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Kenkanryu 2 cover revealed

February 10th, 2006 . by Matt

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The cover of Kenkanryu 2, the sequel to the controversial Kenkanryu

The cover for Kenkanryu 2 has been revealed, and it is said that the comic will be released in the next few months. For those that do not know about the Kenkanryu controversy, the most detailed discussion of the comic on the net is right here on Occidentalism. Go here, here and here to learn more about it.

As usual, when it comes out I will buy it, read it, and write a review of it.


7 Responses to “Kenkanryu 2 cover revealed”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ell

    It sold 45man? Wow.
    I hope there more awareness building facts in the new book.
    You really can’t understand the strange bias the Japanese media has.
    There was a little report about Japan possibly giving exemption for Korean travel visa about 3-4 months ago.
    Since Koreans are currently no.1 in illegal overstay, no.2 in crimes committed
    by foreigners in Japan, many net folks have protested by mail, phone, fax
    to Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to no avail.
    When the exemption was officially announced on Feb 6, that fact was only
    broadcasted by NHK. As far as the online web version, the major
    newspapers, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, all remained mums (though I heard
    that they had some small entry in the paper version).
    I can understand maybe one of the major news site to not report it, but
    for all three not to be reporting it… and at the same time reporting about
    the one day demo that the Korean movie stars were doing in Korea for
    the sake of Korean movie industry… now, that’s really scary.

    Oh, by the way, I heard there’s a Korean published “Hate Japan Wave”.
    Actually, I heard there’re going to be two books!! Rah rah!
    Can’t wait to see what they contain.

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    Ell, my Japanese colleague was also against the visa waiver. Especially at this point and time. It is my understanding that they will investigate the illegal overstaying rates at sometime in the future to decide if the visa waiver should be continued or not.

  3. comment number 3 by: tomato

    Ell,

    The Japanese media represent the overall feeling among the Japanese that the Japanese have to feel sorry for the annexation of Korea that ended more than 60 years ago. Making negative comments about Korea or Koreans (especially for Zainichi Koreans) is considered a taboo here. It is also true that Zainichi Koreans tend to hide their identity, using Japanese names (but their real names are Korean and often maintain their Korean nationality).

    I was brought up in the USA where the pressure is pretty high to assimilate with Americans, and when I came back to Japan, I found it very strange that foreigners will maintain their nationality for so long a time even though they will never go back to thier “homeland”. It is rather difficult NOT to assume that those who maintain their nationality have a strong disliking of Japan and the Japanese. Hence, I can’t see why they should be able to receive election rights or to be able to work in public office, as some of them demand and some Japanese support.

    Actually, this comment I just made is probably one of the biggest taboos in Japan- thank God for the internet.

  4. comment number 4 by: Ell

    Hi tomato.
    I’m also US raised, so I know what you mean. The high pressure in
    the US to assimilate comes more from xenophobia, though they
    deny it. You talk in your native language at some supermarket and
    some lady will come up to you and yell at you to speak English,
    and in most places, if you don’t speak fluent English, they treat you
    like a retard. 😛

    Getting back to Japan, it is and was a taboo, but I think Japan can
    thank China and Korea for last year’s violent demo, because there
    are more awareness.
    I myself searched information on the internet after those incidents
    because it really rankled me, and found that the supposed
    “one of the advanced nations” Korea was very anti-Japan and had
    a very undemocratic democracy.
    But then, the true enemy for Japan is within: those not few leftist politicians
    and the foreign ministry (agahk).

    It really is up to the younger generation who have less of the guilt-ridden
    education. It needs to be more normal nation.
    I mean, China (and possibly North Korea) is the one pointing the nuclear
    bomb at Japan while screaming that Japan is the one who is militaristic.
    and Japan doesn’t really point out this fact. It’s laughable.


  5. […] I bought Kenkanryu 2 at Kinokuniya a couple of days ago. As I promised before, I will read it and then give a review. So far it is interesting, and has a lot of different information. […]

  6. comment number 6 by: Lolicon

    I cant believe what some of you guys are saying here.It reminded me of the time in Germany, namely 1939.
    It may be true that this manga is not racist and demeaning but still the fact that such a title is the japanese bestseller gives me the creeps.
    The biggest problem is that japanese are/were truely xenophobic.And thats a historical fact.That may hail from their geographical location being an island.

    Its such a shame…

    On the other side koreans are of course a little anti-japanese , as are the chinese people.
    Have you ever thought about why that is?
    Maybe because Japan doesnt even acknowledge the fact that they invaded korea and made many women socalled “comfort-women” in other words whores.
    Maybe because they are still writing lies in their history books…
    And telling crap like ” Japan supported Korea to make them independent” is like saying Germans supported Jews to make them independent (in WW2)

    Ever thought why Chinese people dislike Japan?
    Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731

    And they werent even punished for that atrocity.
    Thats like Mengele becoming the CEO of Bayer Pharmaceuticals after end of WW2.

    Germans admitted their atrocities,and they were (partly) forgiven after such a long time.They are still hated by mainly polish and jewish people..and i can understand that to an certain extend.
    Japan didnt admit shit and thats why they are hated.And add a bit of xenophobia to that mix.

    It is time for some japanese people to get rid of their superiority complex.
    Dont get me wrong , i dont take anyones side here…just explaining why they are hated.
    Its like the US in Iraq going there to give them “independence”.
    Thats a development every country has to make for their own.
    Here in Germany there are many Turkish people…having their shops selling kebab and stuff.They dont really blend in to society but they are still respected by the main german population.
    That is because both treat each other with mutual respect.Something that seems to be unknown between koreans and japanese.
    Just go watch “Go” or something similiar.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299937/usercomments

    Goodnight everybody

  7. comment number 7 by: egg

    Lolicon

    The biggest problem is that japanese are/were truely xenophobic.And thats a historical fact.

    Plesae show me the reason why you think so. Are we especially xenophobic compared to people in other countries? If you are not using double standards I will accept it and try to change it.

    Maybe because they are still writing lies in their history books…

    Please show me an example.

    And telling crap like ” Japan supported Korea to make them independent” is like saying Germans supported Jews to make them independent (in WW2)

    Have you ever read Treaty of Shimonoseki?
    At that time, Japan had a strong interest against Chosun peninsula. She wished Korea to be a strong nation, strong enough to prevent Russian expansion to seek Warm water port. I think Japanese intention at Shino-Japan war was to make Korea independent so that she can build a strong country. When Korea failed Japan decided to do that by herself. I am not saying that the deed of Japan was good in today`s value but if I were the leaders of Japan at that time I would do the same. There was little alternative. I think you are not recognizing the fear which Japanese had against the Russians.
    Anyway your comparison is not appropiate. Did Germany make some infrastructure in places where mainly Jews lived?

    And they werent even punished for that atrocity.

    At present, I think it a shame.

    Thats like Mengele becoming the CEO of Bayer Pharmaceuticals after end of WW2.

    I am not so sure but while 731 units were researching for BC weapons and deffence from them, under the order of the government, didn`t Mengele do the experiments for his personal interests?

    Germans admitted their atrocities,and they were (partly) forgiven after such a long time.

    I have an impression that Germans admitted that Nazi did the atrocities. I thought that Germans are saying that they were decieved by Nazi too. And I would like to point out that Japan did not plan a genocide as a national policy. By the way how many member of Nazi were sentenced after the WW2 and what about the ratio? Can you give me some information?

    They dont really blend in to society but they are still respected by the main german population.

    Do they hate Germany?