Quotes from “Made in Japan From an Anthropological and Psychoanalytic Perspective”

 

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Today I was doing a bit of research of a topic dear to my heart when I came across a 13-page English paper written by two Japanese scholars that peaked my interest.  At first I was going to comment on this paper and use some of the quotes within my own post but I need time to digest this content. It is extremely heavy.  The word “castration” was used a bit awkwardly within (I didn’t include any of those sections) but the general message the authors were trying to convey can be understood from the following quotes:

“Considering also that in Japanese society shame is emphasized rather than sin…Japanese people are ‘childish’ or unable to become adults.”

“Japan is a kind of holy place of perversion. It is very difficult to find mature adults in Japan; most are childish people who bully the weak, women, and workers. In psychoanalysis, bullying (teasing) and sexual/moral/power harassment are considered sadism, which is a mental illness; as such, many people in Japan should be in mental hospitals since a great deal of bullying occurs every day.”

“Japan is famous for its animation (cartoons). In Western society, pedophilia is prohibited, but in Japan, there are a lot of adult men who are pedophiles because they are not mentally mature.Perverted Japanese adult men love young girls because adult women do not take them seriously; therefore, the heroines in Japanese animation are not mature women but girls.”

“In Western society, transitioning from a girl to a woman is good and normal, but in Japan, remaining an immature girl is desirable. Japan is similar to the world of Alice in Wonderland.”

“Therefore, Japanese hentai comics often portray barbarous scenes in which girls are raped; such scenes help immature adult men, or demi-humans, compensate for their inferiority complexes.”

I was a bit taken aback that Japanese would say these things about their own culture. What do you think about all of this?  

Here is a the link to the entire paper: (Link

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Quotes from “Made in Japan From an Anthropological and Psychoanalytic Perspective”

  1. i recall reading a Guardian article on Studio Ghibli & how the female heroine is more likely to be the star than the male— the writer praised the progress of Ghibli over Disney’s male dominated lead role casting— but these quotes give that a different context altogether for me now.
    i have read about the paedophilia problem in Japan. but it seems to me that the (potentially) (un) collective conscious of the Japanese is perhaps still like that of our ancestors— that once a woman begins to menstruate she is then sexualized.
    mental development, if held back in innocence, will inevitably long for that innocence as much physically as mentally. an extreme example is shown to us in Terry Gilliam’s Tideland, where the character of Dickens, who is a grown but, retarded man, falls in love with the little girl, because he is of the same mental age as her, & she in turn sees only a small boy. i am not producing an answer here of course, because i can’t just say it is wrong, for the reason that i don’t understand that mentality, i was taught to be a man, to see a difference— & cute things, innocence has little appeal to me, it just registers as something gossamer & mildly irritating. i live in Korea & perhaps not on the same wavelength, but cute is certainly ‘the thing’. you see girls with boys who look just as feminine as they are. make-up for men is openly accepted. but i can’t make value judgments without being in those boots.

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    • Many cultures take the position that children are to grow into adults and that anything even mimicking child-like behavior after 18 or so is a problem. Even in the past decade or two as teenagers became obsessed it’s video games and play them well into adulthood– often until they are past thirty is looked upon as a bit of an issue…a failure to grow up. When a culture accepts or promotes that one half of the population remain “cute” or immature as a desirable trait it makes things a bit off kilter. I’m still trying to understand the whole paper which talks endlessly about this mental castration that occurred in Japanese society. It talked about four main features of the culture including Chinese influence, Buddhism, Taoism and most of all Japanese animism which places humans pretty much in same category as any living organism in nature. When I figure this paper out I’ll probably write something more about it.

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  2. It’s good when a Japanese person is able to be critical like this about their own society because there are a lot of deep problems.
    I think there is something to the points you highlighted from the article. I often hear that Japanese men marry their mothers (talking about their wife, not their actual mother) because after growing up with their mother taking care of them, they get married and now their wife cooks, cleans, cares for the children, and they stop having sex. So there is some immaturity here, in that they are unable to become adults and remain childish.
    I also remember when I was teaching, one of the top teachers was berating, lecturing, and essentially bullying another teacher loudly and right in front of the whole teachers’ room. I was so disgusted and turned off. I lost so much respect for him in that moment that he humiliated the other teacher in front of everyone.

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    • That’s exactly how I began to feel in my marriage after I had children. It was as if I changed into his mother but as he was abusive toward his own he became in fact tougher on me and I became too old to be desirable although I was just in my twenties. I used to have nightmares about my teeth falling out all the time– a classic sign I feared getting old.

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  3. Interesting article. Japanese people are very critical on themselves and even more so to one another. As a result of that, they are collectively one of the most unhappy race on Earth. Perhaps the word “castrated” could be more suitably translated as “circumcised”. In many cultures, male circumcision is a rite of passage to adulthood. Bullying is a huge problem everywhere. Bullying provides the perpetrator with absolute power and control over the victim’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Deep down the bully confused the need to urgently address more pertinent inferiority complex instead by instilling fear. They think fear generate respect. In reality, respect is earned. Mature Japanese men love young girls not because mature women won’t take them seriously but due to the fact that young girls worshipped them which then feed their ego. Biologically, youth is associated with fertility and vitality (elixir of life) therefore the commodification of young girls. However, Japanese people do have the redeeming quality of being respectful to nature – the animism strata.

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  4. Whoa! Ok, first, let me just say that I actually stopped by to thank you for checking out my blog recently and to let you know that I am now following you and hope you will follow me back. Now that, that is out of the way – WOW! I read your post, and I’ve heard before that the Japanese had a proclivity for sexual immorality, but never really gave it much thought. This post was rather a shock to my senses as I have always seen them as ‘respectable’, regardless of immorality behind closed doors. If I don’t see it, then it’s not happening. I’m not sure what to think, and I know that this will be on my mind all day. Thanks. And please follow us back!

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    • I think I’m following as I really like your content being a small house/simple living type. Yeah I run in with a Japanese pedophile you might say and it has caused me to research many things. Understanding culture and human nature is important.

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  5. Interesting read, and truth to be told I would hate to be around someone who is an adult yet chooses to be in a relationship with young girls/boys. From the perspective of someone living in Scotland I’ve sometimes wondered what Japan is like ,and this has certainly given me a bit of an insight including reading the comments.Also to an extent it may explain why quite a few of the people I know may link anime to peadophillia.

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  6. This is one of the reasons I decided I could not return to Japan. As I lived there the last time I began to feel uncofortable not knowing who I was standing next to on the trains or dealing with in passing. “What is behind those dark eyes?” I would think. Of course most people I am sure where not peadophiles but still from the large amount of materials openly availabe it made me think there had to be a large enough population to such people to support the industry. I don’t worry about Western viewers so much yet…but normalization cannot be good.

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