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Hell yeah they are but, america,africa,europe,mostofasia,and etc are more racist
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Posted 12/21/12
Did you know Japan has 1.5% inhibitants of other countries while 0.9% is korean or chinese.
Which means 0.6% are from different nationality than Japanese, Chinese or Koreans.
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Posted 12/25/12

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It doesn't seem like it. I mean, most of the songs and culture today in Japan have some type of English, plus it's a national language to learn there. I don't really think that they are racist, I think they just want people watching anime to be able to relate to it. I mean, if you are in Japan and you are a Japanese person, you wouldn't expect the main character of the anime to be non-Japanese (since you wouldn't relate very well). Nonetheless, I have seen Caucasian, African American, and Asian in anime. I have never really seen Hispanic or Native American in an anime yet. And nah, they don't all look like their stereotypes and stuff. They look average, except for their skin tone and facial features being non-anime like. Here's an example of how the animators at BONES draws African Americans: http://darkerthanblack.wikia.com/wiki/Luc


Wolf's Rain had an episode with American Indians.

Hispanics? Black Lagoon has Roberta and Garcia.
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Posted 12/26/12 , edited 12/26/12
I've personally run into some cases where I was walking with these two Japanese girls and we happened to come across a group of Japanese tourists. I looked at both of them and they both had their head down, didn't bother with them after that
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Japanese person here (raised in Japan for 18 years, living in US now).

Yeah, fortunately it seems like we're seeing less xenophobia in Japan, it just takes time. On the other hand, I see that Japanese get overly excited (especially young people) when they meet truly exotic people (to us) like blondes, red heads, and colored eyes (ex. blue, green, etc). I even find myself staring at times in awe when I see a nicely chiseled face (our faces are flat in general) or at really light blonde hair. I try not to stare, since it's rude, but I find it so cool.

On the other hand I get the same"stares" and rude attitude at times living in the states when I visit areas that lack a mix of ethnicities. Worst case I've had people call me "yellow monkey", "chink", "jap" and have had even some Chinese people corner me in a room and demand an apology for WW2. Flip side I've heard the occasional rude Japanese person that would make racist comments that I would scold for being so close minded. It still upsets me that they call delinquents "yankee" in anime. I really think that has to go. Bottom line racism is seen pretty much everywhere. :/

I've dealt with the pains of racism all my life so my way of combatting it is to talk to more people that aren't Japanese so I can understand their culture better and have them understand mine.
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Posted 12/30/12

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Japanese person here (raised in Japan for 18 years, living in US now).

Yeah, fortunately it seems like we're seeing less xenophobia in Japan, it just takes time. On the other hand, I see that Japanese get overly excited (especially young people) when they meet truly exotic people (to us) like blondes, red heads, and colored eyes (ex. blue, green, etc). I even find myself staring at times in awe when I see a nicely chiseled face (our faces are flat in general) or at really light blonde hair. I try not to stare, since it's rude, but I find it so cool.

On the other hand I get the same"stares" and rude attitude at times living in the states when I visit areas that lack a mix of ethnicities. Worst case I've had people call me "yellow monkey", "chink", "jap" and have had even some Chinese people corner me in a room and demand an apology for WW2. Flip side I've heard the occasional rude Japanese person that would make racist comments that I would scold for being so close minded. It still upsets me that they call delinquents "yankee" in anime. I really think that has to go. Bottom line racism is seen pretty much everywhere. :/

I've dealt with the pains of racism all my life so my way of combatting it is to talk to more people that aren't Japanese so I can understand their culture better and have them understand mine. :)


Chinese people cornered you demanding an apology for WW2? How'd you respond to that one?
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Posted 12/30/12

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yea they kinda are.
at least...they're the only country i know that has "non japanese people can't go in" in some of there shop's and spa's.


I never had trouble getting into shops or spas but night life in Tokyo could be tough. The smaller places tended to cater to the locals though I think that it had more to do with space than racism. After the first 6-8 months I had less and less problem getting in places.
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Posted 12/30/12

naskachijoue wrote:

Japanese person here (raised in Japan for 18 years, living in US now).

Yeah, fortunately it seems like we're seeing less xenophobia in Japan, it just takes time. On the other hand, I see that Japanese get overly excited (especially young people) when they meet truly exotic people (to us) like blondes, red heads, and colored eyes (ex. blue, green, etc). I even find myself staring at times in awe when I see a nicely chiseled face (our faces are flat in general) or at really light blonde hair. I try not to stare, since it's rude, but I find it so cool.

On the other hand I get the same"stares" and rude attitude at times living in the states when I visit areas that lack a mix of ethnicities. Worst case I've had people call me "yellow monkey", "chink", "jap" and have had even some Chinese people corner me in a room and demand an apology for WW2. Flip side I've heard the occasional rude Japanese person that would make racist comments that I would scold for being so close minded. It still upsets me that they call delinquents "yankee" in anime. I really think that has to go. Bottom line racism is seen pretty much everywhere. :/

I've dealt with the pains of racism all my life so my way of combatting it is to talk to more people that aren't Japanese so I can understand their culture better and have them understand mine. :)


So well said. Thank you.
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Well, from the looks of it, Japan isn't as multiracial as the United States, just as South Korea isn't very multiracial. So from a South Korean's point of view (mine), well, we haven't had as much exposure to other races, nor are we really able to other than to buy really expensive airplane tickets and actually fly to the West. It's not surprising that anime may come off as racist to Westerners, as it is so simply because we don't know how to handle portraying people from other cultures. We have had very little direct contact with people from other countries (other than tourists, and you know how tourists can be) and the USA is wonderfully diverse and multicultural, so that difference right there accounts as to why anime can come off as racist.

...erm, I think...


I don't think Anime comes off racist at all. Sometimes a bit stereotypicl but, not racist. I think the Japanese are some of the loveliest people on earth. The Koreans Crazy Sexy beautiful people though I've yet to make it to South Korea. Maybe some day. The Americans so wonderfully diverse and multicultural, ( my own people ) in my opinion most racist on the planet.
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Shrapnel: I was actually shocked since the ones that cornered me were actually ones whom I considered good friends. I told them my family had nothing to do with the war (no relatives in the military/government) and the whole thing took them by by surprise, actually. I apologized to my friends saying that if it'll make them feel better I'll apologize for my people. They continued to just yell at me saying that the Japanese government doesn't force students to learn true history and the Japanese government should pay. I believe they do teach pretty accurate history in Japanese schools. Maybe they don't go into enough detail in certain areas that were important to my friends? (more like I wish my friends would actually look into the history of brutality their own people have suffered within their own country). My friends told me that they learned all this in school at Hong Kong as well. It just seemed that they had some pent up hatred towards Japan and they just had to vent. I have a lot of other cool Chinese friends that have never treated me that way, thankfully!

If you're a US citizen it's sort of the equivalent of having a group of Native American friends corner you and guilt trip you to give their land back and apologize for your people massacring their tribes. What would you personally say if you were ever surrounded by a group of Pakistanis yelling at you about civilian deaths caused by US drone strikes? <:[

1DarkAngl : In cartoons/anime race is depicted in the form of caricature and I see Asians depicted in tons of American cartoons as slit eyed, flat faced characters on the flipside. It personally doesn't bother me since I understand that it's visual exaggeration to depict what Asians look like, especially with more simplified styles. It's sort of weird since in anime we never really see Japanese characters really drawn to look "Japanese" either. (the faces look more "western" with big eyes, small nostrils, etc.) I guess some artists in Japan tend to exaggerate features when they try to depict different races that it may border being offensive too. (or just plain is)

I lived in California and now in Seattle but since it's pretty multicultural here I haven't experienced any racism at those locations yet. I did get stared at on and off when I visited a small town in Massachusetts recently but I'm sort of used to it. I wouldn't say Americans are racist though. In general this country has a reputation of being "cocky" but I've met so many wonderful people here from all over the world. At times the politics here drive me nuts but that's a different topic. XD


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one reason you haven't seen alot forieners in anime is because of the anime your watching. there is lot of anime with forieners some devoted totally to forieners. including black people.
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I'm 21 and plan to go to Japan. Though I may wait until I am 23 hmmmmm..... Well anyway, all I need to know is how will Japanese people react to a "Black" man? let's be honest a lot of black people don't know how to act.... "NOT ALL!" but "A LOT"..... And I don't want to be judged based on ethnicity or what country I am from.
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They're actually not racist people. I went to JP and I never experienced racism there.
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Posted 4/23/13 , edited 4/23/13

D-Roy92 wrote:

I'm 21 and plan to go to Japan. Though I may wait until I am 23 hmmmmm..... Well anyway, all I need to know is how will Japanese people react to a "Black" man? let's be honest a lot of black people don't know how to act.... "NOT ALL!" but "A LOT"..... And I don't want to be judged based on ethnicity or what country I am from.


You want to know?

First and foremost, I wouldn't say that they are racist towards people who have a different skin color. They are more interested than anything else. I am a fair-skinned woman living in Japan and so I don't get a lot of interest in me due to my skin color. It's mostly hair. I've had a few people remark about how white my skin is and how much they wish they had skin as white as mine (currently there are a lot of Japanese women, perhaps men now too, who BLEACH their skin with special products to get that desired white-skinned look. During the summer they walk around covering their arms and face with gloves and umbrellas to protect their white skin they've worked so hard for).

For black people, or people who have dark skin, they are interested. Some people who have never seen someone who has dark skin before, they want to touch. Yes, they may ask to touch you arm or shake your hand or they may just out-right stare at you. But that's not because they're racist (USUALLY) it's because they're very curious.

But depending on where you go in Japan, it's likely that you will not be the first black man they've seen. If you go to Tokyo they won't give you a second glance. Harajuku is filled with black men from all over the world. They work there selling clothing. So the big cities, and even the smaller ones, have seen people who have dark skin. If you go to the country side, then you might get stared at, but it really isn't as bad as people make it out to be.
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Most of the Japanese I've met are a very kind and respectful.
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