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Blacks in Japan Opine About Blackface

With 112 comments on the Japan Times article, Time to shut down this modern-day minstrel show, Black Tokyo (BT) readers are not commenting on the BT blog using their FaceBook or Google+ accounts. However, BT has received opinions (Jiro707 supporters) to blackface in Japan via private messaging, twitter and email. The support for or commentary… Keep Reading

Cunning Linguistics and the Japanese Constitution

In response to an article in the Japan Times and as a follow-up to my post and discussion on Japan's remilitarization, the information below is presented to further discuss or argue over Japan’s right to collective self-defense. Keep Reading

Racism in Japan Videos Causing a Stir

Another view on life in Japan: [Via Medama Sensei Channel] “Is there racism and discrimination in Japan? I was surprised to find out that almost all of my high school students (about 1000 students) were not aware of the racism and discrimination that goes on in Japan. Racism and discrimination in Japan does exist, however, it… Keep Reading

Abita: A Short Film About Fukushima Children

[Via Global Voices] “Abita”, an animated short film about Fukushima children who can’t play outside because of the radiation risk, delicately illustrates their dreams and realities. The film, produced by Shoko Hara and Paul Brenner, won the award for Best Animated Film at the International Uranium Film Festival in 2013. Despite scarce media coverage in… Keep Reading

Life in Japan: Being BLACK, AFRICAN and FE/MALE in Japan (Part-two: Folake Abass)

Via Tamarahco Hen Productions, ”Being BLACK, AFRICAN and FE/MALE in Japan is a (as yet) four-part video teaching tool designed for classroom use. Each part — roughly 50 minutes, chapter-marked, and headed by text-based questions — focuses on an individual Japan-based African wo/man. The interviewer is a European-American permanent resident of Japan, who teaches at a Japanese… Keep Reading

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