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Hi Blog. Happy New Year 2022! May this be a healthy and happy one for all Debito.org Readers.
Let me open the year inauspiciously with a post about new “Japanese Only” signs.
The first one is from a store called “Suzuya Buyou Kodougu” (Suzuya Traditional Dance Props) in Asakusa Kouen Nishisandou. Courtesy lots of people, but notably SD, RO, and MW.
Entertainment Goods 浅草公園西参道
Mapped at https://itp.ne.jp/info/133487635100000899/
Feel free to contact them and tell them what you think about their sign, particularly since no foreign tourists (and very few foreign residents) are being allowed into Japan to spread Covid. Yet that doesn’t stop racist signs depicting foreigners already here (who like regular Japanese residents probably haven’t travelled abroad) as more infectious than Japanese from appearing on stores (again). Because (again) there’s no law against racial discrimination in Japan stopping anyone from putting up a “Japanese Only” sign for any reason whatsoever.
Meanwhile, eagle-eyed Debito.org Readers are sending in other exclusionary signs they’ve discovered:
Subject: Discriminatory posting spoted in the wild
Date: December 27, 2021
To: Debito Arudou <email@example.com>
Since you post things like this from time to time, I thought I’d send over a photo of a sign I saw tonight when I was out looking for a place to grab a bite. It’s an izakaya in Asakusa called Momosaku.
Why post that you only have service/menus in Japanese when you can reach straight for the discrimination, I guess, eh? — XY.
Name: 100 (izakaya) (Momosaku 百作)
Address: 4 Chome-7-12 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0032
[Japanese version: None of our staff at this establishment speak foreign languages, so we refuse entry to all overseas people (kaigai no kata)].
No “overseas people” could possibly speak Japanese to their staff, of course.
The funny thing is, we featured Momosaku on Debito.org back in April 2018. Back then, the submitter pulled down that sign, and it was replaced a day later. Clearly Momosaku’s managers don’t like foreigners, Covid or no Covid.
Feel free to drop by and let them know how you feel about their “Japanese Only” sign. Perhaps pull it down again. Debito Arudou, Ph.D.
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