• Tajimi, Gifu

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If there is anything that makes me more determined to improve my Japanese, it is to fight racist claptrap like that (reported in the article “Visa overstayers given too many breaks: rightist“). Instead of being considered a benefit to the country, foreigners are seen as nothing short of a nuisance that needs to be overpoliced and punished for the transgression of not being Japanese — even if you are born and raised here.

Immigrants spend more than the local population; they do jobs young Japanese aren’t interested in; they stimulate a economy that has dived; they create jobs, both in the public and private sectors; and they start innovative and diverse businesses that help employ Japanese. Just go to any of the most popular bars in Nagoya, or my favorite Indian restaurant, and you’ll see that.

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