What's new

Welcome to Japan Reference (JREF) - the community for all Things Japanese.

Join Today! It is fast, simple, and FREE!

Anti-racism protesters march throughtout Japan Cities

Seiko

後輩
Joined
20 Jan 2015
Messages
169
Reaction score
45
1591568533826.png









 

mdchachi

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
6 Mar 2003
Messages
3,074
Reaction score
738
"The same thing is happening in Japan but nobody is talking about it "

I'm sure there are abuses in Japan but I seriously doubt people are seriously injured or killed by Japanese police much.
 
Joined
4 Apr 2014
Messages
638
Reaction score
162
IMHO People are just tired of "social distancing" and would use any excuse to gather and take part in a group activity.

Racial discrimination in Japan? I won't speak for eveyone but i have only experienced cases of positive racial discrimination towards myself so far, which i can't really complain about. Although i concede things might not have been as good should my command of Japanese be worse than it is.

Police brutality in Japan? Won't speak for all of Japan's police force, but judging from what i've seen and experienced so far - Japanese policemen are the friendliest and most likable policemen one could imagine. But then again might have to something with ability to communicate.
 

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
9,853
Reaction score
1,438
A few days ago, there was the case of the Kurdish fellow being manhandled by police for no good reason. It doesn't compare to what happened in Minneapolis.





The very few encounters I had with the Japanese police correspond to @Lomaster's experiences.
 

thomas

Unswerving cyclist
Admin
Joined
14 Mar 2002
Messages
9,853
Reaction score
1,438
Please tell me about your experiences that encounter with the Japanese police ~~
Fortunately, there is not a lot to tell. In sixteen years of cycling, I have only been stopped once at the former Tsukiji koban. My other two encounters happened in the course of bicycle accidents. In both instances, the police were professional and friendly.

If you search the forum you will find several threads that deal with Japanese law enforcement. What it boils down to (anywhere, not just in Japan): always be friendly and collaborate.
 

Lothor

Proofreader extraordinaire
Moderator
Donor
Joined
26 Sep 2015
Messages
930
Reaction score
465
I've lived in Japan since 2003 and also had very few encounters with the police. I've been stopped three times while out cycling to check that the bike is mine and I've been in a few kobans to hand over wallets I've found, and have only encountered friendliness and professionalism.
Even so, I'm very glad that these marches took place and brought up the subject of the Kurd who was shoved to the ground. You get a few rotten apples in any police force, and it's always good for the police to be reminded that they are accountable to the public and that people are monitoring their behaviour and are prepared to make a noise on the occasions it drops below the usual high standards of the Japanese police.
 
Last edited:

salyavin

Kouhai
Donor
Joined
2 Jun 2005
Messages
96
Reaction score
25
I actually had police stop me and check my visa once at night but they were friendly, I satisfied them and that was it. I suppose some could get idignant to have their visa checked.
 

misternada

後輩
Joined
10 Sep 2017
Messages
79
Reaction score
30
I went out for a walk at the local park it was a bit before 7pm, it was getting dark, did not notice the patrol before I was too close to turn around.
There were 5 police officers and a guy with them, it looked like some kind of crime has been committed and they were there prowling the badlands looking for someone, a criminal, an outlaw or maybe just a random foreigner, a "gaijin". I was there alone in the middle of nowhere surrounded by cops high on testosterone, a cold wind started to blow, they noticed me and I could almost physically feel their intense predatory stare on me, their eyes were black, emotionless, the eyes of real psychopaths, I thought "****, my luck!", vision of the proud Japanese imperial troops in Indochina hunting foreigners to behead them went quickly through my memories, will it all end there in the hands of maniac Japanese cops ? And then I look back at them with the most peaceful smile, a state of enlightenment that can only be reached after years of practice of zen buddhism. The cops just turned around without a word and disappear in the darkness. They just understood they did not stand a chance.

 

Seiko

後輩
Joined
20 Jan 2015
Messages
169
Reaction score
45
Japanese Public Broadcaster NHK Slammed
for Black Lives Matter Anime Video





Sadly i don't understand Japanese. If this offend anyone, i will delete this.
 

misternada

後輩
Joined
10 Sep 2017
Messages
79
Reaction score
30
Of course all this will backfire, I imagine the Japanese watching those "peaceful" protestors on tv must be shaking like a leaf ...
Don't think they wish to have more foreigners now, especially blacks, after seeing this ! Who would ? lol
 
Last edited:

Seiko

後輩
Joined
20 Jan 2015
Messages
169
Reaction score
45
Okay, so I use the google Closed Captioning (I forgot about this) to read what the character guy was saying. I will say, I don't see anything wrong with the information (or what the character was saying). I believe NHK did do their homework on this and got it right. But, its not just the black communities that was only hit by this, it was also Latin, and whites poor people who live in the cities or living in rural small community that was hit by the coronavirus and the economics side of it.

The only problem I can see is that they use the wrong background image to deliver their message. Protest vs Riot vs Looting. They went with all 3 when they should have just went with a protest background with people marching and should have kept out the fire in the far background, the guy holding the TV box with the fire image and the woman holding the fire and store front looting. But, that image is true too.

The only thing is, the black communities are just speaking louder and showing their frustration
 
Last edited:

nice gaijin

Resident Realist
Moderator
Donor
Joined
8 Aug 2005
Messages
5,628
Reaction score
781
Of course all this will backfire, I imagine the Japanese watching those "peaceful" protestors on tv must be shaking like a leaf ...
Don't think they wish to have more foreigners now, especially blacks, after seeing this ! Who would ? lol
I gotta say, although the things being said in the video are fine, the caricature and hammed up voice acting do not help the situation. Embarrassing.
 

Uncle Frank

SECURITY-you SPAM/we BAN
Admin
Joined
21 May 2003
Messages
10,731
Reaction score
859
The plan where they stand in the middle of high speed roads at night here in the US seems to be bad planning for a few.
 

mdchachi

Moderator
Moderator
Joined
6 Mar 2003
Messages
3,074
Reaction score
738
Okay, so I use the google Closed Captioning (I forgot about this) to read what the character guy was saying. I will say, I don't see anything wrong with the information (or what the character was saying). I believe NHK did do their homework on this and got it right. But, its not just the black communities that was only hit by this, it was also Latin, and whites poor people who live in the cities or living in rural small community that was hit by the coronavirus and the economics side of it.

The only problem I can see is that they use the wrong background image to deliver their message. Protest vs Riot vs Looting. They went with all 3 when they should have just went with a protest background with people marching and should have kept out the fire in the far background, the guy holding the TV box with the fire image and the woman holding the fire and store front looting. But, that image is true too.

The only thing is, the black communities are just speaking louder and showing their frustration
I beg to differ that NHK "got it right." In fact I will say it's complete b.s. and I'm surprised you would say this.
I think they did their homework by delving into their collective knowledge about U.S. race relations. That is to say they didn't seriously do anything except continue promoting long held beliefs not based in reality.

The video says people are protesting a wealth gap. And disparate covid19 impact. And economic impacts.
Now take a look at all the signs people are holding as they protest IRL. Does it mention any of these things? Very rarely.
The actual protests are mainly about police brutality and systemic racism. The video doesn't mention the trigger (somebody getting murdered by a cop) at all.
On top of that it uses offensive stereotypical imagery such as angry muscle-bound black men that look threatening. Even the musician dressed in a suit has sleeves cut off to show off his muscles. I've never seen a suit like that in my life. Bizarre. In comparison the white guy is depicted neutrally as some unwitting bystander who just happens to be 7 times wealthier than blacks. The whole time the narrator clutches a little purse that looks like an innocent frog-like character that is struggling from the pain of being squeezed to death by the angry black man. The video neglects to show the diversity of the crowds in current protests who are majority white in most places. This video is not educational and is highly misleading. IMO.
 

Lothor

Proofreader extraordinaire
Moderator
Donor
Joined
26 Sep 2015
Messages
930
Reaction score
465
I beg to differ that NHK "got it right." In fact I will say it's complete b.s. and I'm surprised you would say this.
I think they did their homework by delving into their collective knowledge about U.S. race relations. That is to say they didn't seriously do anything except continue promoting long held beliefs not based in reality.

The video says people are protesting a wealth gap. And disparate covid19 impact. And economic impacts.
Now take a look at all the signs people are holding as they protest IRL. Does it mention any of these things? Very rarely.
The actual protests are mainly about police brutality and systemic racism. The video doesn't mention the trigger (somebody getting murdered by a cop) at all.
On top of that it uses offensive stereotypical imagery such as angry muscle-bound black men that look threatening. Even the musician dressed in a suit has sleeves cut off to show off his muscles. I've never seen a suit like that in my life. Bizarre. In comparison the white guy is depicted neutrally as some unwitting bystander who just happens to be 7 times wealthier than blacks. The whole time the narrator clutches a little purse that looks like an innocent frog-like character that is struggling from the pain of being squeezed to death by the angry black man. The video neglects to show the diversity of the crowds in current protests who are majority white in most places. This video is not educational and is highly misleading. IMO.
They could have also tried to actually find some black Americans to explain the situation. In the States there must be tens of thousands of black schoolteachers who could have talked about the protests in a manner that children could comprehend easily - the programme was targeted at kids - which would have been a good bit of journalism in a country where most of the inhabitants have no personal contact with black people. Instead, NHK gave stereotypes speaking in the silly, cringeworthy voices in which foreigners always seem to have when Japanese people do them on TV.
 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Top Bottom