Anti-discrimination is the most troubousome.
I picked up an article from Japan Times about the suspicious discrimination existing in Japan.
It says that the united nation reported July 2005 that Japan should work on improvement of discrimination against foreigners in Japan such as Korean(zainichi), Chinese or other countries people.
Knowing the article, a funny guy enough to call a branch of UN made a question:
Guy: Who invited the investigater, Diene, from the UN?
UN: The group "IMADR (http://www.imadr.org/index.html)."
Guy: Wmm, then who is the director of IMADR?"
UN: "It's Kimihide Mushanokouji."
Guy: "Don't you know that he is the prominent supporter of Juche philosophy? (Juche philosophy was advocated by Kim Il-sung, the former general secretary of North Korea, basing it on communism. Needless to say, the policies led by the philosophy resulted in the dictation with no human rights)"
UN: "Really? I didn't know that!"
Guy: "Please report it to your superior. This investigation is thus not reliable."
Well, as I thought, this activity of UN is closely connected to anti-Japan movement, hiding behind mass media.
What is their purpose?
It's very simple. They don't want to terminate the aid or deduction provided by Japanese government.
It's because once they are admitted to be the sufferer, they (zainichi) can continue to have:
1.The exemption of base charge of electricity and gas
2.The deduction of the fee of public transportation
3.The exemption of state tax
4. The exemption of fixed asset tax
5. Welfare benefits of $400 per person a month + rent $500
6. The exemption of inheritance tax
and so on. No wonder they still want Japan to have discrimination.
However, I would have to defend my very good friend, who is zainichi (Korean immigrated in Japan). He studied hard and entered the top university, and is now employed in a famous company. Besides him, there are so MANY sincere zainichi who want to calmly live as a normal citizen. As a human, I hope that good zainchi people flourish in Japanese society.
The problem is few other zainichi, whose demands seem a little bit far from ordinary zainichi. Those who are reluctant to release their privileges now manipulate massmedia or even united nations.
I quoted the article posted in Japan times. You've got to read between the lines every time you read newspapers.
July 12, 2005
U.N. calls for antidiscrimination law
Investigator says Japan must
acknowledge its racism
By MASAMI ITO
government urgently needs to acknowledge that deep discrimination against
minorities, Korean and Chinese residents and other foreigners exists in Japan,
an independent investigator said Monday.
Doudou Diene, appointed by the U.N.
Human Rights Commission in 2002 as special rapporteur on contemporary forms of
racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, was in Japan
for more than a week on a fact-finding mission.
As a way to prevent
further racial discrimination, a national law must be enacted, Diene, from
Senegal, told a news conference at the United Nations University in Shibuya
Although Japan became a member of the U.N. International
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1995, it
has yet to establish a national law to prevent discrimination.
Creating such a law "is the first step to combat racial discrimination," Diene said.
During his trip, Diene has met with central and local government officials as well as the Supreme Court and the National Police Agency.
Although some officials admitted there is discrimination, others said "there are social differences but no ethnic or racial discrimination," according to Diene.
At the news conference, Diene slammed the policy of the Justice Ministry's Immigration Bureau that urges people to report illegal over-stayers anonymously on its Web site.
"This policy encourages racial discrimination and xenophobia," Diene said. "It is basically just a measure to cast doubt on (foreigners) and such measures should be banned completely."
Diene also met with various NGO groups and individuals who talked about their experiences of discrimination in Japan, including Korean and Chinese residents, the indigenous Ainu people and Okinawans.
At a hearing last Wednesday hosted by the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, a nongovernmental organization, Diene met with various groups and individuals who discussed discrimination against foreign immigrants and asylum seekers.
A member of the nongovernmental group Solidarity Network With Migrants Japan spoke about what it denounced as discriminatory posters written by the police. She showed a copy of a police warning which said "Beware of bad groups of foreigners."
The group also charged that xenophobic remarks are being made by public figures, including Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, who has repeatedly emphasized that heinous crimes are being committed by illegal foreigners.
"A lot of countries possess a negative image of Japan through negative and xenophobic statements made by (Gov. Ishihara)," Diene said.
"In order to sweep away such images, (Japan) needs to show that it possesses a strong political will" to eliminate discrimination and to provide an actual implementation plan to ban racial discrimination, he added.
Diene said he will submit a final report on his visit to the Human Rights Commission in March 2006.
Those movements by zainichi obviously make far-rightist stiff, leading to biased opinions towards zainichi. But things are getting better. Most of zainichi are now leading happier life ever. Cheers for the patience of zainichi and Japanese.