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Japan racism survey reveals one in three foreigners experience discrimination


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

Nearly a third of foreigners living in Japan say they have experienced derogatory remarks because of their background, while about 40% have suffered housing discrimination, according to a landmark survey.


Japan’s Ministry of Justice survey was based on 4,252 adult foreigners who lived in 37 areas, including Tokyo, Sapporo, Yokohama, Osaka and Fukuoka, between last November and December. Chinese constituted the largest portion (32.5 percent) of respondents, followed by Korean (22.1 percent) and Filipino (6.7 percent).


According to the survey, 29.8 percent of respondents became a target of slur because they were not Japanese.Nearly 54 percent said such a verbal attack was unleashed by people they had never met. Nearly 43 percent of them found hate speech against specific races or nations on TV, in newspapers or on the internet.


Moreover, the discrimination is often blatant, with some Japanese not even trying to hide it. "The landlord said I couldn’t live in the flat because of my nationality. I was born and raised in Japan and Japanese is the only language I know. There is still so much bias and discrimination in Japan," a Korean participant aged in her 50s said.


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