Have you ever experienced racism or sexual harassment? If so, what did you do about it at the time?
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For me personally, I've experienced some form of racism in almost every country I visited except for Germany, Singapore, Panama and Brazil. not saying it isn't in these countries, I've just never experienced it there. The ones that stand out to me are the following :
- About 2 times, old women get up from beside me then give me a nasty stare from the other side of the train
- Being refused to stay in a hotel because I was a foreigner.
- Being stopped multiple times by immigration personnel, while Whites and Asians pass by freely.
- A random guy just passed by and shouted the N-word, then disappeared in the crowd.
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And, of course the "Gaijin perimeter" on the train.
Many people won't sit next to me even though I'm in business attire,
and fresh out of the shower. Many times I've watched as people head directly for
the open seat next to me, only to swerve suddenly
away at the last moment when they see me.
at me through the doorway and listed all the reasons
why I couldn’t stay: we only have futons, we serve raw fish,
we only have chopsticks, and so forth. The innkeeper then
delivered the coup de grace – you don’t speak Japanese.
And what language, I asked, do you think we’ve been speaking?
I walked into a real estate agency once only for the staff member at the desk to insist that absolutely none of their clients are willing to rent to gaijin.
Once when I was a new hire at a school before anyone there even had really met me, at a culture festival-type event the school's English teacher performed with some students a "welcome" skit for my benefit where the teacher performed as a bumbling lunatic foreign English teacher who happened to have the same name as me and who ran around screaming "I can't speak Japanese!"
When I worked at one national eikaiwa chain, a regional manager advised me to date our students despite it being a violation of company policy. At that same school, there was later a student I was uninterested in but who was interested in me. When her pursuit gradually crossed the line into harassment the company reminded me to be delicate with her so that we didn't lose her contract, and then behind my back one of our teachers egged the student on!
But given that I can walk any street in this country at any hour and never fear that the police will over-react to my race and shoot me, I feel pretty good about Japan. There are the occaisional crazy people here who don't understand how to deal with foreigners or don't understand boundaries, but in general I'd give Japan an A- in terms of how people have behaved toward me.
2 school girls hyperventilate while being shown ISIS documentary
Not saying this was the best of ideas but Japanese students need to be educated about what is happening on the outside world... and that not everything is kawaii.... Out in the world isn't so kawaii.
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A result of the cultification of everything - people here are all wrapped up in cotton wool, and unaware of the realities of the world.
The board of education is wrong on this, showing world news is something that should be taught granted it is censored. As much as the government would like it keeping people in this dream land of happy happy kawaii is not education.
Silliness. Reprimanded for showing an NHK documentary to 17 year old students?? A sad example of the school board trying to cover their own butts - at the expense of the teacher (not to mention at the expense of education.)
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World's oldest person turns 117
By MARI YAMAGUCHI - Japan Today
The world’s oldest person says 117 years doesn’t seem like such a long time. Misao Okawa, the daughter of a kimono maker, made the comment Wednesday, at a celebration a day before her 117th birthday. Appropriately, she was wearing a pink kimono decorated with cherry blossom prints. Okawa, born in Osaka on March 5, 1898, was recognized as the world’s oldest person by Guinness World Records in 2013.
“It seemed rather short,” she said after Osaka government official Takehiro Ogura, who brought her a big bouquet, asked how she felt about living for 117 years. Okawa, her hair decorated with a pink daisy pin, looked up from her wheelchair and said she was “very happy” to be that age. Asked for the secret of her longevity, she responded nonchalantly, “I wonder about that too.” Japan has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 58,000, according to the government. About 87 percent of them are women. Okawa has slowed down in recent months and is having trouble hearing, but she still eats well and is in good health, according to her Osaka nursing home, where Wednesday’s televised celebration was held. Okawa married her husband, Yukio, in 1919, and they had three children — two daughters and a son. She now has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1931.
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