On Racism in Japan
Friday, July 22, 2005 Posted: 04:49 PM JST
American born Japanese activist Arudo Debito last Sunday published an excellent review of racism in Japan and his hopes for a policy to protect all residents in Japan, "regardless of nationality and appearance".
Racism in Japan, Arudo says, "is subtler than those found in other societies." The positive side of this is that it will be easier to persuade people of racism's evils because Japanese racism is grounded less in an "inexorable hatred".
However, this subtlety also makes it more difficult to eradicate. "It deprives," says Arudo, "the issue of the power of social shock, alleviating pressure to eliminate racism through clear and expedite legislation."
Arudo is hopeful about the future. "It is entirely conceivable," he says, that Japan will create a policy to protect all of its residents against racial discrimination.
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