Japanese Culture Minister offended though whether it was by the quality of the sushi or by the fact that it shared the menu with Korean food is unclear. Japanese culinary supremicism is not a new theme (nor is the fact-fudging about “Japanese tastes” necessary to support it), but what is interesting is that in Europe, where regions can claim the exlusive right to certain culinary labels, Japanese complaints about authenticity are clearly being taken much more seriously than they will here. I don’t care what they say: poke macnut sushi is a step forward.
It wasn’t history, so it didn’t make the carnival, but Adam Richard’s roundup of Anglophone information on Japan is a fantastic collection ranging from think tanks to podcasts. My next contemporary Japan class is going to have to make use of this, I think.
In spite of new evidence regarding Japanese war crimes, a Japanese director is planning a Nanjing Massacre Denial production (is there anything more tiresome than the prospect of a widely announced documentary project produced by a hard-core partisan on a subject the results of which are known in advance and easily rebuttable?) in response to the widely acclaimed pro-fact documentary. Naturally, China is disturbed. This comes in the midst of remarkably ambitious attempts to reach common understanding, though with caveats. It’s important work, though.