There were Jesuits and Finns and a host of other incomprehensible collections in the comment sections for a while (and that stopped, thank you).
And there are comments that several months later suddenly inspire some people in Japan.
Yes in Japan.
There are people in Japan who come to my English blog. They are mostly expats living in Japan, but a sizeable number of Japanese also come. They not only read the post but also the comment sections, curious to see how people outside Japan look at the situation in Japan.
Tokyo Brown Tabby is one of those Japanese. One day back in June, Tabby made a post quoting and translating a comment left by an anonymous reader on my English blog. Somebody read Tabby's post 4 months later, and tweeted, and that spread. It clearly struck a chord. The comment said the following:
-japanese people are still accomplice of a terrible system
It's time for common japanese people to :
-reject the system
To this date, we have seen nothing.
They act just like sheep, waiting to be slaughtered.
It's impossible to feel pity for people who clearly don't want to save themselves.
Judging by the reaction to Tabby's post, albeit 4 months late, more Japanese are realizing they've been the sheep (or sheeple), and that they don't need to be.
So, thank you, my readers and those who feel strongly enough to comment, whether it is anger toward TEPCO and the politicians, ridicule against government-bought researchers, unique way to solve the Fuku-I accident, or criticism of the Japanese people. (Or occasional Jesuits and Finns which totally baffle them...)
Things don't unfold at a pace most of us would want, which I suspect is much quicker than what's happening in Japan. Slow as it may be, more and more people in Japan are realizing they don't need to be ruled by a handful of elites whom they no longer trust, and that they don't need to take whatever is given to them, whether it is a nuke plant or a free trade agreement with the US.
A good start.