Peter A Goldsbury wrote:
I think respect is a value closely associated with one's national culture and the Internet is essentially supra-national: it transcends national borders and it is thus to be expected that respect will be shown in various ways. This is quite a sensitive issue, but I myself do not think that Mr Furuya was viciously attacked at all, as some have stated.
That's an important point. The assumption that he was viciously attacked seems to be primarily based upon his assertion (or implication) that this was the case. I didn't see it that way either.