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Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

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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.

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Blacks in Japan Opine About Blackface

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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…

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

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

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Cunning Linguistics and the Japanese Constitution

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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.

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