Mira – Racism In Japan
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[Mira – Racism In Japan]
[Mira:] Source: LYBIO.net
Attention! Before you even leave a comment on this video, watch the whole video. Anyways, my name is Mira. I live on the countryside of Tokyo, Japan and I’ve lived here since November 2011. When I first got here I made a video on the same topic, which I’m now remaking today. I’m remaking this video to add more information and because a lot of people who watched the video don’t have ears.
There is a good chunk of people who looked at the title, assumed what are these going to say, didn’t watch the video and commented, which had nothing to do with my video. And then there was a significantly large amount of people who completely missed my main point. So that’s why I’m remaking this video.
Anyways, you may have seen or heard people talking about how racist Japan is and you may have seen the anti-foreigner sign videos on YouTube. And these types of things can mislead you into believing that Japan is such a racist place. First thing I’m going to talk about the ‘no foreigner’ sign. Unfortunately not everyone who is viewing these videos can read Japanese and some of these signs in these videos actually only mean Japanese language only, not Japanese people only.
Some of those signs even specify in small English font ‘we don’t speak English’ and the reason why these signs get posted in the first place is because unbelievable amounts of customers who don’t speak Japanese will go to a store and request that someone speaks English and there’s just no one available.
Aside from that, one of the most common places that you will actually find a real ‘no foreigner’ allowed sign is any place where you can find prostitutes and that’s completely understandable. A lot of these places don’t want to be known for attracting tourism for that kind of reason. And then there is those who talk about foreigners being kicked out of certain areas.
If you speak Japanese, you will have a smooth time in Japan, but when there is a language barrier things aren’t going to be so easy. This isn’t just a Japan thing. This is a world issue. This isn’t racism. This is language barrier. Sometimes you can communicate. So unfortunately business can’t be conducted.
Another thing people like to complain about is that it’s very hard for foreigners to rent in Japan and this is 100% true, especially if you cannot speak Japanese and especially if you do not have a long-term Visa.
Aside from that, a lot of landlords have had a lot of negative issues with foreigners. Japan has very strict garbage regulations. You have to separate all your recycling into many different categories. If you don’t separate correctly the garbage men will not take your garbage. They will leave it there and you will get in trouble from your landlord. Another issue that they’ve had with short-term foreigners is that when it’s time for them to go home, they don’t pay their bills and they just ditch everything.
[Mira:] Source: LYBIO.net
So that’s why it’s easier to find a place to rent if you’re a long-term foreigner and you are speaking those same languages. People also like to complaint that foreigners are denied services such as insurance and credit card. This isn’t racism. This is called, you’re not a citizen of the country, therefore you cannot do everything that a citizen would be able to do.
The point in my video is that racism in Japan is far less than racism in the west. There are signs that exist in the west too that deny Muslim customers, that deny black customers, that deny Mexican customers, that deny foreign customers, that deny illegal immigrants. All these things exist in other countries too. These types of things exist worldwide and that’s the unfortunate sad world that we live in. You will never be able to run to any side of this planet and expect no racism at all.
But Japan is significantly less racist than the amount of racism you will find in the west. So I find it very misleading that all these videos and comments appear and people can say just because I’ve lived here short period of time, I even experienced it. We totally experience it, but I mean there people who have lived here for 10, 15, 20 years and they still have not experienced any racism at all. I’m sure it is possible for you to come here and experience racism, it’s – nothing is impossible. This is earth after all, there is racism is everywhere. What I’m saying is it’s rare. It’s not in Japanese people’s culture to be such hatefully violent against someone.
In order to call a country a racist country you think that there would be a substantial amount of discrimination, a substantial amount of people who hate and I’ve never met anyone and there are plenty of people who have never met anyone either. So don’t go calling a whole country racist when it is such tiny amount of people who actually do hate.
And then there is some people who like to complain about Japan. That is not racism at all, like getting stared at. I live in Tokyo and I don’t get stared at, but if you go to the countryside where there’s no foreigners, yeah, maybe you’re gonna get stared at. Actually you probably will get stared at. That’s not racism. That’s called you’re like a magical unicorn. You are hardly seen. So people are going to take notice and look at you.
This happens everywhere. I was born in a small white town in Northern Ontario and when we saw someone who isn’t white we stared at them. The first time my mom ever saw a black person she wanted to take a picture.
Another thing that people like to complain about is that some Japanese will compliment you even if you only speak one word of Japanese. This is a huge cultural difference. In Japan when someone is taking the efforts to learn another language that’s not their native, we compliment them. We compliment them to encourage their success in learning the language. They don’t just do it to foreigners, they do it amongst themselves.
Another thing that people like to complain about is that Japanese might look at you and assume that you speak English. The reason why this stereotype even exists is because there are a lot of foreigners who come here and speak English. Aside from that English is extremely popular – world, internationally used language. It’s the language second most common in Japan other than Japanese.
As for people assuming that you don’t speak any Japanese then also it depends on how you act. If you go into a store you’re lost looking, you look lost you look like you’re a tourist people mind think you’re a tourist and if you are speaking English to your friend in the store and somebody is there and they happen to speak to English and they notice you’re speaking English. They’re going to speak English to you so don’t peaceful surprise if you’re using the language and next thing you know someone is turning up using that language at you.
And if you can speak fluent Japanese and representatives starts speaking you in English just tell them speak Japanese but if you speak Japanese the chance of anything different happening to you it really very 99% of time you’re going to be treated like everyone else. And there is the foreigner stereotypes yeah Japan has foreigner stereotypes just like any other country, the stereotypes about foreigners here is that we’re loved we like to talk on ourselves ones in the train we’re rude. The reason why stereotypes exist is because yeah some foreigners do that so they get viewed and people picked up and realize oh – are all foreigners like that, that’s what happens that’s why stereotypes are created and people are acting like Japanese are the only people to follow stereotypes.
Don’t act like you have never ever followed any stereotype; there are a lot of stereotypes in the west and a lot of people that follow them some you might pick and choose which one you follow, the fact than the matter is that people still follow them that’s unfortunately the world we life in, that stuff exists worldwide and coming to Japan is not going to change its just going to change different country, different stereotypes but stereotypes exist everywhere.
On the second note lot of people like to comment on my other video and say oh you’re a white so you don’t count and you won’t experience racism because why didn’t Japanese people love white people, very well. But I know black people, I know Chinese people, I know Korean people, I know Indian people, I know many people here, I met many people and they lived here for longer than I have up to 15, 20 years and they have experienced absolutely no racism at all.
I believe people love to pass on information that they hear about on YouTube you don’t even know any truth about it they don’t know anything about neither one. They don’t live in Japan they just pass on information; that people tell you; like they hear something and they passed on its really ridiculous.
Another one that I hate it gets pass around all the time that Japanese people hate Chinese and Korean. Korean dramas, Korean food and Korean music is extremely popular in Japan right now. Same goes for Chinese food and Chinese dramas I’ve met a lot of Japanese people who have travelled to Korea, lived in Korea, lived in China, travelled to China speak Chinese, speak Korean, interested in all that, I’ve met Korean and Chinese people who move to Japan experience no such racism.
[Mira:] Source: LYBIO.net
So don’t group something into such a category, if something isn’t a majority of people, who are significantly large number of people that are against something you can’t group the whole country together and say that they’re all the same because it’s insulting, it’s insulting to the people around me. Its insulting I know people who are dating Korean people, I know people who have come from China to here and they’re like – and everyone told me this is going to be a racist place but it’s not.
Japan is a very friendly place and I think lot of the racism that you will experience is on YouTube. The most racism that I have experienced, and the most racism that my friends have experienced is on YouTube.
YouTube is a place where racism can flower away and I mean yeah you and me encounter people who actually do hate Koreans, who do hate foreigners, there are – yes, there are anti-Chinese groups and you seeing them in the protest why pigs go home videos; if you can speak Japanese they’re talking about anti-Chinese, anti-Asian. There in the protest. Yes, there are groups like that they’re group like that everywhere; the KKK; anti against one thing groups; there are many types of things like that exist everywhere in this world, this world is an evil place.
There’s racism everywhere, people like that throughout the world racism around like a rag doll nowadays. It’s going to the point where it’s so complex it doesn’t mean I say meaning and mean.
The little questions that Japanese people ask you can you teach me English, where are you from? Don’t act like you have never asks someone who wasn’t white where they were from?
I don’t know about you’re country but in Canada it’s like the first question were asking you where you from, I was born in Canada no, I mean, where are you really from like your parents.
When you go to another country that is not natively the same color of person that you are, you’re going to get asked where you from even if you were born there, even if your parents were born there, you’re always going to get answer that question that’s life and unfortunately that will never stop.
People always want to know where that person from and its going to keep happening; this isn’t racism, this is called this is going to happen .
Again I’m going to stress again because some people miss that fact in my original video, I’m not saying racism does not exist 100% you may get stared at, you may get people asking where you’re from, you may get people ask can you speak English, you might get people asking you strange questions about you’re country; welcome to the life of being a minority; this behavior is not racism and to call this type of behavior racism is deeply insulting to those who have actually suffered real racism; hate crime; segregation, slavery and its deeply insulting to Japan that you label a very small – small percentage of people because their racist you assume that the whole country is so racist and you put it all into one way category which doesn’t even make sense.
These people complain about racism is stereotyping but yet, they are taking a small minority of people and taking their behavior they’re hate and assuming that the entire nation of Japan or a large of percent of people is like that; that’s just not the case.
So stop spreading ignorance, stop spreading commencing that Japan is such a racist place and racism is so ramp in here because the amount of racism that you will experience in Japan the one of racism that exist in Japan is far less than the amount of racism that exist in Canada and the United States.
[Mira:] Source: LYBIO.net
So that’s that if you want to come to Japan, come to Japan we welcome you with open arms. Don’t care about what you hear on the internet or all these rumors going around spreading all kinds of insane information, come here and experience Japan for yourself. Thank you for watching. Bye.
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