A small selection of the large number of online comments and emails received in response to Olga Garnova's recent Foreign Agenda column, "Spare a thought for Western men trapped in Japan":

Who really has it tough?

I'm sure a brown guy such as myself will face lots of racism in Japan. These white guys in Japan who complain about how bad they have it get little to no sympathy from me, with them being already at the top of the hierarchy for foreigners in the eyes of Japanese.