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  • Fallout from “The Cove”: TV’s “South Park” takes on Japan’s dolphin slaughters and whale hunts

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on October 31st, 2009

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    This is making the rounds of the blogoverse.  South Park takes on the Japanese dolphin culls and whale hunts, thanks to the publicity from “The Cove“.  It’s worth seeing.  As a South Park fan, I must say this is all within character for the show… and it as usual ties the issue up into large intellectual knots, and pushes the frontiers of “taboo humor”.  Enjoy, I guess.  Debito in Sapporo

    5 Responses to “Fallout from “The Cove”: TV’s “South Park” takes on Japan’s dolphin slaughters and whale hunts”

    1. Joe Says:

      The CHINPOKOMON episode was never actually broadcast in Japan, so the odds that this will ever be translated and shown in Japan are between zero and 零. No Japanese news coverage that I could find either. Like “The Cove” itself, it simply doesn’t exist.

    2. feitclub Says:

      The episode really sagged in the middle with all the reality television talk, but the basic joke they wanted to make was well introduced and wrapped up in funny way. I never expected the boys to visit Hiroshima, that’s for sure.

    3. fukuoka ifamily network Says:

      I watched it last Thursday,(Watch online for free at) it was interesting but also made some interesting points. But who was that guy on Japanese media saying So non-Japanese think its OK to kill cows over dolphins….no comparison cos in Japan you do both…

    4. Kevin Says:

      I got a kick out of and sent a link to Kev Jr. Of course, it was horribly offensive so I pulled my shades down found a secure room away from any other humans and watched it 5 times. The last line was pretty good. Good work, now the Japanese are normal just like us.

      CHICKEN and COW!!

    5. anon Says:

      This is related to the whaling issue – it seems the NZ press is keeping a close eye on what the Japanese media is writing about Peter Bethune (the captain arrested by Japan for trespassing on the whaling ship). Looks like the Japanese media will have to watch what it writes (it seems they are starting to with an unusually critical article on Japan’s claim to culture as a reason for the hunts) cause it’s now being translated and read by the outside world.

      Japanese media express frustration at NZ activist
      By Michael Dickison
      11:33 AM Monday Mar 15, 2010

      A screengrab of the Mainichi Shimbun website.
      Japanese media have expressed frustration at a NZ activist’s anti-whaling protests, with one newspaper accusing him of terrorism and another blaming cultural misunderstanding for the situation.

      Sea Shepherd captain Peter Bethune, 44, was arrested in Tokyo on Friday after a Japanese whaling ship he had boarded in the Southern Seas reached port.

      Mr Bethune faces up to three years in a Japanese jail for trespassing. Prime Minister John Key has said the New Zealand Government cannot intervene in Japan’s legal processes.

      The Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, two of Japan’s top three national daily newspapers with circulations of about eight million and four million, respectively, have published editorials expressing frustration with the anti-whaling protests.

      The Mainichi Shimbun said today criminal proceedings against Mr Bethune should be distanced from the whaling debate and proceed “with calmness” (shukushuku).

      The Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling protest had gone beyond what can be considered a proper course, it said, citing protesters disrupting ships with lasers and throwing bottles of chemicals on to them.

      “[Their protests] should be seen as acts of terrorism,” it said.

      “It is not worth repeating, but Japan’s research whaling expeditions are lawful actions founded on international treaties. Of course, people are free to express anti-whaling positions. But if they want it to stop, they should protest to the International Whaling Commission. They should follow lawful means.”

      The Asahi Shimbun, meanwhile, said yesterday that the Sea Shepherd crew were a troubling bunch (“mattaku kommatta renchuu de aru”).

      It questioned whether it was worth responding to Mr Bethune’s provocation, as it would not be worth making him a hero in many country’s eyes and letting his arrest be used as fuel for anti-whaling protests.

      A misunderstanding that Japanese regularly eat whale meat was a cause of the clashes, it said.

      “People who eat other meats censure eating whale as cruel, while Japanese, who in fact rarely eat whale meat, claim that eating whale is Japanese culinary culture. It is a bizarre situation. The problem has grown abnormally by a rising agent called cultural friction.”

      The Asahi Shimbun said Japan should avoid making the issue a cultural or nationalistic one and instead address anti-whaling views with a level head.

      Mr Bethune’s arrest follows months of high-seas clashes with the Japanese whaling fleet involving Mr Bethune, who is a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

      He has been in custody since mid-February, when he boarded the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru II intending to make a citizen’s arrest on its captain for what he said was the attempted murder of his six crew.

      * This article is based on reporter Michael Dickison’s translations of the Asahi Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbu articles.

      The [asahi] link critical of Japan’s stance (unfortunately it’s still pretty biased towards the Japanese side with the usual excuses with only the critical part at the bottom)






























      Mainichi article:
      社説:SS船長逮捕 粛々と司法手続きを














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