As my doctoral research demonstrated, “Japaneseness” is linked to physical appearance by Japan’s laws, law enforcement, public policy, jurisprudence and media messages.
While I can agree with some of that list, I’d love to learn what laws mention physical appearance. I’d also disagree that research can demonstrate things.
Permanent residents should claim their minority status themselves. After all, if you can stay here as a permanent part of a society, you can qualify as a minority.
I haven’t a clue about how I would go about claiming my minority status, and I’m not really sure I want to either.
That includes the foreign scholars of minority issues, who despite decades living in and researching in Japan, don’t appear to consider themselves members of a minority.
I’m not sure if this is some subtle dig against someone, or a boast, or what. And given he says “the foreign scholars”, is he implying none consider themselves a minority?
First, if the Japanese police must go gaijin hunting, then train them properly in immigration law.
“Must” they? Are you tacitly approving? Furthermore, the immigration law issue he brings up is, I think, more down to lazy news reporting than to ignorant police.
However, we can start off small by officially depicting Japaneseness as a legal status, not a bloodline-determined mystical concept entwined with racial purity.
Isn’t that how it is already officially seen – even Shintaro Ishihara says foreigners should naturalise if they want to vote, and I don’t think you can get much more officially Japaneseness than participating in elections here. What exactly do you mean?