have not been to Japan as yet, but I absolutely love
the Japanese people and friendships that I have made
and I am thinking of visiting Japan. The Japanese
family (with two young children) I met here in London
(England, UK) was very polite, sociable, and kind. My
impression of many Japanese here was that some were
possibly shyer to socialize than others.
exists everywhere, but I have read your examples of
discrimination in Japan, and these types of
discrimination do NOT happen in the UK.
We do have our forms of discrimination but
unlike Japan we tend to discriminate against everyone
– not just foreigners.
situation in Japan appears to be appalling and I urge
the Japanese nation to address it! If you are part of
the human civilization then address it "no
matter" what is happening in other parts of the
impression of today’s Japanese (in London) is that
they are not so discriminative as perhaps in Japan (I
have only noticed some discrimination by the Japanese
when they are amongst the British at gatherings).
Most people in London are quite interested when
they meet a foreigner including the Japanese. Japan
has huge wealth of culture and character as seen by
the west, and it is my heartfelt wish that the
Japanese realize just how much they are admired by
others. And I hope that the Japanese society realizes
that you cannot measure discrimination, nor compare
it, nor analyze it, with any discrimination in another
person or another country or another society.
You must address the problem for yourselves and
for your benefit in your country and abroad and the
respect of your culture your nation and history.
You must try to bring this problem, this ugly
smell of discrimination, down to a reasonable level,
or to eliminate it altogether if possible.
I were to come to Japan and experience such
discrimination as you mention, then my feelings of
Japan will change drastically. Now that Japanese are exposing
themselves more and more to other countries through
tourism and business, they should realize that
eventually people would realize this STRONG
discrimination that is prevalent in Japan.
A new impression of Japan can occur overnight
and it will stick in people’s minds! I don't want
that to happen. It is best to do something now to
address this matter.”