My Japan Times column JBC 111: “White Supremacists and Japan: A Love Story” (March 8, 2018)


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Hi Blog. This month sees a Japan Times column that I’m particularly proud of, as it ties a lot of things together. My research question was, “Why do people react so viscerally whenever somebody criticizes Japan?” And I think I found the answer: Japan attracts and nurtures White Supremacists.

Here are the opening paragraphs:

JBC 111 for the Japan Times Community page
By Debito Arudou, Thursday, March 8, 2018


The Washington Post reported something interesting on Feb. 14: A farm put up a sign saying “Resist White Supremacy.” And it incurred a surprising amount of online backlash.

Calls for boycotts. Accusations and recriminations. One-star Facebook reviews that had nothing to do with their products.

The article pondered: Who, other than a White Supremacist, would object to a message rejecting white supremacy?

But if you’ve ever protested racism in Japan, or read comments sections in Japanese media, you’ll know these reactions have been old hat for nearly two decades.

In fact, this column will argue that online intolerance and attack have been Japan exports…

Read the rest in the JT at

This will be the anchor site for discussion about the article on Thanks for reading, everyone. Dr. Debito Arudou

PS:  If trolls show up here, as they probably will, as per Commenting Guidelines, reserves the right to make public their IP addresses.

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18 comments on “My Japan Times column JBC 111: “White Supremacists and Japan: A Love Story” (March 8, 2018)

    • The Truth! says:

      –Allowing this post through only as evidence of the “White Samurai” phenomenon I alluded to in my column. Readers, don’t feed the troll.

      Please, let’s hear more about ‘the horrors of Japan’.
      You need to wake up and smell the chrysanthemums! That’s the flower of the Imperial Family, in case you didn’t know. Let’s face it, you probably didn’t.

      In Tokyo, the largest metropolis on Earth, women can walk alone safely and securely at midnight (or later) without fear. Try that in Manhattan, Detroit, Downtown Los Angeles or Chicago.

      In Japan, young kids can skip down the streets and ride public trains without being harmed or abducted…while innocent children in America are being savagely slaughtered like beasts in their own classrooms!

      An opioid/heroin crisis is sweeping cities and suburbs while spreading disease, chaos and death. This after years of widespread cocaine, crack AND methamphetamine pandemics!

      The general public is desensitized to DUIs, gun violence, domestic violence and arrests.

      Millions of people are incarcerated and being housed in violent, human cages while being stripped of their dignity. Police brutality and corruption only highlight the countless flaws in the criminal justice system.

      According to the National Crime Information Center, between 627,911 and 932,190 people have gone missing (1990-2016) in the United States EVERY YEAR! Which means that over a half-a-million people have likely been either kidnapped, murdered (and never found), or human trafficked EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Men, women and children…but mostly CHILDREN!

      The country is in more debt than any other nation in the GALAXY.

      Meanwhile, no immigration policy to date has prevented millions of undocumented aliens from residing and dodging taxes in the country.

      To top it all off, vicious hate crimes against ethnic and religious minorities as well as LGBTs are all on the rise.

      So, what exactly can Japan learn from YOUR perspective as a former US citizen?

      I’ll answer that. NOTHING.

      There is NOTHING that Japan can learn from a country thousands of years its junior. There is no social institution or governance in America (and arguably the rest of the West) that is superior to Japan’s. PERIOD.

      You’ve obviously arrived at a point of comfort that has spoiled and deluded you with self-righteous narcissism. It’s made you take the beautiful country of Japan for granted. Smite her as you will, and I’ll continue to defend her honor!

      “White supremacists and Japan: A love story” —How DARE you!?!?!

      Here’s some useful tips:
      -Do your research and propose real solutions before you lazily construct/submit an article to be published.
      -Use LEGITIMATE sources not ‘Billy Bob from some random, racist forum’.
      -FULLY acknowledge that you have more to LEARN from Japan than you have to “teach”.

      BOW DOWN.

      — IP address:

      • Jim Di Griz says:

        LOLZ! Thanks for showing that Dr. Debito!
        This guy doesn’t know anything about japan except the ‘japan myths’ and seems to have a mental health issue.

  • baudrillard says:

    This site is about Japan, and the boring old Japanese right is just the same old same old-except that certain upstarts like Sakurai dont know their place and get taken to task by other rightists like Hashimoto. They just bleat on about Imperial revisionism and “Nanjing didnt happen” as Japan is post-fascist.

    So indeed, American fascists/white supremacists like (the distant idea of) Japan. so does the British nazi, I mean National Party, who I see as traitors in light of Japanese war atrocities.

    I don’t see anyone on the Japanese right who is a classical liberal, who opposes PC SJW 3rd weave feminism or safe spaces etc etc because none of these things have happened in Japan. Japan, was, and always has been deeply conservative/nationalist/racist.

    It is problematic to compare america and Japan as what you see in America is something different, a reaction to Hilary style Democrats. Obviously that is strikingly different to a Japan that has only known the same old same old LDP. In America we are seeing political activism at the level of the 60s, interestingly another period of mass demonstrations against the Democratic establishment’s involvement in Vietnam.

    Disclaimer: I am not pro Republican and neither is Milo. the GOP is statistically more corrupt (other than Ford) than the Democrats, its true.

    Yes to be sure, some of these white nationalist losers might fantasize about Japan. I agree with most of the article but hang on, perhaps don’t lump in Steve Bannon with the fanboys and alt right nationalists here, as it is starting to sound like one. monolithic movement, and it certinly isn’t. Milo Yiannopoulos- of whom I am becoming something of a fan for his highly intelligent and entertaining debates- calls Bannon “uncle” yet rejects the alt right and most certainly, as a gay Jewish man married to a black guy, is not liked by the alt right at all. The feeling is mutual. and yet he worked for Bannon at Breitbart.

    I think Bannon said he “liked” Japan for different reasons from the others mentioned. In fact he said “Japan, as having become “protectorates of the United States” that do not “make an effort to defend [themselves]”, and ……..should pay a minimum of 2% of GDP on defense.[175]wikipedia.

    So Bannon is wrong or just saying what Japan wants to hear when he says Japan was Trump before Trump. He doesn’t know Japan in depth like posters and Debito do.

    I don’t think Trump really has much interest in or love of Japan other than how it could be useful to his strategic aims. and if it wasnt for North Korea he would probably be slapping a tariff on Japanese imports….oh wait, he has haha

    Love how the Japanese thought they would be “special” but the US indicates”there will be no exceptions!!”

    So much for all Abe’s omotenashi, it has availed him nothing.

  • baudrillard says:

    “Who, other than a White Supremacist, would object to a message rejecting white supremacy?”

    I’ll be controversial and bite. Who/ How about the answer being- the average, lower income white Caucasian male who is fed up of being told to “check his white privilege”?

    The “google memo” comes to mind.

    There is a big backlash against this from white Caucasian males in America, who do not feel “supreme” at all. WHAT white privilege, exactly?

    Just putting it out there for debate!

  • Baudrillard says:

    “Japanese Privilege” doesnt exist in Japan”, says this annoying guy

    But we all know better.

    And so this nerdy guy who has a Caucasian GF apparently (mirror image of the sidetrack in Debito’s article about how alt right guys may tend to have Asian GFs but I digress) he “can be harsh on blacks”. Wrong on so many levels, yet he tries to say that just like “white privilege” doesnt exist (which is debateable and is being debated in the US these days), Japanese privilege also doesnt exist, because “its the same right?”
    Wrong, I’d say. America is multi cultural, whites are becoming a minority in some states, they dont get any affirmative action programs.

    Thats completely different from Japan. All power remains with the Japanese.

    Anyone on the American right should not be lauding Japan. Try living here!

    What scares me more is how some on the American left mollycuddle Japanese as a repressed minority on a par with people from undeveloped nations. You know, really important stuff like how Gackt the millionaire popstar cant get the seat he wanted in a snooty French restuarant.

    “What’s mine is mine and what is yours is mine also”, comes to mind with Japan and Japanese abroad!

  • Jim Di Griz says:

    @Dr. Debito, I’ve just been reading the JBC comments section. Jartaylor has responded!
    Apparently you’ve ‘got some nerve’ for exercising your legal right protected by the constitution of Japan, as a Japanese citizen, for speaking your opinion.
    For some reason (I’ll take a guess; ‘white-superiority’?) Taylor seems to think that his opinion should over-ride the Constitution of Japan and its application to Japanese citizens, and instead that he (presumably as a white American male) should be able to determine who is legally a citizen of Japan according to Japanese law and who isn’t.
    What a bizarrely pompous old windbag. ‘Dotard’ springs to mind.

    • Jim Di Griz says:

      How many 16 year olds (high school first graders) have advice about politics, economics, demographics that you would take seriously?
      This guy last lived in Japan 50 years ago as a child.

  • Loverilakkuma says:

    I’m very glad this finally came out. I have argued that western disregard of similar race issue in Japan for the sake of cultural uniqueness is a clear reflection of white privilege running amok. Those who attributes one’s decision to leave country as an indicator of like/dislike, and those who falsely link genuine criticism of Japan with anti-Japanese are no doubt chanting for the creation of problem. They are dumb hypocrites ‘paper liberal’ commentators who call for social justice on one hand, and accuse Muslims of being anti-Semites for criticizing Israel or its corrupted PM Benjamin Netanyahu on the other.

  • Great article. I don’t always like or agree with your JT articles, but this one hit the spot.

    Japan in the 2nd decade of the 21st Century, reminds me of South Africa in the 8th decade of the 20th Century. You would get European migrants coming to South Africa, praising how Apartheid South Africa had not been corrupted by ‘Western’ ideas of multi-racialism / multi-culturalism.

    As an added observation, it was always amazing how Japanese nationals seemed so comfortable in Apartheid South Africa, with their honorary white status. Korean nationals weren’t much different, but at least their government took a stance of refusing to have any diplomatic relationship with the Apartheid regime.

  • Edward J Cunningham says:

    I’m not surprised. I remember a few years ago I saw an internet post by a “Virginia Dare” (I suspect this may have been Peter Brimelow or someone else affiliated with the VDARE web site) criticizing Debito and praising Japan’s policies on ethnicity. I can’t remember the exact words he wrote, but this guy loved the idea that in Japan somebody who wasn’t ethnically pure would NEVER be considered Japanese, and neither would their kids or grandchildren. Japan needs to be called out on this.

    • Baudrillard says:

      Peter Brimelow or someone else affiliated with the VDARE site will likewise never become Japanese but in addition, they will discriminated against in Japan these days as well.
      This isnt the 80s, lose the rose tinted gaijin guest nostalgia glasses, already!

  • Jim Di Griz says:

    You know, that Taylor guy is still the 16 year old ‘gaijin, you’re NOT one of us ware-ware nihonjin’ in the corner of the classroom, and as an ‘adult’ it’s exactly the attitude he’s throwing back at the world. Scarred for life as a child, made carrying the chip on his shoulder his life’s work. Sad.

  • — Here’s another one, except it goes beyond White Samurai and into White Supremacist. This will be my last replication of these trolls, but let it serve as evidence of the phenomena referred to in my column. –Debito
    PS: For the record: I have no control over what posts get removed at the Japan Times online; but I can certainly see why it was removed.


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