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MUSINGS / Aug. 25, 2018

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe following is a translation of the Henshu Techo column from The Yomiuri Shimbun’s Aug. 25 issue.

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Masaya Sato, the late psychologist and Keio University professor, could really hold his drink. It said so in an essay titled “Inryo no hanashi” (About drinks), written by his father and novelist Haruo Sato.

“My ‘onigo no tonji’ [a piglet that does not resemble its parents] of a son (I meant to say a wise son), who is more like both his grandfathers than his parents, happens to be a hard drinker ....” He must have been proud of his son. “Tonji” (piglet) is a metaphor used when unassumingly referring to one’s son. He immediately rephrases it and calls him “a wise son,” which shows his affection for his son.

I was reminded of what Sato wrote when I heard about the story out of Akita Prefecture. While the high school baseball team was exciting spectators at Koshien, nine little pigs were born, they say. We are now talking about Kanaashi Nogyo high, which wound up in second place at the baseball championship. Infielder Yusuke Takahashi, who studies stock breeding, said, “When I get back to school, I’m going to name each piglet after team members.” Literally piglets this time, but I am quite sure they will become a source of pride. The adorable piglets may actually become popular nationally, just as the baseball team did.

This week, there was also a regrettable incident at around the same time. Four players of the men’s national basketball team returned from Jakarta, where the Asian Games are being held. They allegedly went to an entertainment district in their official uniforms to buy sex. The uniform must have been a pearl for the national team. I do not even want to use that idiomatic phrase, because I feel sorry for the pigs.Speech

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