Does BBC Ridicule A Man Who Suffered U.S. Nuclear Attacks Twice? What if He was A Man Who Experienced Gas Chamber Twice?

This video no longer exists for the unknown reasons.

"Voice of Japan via Tweeting" truly appreciates a man whoever it is to have uploaded video of "The Unluckiest Man in the World-QI Series 8 Ep 13 Holidays Preview-BBC One" although its title has been changed to BBC edited ridicule at 'double HIBAKUSHA'.

I was trying to keep myself calm and rationale while I was reading some of the comments made by the viewers of BBC QI said to be a popular quiz show in England. I even read an article titled "We need sunshine, not the bomb: The QI incident" (Read his article  http://bit.ly/fAiigF ) posted by Mr. Ken Mogi, a TV personality in Japan specialized in solving the so-called mind-brain problem.

What's left in my mind after carefully reading his post to his blog "THE QUALIA JOURNAL a few times is as follows.

What Mr. Ken Mogi is trying to point out is, in essence, that there exists communication gap between Japan and UK. While he blames the Japanese people for the lack of knowledge to comprehend the British sense of humor,  he expresses his deep love and respect to it. Although he has shown some understanding, albeit limited to the level of the first or second grader in Japan, toward two tragedies Japan suffered on August 6 and August 9, 1945,  he has totally failed to describe the true meaning of two consecutive nuclear attacks on the innocent civilians.

As I finished reading his post, I noticed some comments made on it, out of which I inevitably had to pay heed to the following two comments. I rewrote them below exactly as shown on Mr. Mogi's blog, therefore, you may find spelling errors, so on.

1. Joybird said...
Very informative piece on the issue.
Have't read the first report of this incident myself, but I can easily imagine that most of the media people in this country did not mentioned what Mr.Fry's joke's real highlight was, as William above has mentioned.
One of this country's true malaise lies in "Kisha Club" oriented journalism as you touched millions of tine on your twitter. Shame on them!
In order to overcome this, young people in this country should really focus on mastering English so that they can understand true meaning behind all the news coming through Kisha Club filters. Well, now that the Japanese embassy has forced the BBC to apologise on the matter, the BBC is bound to come up with more subtle satire ridiculing Japan.
Hopefully something to do with Mr. Kan.

2. Anonymous said....
Disclaimer: I'm a British man who has lived in japan for 10 years.
I find what QI said was quite accurate. To experience two atomic bombs
However here in Japan, the bomb is off limits.
Simply put, if someone tells you: "I come from Hiroshima, do you know where that is?" and you reply "of course, everyone knows where Hiroshima is."
the answer will be "why?"

I hope that those two comments are not a kind of comments Mr. Ken Mogi expected to receive from the viewers of his blog when he was writing his post. Those two comments seem to boil down to the point that Japan and her people should improve themselves on various aspects and at the same time they insist that BBC's popular comedy quiz show hosted by Mr. Stephen Fry (I don't care how popular he is in UK.) is perfect and accurate in its treatment of a deceased man who experienced two nuke attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Considering the above, I should mention that the post titled "We need sunshine, not the bomb: The QI incident" has not so far served an intended purpose of securing a much needed in-depth communication process between Japan and U.K.

If a sense of humor we have observed in the show represents an important part of the British culture, I will have to say that no one has to understand it at all. Because I consider two consecutive nuke attacks relentlessly executed by President Truman as "holocaust" an equally similar atrocity to the holocaust we have much discussed as the most inhumane act in an attempt to exterminate the Jews by the Nazi Germany.

In an attempt to examine the analysis of President Truman's decision to execute attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with newly developed plutonium bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" and uranium bomb "Fat Man", although no one can exactly estimate his decision now because he left nothing behind for us to know what he really intended to achieve by dropping two nukes on the innocent civilians, we can at lease assume that;

1. to punish the Japanese for attacking Pearl Harbor and the atrocious treatment of American prisoners of war
2. to justify the expense of the Manhattan Project since President Truman was afraid that Congressional inquiry into the misappropriation of $2 billion ($22 billion in present day value) and to seek his second term of office.
3. to demonstrate U.S. overwhelming power to the Soviet Union, expecting that the Cold war would intensify after WWII was over.

The above justifications have been quite popularly discussed and accepted among the American citizens. However, a few more things we should remember about the development of nuclear bombs. The Manhattan Project led by the United States, with participation of the United Kingdom and Canada began with a warning letter from Albert Einstein that the Nazi Germany might develop nuclear weapons. Many of the scientists engaged in the project were Jewish whose primary target was to revenge against the Nazi Germany.

However, the Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allied forces on May 7, 1945 before they completed nukes on July 16, 1945, thereby losing their primary target. The Allied forces considered the Nazi Germany as the most formidable enemy for the number of reasons including the fact that the Nazi Germany was executing "Holocaust" in Europe.

It seems quite possible that President Truman had to use two nukes available in those days against the last remaining enemy Japan and her people to justify the development of nuclear bombs and its cost without any regards to the humanity at all. If you all look back to the 1940s, one can hardly find any piece of evidence to prove that the white dominant country had any sympathy towards other races at all.

Therefore, I believe that a joke made out of  a Japanese survivor who experienced nuclear explosion twice by Mr. Stephen Fry is unforgivable and unforgettable regardless of his popularity among the British people.

Finally I disagree with the idea of  "young people in this country should really focus on mastering English so that they can understand true meaning behind all the news coming through Kisha Club filters. " because I believe that it is not a matter of mastering English but it is a matter of how much bias the British people still harbor against Japan and her people and because by the time they fully understand it, they get brainwashed like one --------.

1. Kisha Club means reporters club.
2. For Mr.Mogi's profile; since you can't access it from my site for the unknown reasons, search 茂木健一郎 - Wikipedia on Internet in case you are really interested. (Until January 23, it was accessible with the shortened address from my site ⇒2. For Mr.Mogi's profile,click here http://bit.ly/cf43vz )
3. the Japanese embassy has forced the BBC to apologise on the matter
According to The Japan Times, the Embassy of Japan in UK sent BBC and the production agency a letter dated January 7, saying that it is inappropriate and "insensitive" to characterize Mr Yamaguchi in such a way. But no response had been received as of Thursday.  Read the article written by the Japan Times http://bit.ly/hd3zy4
4. However here in Japan, the bomb is off limits.  Suppose he is right about the comment he made. I wonder if he will allow BBC to make a joke out of a Jewish Holocaust survivor who experienced gas chamber twice. I mean if there is any.

This post is subject to change whenever Ted Yokohama finds it necessary to do so.


  1. Well thought-out with a good insight!
    A part of me feels that their reaction might have been different if UK hadn't been on the winner's side...

    According to the decision document of Radhabinod Pal, a judge for Tokyo Tribunal of War Criminals, Japan had already showed a gesture of surrender through the Soviets, but they still nuked the civilians.
    And Japan was unilaterally tried as a war criminal based on the ex post facto law.
    For this reason, there is a strong opinion that they bombed Japan for experimental purposes.

  2. In reply to the comment made on my post, I appreciate your comment and I will discuss "Tokyo Tribunal" in the future.

    We must remember that the term "War Criminal" itself was coined to accuse the defeated sides of WWII.


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