I felt like I learned something about Japanese humor when I learned the 1973 story “JAPAN SINKS” also spawned a satirical story, within the same year, called “EVERYTHING BUT JAPAN SINKS”. and when a movie adaptation of JAPAN SINKS was made in the 90’s, a satire follow up also occured within the same year.
Natural born comedic contraians, I guess
Of course now we have the 2020 JAPAN SINKS Netflix program. Which I have watched and enjoyed. I was really really interested in why they so prominently talk about access to reliable to information following a natural disaster, and then found out that that’s been a feature of the Japanese goverments post-disaster messaging ever since the 1923 kanto massacre.
I’ve seen people in America over the last year blame California wildfires on antifa and jewish space lasers [and in 2019, Australian wildfires on muslims]. I hope we also dont have to have a massacre before we learn some lessons Japan has already learned the hard way.
This has been on my mind because I expect California to have The Big One within my lifetime.