Single men stage anti-Christmas rally in Tokyo

"East is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet," wrote Rudyard Kipling. Perhaps that's why the story of a demonstration in Tokyo by single men against Christmas is so inexplicable.

The name of their group speaks volumes: the Revolutionary Losers' League. And it shouldn't surprise you that they're communists who hate western holidays and capitalism.

AFP:

The group of about 20 -- part of the Communist-inspired group that routinely protests Western holidays -- marched under angry banners that read "Smash Christmas!" in Tokyo's Shibuya district, where couples and families strolled for holiday shopping.

The scrooges -- mostly single men -- said they were against capitalism and were opposed to the commercialisation of Christmas.

"In this world, money is extracted from people in love, and happy people support capitalism," said the head of the organisation, formally called Kakumeiteki Hi-mote Domei, or the Revolutionary Losers' League.

"Christmas is the most symbolic event for this," he added.

The man, who identified himself only by the pseudonym MarkWater, said the rally was also in support of unloved men.

"Unpopular men, who don't have a girlfriend or are not married, are overly discriminated. We want to break this barrier," he told AFP amid the shouting protesters.

In Japan, Christmas is not an official holiday and is mostly celebrated informally as a romantic event for couples, while the New Year's day is an occasion for family reunion.

The Christian population remains small in the Asian country, stores offer special holiday sales and people decorate Christmas trees at home.

The group has held past marches to denounce imported Western holidays, including rallies against Valentine's Day.

There are significantly more women than men in Japan - 51.3% to 48-7% - but fewer women are getting married and having children. This has led to a declining, aging population with adults staying single into their 30's - if they get married at all.

But the commies calling themselves "losers" is appropos. This is not about demographics as much as it is a statement against the "happiness" of families who share holidays and experience a closeness and intimacy that these young men are unable to feel. Railing against capitalism is not the story. It is the jealousy and enviousness of the lonely, trapped in a demographic death spiral, who are unable to find spiritual fulfillment in their lives.

Thomas Lifson adds:

Actually, this is not inexplicable at all. The Japan Communist Party (JCP) sees Japan in decline and is trying to harness itself to anger over the despair.  It is playing what we call the “victim card” with the chosen name “Revolutionary Losers.” The bet is that there are more losers than winners in Japan, so becoming their voice offers some hope of rising support.

Christmas in Japan is almost entirely a commercial phenomenon, driven by retailers and manufacturers eager to create an occasion on which consumption of their products becomes a social obligation. For example, Valentine’s Day (obviously, another imported holiday) has become a day on which males in offices are required to give females white chocolate, while the females must give the males dark chocolate. Failure to do so becomes an insult. The chocolate is known as “giri-choco” (“obligatory chocolate”).

Christmas is no different. Aside from toys for children from Santa, the holiday has been most brilliantly exploited by Kentucky Fried Chicken (a joint venture between KFC and Mitsubishi Corporation), which created the fiction that the traditional way Americans celebrate Christmas is with fired chicken. Thus, on Christmas Eve and  Day, lines form at KFCs across Japan, as parents do their best to discharge their obligation to offer an authentic holiday. The Wall Street Journal is only the latest American news outlet to notice this.

Photo credit: Wall Street Journal

One can find this either charming or repellant, depending on your values. The JCP obviously falls in the latter camp. And that is the basis of its reaction.

"East is east, west is west, and never the twain shall meet," wrote Rudyard Kipling. Perhaps that's why the story of a demonstration in Tokyo by single men against Christmas is so inexplicable.

The name of their group speaks volumes: the Revolutionary Losers' League. And it shouldn't surprise you that they're communists who hate western holidays and capitalism.

AFP:

The group of about 20 -- part of the Communist-inspired group that routinely protests Western holidays -- marched under angry banners that read "Smash Christmas!" in Tokyo's Shibuya district, where couples and families strolled for holiday shopping.

The scrooges -- mostly single men -- said they were against capitalism and were opposed to the commercialisation of Christmas.

"In this world, money is extracted from people in love, and happy people support capitalism," said the head of the organisation, formally called Kakumeiteki Hi-mote Domei, or the Revolutionary Losers' League.

"Christmas is the most symbolic event for this," he added.

The man, who identified himself only by the pseudonym MarkWater, said the rally was also in support of unloved men.

"Unpopular men, who don't have a girlfriend or are not married, are overly discriminated. We want to break this barrier," he told AFP amid the shouting protesters.

In Japan, Christmas is not an official holiday and is mostly celebrated informally as a romantic event for couples, while the New Year's day is an occasion for family reunion.

The Christian population remains small in the Asian country, stores offer special holiday sales and people decorate Christmas trees at home.

The group has held past marches to denounce imported Western holidays, including rallies against Valentine's Day.

There are significantly more women than men in Japan - 51.3% to 48-7% - but fewer women are getting married and having children. This has led to a declining, aging population with adults staying single into their 30's - if they get married at all.

But the commies calling themselves "losers" is appropos. This is not about demographics as much as it is a statement against the "happiness" of families who share holidays and experience a closeness and intimacy that these young men are unable to feel. Railing against capitalism is not the story. It is the jealousy and enviousness of the lonely, trapped in a demographic death spiral, who are unable to find spiritual fulfillment in their lives.

Thomas Lifson adds:

Actually, this is not inexplicable at all. The Japan Communist Party (JCP) sees Japan in decline and is trying to harness itself to anger over the despair.  It is playing what we call the “victim card” with the chosen name “Revolutionary Losers.” The bet is that there are more losers than winners in Japan, so becoming their voice offers some hope of rising support.

Christmas in Japan is almost entirely a commercial phenomenon, driven by retailers and manufacturers eager to create an occasion on which consumption of their products becomes a social obligation. For example, Valentine’s Day (obviously, another imported holiday) has become a day on which males in offices are required to give females white chocolate, while the females must give the males dark chocolate. Failure to do so becomes an insult. The chocolate is known as “giri-choco” (“obligatory chocolate”).

Christmas is no different. Aside from toys for children from Santa, the holiday has been most brilliantly exploited by Kentucky Fried Chicken (a joint venture between KFC and Mitsubishi Corporation), which created the fiction that the traditional way Americans celebrate Christmas is with fired chicken. Thus, on Christmas Eve and  Day, lines form at KFCs across Japan, as parents do their best to discharge their obligation to offer an authentic holiday. The Wall Street Journal is only the latest American news outlet to notice this.

Photo credit: Wall Street Journal

One can find this either charming or repellant, depending on your values. The JCP obviously falls in the latter camp. And that is the basis of its reaction.