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Hi Blog. I found some time, so here is a little something for this week:
In addition to the hundreds of “Japanese Only” businesses found on the Rogues’ Gallery of Exclusionary Establishments (the fieldwork for book “Embedded Racism“), here is an Okinawan diving and hiking tourist agency called “Begin Diving Buddies” on a remote southern island called Tokashiki (35 mins by boat from Naha, Okinawa Prefecture) that refuses all “foreign” divers or hikers.
Their excuse: “safety reason and regulation” (or more simply in the Japanese, just “safety” (anzenjou), since there are NO regulations which refuse foreigners in specific for wanting to swim or walk in the mountains).
“Dear foreign customer, we don’t give you service due to safety reason and regulation.
We are appreciated your understanding.”
Here’s a screen capture and text, courtesy of Steve and other Debito.org Readers:
About Diving: “Gaijin Refused” http://archive.is/kUTlD
Even just Walking: “Gaijin Refused” http://archive.is/rk6Gw
(Look at the photos, not dangerous hiking, simple relaxed walking.)
The smiling race-excluder: Mr. Ken’ichi Konishi http://archive.is/STvQx
Begin Diving Buddies’ contact details are:
☆ 住所 ： 〒901-3501 沖縄県島尻郡渡嘉敷村字渡嘉敷1918-1
☆ 電話 ： ０９８－８９６－４１１４
☆ 携帯 ： ０９０－３２７２－３９３９
☆ ＦＡＸ ： ０９８－８９６－４１１５
☆ ｍａｉｌ ： firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to give them a piece of your mind. You can also also let officialdom know as well. Here is Tokashiki-mura’s official website, and Okinawa’s official tourism writeup on the place. Dr. Debito Arudou
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