Yahoo! News JAPAN has published fake news about a satirical news story challenging the Japanese tradition of pouring alcohol for others, also known as お酌 (oshaku), commonly being performed by women for men.
The piece written by Junichiro Nakagawa, originally published on news-postseven.com, suggests the Japanese tradition of oshaku is attracting heavy criticism online and cites a satirical news article by The Rising Wasabi as fake news attempting to fool English-speakers about Japanese society.
Nakagawa refers to an article in 2016 published by The Rising Wasabi titled, ‘Angela Merkel Told To Pour Beers For Male G7 Leaders’.
“[The Rising Wasabi] is full of fake English articles making fun of Japanese society (これは日本社会を英語でおちょくる偽ニュースだらけのサイトだ ),” writes Nakagawa.
Nakagawa writes that many people were fooled and angered by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s fictional words. But says people are easily provoked by gender issues, which have the power to weaken one’s ability to spot “fake news”.
The Rising Wasabi article about gender issues evidently must have also weakened people’s powers to click on The Rising Wasabi About Page.
Nakagawa’s article goes on to defend the tradition of oshaku by means of a solid argument that men often don’t even want women to pour drinks for them, it just happens, and that’s just the way it is.
Clearly, it’s the result of the hierarchical relationship between men and women in Japanese society, it’s not about the gender of the man or the woman, women just happen to be at the bottom of the social hierarchy pyramid.
Nakagawa writes of examples where organizations have been criticized for posting photos on social media of women pouring drinks for men, even though men were also pouring drinks for women at the same event.
“This lack of sense is fatal (ここら辺のセンスの無さは致命的である),” writes Nakagawa.
Nakagawa says he also goes to regional business functions where there is a ratio of 9:1 men to women or sometimes even where there are about 100 attendees that are all male.
If there are only a few women attending these functions there will always be female workers that serve drinks. Nakagawa says these women are often told, “Hey, go to Nakagawa Sensei, pour him a drink.”
But this practice is okay because Nakagawa explains that he doesn’t even want these women to pour him a drink and doesn’t mind that it is mostly men around him. It is, however, a “common custom” for organizations with an “old disposition” to have women be near guests.
Nakagawa even explains that he often hears men say, “It’s better to have cute girls around rather than being surrounded by all old men.”
Perhaps, this problem may have been averted if universities didn’t deliberately mark down female applicants to limit the number of professional women.
But Nakagawa offers a solution. If, for example, a group of around 20 hostess women come to your function from a nearby hostess club to pour drinks, and you end up going to that hostess club later for secondary drinks, don’t post your pictures to social media.
Wiser advice has never been presented in an article criticizing a satirical news website for posting news that is not real – except maybe this article.
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