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    Posted by arudou debito on March 11th, 2007

    Hello Blog. The Rogues’ Gallery of Exclusionary Establishments in Japan, with signs and policies restricting or forbidding “foreigners” entry, has just been updated on Debito.org.

    http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html

    Three new additions within the 13 cities and towns nationwide in Japan, in Hiroshima and Koshigaya, Saitama.

    HIROSHIMA (two new signs):
    INDONESIAN BAR “CLUB SAMA SAMA”
    Hiroshima-Shi Naka Tenchi 1-2, Hiroshima Dai Bldg 3F Ph: 082−246−2320

    samasamasign.jpg

    The sign is hard to see, but translating:

    “NOTICE: WE STRICTLY REFUSE ENTRY TO ORGANIZED CRIME AND THEIR AFFICIATES, PEOPLE IN THE WATER TRADES, OVERLY INTOXICATED PEOPLE, MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, PEOPLE WHO HAVE CAUSED TROUBLE ON THE PREMISES, FOREIGNERS, AND ‘PROMOTERS’ (SCOUTS FOR FEMALE TALENT). IF WE FIND YOU ON THE PREMISES, WE WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A REFUND. WE ALSO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE WE CHOOSE. –CLUB SAMA SAMA”

    REPORT FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER (A Southeast Asian naturalized Japanese citizen. Japanese original, translated by Arudou Debito):

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    “… I met with a guy friend (Japanese by birth), and went for dinner, then a night out on the town… We went inside SAMA SAMA and were shown to a table by the management.

    “As soon as we had sat down, one of the male staff came up to us and said, “Excuse me, Gaijin are not allowed in here.” I just happened to have my passport on me and explained that I am in fact a Japanese. However, he replied, “You look foreign, so kindly leave.” After he kicked me out, he pointed to the sign outside with said exclusionary policy. When I tried to take a picture, the manager got in the way, so they’re a little shaky. Enclosed.”
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    BAR “SUMATRA TIGER”
    Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Yagenbori 7-9. Sanwa Bld 2F

    http://www.sumatratiger.com/
    sumatratigersign.jpg
    Click on thumbnail for larger image

    Adjacent to local Hiroshima International Bar “El Barco”, this place restricts all US military personnel without Japanese or Foreign civilian friends. Report from the submitter:

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    “I don’t know when it was posted, but I discovered this sign (picture attached) on a club, Sumatra Tiger, adjacent to El Barco. Wouldn’t such a sign demand that all foreigners (at least, “American-looking” foreigners) present their gaijin cards as proof that they are civilians working in Japan, and not affiliated with the US military? And of course, I assume no private club has the right to make such a demand, only the koban or government officials.”

    COMMENT FROM THE ROGUES’ GALLERY MODERATOR: I rather agree that a bar is not the best place to face drunk young military types, and can understand a certain degree of trepidation both from bar owner and client. However, this is a place which is restricting entry to non-Japanese, which falls under the purview of the Rogues’ Gallery. It is also important, as the submitter says, to see how this policy is actually enforced–and if all “foreigners” will be treated as “military” on appearance alone. Anyone want to drop by this place and find out?
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    Full details on both places at:
    http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html#Hiroshima

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    But here’s the worst sign I’ve ever seen:

    KOSHIGAYA CITY, SAITAMA PREFECTURE
    NIGHTLIFE “EDEN”
    2-3 Koshigaya, Koshigaya, Saitama
    Phone: 048-964-8852

    http://www.k-eden.com
    SIGN READS:
    “ENTRY ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN TO CHINESE, NATURALIZED CITIZENS, CHINESE WAR ORPHANS (zanryuu koji), AND PEOPLE WITH CHINESE BLOOD MIXED IN. ONLY PURE-BLOODED JAPANESE MALES PERMITTED.”

    edensign0307072.jpg
    Click on photo for link to complete image

    No joke.

    Only pure-breeds? They’ve really thought this policy out to be as exclusive as possible.

    Not even naturalized citizens? That deals me out too.

    Now we’re separating customers specifically by blood? The signs are getting worse…

    Full details at:
    http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html#Koshigaya

    No doubt more to come. Thanks for the submissions, everyone. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
    ENDS

    5 Responses to “Rogues’ Gallery: 3 new exclusionary signs: Hiroshima & Koshigaya: “Pure-Blooded Japanese Only–No War Orphans””

    1. Japan News for March 11, 2007 » Japan Probe Says:

      [...] Arudou Debito has added three new locations to his “Rogues’ Gallery” of businesses in Japan that ban foreign customers. [Link] [...]

    2. Karina Says:

      My grandmother here in Japan operates a bar, and even she hates how people can put up such racist signs.
      Luckily, I haven’t seen such signs in my local area, and I know the majority of bars in Japan don’t exclude non-Japanese people (by blood and/or by citizenship), but still, it’s very disgusting to see such a thing happening.
      Just because I personally haven’t seen a sign like such doesn’t make it right, and just because only some (maybe a minority, even?) bars have that doesn’t make it acceptable by any means.

    3. Overthinker Says:

      That last one has got to be a joke, surely? Perhaps they’re trying to make a humorous point (very badly) about how manly the manly men that need its services (clicking on the link given takes you to adult sites) and at the same time making a satirical point about discrimination signs. Perhaps not. I wonder if Alberto Fujimori would be allowed in? Anyway, that’s one the returnees from China can make a stink about easily, and be more accepted for their action than a buncha lousy hentai gaijin who shouldna even be the Land of the Gods in the first place….

      Oh, and it’s highly sexist as well.

    4. James Says:

      I actually saw a similar sign in my city a few months ago, and I’ve been trying to find the exact location and take a picture ever since. I’ll do some more extensive exploring when it’s not so freakin’ cold outside, and maybe then I’ll have a new picture for your gallery…

    5. Takahaya Says:

      The photo above is questionable. The Japanese at the top, “Nyuten fuka” looks photoshopped.

      –THE PHOTO WAS TAKEN BY A JOURNALIST. IT IS LEGIT. –DEBITO

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