So, yesterday, I read a short article in one of our national papers, that claimed Japanese oysters were spreading herpes in our Dutch waters. The minister responsible claimed they did, anyway.
Which had me thinking about the somewhat troubled history between Dutch and Japanese politicians and diplomats.
There are still quite a few Dutch survivors of those horrible camps the Japanese ran during the Second World War: men who had to build roads & bridges in atrocious circumstances, women who were forced to ‘entertain’ the Japanese troops…
… and no Japanese official has ever come close to making an unreserved apology for these war crimes to any of these people.
Yes, I know that millions of Chinese and Korean citizens were treated even worse by Japan during the war and that they and their surviving relatives are also still waiting for something a bit more than a lukewarm “My bad but not-so-bad-all-things-considering-so-get-a-fucking-life-already”…
… so, I probably shouldn’t grumble about a few herpes spreading Japanese oysters – even though none of them have apologized for this aggressively transmissive behaviour, so far.
Of course, then I did some research – that is: I Googled ‘Japanese oysters herpes’ – and found that it’s not really another case of Japan behaving badly on the world stage but yet another result of Global Warming:
Which is very irritating.
It’s ever so much easier and rewarding to fear (and name & blame) some familiar painted devil.
I’m not dissing Global Warming but as a villain it does lack real substance.
Granted, the old ‘Yellow Peril’ was also a rather nebulous affair – and yes, aimed at China rather than Japan – but at least you could give it a sinister moustache and call it Fu Manchu…
… and however many Japanese oysters you’ve been sleeping with, that is not something you can really do with Global Warming.
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