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While continuing my job search in the hard-hit financial and insurance sector, I was again informed that another job was for “Japanese only.” The written ads call for “Japanese native speakers,” but that’s just a euphemism; when you call to inquire about the job, they tell you quite directly that they are only considering a Japanese person.

I hear this every day now and, like anyone who has lived in Japan, I’ve gotten used to it. But from time to time, it should be called what it is: racial discrimination. It is the biggest obstacle to finding a job or a rental apartment.

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