ハローFight Backさん – a history lesson

For some reason or other, I have an urge to post about this Japan Probe entry from November 2010:

The Japanese blogger behind the Sora blog called up the manufacturer of the product and told them about some of the complaints non-Japanese have made about the “Hello Gajin-san” set. The company representative said it was the first time the company had ever received a complaint about that product.

Furthermore, a commenter with a Japanese name notes:

I complained about 10 days ago. Customer service sent me a message. They are in the process of changing the name.

Anyway, I think Japan Probe can claim credit for the 外人 to 外国人 change. Who else is covering this issue and archiving it?

  1. It seems there are people everywhere who make a living out of being offended;

    http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2012/september/22/will_adams.aspx

    (Isn’t that hand clasping prayer-style gesture something Japanese only do as a mark of respect for the dead? Why wasn’t she offended at that?) :headdesk:

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  2. I missed some context – the hilarious “Haro gaijin san” is now the even more hilarious “Hi gaikokujin desu”

    http://item.rakuten.co.jp/wnd-minakuru/4957917760380/

    Oh, and if anyone would like to buy me something for Christmas, I’ve put these tasteful items on my wish list:

    http://www.amazon.com/Jigsaw-Surprise-cracker-Mary-Evans/dp/B0081Q703K/
    http://www.amazon.com/Large-17-Golly-Soft-Toy/dp/B000RZIIT8/

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  3. The Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    No Ken, it is not merely about buying toys and the like. It is about the Japanese tendency to want to present themselves as those of other races in order to take the piss thereoutof. It is essentialism in the extreme and you should be ashamed of yourself for making light of the situation. This sort of thing would never be okay in America.

    By the way what are you guys doing for Halloween? I’m figuring on wearing this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Rubies-Costume-Co-51155-Japanese/dp/B000H8M87S

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  4. The Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    As an aside, Debito seems to think that those Hello Gaijin sets arrived in 2009. I actually purchased one from LOFT and wore it to a party (I’m white and I have blue eyes) in 1998. Surely somebody who was so eager to do what he does would have found such an example of absurd racial stereotyping earlier had he had his eyes open. They were in both LOFT and Tokyu Hands, where I assume he and many of his readership mooch in their spare time.

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  5. I’m going as a Japanese English teacher – he must be Japanese since he is called “Sensei”:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sensei-Wig-Beard-Size-One-Size/dp/B002IOY6HE/

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  6. Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    Are you sure you don’t want a “Fu Manchu” mustache?

    http://www.amazon.com/Forum-Novelties-Inc-Moustache-Accessory/dp/B001BAXKUA/ref=pd_sbs_a_3

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