• Nagayo, Nagasaki


Regarding the recent flap over Debito Arudou’s Aug. 5 article, “Once a ‘gaijin,’ always a ‘gaijin,’ ” and, more specifically, the Aug. 10 letter response from Sandra Graves-Takahashi, “Unlikely material for a revolution”: I must concur with Arudou regarding the treatment of foreigners in Japan.

Certainly, the rebuttals of his article make valid points, but the underlying truth cannot be ignored: Foreigners ARE treated like second-class people, because equal rights only apply to Japanese, and the law is on their side.

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