• Mobara, Chiba


Regarding Debito Arudou’s March 24 article, “Punishing foreigners, exonerating Japanese“: Although I have never had to deal with Japan’s criminal justice system, a small anecdote about two relatively minor incidents at a public junior high school does serve to support one of Arudou’s major points.

It seems that along with baseball and soft tennis, the most popular club at this school was foreign-teacher beating, yet nothing was ever done. Do the good people of Japan really want their junior high students graduating with the lesson that violence is fine, as long as it is directed at non-Japanese?

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