While the film may mean one small step for attitudes here, it represents a big-cat leap for black people's view of ourselves.
Oops, they did it again: offensive makeup for laughs on TV. But some Japanese viewers are far from amused.
Although the celebration was designed as a Pan-African affair, its seven principles could benefit every one of us.
Turn on the TV in Japan and you're likely to see a black face from time to time. Rarely will it be in a drama, but on game shows, variety and comedy shows, even some commercials. I wouldn't say we're commonplace, but we're out ...
In his rise up the ranks, Malian academic positioned himself as a bridge between Japan and the outside world.
Malian architect lived through protests by Chinese students targeting Africans just months before the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Understanding racial issues is key to knowing America's history and, through that, modern Japan's, says Keiko Shirakawa.
On occasion, I still get asked this question: Of what value is a column dedicated exclusively to black issues — particularly here in Japan? Generally the query comes from the kind of people who, upon hearing "Black Lives Matter" proclaimed, want to answer "All Lives ...
I decided it was time to find out about the true state of scholarship in Japan pertaining to Africans and the African diaspora, and the people behind it.
The most common question you'll likely be asked upon making a new Japanese acquaintance is "Why did you come to Japan?" In 13 years here I've been asked this question by our hosts hundreds of times. My response has varied so much over the years ...