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Are the Japanese xenophobics??
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23 / F / guess...
Posted 1/19/10 , edited 1/19/10
xenophobia: the fear of foreigners

i dunno but my brother keeps telling me to not move there when i grow up because there are blogs the he said that he read that were about people describing their life in Japan and the Japanese's rudness...

what do you think?
Posted 1/19/10 , edited 1/19/10

ice-sakura wrote:

xenophobia: the fear of foreigners

i dunno but my brother keeps telling me to not move there when i grow up because there are blogs the he said that he read that were about people describing their life in Japan and the Japanese's rudness...

what do you think?
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36 / M / Toronto, Canada
Posted 1/20/10 , edited 1/20/10
it mostly white folks that always scream racism in Japan
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33 / F
Posted 2/6/10 , edited 2/6/10
I've been told you will find this in a lot of Asian countries. So yeah probably, but I'm sure everyone there is not like that. If you want to go then go and experience it for yourself, you should check out Dear Life Japan on You tube it's pretty good.
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Posted 2/9/10 , edited 2/9/10
Thats all the old people. They are scared of us now because of H1N1. But once thats over it will be fine. When I lived there I got adored cause I said I lived in new york(lies). I feel bad now. lol.
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31 / M / Japan
Posted 2/10/10
They have performance anxiety - meaning, they're afraid of speaking to foreigners in English. Learn their language, and talk to them - and they'll love you for it. I've had one a many conversation with some Japanese locals, and they actually adore western culture. Chances are, if they had the choice between another Asian (non-Japanese) and a caucasian, they'd pick the caucasian.
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Posted 2/22/10 , edited 2/22/10
Most Japanese people are shy, it's part of the culture to be more polite. Plus, communication is not easy, if the said foreigner speaks Japanese, then it would be easier to open their hearts and meet them, but I wouldn't go so far to say they are xenophobic as a country.

However, this does differ from person to person and what country the visitor is from :)

I have friends living in Japan in the Air Force and sometimes their friends (not my friends, just to clarify) will go up to random Japanese people screaming "OHAYOU GOZAIMAZU" (I know this is misspelled, that's how they say it). It's embarrassing to the country they are representing.

If you're open to living in Japan, learn the culture ("when in Rome..") and they will give you as much respect as you deserve
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Posted 2/25/10 , edited 2/26/10
Cording to this article that japan signed.

Individual complaints mechanism

Article 14 of the Convention establishes an individual complaints mechanism similar to that of the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Parties may at any time recognise the competence of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to consider complaints from individuals or groups who claim their rights under the Convention have been violated.[59] Such parties may establish local bodies to hear complaints before they are passed on.[60] Complainants must have exhausted all domestic remedies, and anonymous complaints and complaints referring to events which occurred before the country concerned joined the Optional Protocol are not permitted.[61] The Committee can request information from and make recommendations to a party.[61]

The individual complaints mechanism came into operation in 1982, after it had been accepted by ten states-parties.[62] As of 2009, 53 states had recognised the competence of the Committee,[1] and 41 cases have been dealt with by the Committee.[63]

Japan has singed it and their for racism is now against the law.

Also read this

The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) is a United Nations convention. A second-generation human rights instrument, the Convention commits its members to the elimination of racial discrimination and the promotion of understanding among all races.[5] Controversially, the Convention also requires its parties to outlaw hate speech and criminalize membership in racist organizations.[6]

The Convention also includes an individual complaints mechanism, effectively making it enforceable against its parties. This has led to the development of a limited jurisprudence on the interpretation and implementation of the Convention.

The convention was adopted and opened for signature by the United Nations General Assembly on December 21, 1965,[7] and entered into force on January 4, 1969. As of October 2009, it had 85 signatories and 173 parties.[1]

The Convention is monitored by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
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Posted 3/8/10 , edited 3/8/10
Yes, Japanese are Xenophobic, but this is a trend that is part of the older generations more than the current one. This is a result of a largely homogeneous populace whose country practiced isolationism until the end of WWII. Institutionalized xenophobia is largely in the housing market and police, where foreigners are treated distinctly differently than Japanese natives. The language barrier is only a small part of this and as a whole younger generations are more attuned to a global climate and are more accepting of differences. That being said, this is a bit of a blanket statement which does not apply to everyone.
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Posted 3/21/10 , edited 3/21/10
I would say that it's more a question of shyness and fear of finding themselves in an embarrassing situation (not being able to speak (or understand) English for exemple) than anything.

I have spent two years in Tokyo, I'm a French white female and I have NEVER (not even once) experienced some kind of xenophobia or racism. Quite the opposite actually ! Curiosity, sometimes, excitment often (don't ask why, but Paris is still one of their biggest fantasies !!!??!!!!), but hostility, never !!!
But it certainly helps to speak a bit of Japanese and maybe adjusts your body language (for exemple, a nod will help in most circumstances, speaking softly in public places, etc... and a cocky/loud/ arrogant attitude won't help at all ! (But isn't it the same anywhere ???)).

And not to forget, a genuine SMILE will take you anywhere !!
That said, I have spent the two most wondeful years of my life and intend to go back there very live !!!
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Posted 5/14/10 , edited 5/15/10
Japanese by naturalization

* Akebono Taro (b. Chad Rowan), sumo wrestler
* Debito Arudou (b. David Aldwinckle), English teacher, activist and author
* Chen Kenmin, TV chef
* Sergio Ariel Escudero, soccer player
* Akira Fujimoto (b. Wiesław Romanowski), president of a Japanese software company
* Benjamin Fulford, journalist. Former Asian station chief of Forbes.
* Dido Havenaar, soccer player
* Mike Havenaar, soccer player
* Hoshitango Imachi, sumo wrestler
* Koizumi Yakumo (b. Lafcadio Hearn), Meiji-era author
* Konishiki Yasokichi (b. Saleva'a Fuauli Atisano'e), sumo wrestler
* Wagner Lopes (b. Wagner Augusto Lopes), soccer player
* Miura Anjin (b. William Adams), Edo-era mariner
* Erikson Noguchipinto, soccer player
* Bobby Ologun, TV talent
* Ruy Ramos (b. Ruy Gonçalves Ramos Sobrinho), soccer player
* Rikidōzan (b. Kim Sin-Nak), wrestler
* J. R. Sakuragi (b. Milton "J.R." Henderson), basketball player
* Ademir Santos, soccer player
* Alessandro Santos (b. Alessandro dos Santos), soccer player
* Marcos Sugiyama, volleyball player
* Takamiyama Daigoro, (b. Jesse James Wailani Kuhaulua), sumo wrestler
* Marutei Tsurunen (b. Martti Turunen), politician

Marutei Tsurunen (ツルネン マルテイ or 弦念 丸呈, Tsurunen Marutei?, born 30 April 1940) is the first foreign-born Japanese of European origin serving as a member of the Diet of Japan.[1] He is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan, where he serves as Director General of the International Department. He is currently serving in the House of Councillors.

No law forbids a foreign-born Japanese to be elected as a member of Diet (as Marutei Tsurunen in fact became one). Theoretically, therefore, a foreign-born Japanese can become the Prime Minister of Japan.

In 1890, Hearn went to Japan with a commission as a newspaper correspondent, which was quickly broken off. It was in Japan, however, that he found his home and his greatest inspiration. Through the goodwill of Basil Hall Chamberlain, Hearn gained a teaching position in the summer of 1890 at the Shimane Prefectural Common Middle School and Normal School in Matsue, a town in western Japan on the coast of the Sea of Japan. Most Japanese identify Hearn with Matsue, as it was here that his image of Japan was molded. Today, the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum and his old residence are still two of Matsue's most popular tourist attractions. During his 15-month stay in Matsue, Hearn married Koizumi Setsu, the daughter of a local samurai family, and became a naturalized Japanese, taking the name Koizumi Yakumo.

Masayoshi Son (Japanese: 孫正義, Korean: 손정의; born August 11, 1957 in Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan) is a Korean-Japanese businessman - whose grandfather came from Korea to Japan - and the founder and current chief executive officer of SoftBank Capital, and the chief executive officer of SoftBank Mobile (the renamed, effective October 1, 2006, Vodafone K. K. ). According to the Forbes magazine, his net worth is 7 billion dollars and he is the richest man in Japan [1], despite being the single person who has lost the most money in history (approximately 70 billion dollars in the dot com crash of 2000).

Posted 7/31/10 , edited 8/1/10
well its not entirely true. most japanese people dont hate foreigners
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Posted 8/1/10 , edited 8/1/10
Japanese people love non-Asian foreigners. Koreans / Chinese is a completely different story.
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Posted 8/10/10 , edited 8/10/10
The Japanese are very xenophobic. Again, what a lot of people mistake for love/like from the Japanese is usually their inability to see that they're being very polite towards you. It doesn't actually mean they like you - much rather that they know that you're not one of them and they treat you as such.

It's actually really condescending.

But yeah. The Japanese generally don't like anyone that isn't them.
Posted 8/10/10 , edited 8/11/10
There's xenophobes in every country, but yeah some people from Japan are. When I became interested in how visitors were treated during their time in Japan, I researched certain opinions from those who went there, and some were kinda upsetting. But that does not mean every Japan native is like that. I think it's mostly with the older generations, or what they've viewed in the media.
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