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5 thoughts on “Japan’s Establishment Is A-Okay With Apartheid! 日本へようこそ！”
One silly old woman says something disgusting, and you extrapolate from that to the whole of the “Japanese establishment” without bothering to tell us what you mean by the term? That kind of crass generalisation is worthy of racists and other assholes, not of someone who used to be a serious journalist. Pity: this used to be an interesting blog.
I’m really sorry you feel that way. I think if you read more you would understand better. She was an advisor to the Japanese government. Abe appointed two neo-nazis to his second cabinet. His current appointee to oversee the Public Safety Commission belonged to ZAITOKUKAI, a xenophobic hate group, when protested in front of Korean schools in Japan—telling them “DIE!”. She’s never apologised for her involvement nor has Abe. What would happen in Germany if the Prime Minister appointed neo-nazis to his cabinet or a virulent racist? Just curious.
I’m writing you anon because of my work with a large multinational organization. I’m hoping you will write the truth about Japan.
Japan is a sanctions buster. Remember when college students around the world were trying to stop racism in South Africa? Remember the sanctions against the government there? Well, Japan didn’t care. They became South Africa’s largest trading partner, with $3.26 billion in trade in 1987. They also imported a billion dollars worth of products from South Africa, and exported a billion in product the other way.
I think Japan and the LDP actually liked South Africa’s apartheid system.
South Africa really rolled out the red carpet for the 700 Japanese living there. They called them “honorary whites”.
Japan’s automakers had no problems setting up subsidiaries in South Africa. They used ruses to get around sanctions. For example, they set up a “wholly-owned” South African subsidiary, which then paid Toyota for licensing, parts, and “unassembled” vehicles. This “South African company” became the country’s largest automaker, selling a billion dollars of product per year, gaining 57 percent of the market. They were Toyota of Japan, but found a way to disguise this.
Are you disgusted yet?
Why is this important now? Many African leaders have not forgotten or forgiven Japan for breaking sanctions against South Africa. They have turned to China, instead of Japan, for business. Believe it or not, Chinese are far more open to Africans than Japan.
Never mind the apartheid, Japan is complicit in the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya people by way of providing financial support to the Buddhist elite in Myanmar (Burma).