The Truth Behind Persona 4's MEAT OBSESSION (Japanese Context Explained)

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Whether it be via Chie, or one of the many townsfolk, the topic of meat, especially beef, was never in short-supply in Persona 4. Some of the biggest “attractions” in town included Aiya’s Mega Beef Bowl and Souzai Daigaku’s steak croquettes. So what exactly was up with the meat in Inaba…?
To answer this, I go over the historic 1200 year ban on meat (mostly due to Shinto & Buddhist beliefs) in Japan, and the mad cow disease scare that was going on in the early-mid 2000s in the country.

Timestamps:
0:00 Intro
1:04 1200-yr ban on meat (Shinto & Buddhist beliefs explained)
7:47 Mad Cow Disease
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LINKS TO SOURCES (chronologically for each section):
Hashino P4 Interview Summary
https://www.siliconera.com/behind-the-design-of-persona-4/
Japan’s History with Meat (Shinto & Buddhist background)
https://www.kikkoman.co.jp/kiifc/foodculture/pdf_09/e_002_008.pdf
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/japan-meat-ban
Europe’s Geography & Food production/Cattle
https://youtu.be/BOeu1RjmfBY
Meiji Restoration & Lifting the meat ban
https://kome-academy.com/en/roots/meat.html
Japan Meat Consumption growth
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0309174022001474

Mad Cow found in Japan (2001)
https://www.nature.com/articles/35095180
Mad Cow and vCJD Fast Facts/Timeline
https://www.cnn.com/2013/07/02/health/mad-cow-disease-fast-facts/index.html
JP Bans on Beef Imports
http://www.cnn.com/2001/BUSINESS/asia/09/11/japan.madcow/index.html
Japanese Man Dies from vCJD (2005)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2005/02/05/japan-says-man-died-of-mad-cow-disease/8e22580b-819d-4e10-87f3-ee6fb9ae07d5/
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mad-cow-disease-kills-man-in-japan/
Study on Japan’s Anxiety over Media’s Mad cow coverage (2009)
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921042/pdf/12199_2010_Article_144.pdf
BSE Overview in Japan
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2723414/pdf/12199_2008_Article_BF02897705.pdf

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