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Old 06-18-2008, 05:55 AM   #24
Josh Reyer
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 7

Disturbing? Maybe a little, though I'm more disturbed about Jietai recruiting posters in local Shinto shrines and soon-to-be mandatory budo training in jr. and sr. high schools. Shocking? Not in the least. It seems to me that the Japanese budo community in general swings a bit to the right wing, if only because conservatives tend to be more supportive of the traditional arts (like in most other places, I imagine). It's particularly not surprising in the case of aikido, which throughout even its official history has taken pride in strong connections to the military, the Imperial family, and right-wing organizations. I would hardly expect those connections to just disappear after the war.

Josh Reyer

The lyf so short, the crafte so longe to lerne,
Th'assay so harde, so sharpe the conquerynge...
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