Samurai Soft Power is now Official

25 05 2010
Say "Konnichiwa!"

Say "Konnichiwa!" to 'Samurai & Swordplay' at the Japan Embassy this week

You may have seen the Say “Konnichiwa!” to Samurai Soft Power section on our website, where we talk about the promotion of the samurai stereotype in ‘soft powerservice of a U.S. hegemonic push to remilitarize Japan.

Well, it’s now official—It’s “Samurai Week” at the Japanese Embassy in DC, at the exact same time that “Japan Relents on US Base on Okinawa”, reconfirming Japan’s subordinate status as “junior partner” to US interests in the region—hegemony maintained.

[August 2009: US won’t renegotiate troops in Japan]

And as if that wasn’t enough: today “Japan defeated by South Korea on home soil

Japan Embassy’s Samurai Week program (pdf)

Listen to short Samurai Week feature at WAMU:
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Museum still simmers 9 months later

23 05 2010

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As reported in today’s (May 23, 2010) LA Times, our intervention has left a lasting impression on the Asian Art Museum’s director Jay Xu:

However, mention of last year’s public brouhaha around the same time sends him simmering.

When their “Lords of the Samurai” exhibition opened, a guerrilla collective launched a spoof website criticizing its promotion of the “gentleman warrior myth,” as well as the exotic fantasy of the East . . . (Read full article here) Read the rest of this entry »

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