The last installment of articles selectively deleted from the JapanToday site deals with multiculturalism, which is a topic that has come under intense scrutiny in recent years, and is another tool in the ideological arsenal of the corporatist infiltrators operating as CIA officers and MI6 officers.
While the JapanToday site was subscribing to the Kyodo News Service, the level of engagement on the part of the reading public was very high, as there were more articles relating to topics of newsworthy import. As the long section of comments shows, there was a healthy debate, largely among readers acting in good faith, though there are a significant number harping on Japanese culture. At any rate, the JapanToday site used to be a site that enabled readers to create a certain sense of community, insofar as it facilitated open discussion about relevant topics among the reading public, as found below.
The fact that they cancelled their subscription to Kyodo News Service when things were progressing in such a manner is highly suspect.
The majority of opinions express at least
skepticism regarding multiculturalism. The author interviews people who may be said to represent the
interests of their respective prominent minority groups, but are hardly
extendable to encompass a category such as “younger foreign residents” as the
comments would clearly seem to refute that claim. That may indicate an invisible
hand at work with a hidden political agenda, as they
frequently use a strategy of playing to the sentiments of disaffected people.
The ideology of multiculturalism embodies a two-pronged
attack against pluralism and mutual intelligibility, while proffering itself as an antidote to discrimination.
On the one hand, it represents an extension of
identity politics. In a pluralistic democratic society, identity politics,
aside from any incidental positive effects that may have been brought about by
helping individuals from marginal groups integrate in society by educating
society about the cultural heritage of the marginal group, has primarily served
to balkanize society by inculcating an overly rigid identification in
individuals from marginalized groups with the ethnic or religious heritage of
the group in question that predates the modern social configuration of American
pluralistic democracy. In effect, it works as a mechanism to separate people,
and can be seen as a divide and conquer strategy that prevents groups from less
privileged economic backgrounds from communicating with each other in a shared
environment in relation to the democratic decision making process. In other
words, if they are mutually antagonistic and refuse to interact with each other
based on a rigid identification with ethnicity, for example, they are unable to
effectively participate in modern society. That of course serves to reinforce
the sense of alienation that may have motivated an adoption of a more rigid,
even exclusionary identification with one’s perceived affinity group in the first place.
On the other hand, the ideology of multiculturalism
represents a leveling and homogenization by promoting interaction based on
consumerism. This occurs because identity politics diverts people from putting
their energy into focusing on what they share in common, and thereby bankrupts
the ability of individuals from different backgrounds to interact based on
mutual intelligibility, and involving an element of cultural diversity normally
found in a pluralistic society. Spectator sports and television sitcoms
survive, I suppose, but looking at the state of American culture of letters
today, and it can’t be denied that the United States has been dumbed down.
Moreover, people have lost touch with the historical relationship of the United
States to modernity.
Multiculturalism attempts to void and thereby neutralize
all forms of cultural heritage by combining them into an amorphous and incoherent
agglomeration we might call multi-culture—for lack of a better term—promoted on
a common ground of consumerism with a patchwork, Frankenstein character. It manages
thereby to segment off into parallel streams the respective cultural flows,
which, being removed from their native environments, are likely dry up, whereas
in an open pluralistic social environment, such streams might on occasion
converge, resulting in the production of a novel form of cultural expression
serving to help maintain social vitality and enable society to evolve.
In true pluralism, the result of authentic interaction
between people of different backgrounds results in a synthesis of something
novel to both and including traces of both. Because people from diverse backgrounds in pluralistic societies are generally interacting looking forward to the future--as opposed to reclaiming some shared golden age of the past that has been lost--such interactions are generally based on a forward
looking outlook, not a nostalgic looking outlook.
By short-circuiting some of the societal mechanisms (and institutions, such as the free press) that facilitate the generation of a dynamic by which
culture is generally produced in modern pluralistic democratic societies,
mutual intelligibility is further corroded, because the outlook toward the
future is eroded.
At some point, the amorphous multi-culture results
in a clueless mass of disconnected people unable to interact collectively in a
meaningful manner to determine the course of social development.
And of course, such people need a charismatic
populist leader to march them into battle to reclaim their lost heritage. That would mesh with the JapanToday apparent efforts to serve as a PR outlet for Hashimoto and the Ishin no Kai.
In the case of Japan, we have a more complex
scenario. Japan is a constitutional democratic society, but it is not a largely
pluralistic society, a so-called melting-pot society like the United States. That
is not to say that modern interactions of the type I’ve schematized above do
not take place, generating fusionary horizons into the future, as anyone familiar
with Japan can attest. However, as the article states, less than 2% of the population of Japan is composed of foreign residents.
As in the case with post-modernity, you have to first have the modern. There is no post-modern without the modern, and insofar as pseudo scholars attempt to say that post-modernity represents the end of history or any other such nonsense, they are simply ideologues and charlatans.
Insofar as multiculturalism is premised on the existence of culture, the tendency of multiculturalism to distort and efface all culture is indicative of its pernicious and fallacious ideological character.
At any rate, the comments attest to the high level of education that many foreigners in Japan have, as well as to their effort on the part of many foreigner to engage the Japanese on (and in) their own terms culturally (and linguistically), so to speak. On the other hand, the mouthpieces and censors from the empire are out in force, attempting to debilitate the discussion. In fact, the removal of this post by JapanToday is part of that effort on a larger scale.
The role of gathering places such as the Starbucks and the UK pubs will be further examined in a future post. Suffice it to say, that the intelligence officers carrying on a sort of “representative publicness” on behalf of their respective governments are intended to represent model citizens of their respective countries, and to recruit people that they socialize with who fit a certain psychological profile. As the presence of such individuals in a place like Kyoto strikes one as exceedingly incongruous and strange almost immediately, that must account for part of their efforts displace me from the city, as any so-called “intelligence” activities at the Starbucks would be greatly curtailed by the presence of someone that would be a witness to their preposterous pretensions.
Younger foreign residents seek a more multicultural Japan
… the foreign resident population in Japan remains relatively small compared to most developed countries at slightly less than 2% of the populace…
From ethnic Koreans to Japanese Brazilians, the younger generations are actively making their voices heard, calling for greater understanding from the Japanese people while also tackling their own identity issues.
‘‘As a third generation ethnic Korean resident, I personally have had almost no experience of any direct discrimination,’’ said Kim Bung Ang of the Korea NGO Center Tokyo branch. ‘‘People of our parents’ generation were unable to get jobs at Japanese companies, but nowadays rejection due solely to foreign nationality is rare.’‘
‘‘However, there are still cases in which Korean residents were asked by their employers to change their names (to Japanese ones) or were turned down by landlords when trying to rent accommodation,’’ he said.
… according to the Justice Ministry. Chinese nationals accounted for the largest group of foreign residents, at about 31%, followed by those of Korean descent and Brazilians.
Many ethnic Koreans came to Japan when the Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945. A large number of Koreans were also conscripted by Japan during World War II, including into forced labor.
Such Korean residents and others from Taiwan who were in Japan since before the end of the war and lost their Japanese nationality through the 1952 San Francisco Peace Treaty, as well as their descendants, have been given special permanent residency in Japan. Some have obtained Japanese nationality through naturalization.
Often, being discriminated against as foreigners is not the only problem. Many residents with roots originating in the Korean Peninsula, including younger generations who have obtained Japanese nationality by birth or naturalization, also feel uncomfortable when their ethnic identity is not given recognition.
‘‘Even when we try to tell Japanese people we are Korean, they insist we’re the same partly because we look no different,’’ Kim said. ‘‘We don’t get accepted as who we really are.’‘
Similarly, the majority of Japanese Brazilians who came to Japan in the 1990s as migrant workers also have a lingering affection for their motherland even as they begin to put down roots here, said Angelo Ishi, a third-generation Japanese Brazilian who was born in Brazil in 1967 and came to Japan in 1990 to do research on migrant workers.
Both Ishi and Kim stressed the importance of providing opportunities for the younger generations of such foreign residents to learn about their ancestors’ history and language in order to help them establish their identities in Japan.
Kim, who was a leader at the Organization of United Korean Youth in Japan, said he had set up classes for ethnic Korean youths to learn about the history of the Korean Peninsula and the Korean language.
Meanwhile, citing examples of bilingual public schools in the United States where Portuguese or Spanish are used in parallel with English, Ishi said, ‘‘In areas where the Brazilian population is concentrated, there should be public elementary and secondary schools that teach both Japanese and Portuguese, including to Japanese children.’‘
‘‘I believe this kind of school will help nurture people with an understanding of multiculturalism and will be effective in eliminating friction (between foreign residents and local Japanese),’’ he said.
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Xenophobia rules in Japan. Simply, Japan is a "cold house" for foreigners. A poll some years ago drew the results that over 60% of Japanese people did not like foreigners. Racial discrimination is rampant here, and even foreign visitors to this country are very low compared to other Asian countries, where people get better value for money and are treated with more respect and friendliness.
The Japanese invited Brazilians of Japanese ancestry here a few years ago,thinking they were a kind of Japanese. They soon discovered that to be a false way of thinking, and then they offered money to send them all back home, and never to return to Japan. This country is supposed to be a developed country, but it is almost as closed as it was 150 years ago as regards the ways of thinking about foreigners and foreign countries. This might be partly because of the stagnant education system here.
Antonios_M at 09:09 PM JST - 4th December
there have been many interesting and thought provoking posts under this topic. and as jruaustralia's list of pronouncements from public figures shows, it is receiving a lot of attention. in response to the comment about "race" vs what i said about communication, i would maintain that in the modern world, where people from diverse backgrounds increasingly come into contact and interact, the ability to communicate is of utmost importance. i can't see why anyone who wasn't being persecuted in their own country would want to venture to another country where they can't communicate with people. if you can't communicate with people, you cannot get along in a society that’s continually evolving, with everyone coping with various issues, many of which must be addressed collectively. in modern, democratic societies, communication in respect to issues of collective importance is established as a right in order to promote the continued viability of that type of social system. thinkers like habermas have written extensively on this topic. it can be said that culture is divided into public and private spheres. in the public sphere, let's call it our political culture, a high standard of communication is required if there is to be meaningful discussion relating to the issues at hand. in the private sphere, the rights of the individual are protected against intrusion by the public authority, so a diverse range of beliefs and practices--so long as they are in conformance with the norms we have encoded in our laws--are able to thrive. and when some form of culture generated in the private sphere is presented on some more widely accessible stage in "civil society", and is deemed to be of significance to a broader swath of society than its immediate affinity group, it constitutes a part of a broader, pluralistic modern culture. culture is alive and well in modern societies, until some revanchanistic elements try to reassert some claimed right from premodern times that they can't articulate. so, muticulturalism is a divisive doctrine/dogma used to balkanize modern societies into groups with mutually exclusive entitlement mentalities, who then attempt to force competing claims on public resources. you end up with a balkanized, dysfunctional society, in the worst case scenario, social disintegration leading to the dissolution of modern society, thrown back into some feudalistic social model.
What is all this crap about names?!
Japan does nothing different from other countries!
If You immigrate to a western country you cannot keep your Kanji, Hangul, Hiragana, Katakana, Arabic script, etc..name.
You need to write your name in the Roman alphabet plain and simple.
The same goes for immigrating to Korea you cannot keep your Roman Alphabet, Japanese Kanji (if you want the name to sound the same), Hiragana, ect.. you will need to use Hangul that is the closest to the sound of your name.
In Japan if your name is in Kanji and you keep that Kanji well it will be pronounced differently if you want to keep the name well like everywhere else you will need to write phonetically in either Hiragana or Katakana.
So will you idiot get off the subject and start looking at other places that basically do the same and stop always making it out that Japan is such a bad place or somehow wrong.
As for the rest of the crap, this is Japan and unlike places with minorities that were often already there ( do try and remember that in much of the south USA a large portion of the Hispanics where there first) the people coming here have no right to ask Japan to go provide emersion schooling or anything else in another language, they came here knowing this was Japan and that the language of the Government, schools and business was Japanese, to afterward say "well now that we are her we want blah,blah, blah....." is nuts!