Originally Posted by Kent Wang
There have been some reports on NPR of blacks being turned away from Japanese stores. Also, one cannot deny the systemic racism against ethnic Koreans.
The Japanese hate the Koreans with a blind passion and I don't believe they're terribly well-disposed to the Chinese. A couple of years ago, the mayor of Kawasaki city made waves in the foreign community by saying "Foriegners are sneaky thieves." I believe he was talking about Chinese, Koreans, and Filipinos, who constitute the majority of the foreign population in Japan, but it was the native English speaking expats who took umbrage. No matter who it was directed at, it was an ill-considered thing to say.Ishihara Shintaro
, the mayor of Tokyo and a right-wing blowhard, once caught hell for using the term sankokujin
, a wartime euphemism for Taiwanese and Koreans from Japan's colonial territories. The term was always considered a pretty serious racial slur. What Ishihara actually said was, "Sankokujin
who enter the country illegally repeatedly commit malicious crimes" (my translation). Of course, Ishihara would be exactly the person to utter this and be unapolagetic about it.