Saturday, June 23, 2018

Foreigners Seen As Threats after Earthquake (Japan 2018)

Japan Times
19 June 2018

by Tomohiro Osaki

Monday’s deadly quake in Osaka Prefecture has led to the resurgence of what has become a familiar — if disconcerting — post-disaster trend on the internet: a slew of hate speech-driven tweets warning of “crimes” committed by foreign residents.

In the aftermath of the magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which left at least three dead and hundreds injured, scores of tweets were seen labeling ethnic non-Japanese — particularly ethnic Koreans and Chinese — as criminals who may take advantage of post-quake confusion to rob banks and convenience stores, and commit other dangerous crimes.

Authorities warned against the propagation of groundless rumors on the internet, and urged people not to spread hate speech and false information.

“When a quake happens in the Kansai region, there is a strong possibility of Chinese and Koreans engaging in wrongdoing. It’s possible they will go after ATMs in banks and convenience stores,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Who are those Koreans poisoning water in the wells every time a quake happens?” wrote another. […]

Thursday, June 7, 2018

"Fat Collectors" Attack Children (Japanese Rumor, 1870s)

Ronald Morse, ed., trans., Folk Legends from Tono (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), 118. [A translation of Tono monogatari shui (1935), a Japanese tale collection by Yanagita Kunio and Sasaki Kizen.] “This took place in the 1870s. A rumor spread from village to village that the “fat collector”…was coming….[P]eople were very frightened and thought that the “fat collector” got fat out of the children by poking them with the skewers. It was said that the “fat collectors” wore blue overalls and blue coverings on the back of their hands.”

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Wrong Cat Buried

“Your True Stories in 100 Words.” Reader’s Digest, June 2018, p. 29.

“Honey, either we buried the wrong cat, or we have to name him Lazarus because he just rose from the dead.” 

iNews [UK]
31 May 2018

A little girl has been reunited with her cat – six years after she held a funeral for him. Isabella Beddy – who is now nine – lost her best friend Sid when she was three. Her dad Daniel Cope, 34, saw a dead cat he was convinced was Sid being picked up off the road. He asked the bin man for the body, and the family held a funeral for him in their back garden. Isabella was devastated – Sid, who was just a kitten at the time, used to walk her to pre-school every day. But it turns out the cat wasn’t Sid, and that Sid was alive, but missing. The family, who now live in Carshalton, Surrey, were stunned when – six years later – they got a call from Wallington Animal Rescue in Sussex saying he had been found and could come home. […]