the article pointed out that it was a good luck symbol. As a newspaper collector, I own this particular paper.
Rudyard Kipling used to have the symbol on his books, until he ordered the publisher in the mid-30s to stop using because of the Nazis' appropriation of it. I have a copy of one of these books, from 1912.
Unfortunately the damage to the symbol's meaning under the Nazis (as well as the pure evil of what the Nazis did and tried to do) is done in the West. Unless there is a consistent media presence on the true meaning behind the swastika, it will continue to be misappropriated by white supremacists and neo-Nazis to spread their filth.
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A bike cop pursuing and catching a guy driving a Lambo...man, this has to be the most Japanesque thing I've read in awhile. Well done, bike cop!
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