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Ensuring the Future of Food in Japan


Here's an educational video from Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It's remarkable for making very complex, interconnected issues — i.e., food security, public health, global trade, energy and geography — more readily understandable. And in under 5 minutes! Quite an amazing feat.

It's rather reminiscent of the ephemeral films made by government agencies and corporations of 1950s America. The production quality here is more slick, but it's still propaganda, a brand of social engineering instilling institutional definitions of patriotism and good citizenship. Good Japanese eat Japanese food.

Cultural hegemony via pastel colors and infographics porn.

There should be more of these made everywhere.


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5 COMMENTS —
  • Jean-Simon DesRochers
  • November 20, 2008 at 8:18:00 AM CST
  • Good ideas, but the problem is that japanese traditionnal diet is mainly based on fish, and fish stocks are in major decline...


  • Anonymous
  • November 20, 2008 at 11:28:00 AM CST
  • i like how much this resembles a sim game - really helps to create a feeling that social engineering is going on...


  • Jeff Alexander
  • December 4, 2008 at 3:35:00 PM CST
  • Interesting indeed. For a more in depth look at the American version of this plight, I highly recommend The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. It's extremely eye opening. I had no idea how much corn I consume on a daily basis.


  • Anonymous
  • January 18, 2009 at 6:02:00 AM CST
  • and some people just struggle to meet the rent...for example i ran into this sort of blog as a happenstance. but as someone of limited resources and progressively less concerned about anything because of unfulfilled life expectations, i can watch this sort of dilemmas facing humanity with detachment and longing for an end to it all.

    perhaps the idealist and able will solve all these sort of problems, "obama will fix it". there are so many rampant plagues assailing human endeavors now days. but we have in a way build upon the past with certain level of improvement. i imagine this trend will haphazardly continue somehow.


  • Tynan
  • October 27, 2010 at 3:48:00 AM CDT
  • A city-builder with this art style please.


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