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Japan Times: Mixed Matches

“Emmanuel Gbevegnon met his wife, Eriko Hidaka, in 1995 in Niger. Eriko, a native of Yakushima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, was there to help with vaccination activities, using her experience as a nurse. Emmanuel, a native of the city of Cotonou in Benin, a country next to Niger with a population of about 9.3 million, was… Keep Reading


Fort Hood Shooting – The Rest of the Story

This is not Japan-related but I felt the need to post the story. Media, you must do better! “Sgt. Kimberly D. Munley has been applauded as a hero across the nation for shooting down Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan during the bloody rampage at Fort Hood last week. The account of heroism, given by the authorities, attracted the attention… Keep Reading


Girl! I'm proud of you!

Here is the latest from Dear Life: WTH Let’s get it together ladies! She responds to email received from viewer that watched her You Tube video “What a Japanese guy thinks of Black girls.” She says of the “Dear Life: WTH Let’s get it together ladies!” video, “This is not a rant, but something that I… Keep Reading


Books on Japan

I received an email from a college student asking me to recommend books on Japan. Below are five books that I use for research and teaching.  The African-American Encounter with Japan & China, Black Internationalism in Asia, 1895-1945 (Gallicchio) African-American Views of the Japanese (Kearney) Japan Rising (Pyle) Japan’s Reluctant Realism (Green) Japanese the Manga… Keep Reading


Is Gaijin a Racist Word or are N*ggers Over Reacting?

There has been much debate on the terms “gaijin” (foreign/outside person) and “nigger” lately in Japan among the foreign community. In a series of articles published in the Japan Times, professor, activist, and coauthor of the “Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants, Arudou Debito comes out swinging. Here is his latest article: THE CASE FOR “GAIJIN”… Keep Reading

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