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Black Tokyo News

Black Tokyo (BT) site announcements and commentary. BT was created to provide a voice and a network for Blacks living in Japan. BT also seeks to provide news on Japan and will address inaccurate information, stereotypes and other issues concerning Blacks in Japan.

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Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

It is time to bring to light long-ignored Japanese readings of African American history, literature, and struggle and investigate why the story of Japanese interactions with African Americans has been muted rather than celebrated. Keep Reading

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Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

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 Fuji TV performance by the group Rats & Star on March 7, 2015. In the Japan Times piece, McNeil writes: Or,… Keep Reading

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 polititians like Mississippi State Rep. Gene Alday say all the “Blacks in their districts have crazy welfare checks so I’m… Keep Reading

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Blackface in Japan Revisited, Sigh!

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 Tokyo. By the way, Epic Records Japan is owned by Sony BMG. Do I need to go down that rabbit hole… Keep Reading

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