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A year has passed since the Shizuoka District Court issued a landmark ruling that awarded damages to a Brazilian journalist for being refused service at a jewelry shop in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, simply because she was foreign.

Ana Bortz’s court victory, however, apparently did little to end such discriminatory business practices, which still persist, especially in rural towns with rapidly growing foreign populations.

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