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RobertOuellete

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  1. ello all. I came to post here to ask a question and to confirm whether my hypothesis and observations are true. As in introduction, I am a fan of Japanese culture, mainly for its cuisine, traditions and art (traditional art of course, its art) as well as the landscapes of Japan. The other half, I am also interested in anime/manga/games too though. But unlike most "fans" my interests of Japan are split 50/50 between the ancient and traditional stuff and the modern pop-stuff. Japan, being my hobby and interest, I thought I would find some like minded fellows thinking there might be folks that I can "just chill and have a beer/coffee/etc" with. But as I look into it more, I feel that my personality is galaxies apart from most if not all people who are interested in Japan. For a lack of better word, I am referring to Japanophiles. if you look at this guy here: http://answers.yahoo.com/activity?show=JhoXVdhAaa and the guys here: http://www.sankakucomplex.com http://www.4chan.org Normally I would just brush this off as some nonsense, but as I search around the net more, I am finding that the beliefs and political views of most "people who like Japan" to be almost on opposite ends. Some of them also have accounts on stormfront too pleaing its community to accept Japan into their collective. What makes Japan attract almost exclusively these kinds of people? Not so much the obsession with anime, but obsession with their political views. To put it bluntly, I do like Japan it alot of what it has to offer. However I am not a "far right activist" like many Japanophiles which I come across commonly online. To keep this thread from going to long, I will just say that I don't think I " sit down just chill out for a drink" with this guy: http://answers.yahoo.com/activity?show=JhoXVdhAaa Am I an outsider in the realm of Japan-fandom then? Assuming if most "people-who-like-Japan" are like that? I always thought of meeting people perhaps even in person to expand my knowledge of Japan, share experience and tour together with people who have similar hobbies. Now I am unsure about wanting to associate with japanophiles, as I have friends of different backgrounds, many whom japanophiles hate or want eliminated. My concern is a disproportionate proportion of people who like japan tend to hold these views. Is there a reason why moderate people or apolitical people don't have interest or not attracted to japan?
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