Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mor on the Missing Centenarians

The 111 year old mummy has spawned a number of ill-thought out stories on the plight of the Japanese elderly. Here’s one that uses it to jumpstart a mostly unrelated story on Japanese singles living with their parents. Among other things, the headline takes the one mummy, clones it, and does a whackjob worthy of The Weekly World News. Also, the writer fails to give any evidence that this is unique to Japan, or that Japan is any more advanced in this direction, and if anything provides her own counterargument.

Talk about “hanging a sheep's head and selling dog meat.”

Meanwhile, Martin Fackler isn’t doing too badly. He fails to do the arithmetic, but then, the entire Japanese media seem to have missed the point. And he manages to stick to the point.


Anonymous said...

Give Martin credit too - it's a great last line. A real zinger.

Jun Okumura said...

Anonymous: True. Well, sort of. First of all, it’s not his line, it’s a quote. Also, it’s clever, but it ultimately doesn’t mean anything. I’m sure that there’s no system in any country on this planet that makes sure that no one goes off and dies in its territory without the government finding out and figuring out his/her identity. And that’s the way it should be, at least for me and, I suspect, Janne.

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