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Note that of course the Japanese and UK situations are in no way comparable, and there are other surveys that indicate, for instance, that 55% of the Japanese public blame a decline in public order in foreign crime, versus 36% in the UK, but it does show that nihonjinron is not a uniquely Japanese disease, and that Japanese public opinion is perhaps not such an outlier when compared to other nations.
I think there are a few moments where Oishinbo flirts with being nihonjinron, but that long critical look at the sake industry pretty much pulls this volume back from the brink.
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Critics view Tsunoda's ideas as slotting into nihonjinron, an essentially chauvinistic pseudoscience devoted to demonstrating the Japanese culture and people to be superiorly unique.
As I implied, this debate seems to me to be part of the nihonjinron argument and gets into politics I really don't understand.
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