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Black History in Japan: Did You Know?

February 27, 2015 // 9 Comments

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 [...]

Thoughts on Blackface in Japan

February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Blackface in Japan Revisited, Sigh!

February 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

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 [...]
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