Unfortunately things like prejudice and racism exist on a large scale in the world, especially on social networks. Japan is also a big area of prejudice, mainly due to its gigantic cultural difference and the fact that foreigners easily stand out among thousands of Japanese with similar traits.
Traditional Japanese do not look like Westernism, there are always some Japanese mumbling and facing foreigners. Despite these countless cases, we can treat them as a minority and consider that just like any country, the nation strives to end this racist and prejudiced thinking. We will talk about exactly this in this article.
Japan is a strict country that promotes standards of morals, education and high respect. Whether the Japanese need to treat others in the best possible way, if not yours social failure it will happen at one time or another. Depending on the situation, bad people can have their entire career and life ruined by one simple act.
Japanese media show no truce for racists
This is what happened recently with the author of Light Novel under the alias Mine. He writes a work called “Nidome no Jinsei o Isekai de"Which was already with an anime adaptation in production and scheduled for October. In early June 2018 things started to fall apart completely for author Mine.
Earlier this week, the voice actors who were on the Anime production team released a note on Twitter saying they were withdrawing from production. Soon after the dubbing agencies, the anime's production studio announced that the adaptation had been canceled entirely. Even Hobby Japan decided to stop sending Light Novels to the bookstore, which is also likely to be canceled.
Why did this happen? Just because the author Mine in the years 2013 to 2015 I posted on his twitter some racist comments against Chinese and Koreans. He even called China the country of insects and made several other offensive and derogatory euphemisms to Korea and China. In his work a character came to kill 3000 Chinese in the war.
Other authors have made worse atrocities like Nobuhiro Watsuki, author of Samurai X who was caught with child pornography. Why only the author of Mine lost his entire career to old twitter comments? Wasn't it normal to curse and criticize each other on the internet?
The author came to apologize on twitter with the following words: “I apologize for some of my tweets from the past, I am deeply sorry that there was an inappropriate expression of mine that made many people feel uncomfortable.”
Is the Japanese media's effort to eliminate racism and prejudice enough?
Japan rarely hits this key to prejudice and racism, so much so that if you research about racism and prejudice in the Japanese language, you will end up falling into articles talking about the prejudice and racism of Americans (USA). Much of the media only tries to maintain the appearance of a liberal and hospitable country, but one that has much to improve.
It doesn't matter if the country makes laws or tries to end cases of prejudice or racism, unfortunately every law is flawed and the majority of the population usually breaks these small laws. For prejudice and racism to diminish, people need to make individual changes, something a little complicated for Japanese people.
Although it appears that the Japanese are isolated and individualistic, Japanese society works collectively. The Japanese follow what the majority say is right or wrong, rarely question the attitudes of those in power. The bullying in Japanese schools they happen exactly because of this, even if a student does not agree with what is happening with a colleague, he does not have the courage to meddle or help for fear of going against the group.
Prejudiced and racist attitudes will continue to happen, whether in public, at work or on trains. The Japanese will not have the courage or the attitude to meddle, give moral lessons or criticize the person who is doing the wrong thing. The most they will do is lament on social media or when it is a case of a famous person, butchering them and damaging their career.
The Japanese are watching! You cannot be silent!
Of course, it's not just the Japanese who commit prejudice or unintentional (or deliberately) discrimination, you will encounter these situations anywhere in the world. The relationship between Chinese, Korean, and Japanese it's not good, due to many events in the past. Not even the Japanese tend to accept the differences between themselves.
In the same way that Americans say they have no prejudice, they are welcoming and that usually it is a joke, the Japanese think the same thing. Fortunately, some show that they are aware that prejudice and discrimination is real and has a negative impact on their country's reputation.
A Japanese commented: People without knowledge can be full of prejudice. People who are prejudiced against foreigners are basically those who do not know foreign countries. Because it is based only on what you hear, it has a distorted image, it does not understand different values, it defames itself, it considers itself normal, and it treats others as “strangers”.
This same Japanese commented that he suffers prejudice from other countries, not only because he is called a wicked eye. Basically, all cultural factors in the country are grounds for criticism such as the geishas and even the Sushi. He cited as an example the whale hunts, which do not represent even 0.00000001% of the population, but there are several hate speeches against the entire Japanese race because of this.
Unfortunately, both Japanese and Brazilians have a stereotyped view of each other, a cliché impression full of pre-defined thoughts and ideas. Unfortunately, people forget that each human being is different from each other and are constantly fighting on social networks poking each other's eyes.
The case mentioned in this article serves as an example to show that we can end the misrepresented ideas that Japanese people have about foreigners. Firstly, promoting in the Japanese media to win Japanese supporters, since lamenting on Brazilian social networks will only generate more hate and stereotypes.
Then we must strive to do our part and change this distorted view that the Japanese have of foreigners. Strive in understand the culture, language and communicate in a cheerful and friendly way. Many Japanese are totally unaware of foreigners, many Japanese have already admitted to being afraid and prejudiced until they got to know a real foreigner. Will you do your part?
Sources: Asahi, Yahoo