Japanese Conspiracy Theorist Inspires Dicey Catchphrase On 4chan


The phrase and various images of Zynkyoku, mainly the one captioned “the jews fear the samurai,” became notably popular on 4chan over the course of the 2010s starting around 2013, largely on the /pol/ board. A 4plebs search for the exact phrase shows over 2,200 uses since 2013.

The image has been used in image macros outside of 4chan. On September 19th, 2020, Redditor marux_1 posted a meme to /r/Memes_Of_The_Dank using the Nobody: format and the image to describe the History Channel at Night, gaining over 12,900 upvotes in a year (shown below).

Nobody: History channels after midnight: The Jews fear the Samurai. Sleeve Font

On June 12th, 2021, Redditor Jackyboi9273 posted an image macro to /r/dankmemes using the same history channel at night format, gaining over 32,000 upvotes in five months. On June 25th, Instagram user hairysh1t posted an image macro captioned “Holocaust survivors when they see the conditions of Japanese internment camps” using the image, gaining over 500 likes in five months (shown below).