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Christmas in Japan

(from the AFU & Urban Legends Archive -

Financial Times, December 27, 1984:

'If Christmas cheer is easily assimilated into Japanese office parties and department store sales promotions, it can still sometimes gain or lose a little in translation. One Tokyo television channel ran as its seasonal treat this week a film, innocuously titled "Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence," which is in fact a particularly harrowing account of life in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. And Simon Smithson, of brokers Grieveson Grant, reports seeing festive decoration in a Tokyo department store with a centrepiece of Santa Claus - crucified.'

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