A few posts back, one of the commenters lamented at the phenomenon of “creepy white men” carrying an eternal torch for Japan. So it is not common, or as the Japanese would say “めずらしい” and the Koreans “보기드물다” to see somebody like this .

Japan or “young Japan”, on the other hand, is going through some self-reflection at the moment, with sentiments like these by the footballer Keisuke Honda, who wonders about the (lack of) politicians of calibre, he doesn’t know what they represent. He also wonders why (whether right or wrong) the expression for “love for one’s own country” for example when the Korean player held the Dokdo card, is so lacking amongst the young Japanese. He adds he doesn’t know, but he cannot rule out that he would not have done the same in the same situation because he loves Japan very much.

It’s sort of a mingled article (in Japanese) but I feel like though his heart’s in the right place, he is searching for answers in the darkness. He, like the rest of the young Japanese, does not know or address the real reason for the placid, muted attitude taken by the Japanese by necessity who chose to play victim rather than aggressors, this is the fault of his educators.

Same goes for German nationalism. I was told by my German friends it was only recent that the “flag waving” “proud to be German” feeling was allowed and came back (they point to the last World Cup in Germany when this happened) and before that there was a long time of muted and hushed self-reflection period (in the case of Germany compounded by the division) when any sort of feeling “proud to be German” was taboo.

Finally, this is an interesting article which shows that history seemingly over and settled becomes current again, in Europe too.