The tennis champ's power lies in her ability to bring the discussion about Black Lives Matter to the country she represents, Japan.
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The mainstream Japanese media continues to mess up on issues of race. It's time for a new generation of talking heads.
Black Eye columnist Baye McNeil opens the new year with an email from a reader that illustrates the importance of language in dealing with multiracial individuals.
Japanese companies have been waking up to the idea that offending some of their customers might be bad for business.
A video of an altercation in a Starbucks involving a black man, Japanese staff and a non-Japanese bystander will likely further nasty stereotypes.
A joke about her skin hasn't bothered Naomi Osaka, but there are broader ramifications from such kind of comedy.
Since many Japanese people don't have the opportunity to interact with black people in their daily lives, how the community is represented in the national media is important.
A few years back, I wrote a piece for Black History Month in which I challenged people of African descent living here in Japan to "be black history." I implored them not to necessarily dwell on the past but to: "Dwell on the ...
This week on Deep Dive, Oscar Boyd is joined by Baye McNeil and Joel Tansey to discuss Naomi Osaka's rise to the top and a recent case of whitewashing.
This month, cup noodle maker Nissin served up its animated "Hungry to win" ad campaign, drawn by "Prince of Tennis" artist Takeshi Konomi and featuring actual tennis prince Kei Nishikori and our newest bona fide global star, Naomi Osaka. I'd been anticipating Osaka's appearance since ...