Regarding the Feb. 12 article by Eric Johnston and Tomohiro Osaki titled “Author Sono calls for racial segregation“: Ruthless Japan-bashing has become a style statement for many foreigners. The recent furor in criticizing the country shows some foreigners to forget that, outside the peaceful boundaries of Japan, things are not so friendly.

Some of the criticisms against Ayako Sono seem focused on why certain foreigners are not treated as royals in Japan. I think it’s time to look back at the reason why some of us are here in Japan and why we hesitate to go back to where we came from.

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