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.
Three new additions within the 13 cities and towns nationwide in Japan, in Hiroshima and Koshigaya, Saitama.
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):
“… 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.”
BAR “SUMATRA TIGER”
Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Yagenbori 7-9. Sanwa Bld 2F
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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:
“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?
Full details on both places at:
But here’s the worst sign I’ve ever seen:
KOSHIGAYA CITY, SAITAMA PREFECTURE
2-3 Koshigaya, Koshigaya, Saitama
“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.”
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:
No doubt more to come. Thanks for the submissions, everyone. Arudou Debito in Sapporo