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Quotes About Japan

The same goes for our dealings with sheep. Sheep raising in Japan has failed precisely because weve viewed sheep merely as a source of wool and meat. The daily-life level is missing from our thinking. We minimize the time factor to maximize the results. Its like that with everything. In other words, we dont have our feet on solid ground.
— Haruki Murakami —

Why has pachinko swept Japan? It can hardly be the excitement of gambling, since the risks and rewards are so small. During the hours spent in front of a pachinko machine, there is an almost total lack of stimulation other than the occasional rush of ball bearings. There is no thought, no movement; you have no control over the flow of balls, apart from holding a little lever which shoots them up to the top of the machine; you sit there enveloped in a cloud of heavy cigarette smoke, semi-dazed by the racket of millions of ball bearings falling through machines around you. Pachinko verges on sensory deprivation. It is the ultimate mental numbing, the final victory of the educational system. - Lost Japan, Eng. vers., 1996

— Alex Kerr

In Japan, more than in any other country I've ever been in, one is not supposed to write about the people in the glass bubble; that is why they are in the glass bubble.

— John Burnham Schwartz

The ongoing dispute over the relocation of U.S. Marines on Okinawa should be quickly settled. This isn't just an issue for the U.S. and Japan. It has regional implications.

— Ed Royce

After my first visit to Japan, in 1960, to work on a joint model building project at Osaka University, I maintained a continuing interest in the country and the entire Far East.

— Lawrence R. Klein

America is behind Europe and Japan in terms of accepting adult ideas in animation.

— Bill Plympton

There was a time in the mid-'50s when the Philippines was in the same league as Japan economically and academics-wise.

— Lucio Tan

But, I've made films in Japan, in Yugoslavia, all over Europe, all over the United States, Mexico, but not Hollywood.

— Sydney Pollack

I like America anyway. In Japan we are much more formal. If two friends are separated for a long time and they meet they bow and bow and bow. They keep bowing without exchanging a word. Here they slap each other on the back and say: Hello, old man, how goes everything.

— Sessue Hayakawa

Japan has always regarded the aircraft carrier as one of the most offensive of armaments.

— Isoroku Yamamoto

I do think that Japan will be one of the nations that have equality, and that, too, will serve as an example for other Asian nations.

— George Takei

When I was at U.C.L.A., I decided I was going to go to Japan and learn Japanese.

— Natalie Massenet

When President Obama visited Japan, we were able to confirm that our alliance is playing a leading role in ensuring a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific.

— Shinzo Abe

Japan would never invade the United States. We would find a rifle behind every blade of grass.

— Isoroku Yamamoto

As the largest and most developed democracies of Asia (India and Japan), we have a mutual stake in each other's progress and prosperity.

— Manmohan Singh

The Japanese had, in fact, already sued for peace. The atomic bomb played no decisive part, from a purely military point of view, in the defeat of Japan.

— Chester W. Nimitz

Based on a detailed investigation of all the facts and supported by the testimony of the surviving Japanese leaders involved, it is the Survey's opinion that certainly prior to 31 December 1945 and in all probability prior to 1 November 1945, Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated.

— Paul Nitze

I have to decide Japanese strategy - shall we invade Japan proper or shall we bomb and blockade? That is my hardest decision to date. But I'll make it when I have all the facts.

— Harry S. Truman

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