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Tom Scott
Tom Scott
4 months ago

An interesting article about a little known area of the world. Thank you.

Alan Hughes
Alan Hughes
4 months ago

Very interesting, I had not realised the connections until I read of them here.

Rangerista
Rangerista
4 months ago

I’ve just been educated as to how little I know about Japan, that was an informative read.

Helen Hughes
Helen Hughes
4 months ago

This actually looks a little like the reasons given for the assassination were an attempt to smear the former PM, who was much more sceptical about lockdowns etc than many wanted him to be…

Nicholas Taylor
Nicholas Taylor
4 months ago

Judging by their uncommon brevity, the other commentors must be shell-shocked. While Japan is unique, the story also says something about human society and mentality, maybe something profound as attraction to cults turns up everywhere. If not entirely a consequence of language and the ability to construct narratives – I expect Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins would argue that these things co-opt faculties evolved for some other function – it is not likely to go away or succumb reliably to reason. If the human species, and even life on Earth, is to survive, a way of containing this in the context of social atomisation and instant communication needs to be found. That is not to say it’s all about media, as cults have arisen readily throughout history, and the simplest facilities appear sufficient to enable humans to embrace voluntarily or be brainwashed into religious convictions.