Are Japanese xenophobic
How is xenophobia, racism and prejudice in Japan?
Prejudice, xenophobia and racism exist in every place and in every country in the world. Regardless of nationality, religion, skin color, culture, traditions and lifestyle, people will always go through frustrating situations. How do they happen in Japan?
Talking about it is tricky as the Japanese are known for their education, hospitality and tradition. In this article, I will try to address some issues related to prejudice or racism in Japan.
What is Xenophobia, Racism and Prejudice?
Before we talk about it, we need to explain what it means and see the differences in terms of xenophobia, racism and prejudice. Below is a brief description of the subject:
- prejudice it is a hostile feeling assumed as the result of the hasty generalization of a personal experience or imposed by the environment; Intolerance. It is a critical opinion, a discriminatory attitude towards people, cultures, places or traditions;
- racism It is a belief and idea based on the hierarchy of races and ethnic groups in which people consider themselves superior or pure.
- xenophobia it is distrust, fear, or aversion to what is unusual or from outside the country;
Unfortunately, people confuse Japanese cultural behavior with prejudice. And they also generalize individual cases and say that the Japanese have prejudices.
Japanese gained this fame because they are victims of prejudice and jokes here in Brazil. Prejudice is everywhere, and to say that a people are really prejudiced is like saying: I am prejudice.
Are the Japanese Biased?
There are prejudiced Japanese as well as prejudiced Brazilians. Even if you end up with a prejudice or racist person, you become an attraction precisely because you are different.
Anyone who really knows Japan knows that it is famous for its hospitality, education, and respect for others. Being a foreigner in Japan can be a more than positive experience.
The big problem is that the Japanese are shy, many will stare at you. You only have the initiative to speak to them, especially if you speak Japanese, you will discover in the end how good the Japanese are friends.
Although Japan is a country that is crazy about new and different things. Unfortunately, many Japanese are traditional and like the pattern. For some, when something is different, they avoid it and even exclude it.
This doesn't mean they don't like foreigners. This form of prejudice occurs among each other. Some Japanese who are too traditional and open-minded end up treating different people without college education, unemployed people, otaku and people with tattoos, etc.
We can see this through events of ijime (tyrant) in schools. Sometimes a person can be without a decent job for the rest of their life just because they made a mistake. Some companies or individuals take other people's things and lifestyles seriously.
On the other hand, most of the Japanese don't care about it at all, so Japan is a country full of crazy and strange things because most of them don't care about their lifestyle. Most Japanese people usually do not get involved in the lives of others and neither do they let others participate.
Confusion over prejudice in Japan
Most of these cases can turn out to be envy. Even big-breasted girls suffer from prejudice from other girls who are boarding school students ... Hence, we conclude that there is no standard that can be accepted by certain types of people in society.
The best that you can do is to ignore this type of person. If the Japanese themselves suffer from this type of prejudice, it is normal to expect it to happen to us. It should be remembered that some insults are sometimes not even intentional.
Just as we play boring games with other Brazilians and they don't take it seriously, some Japanese can take it seriously and get hurt. The opposite also happens, sometimes you can hear something or be treated in a way that makes you feel hurt.
Another thing that makes people believe the Japanese are racist is the simple fact that Japan is very strict about foreigners coming to life. Japan even refused entry to refugees. Japan feels unsafe with foreigners because of the countless incidents.
Some people on the trains don't sit near a foreigner, others for fear of not being able to communicate. Others talk to each other often, and you may hear the word gaijin (short for foreigner).
Personally, I think that when I see a foreigner here that I speak to is normal, he's a foreigner with no fear or shame of anything. In Japan it is rare to find people who hate westerners for various reasons other than cultural reasons, what happened in the war, atomic bombs, etc.
On the other hand, you will find several trends that have emerged from the west. Japan is still in a long process of westernization. It is noteworthy that foreigners without offspring have less prejudice than decent ones.
Crossing the boundaries of prejudice
Another thing that raises many questions about xenophobia is the fact that some places segregate or prohibit foreigners from entering the country. And some foreigners do not receive certain types of services and activities.
In some things there can be exclusivity in any country. The best thing is to turn things around. Some Brazilians did this and were successful in Japan. Many Brazilians gave up factory services and started their own businesses.
Some others learn the culture and language and get jobs and lifestyles that even Japanese could not achieve. Ricardo Cruz is another example. He became a singer in a Japanese band and showed that there are no limits to success in Japan.
So, chase your dreams and be successful! Don't worry about stupid things like prejudice from jealous people. Usually the people I hear complain about the Japanese aren't a flower to smell.
Brazilians and prejudice against Asians
The Brazilians end up complaining excessively about prejudice. Some Brazilians complain that they are more prejudiced among Brazilians living in Japan than among Japanese.
Unfortunately, this is understandable as the Brazilian appears on TV when committing a crime or offense and tarnishes the names of all Brazilians.
This gave the Brazilians a bad name. Even in some stores, the Japanese are alert to foreigners, mostly Brazilians, because of the thefts some commit.
It is even acceptable that some Japanese feel suspicious, fearful, or disliked foreigners who do not follow the same culture or have the same concepts of education and morals.
Before Brazilians talk about prejudice or xenophobia, they should consider whether they treat Asians living in Brazil differently. The video below shows this well, of course it's often unintentional.
Brazil has more than 500 years of history, multicultural and with people of all kinds it has still not managed to solve this problem of religious, racial or social prejudice. Why complain about a country that is not even 200 years old, that has opened up to the world, and that has faced several difficulties?
Do black people in Japan suffer from racism?
Color will not make any difference in the treatment that hospitable and polite Japanese have with their neighbors. Many said that Japan loves black people, some said that they have never been treated so well and have never had any problems with discrimination.
Paulo, a Brazilian, said when he was walking the streets of Japan, people watched him with an expression of admiration rather than contempt. Paulo even said that Brazil has a lot to learn and grow.
Another example that blacks are good at in Japan is the Brazilian Roberto Casa Nova. In 2010 he was voted the best karaoke singer in Japan by 85,000 candidates.
Some blacks living in Japan said they were afraid of returning to their country of origin because of racism and felt more comfortable and secure in Japan.
I will cite a case that happened in relation to Japan as a racist against blacks. A few years ago there was a picture of a chocolate pudding called nigga, which is an English slang that means black.
But it was nothing more than a montage and the real name of the product was Giga. When something like this happened, imagine the number of widespread or fabricated cases that have come up and been spread?
Is Japan More Biased Than Other Countries?
Japan is far from being a prejudiced and racist country compared to many other countries. Some places like the US, UK, Russia and even Australia are cited as the most racist and prejudiced countries in the world dominating the ranking.
There are bad people in every country. I think it's stupid that people define whole countries as racist and biased. Is this just a human generalization because the few pay the frog for the rest?
For example, Japan has gained a reputation for having a high suicide rate, which is why some Brazilians say that the people of Japan are unhappy. All because 16 people per 100,000 people commit suicide? And the rest of the 99 thousand?
I've been prejudiced my whole life in Brazil and treated differently because of my lifestyle, appearance, religion and tastes. Worse still, I am treated differently because I don't like or do things that I think are wrong.
In all honesty, when I see a Brazilian who says the Japanese are xenophobic, prejudiced, or racist, that person is talking about themselves. Mainly because you shouldn't refer to a nation full of unique people as such, it speaks of racism, prejudice and xenophobia!
Prejudice, Racism and Xenophobia in Japanese Media - Anime and Drama
Prejudice, racism and xenophobia are addressed directly and indirectly in the Japanese media. Most of the time it is covered in movies, dramas, and mostly anime and manga where reality does not apply. Hence, this theme is used in a discreet way with robots or alien races.
Many animes also show this topic directly through bullying in schools. Check out the list of some animes that cover topics such as prejudice, xenophobia, and racism:
- Aldnoah.Zero - shows the hatred and difference between humans and extraterrestrials (appearance of humans);
- Ghost in the shell - shows refugee crisis in Japan;
- Code Geass - shows the prejudice and racism that the Japanese suffer from;
- Nagi no Asukara - addresses the issue of racism well;
- Yamada Taro Monogatari - Drama that addresses the difference in social class;
The list is very long and goes on a lot. It should be remembered that anime and dramas also show that there is no prejudice, thereby presenting multiple characters with a particular personality, female men, powerful women, etc.
Many foreigners also appear in these works, although they sometimes exaggerate in the foreign accent. Anime also shows impartiality due to the myriad of colors, sizes and styles of hair, skin, clothing, etc. In addition, many animes and films portray stories that take place outside of Japan and showcase different cultural elements from other countries.
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