The Face of Japan: Japanese and Black-American Ariana Miyamoto is Miss Universe Japan 2015

Ariana Miyamoto

Congratulations to Miss Universe Japan 2015, Ariana Miyamoto (宮本 エリアナ). Born 1994 in Sasebo City, Kyushu, Nagasaki, she will represent Japan at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. According to Angelopedia: Standing tall at a height of…

Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

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Ever since the American media played up derogatory remarks on African Americans by Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party politicians in the 1980s, the public seems to refuse to think any further, but take it for…

Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

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Jirro707 sent a reply to a query posed by Baye McNeil (Loco in Yokohama) in response to a recent Japan Times article, Time to shut down this modern-day minstrel show, that addresses a planned…

My mother is your mother too.

My Mother is Your Mother Too!

This is the image I think about whenever people start talking about segregation and apartheid. When people like Ayako Sano spout nonsensical ideas like “aparthied is a good thing“, from yesteryear. When I hear stupid…

Blackface in Japan Revisited, Sigh!

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Blackface is once again in the news in Japan. The last time I ran a story on Rats & Star, I presented Epic Records Japan’s Gosperats performing in blackface at the Cotton Club in…