Tag - discrimination



Celebrations mark the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday in Dharamsala, India, in July 2015. The question of who will succeed the Tibetan leader, Tenzin Gyatso, now 88, looms large.
Jan 29, 2024
Atheist China should have no say in Dalai Lama's reincarnation
Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a wolf in sheep's clothing. Why, then, is it obsessed with controlling the succession of someone it despises?
Zain Syed (left), a Pakistan-born Japanese citizen; Maurice, a U.S. citizen with permanent residency in Japan; and Matthew, a Pacific Islander with permanent residency, outside the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on Monday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 29, 2024
Lawsuit filed in Tokyo over alleged racial profiling by police
The plaintiffs are seeking around ¥3 million in damages each from central and local governments in the case, which is the first of its kind.
Vietman's Pham Tuan Hai scores past Japan's Zion Suzuki (right) during their match at the Asian Cup in Doha on Jan. 14.
Jan 25, 2024
JFA condemns online abuse of Japan goalkeeper keeper Zion Suzuki
Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima on Wednesday condemned online abuse directed at Japan goalkeeper Zion Suzuki.
Three plaintiffs are set to file a lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court on Monday, seeking compensation over claims of racial profiling by police.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 24, 2024
Foreign residents to file landmark suit alleging racial profiling by police
Three men are to file a lawsuit over claims that they have been repeatedly questioned by police because of their ethnicity or appearance.
Japan's Zion Suzuki (top) and Yukinari Sugawara (bottom) in action with Iraq's Youssef Amyn in Al Rayyan, Qatar, on Friday.
Jan 23, 2024
Japan goalkeeper racially abused online after Asian Cup errors
The news comes after two instances of racist abuse directed at players in Italy and England during matches.
AC Milan's Mike Maignan and Olivier Giroud after the team's match against Udinese. Fans in Udine, Italy, aimed racist chants at Maignan during the match, which was temporarily halted due to the abuse.
Jan 21, 2024
FIFA boss condemns 'abhorrent' racism during games in Italy and England
The head of the world governing body said there was no place for discrimination of any kind in soccer or broader society.
The Supreme Court is considering reviewing a high court judgment that the same-sex partner of a murder victim is ineligible for survivor benefits.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2024
Supreme Court may review judgement against benefits for same-sex partner
The review would mark the first time the Supreme Court makes a decision regarding the issue of public benefits for a same-sex partner.
Yuki Kondo-Shah beside the U.S. Embassy where she works in London on Dec. 22. As U.S.-China tensions rise, national security employees with ties to Asia say U.S. counterintelligence officers wrongly regard them as potential spies and unfairly ban them from jobs.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
Asian American officials cite unfair treatment in China tensions
Federal employees say they are being blocked from jobs for security reasons because of their ties to Asia, even distant ones.
LGBTQ activists take part in a protest in Moscow.
WORLD / Society
Dec 21, 2023
LGBTQ+ Russians ask: Should I stay or should I go?
Rights activists fear the ruling could open the door to arrests and prosecutions.
Harvard University President Claudine Gay testifies before a United States House of Representatives hearing on antisemitism in American campuses on Dec. 5.
Dec 18, 2023
U.S. campus antisemitism debate muddles nuances of free speech
The debate on antisemitism in U.S. campuses doesn’t lend itself to easy answers. What is free speech and what harmful conduct is down to context.
Data has shown that the United States women's team — which has routinely been targeted for online abuse over the years — was subjected to the most abuse during the 2023 Women's World Cup.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Dec 12, 2023
One in five players at Women's World Cup suffer online abuse: study
Nearly 50% of the verified online abuse was homophobic, sexual or sexist in nature.
Drag queen Kylie Sonique Love performs at the third edition of Opulence. While the LGBTQ community suffered a few setbacks this year, there were also many occasions in which people could let loose and celebrate the scene.
LIFE / Lifestyle / 2023 in Review
Dec 10, 2023
Politics and pageantry for Japan's LGBTQ community in 2023
The year was one in which more Japanese members of the LGBTQ community began to push for rights such as marriage equality.
Practioners of Judaism pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Nov. 12.
Dec 6, 2023
Unraveling the new roots of modern antisemitism
Whereas antisemitism reproaches Jews for being rootless, Zionism tries to correct this supposed failure.
LGBTQ activists gather outside Russia's Supreme Court building in Moscow on Thursday. The Supreme Court's banning of the "international LGBTQ+ social movement" resulted from a request from the justice ministry.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Dec 1, 2023
Russia's Supreme Court bans LGBTQ movement and labels it as 'extremist'
The move forms part of a pattern of increasing restrictions in the country on expressions of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Elon Musk and Benjamin Netanyahu visit Kibbutz Kfar Aza in Israel on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 28, 2023
Amid antisemitism uproar, Elon Musk pitches Starlink in Israel
Musk's satellite internet provider is at the heart of the billionnaire's political clout.
Elon Musk
Nov 18, 2023
Backlash spreads over Musk’s endorsement of antisemitic post
Large advertisers have pulled ads from Elon Musk's social media site X and the White House has chastised the billionaire.
A home that was burned in the Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Kissufim, an Israeli kibbutz. Antisemitic and Islamophobic hate speech has soared on social media platforms since the war broke out between Hamas and Israel.
WORLD / Society
Nov 16, 2023
Antisemitic and anti-Islam hate speech surges across the internet
On Oct. 7, the day Hamas attacked Israel, the hashtag #HitlerWasRight appeared on X, formerly known as Twitter. Over the next month, more than 46,000 posts featured the hashtag, often alongside language that called for violence against Jews.
A man wearing a t-shirt in support of QAnon, participates in a 'Back the Blue' rally in New York on Aug. 9, 2020.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 16, 2023
U.S. political violence driven by new breed of 'grab-bag' extremists
Such radicals eschew firm creeds. Instead, they embrace notions, no matter how divergent, that blends with their particular grievances.
Rassemblement National member of Parliament Marine Le Pen (left), and the president of the far-right party Jordan Bardella (right) march during a demonstration against antisemitism in Paris on Sunday
WORLD / Politics
Nov 16, 2023
EU's far right joins rally against antisemitism, unsettling some Jews
The strategy is to normalize the party's image, helping politicians bolster their anti-migration agenda while rebutting suggestions they are racist.
An pride flag is seen under a rubber door mat at an entrance to a basement of an office building in Kherson, Ukraine, in 2022.
WORLD / Society
Nov 14, 2023
Can EU talks boost LGBTQ+ rights in Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia?
Several candidate countries have faced criticism over lack of protecting LGBTQ+ rights.


People wait for the main act to begin at Summer Sonic, which holds simultaneous music festivals for those in Tokyo and Osaka.
Can Japan's summer music festivals adapt to a post-pandemic reality?