Racism in Japan
by Kevin R Burns
Racism in Japan - a little history
"I am just reading a chapter in a book by McMillan on 1919, the 6 months - leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. This chapter is titled, "Japan and Racial Equality". Can you believe it? Other than its desire for German islands in the Pacific and a couple of ports in China, their big push was for a guarantee of racial equality in the Covenant of the League of Nations! Even today in 2010 Japan is the only G8 nation that doesn`t even have a law against racism! Anyone can be banned from an establishment or treated unfairly based on race in Japan, and have no recourse, much like the American south for African Americans in the early 20th century."
"Japan has many things to be proud of with their history, people and country. But there's no such thing as Japanese purity!"
--Banziwarrior at The Odawara Bulletin Board
Racism in Japan, what kind of racism have you experienced and what kind of racism are you likely to experience while here?
I am a tall, caucasian Canadian. Most of the time I am treated even better than a lot of the Japanese. So maybe I shouldn`t really complain about my life in Japan. Still it bothers me if anyone is a victim of racism, and especially if it is me or one of my loved ones?
What kind of racism in Japan have you experienced?
I have experienced the garden variety - having a more difficult time finding a landlord that will rent an apartment to me, and I have heard the odd "kusai!" (You stink!) comment in my 21 years in Japan. But compared to what some minorities experience in Canada, what I have had to deal with is pretty tame.