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Brazilian Soccer Team Uses “Slanty-Eyes” Photo to Advertise Japan Match

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    This is how Brazil’s Santos FC is advertising its upcoming appearance at the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan:

    Some information from Hypervocal, who thinks it “might be a wee bit insulting” to Japan:

    “…the Marca reporter in the clip above never even discusses the casual racism contained within the ad. He simply says the four guys in the picture are getting psychologically prepared for the tournament in Japan, calls Neymar the face of the club (some face!) and talks about Real Madrid’s efforts in trying to woo the Brazilian striker. “

    [hat tip to TomoAkiyama]

    24 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - August 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Categories: Anti-Japan, Foreigners in Japan

    Japanese Soccer Fans Taunt Iranian-American Coach

    Fans clashed at a J-League soccer match after somebody unveiled a banner meant to insult an Iranian-born head coach:

    The incident took place during Saturday’s match between Shimizu S-Pulse & Júbilo Iwata. Supporters of Iwata made a banner that said “To Ghotbi: Stop Making Nuclear Weapons!” It was meant to mock Shimizu head coach Afshin Ghotbi, an Iranian-American who coached the Iran national team from 2009 to 2011.

    The banner offended and angered Shimizu fans. Here’s a video that show some of them rushing towards the Itawa supporter section of the stadium:

    Although there was a physical brawl between some fans, no injuries were reported.

    After the match, both teams held an emergency press conference. The president of the Júbilo Iwata club apologized and said that fan-made banners would be checked in the future to prevent such an incident from occurring again.

    The banner was created and unveiled by two teenaged Iwata fans. According to Jiji Press, they said didn’t really think much about it before creating the banner (“何の考えもなくやった”).

    The incident has been formally reported to J-League authorities and an investigation is underway. The Júbilo Iwata club could face some form of formal punishment.

    17 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - May 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Categories: Discrimination, Foreigners in Japan

    Japanese media reports on Louisiana interracial marriage case

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    The story of a couple in Louisiana that was denied a marriage license because an official disapproved of interracial marriage has been picked up by the Japanese media. Here’s how on ATV news program reported on the story:

    NTV,, 47 News, the AFP, and MSN/Sankei have also reported on this case.

    Over at 2channel, Japan’s largest online forum, hundreds of comments have been left in response to threads about this news story. Here are some translations of interesting comments from one such thread:

    The Japanese, who sugarcoat international marriage by saying, “love has no boundaries,” should know the current situation in the United States.
    It’s too late to realize that after they marry some American soldier and move to the states.

    Louisiana’s that horrible state where a Japanese high school student was shot, but the shooter was sentenced not guilty, right? It’s the state where Caucasians are not guilty even if they shoot Asians.

    I don’t think America has the qualifications to criticize racism in other countries.

    Is it safe for Japanese people to visit the South?
    Will stones be thrown at us?

    That America’s pretty much a racist country. If you look at the bulletin boards, they repeatedly call us “JAPs.”

    Response to the above comment: Oh, c’mon, there are tons of people who use terms like “Chon” (=discriminatory word for Chousen-jin, which means Koreans), “Chan” (=discriminatory word for the Chinese), and whatnot lol
    It’s hard to bear it when a sweeping statement like “OO is a(n) XX country” is made, just because of certain lunatics online.

    The racism in the deep south is hardcore.
    This is where Golgo 13 (= Japanese anime character) comes back on the mound.

    Caucasians are discriminated in Japan too, both in good ways and bad ways.
    When I was a student, I’ve seen many half (mixed raced) kids around me and most of them were being bullied.
    The ones who bully them again are nothing but the pathetic ones, though.

    The golf superstar Tiger Woods married a beautiful Swedish Caucasian lady since he didn’t like black women, so doesn’t that make him guilty too?

    The vast majority of the comments denounced the official in question and expressed shock and/or disgust at the news. A lot of 2channelers seemed to know that the southern part of the United States once had racist laws, but it was hard for them to believe that this could still take place in 2009.

    Many other comments inquired about the legality of marriage to 2-D anime characters, a joke referencing some of the most extreme elements of Japanese otaku who use 2channel. One particular user expressed his disgust at the antiquated view of marriage held by the Louisiana official, quickly adding that he himself would like to marry a character from Lucky Star.

    There were also quite a few comments discussing how races are viewed in the United States. Some weren’t sure how one would categorize mixed race children: would they be considered white or black? Others wondered how Japanese people were viewed, with at least one user erroneously claiming that Japanese were considered “white” in the United States.

    [Hat tip to Rich Pav for coming up with the idea for this post.]

    Disclaimer: Comments left on the internet by anonymous netizens should not be interpreted as representative of an entire nation.

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    [The Japanese news article translations in this post were provided by myGengo’s simple human translation system.]

    101 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - October 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Categories: Discrimination

    Eldery “Jap” beaten to death in Australia


    A 23-year-old man in Australia has been arrested for drunkenly beating to death an Asian whom he believed was Japanese:

    James Anthony Dean-Willcocks, of Illawong, was yesterday charged with the murder of Magno Alvarado, 67.

    Residents of Elouera Rd, Cronulla, told police of being woken about 5.30am on Saturday by a male yelling: “F … off back to Japan”.


    Police will allege Dean-Willcocks was heard yelling “Ya Jap”.

    Another described seeing Mr Alvarado tackled, “body-slammed” and punched many times.

    One witness told police he yelled at Dean-Willcocks to stop and asked what he was doing.

    “Mate, he’s Japanese and he deserves it,” the accused allegedly answered.

    It is understood Mr Alvarado was Filipino.

    As you might expect, Japanese netizens who read this news did not have very good things to say about Australia. Here are a few translations of 2channel comments that were posted up on Itai News:

    What do you expect from a racist country?

    White pigs can’t distinguish between Japanese and Filipinos.

    Those guys really hate Japanese and Chinese, don’t they?

    What a foolish and wild nationality.

    Aust-Korea’s the same as it ever was…
    I feel really lucky that I wasn’t born in such a barbaric country.

    A country that saves whales yet beats Filipinos to death.

    How sad.
    Well, there are deviants like these no matter what country you’re in.

    Better watch out if you’re going on a trip to Australia.

    It’s because White Australia’s policies are still firmly rooted there, even before all of that whaling stuff. There have been attacks on people of color ever since the old days.

    Is racism really that intense in Australia?
    I mean, the aborigines certainly suffer from racism, but…

    Seems like the whales are the smarter ones.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should stop travel to Aust-Korea!

    Note: Aust-Korea is a pejorative slang term used against Australia/Australians. It combines the names of Australia and Korea.

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    [The Japanese news article translations in this post were provided by myGengo’s simple human translation system.]

    84 comments - What do you think?  Posted by James - October 14, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Categories: Anti-Japan

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