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06 July 2010 @ 11:41 am
Racism in Japan  
“The pride of this country that has been built up by the Yamato (Japanese) race must be passed down to our children, otherwise there will be no future for the country,” said Masahito Fujikawa, 49, an LDP-backed candidate in the Aichi electoral district.

This in response to the idea that permanent residents of Japan should be able to vote in local elections.

Watch out for those filthy foreigners in other words...

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Quaadzelaan Xipuloxxxipuloxx on July 6th, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
How common is this sort of attitude in Japan, though? I mean, these guys aren't the ruling party, but are they a small minority, like the BNP in the UK, or a large party like, say, the Lib Dems (or larger)?

I see they also blather on about "family values" -- familiar rhetoric, isn't it? Though for some reason they oppose married couples being able to keep different surnames! Mind you, it seems that's difficult enough for people here to cope with. Because Helen kept her surname, she's generally still referred to as "Miss", and it's generally not worth the hassle of explaining that she is married but doesn't have the same surname as her husband, so neither "Miss" nor "Mrs." is appropriate. Besides, if you insist on "Ms." people think you're some sort of feminazi.

Oddly, this isn't an issue in Oman, where it's standard for women to keep their maiden name and be referred to as "Mrs. (Maiden name)"!
yea_mon: Uncle Andy?yea_mon on July 6th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
The LDP was the ruling party from the 50s to last year, and that attitude - one people, one race, one nation is sadly very widespread.
Quaadzelaan Xipuloxxxipuloxx on July 6th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
I see. Well, it's to be expected in a country with so little in the way of ethnic minorities, and so little history of immigration. Most countries are more like this than you'd think. The UK is less so because its Imperial history has led to wave after wave of immigration. Even so, it's far from perfect, of course; immigration is still a hot topic (more so than when you last lived here, due to a wave of Poles etc. coming in, then the recession with all its resultant job losses), with scumparties like the BNP trading on people's prejudices.