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Rally against racism, in support of Black Lives Matter held in Tokyo

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Hundreds of people of many nationalities held a march and rally in Tokyo on Saturday in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as protesting against what they said was brutal police treatment of a Kurdish man who says he was stopped while driving on May 22, dragged from his car and shoved to the ground, leaving him with bruises.

The incident was captured on video by the man's acquaintance and posted on Twitter. There was a protest over the incident in Shibuya on May 30.

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People march to protest during a solidarity rally against racism and police brutality near Shibuya in Tokyo on Saturday. Photo: AP/Eugene Hoshiko

Saturday's rally drew a bigger crowd, protesting against police brutality in Japan and also to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement which has been gaining momentum in the United States and around the world for the past week. Protests were also held Saturday in South Korea and Australia.

The Black Lives Matter movement erupted after George Floyd, a black man, died in handcuffs on May 25 while a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck even after he pleaded for air and stopped moving.

"I want to show that there's racism in Japan now," said 17-year-old high school student Wakaba, who declined to give her family name.

She and her friend, Moe, marching in their school uniforms, held a sign saying: "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention".

"No justice, no peace, no racist police," the crowd chanted outside Shibuya Station.

“Even if we are far apart, we learn of everything instantly on social media,” Taichi Hirano, one of the organizers, shouted to the crowd.

“Can we really dismiss it all as irrelevant?” he asked, stressing that Japanese are joining others raising their voices against what he called “systematic discrimination.”

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Why in Japan. Rally against something in the US but no rallies against J-Gov. For giving our taxes (76billon JPY) to Densu and other big companies friends with LDP.

46 ( +69 / -23 )

Good for them.

And to think people still believe that Japanese are apolitical and afraid of their own shadows to protest lest they stand out from the grain.

But surely some will nitpick and find something to criticize here (size of crowd, etc. etc.).

How many are protesting in China?

-36 ( +24 / -60 )

And Black Lives only matter when a black person is killed by a white cop. Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

15 ( +65 / -50 )

Japan could have stood down but some chose to join the protest. Good on them.

-2 ( +31 / -33 )

George Floyd should not be seen as a Martyr, but a victim of a corrupt police system,

34 ( +44 / -10 )

George Floyd should not be seen as a Martyr, but a victim of a corrupt police system,

Hmmmm.....are you talking about a corrupt police system in the Democrat stronghold of Minneapolis , with a Democrat mayor and a Democrat governor?

-18 ( +29 / -47 )

"I want to show that there's racism in Japan now," said 17-year-old high school student Wakaba, who declined to give her family name.

THIS is what it takes to start change! Openly acknowledging that something exists is the first step! It would be easy to dismiss her comments due to her relative young age, and stating that racism exists "now" should be just plain "exists", but she is on the right path!

Thank you Wakaba! There is hope for the future here! Hopefully your "family" will get it one day too, as there should be NO reason to have to "hide" anything when there is injustice happening in your world!

19 ( +36 / -17 )

You only need to look at a comment to know who is a racist.I know if I criticize the comment,mine will be deleted.

The whole point is about police brutality,racism and discrimination in the world including right here where we live.If you can't see that,then you must be living in a bubble.

10 ( +28 / -18 )

what they said was brutal police treatment of a Kurdish man who says he was stopped while driving on May 22, dragged from his car and shoved to the ground, leaving him with bruises.

The incident was captured on video by the man's acquaintance and posted on Twitter. There was a protest over the incident in Shibuya on May 30.

People would be better served by writers just reporting the news and leaving out the "baggage" to make it seem worse than it possibly was! It's reporting like this that escalates the situation, and is irresponsible at best!

"Leaving him with bruises".....you call that "brutal"?? What do you call being literally "choked to death?"

He was "dragged from his car" and sustained bruises, the readers here GET THE POINT!

15 ( +24 / -9 )

Trump choose his bunker, over golf today, as he being humiliated

-5 ( +20 / -25 )

Rally against something in the US but no rallies against J-Gov. For giving our taxes (76billon JPY) to Densu and other big companies friends with LDP.

Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

This obviously means a lot to you. Why aren't you out there in the streets demonstrating on these issues if it means so much?

Other people have their own agendas. You can't expect them to do your protesting for you.

15 ( +28 / -13 )

Yrral Today  07:30 am JST

Trump choose his bunker, over golf today, as he being humiliated

Humiliated? Fact: Democrat states are being looted and burned and people are being beaten trying to protect their business, while Republican states have peace and are enjoying their daily lives as armed civilians patrol the streets. NO violence NO disorder. I've seen the videos and I've heard from friends back home.

-7 ( +24 / -31 )

And Black Lives only matter when a black person is killed by a white cop. Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

And THIS is a huge part of the problem! People who think this way do not want to accept that the problem is real! Whether or not these things happen, and they do, it should never be used as a justification that it is OK somehow for the police to brutalize the black community!

Stop hiding behind these excuses!

10 ( +25 / -15 )

Good to see political engagement and awareness among young Japanese.Hopefully it carries over to awareness of judicial abuses, unfair policing, and corporate and political malfeasance closer to home.

20 ( +28 / -8 )

BigYenToday  07:35 am JST

This obviously means a lot to you. Why aren't you out there in the streets demonstrating on these issues if it me

Obviously you don't live in Japan. In Japan, you have get the approval from the government, after going through all the red tape. And you don't protest against J-Gov without it being shout down and/or surrounded by buses so no one can see what is happening. The only protest you see here are mostly about other countries.

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@since 1981

And Black Lives only matter when a black person is killed by a white cop. Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

This is the best answer to all the racist .. Well written ..

This black lives matter is just a political group ..... This is racist ... Black nationalism ... They are promoting racism ... To stop racism there should not be any race.. NO BLACK race... NO white race... and no Yellow race.. or no green race...

-9 ( +17 / -26 )

Be interesting to see if the weekly sunday morning talking-heads/editorial type TV shows pick this up! The national news has been covering what's been going on in the US, but will they cover this here, and more importantly report on it!

5 ( +11 / -6 )

My point is people of all race are being abused and killed by police. Only when a black person is killed is when everyone goes crazy. These protests should happen every time a person of any race is unjustifiably killed by a police.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/

2 ( +27 / -25 )

Partisanship is unnecessary but police reform is. If it had been in a red state, it would be equally important. Japan’s peaceful protests may not get the message across and bring about change but at least it won’t bring about destruction.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

Only when a black person is killed is when everyone goes crazy. 

Why do you think that is?

1 ( +10 / -9 )

Not to lessen the event in the US but My own " I can't breath" moment happened in this land of " wa".. Seeable Cancer ,as the one in the US can be taken care of, but a covert cancer, as the atrocities committed by the J authorities in anonymity is much harder to treat. I will shine some light on the hidden cruelty of the Japanese authorities too someday.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

Amazing that so many people across the world have protested for BLM and police brutality.

Yesterday there were huge protests in London and even bigger in Washington outside the White House.

Equality and equal opportunities for all sections of society and an end to the police brutality which is also used against the majority peoples.

10 ( +16 / -6 )

I think that all of us believe that life matters.

If I see abuse of anyone at anytime there is a gamut of reactions that I feel.

On a personal level, black people have saved me from other black people attempting to do me harm because of my skin color and I have helped people of color from being abused by white people.

It is a natural thing to help others-at least for me.

Demonstrations where people actively seek to promote only one side or attempt to harm others is not going to engender a positive result.

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

And Black Lives only matter when a black person is killed by a white cop. Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

Take this to heart;

If my wife comes to me in obvious pain, and asks me, "Do you love me?" an answer of "I love everyone" would be truthful, but also hurtful and cruel in the moment!

> If my coworker comes to me upset and says "My father just died" a response of "Everyone's parents die" would be truthful, but also hurtful and cruel in the moment!

> So when a friend speaks up in a time of obvious pain and says "Black Lives Matter" a response of "All lives matter" is truthful. But it's hurtful and cruel in the moment! Doug Williford

13 ( +18 / -5 )

To stop racism there should not be any race.. NO BLACK race... NO white race... and no Yellow race.. or no green race...

Even in this era when genetic modifications to our species are increasing removing an individual's geographic traits inherited genetically for millennia, like skin color, would be a pretty serious challenge.

In the US an equitable and consistent application of existing laws forbidding discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc. must be a priority. Institutions must be held accountable to ensure that happens. Political leaders must accept responsibility to ensure that happens. The courts also must be held responsible. Individuals who want that to happen must get involved in political processes and most importantly vote in leaders who'll ensure that will happen.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Check out the herd...

-5 ( +8 / -13 )

police brutality in Japan and also to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

Japanese cops are known for their incompetence but not their brutality.

6 ( +12 / -6 )

Obviously you don't live in Japan. In Japan, you have get the approval from the government, after going through all the red tape. And you don't protest against J-Gov without it being shout down and/or surrounded by buses so no one can see what is happening. The only protest you see here are mostly about other countries.

Obviously you don't live in Japan either!

There are numerous protests all over the place at any given time! Even in Tokyo, around the PM's residence no less either!

Problem is they dont get media coverage like they would in other places. THAT is how the government manages to keep them "under control".

5 ( +15 / -10 )

This black lives matter is just a political group ..... This is racist ... Black nationalism ... They are promoting racism ... To stop racism there should not be any race.. NO BLACK race... NO white race... and no Yellow race.. or no green race..

I couldn’t agree more, spot on!

-5 ( +17 / -22 )

Why is there no rioting, looting, or Mass protests when police kill white people?

5 ( +19 / -14 )

They need to remember those who died or are currently being abused in Japan's immigration detention centers. They need to root out the authorities behind it and those that cover it up.

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since1981:

Obviously you don't live in Japan. In Japan, you have get the approval from the government, after going through all the red tape.

You're right. I don't live in Japan. But presumably you do, and so do those protesters you're protesting about. They cared enough about their issue to go through all the red tape and get the necessary approval, and it must have been done pretty sharpish. Why can't you?

Only when a black person is killed is when everyone goes crazy. These protests should happen every time a person of any race is unjustifiably killed by a police.

No, your protests should happen every time a person of any race is unjustifiably killed by police. Why should/would these people conform to your agenda? From your point of view, why should they be the only ones to get out there and raise their voices when they're obviously not representing people such as yourself?

This is not an anti- J-Gov issue, it's a protest about another country, and therefore by your own admission is not something where you're going to be "shout down and/or surrounded by buses so no one can see what is happening."

2 ( +10 / -8 )

Why is there no rioting, looting, or Mass protests when police kill white people?

Because white Americans can protest statehouses with automatic rifles with impunity. Because white Americans can form white supremacy hate groups and march with torches in hand with impunity. Because the American power structure is by and large white.

Side note: the Japanese government will never allow its own power structure to be threatened by a successful population of immigrants.

2 ( +15 / -13 )

Black lives matter. Of course. But they are protesting in the wrong country. As for two high school girls taking part in the rally , I’m sure they are good hearted and well-meaning people misled by the adults who organized the protest. I hope they won’t be exploited.

8 ( +22 / -14 )

I'm a minority in Japan but I choose rational over rash emotions.

I support law and justice which includes holding police accountable when they commit crimes.

I do not however buy into the BLM movement funded by globalist which is the only reason you have people in so many countries marching about this. They find using black community outrage as a quick way to stir things up and bring about new rules society would otherwise not accept.

This cop had a history of discipline issues, he likely knew the guy since they worked at the same place for years, and George was a convicted violent criminal who was high on two drugs and had covid at the time of his death confirmed by the autopsy. All pointed ignored because the selling division gets them much more than having people get along.

Even when there is a clear cut case of a cop attacking a minority due to suspected racism. We hold the person responsible and also look into his links in the department. But full blown race riots makes no sense and again it's because it's being heavily influenced to happen by outside strong globalist forces who want to tear down the systems that are in place.

WHO would love to see democracies torn apart is the question everyone should be asking.

1 ( +15 / -14 )

A very small showing, because people in Japan are too smart to believe the ridiculous "Black Lives Matter" propaganda. ALL lives matter.

7 ( +21 / -14 )

George Floyd's last conviction was 13 years ago in 2007. He changed something in his life. That isn't a career criminal.

3 ( +14 / -11 )

These people "protesting" in the photo don't even know what they are protesting. Must be really tough for these millennials living in the rough streets of Tokyo.

2 ( +18 / -16 )

Freedom of speech is allowed in Japan.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

This black lives matter is just a political group ..... This is racist ... Black nationalism ... They are promoting racism ... To stop racism there should not be any race.. NO BLACK race... NO white race... and no Yellow race.. or no green race...

So what is your suggestion?

That we ignore the constant discrimination against black men and women until we have a proportionate one against other races???

We might as well wait until kingdom come!!!!

5 ( +9 / -4 )

When the justice system in actuality forgives those who have broken laws, having served sentences,then we might see a change in police mentality towards people.

After all, the first thing that most policeman ask is “have you ever been in trouble with the police before ?”

The Japanese police will say “we don’t know that person “as if knowing a person makes him guilty of a crime in the present!

Thus is the policing system that actively assumes guilt by association.

The police treatment of Mr Floyd was in part, and failing of the way in which society sees rehabilitated criminals. Also, the police were called to an incident involving counterfeit money-For them it was just another case of dealing with a felon who had never been properly rehabilitated and that the treatment meted out,was as we can see fatal.

The conclusion is that association with criminality diminishes the rights of some people.

I would propose, to the police that it is not black lives, but criminal lives that don’t matter.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Japanese society never protests about the state of their affairs. Always they need some vision from other countries and then they just follow the pack. Japan would be such a great country if the people would work on making life for Japanese more fair and just, It seems they have given up on all their causes and believe the Government will take care of them 100 percent.

0 ( +9 / -9 )

That doesn't really look like a rally, more like a gathering.

11 ( +17 / -6 )

Pokemon Go event brings out more concerned residents.

4 ( +13 / -9 )

Japan also takes a light view of black life?

https://www.economist.com/banyan/2010/06/30/a-death-in-custody

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

I wonder if protesting is now seen as trendy. The in thing to do. Almost all the protesters are under 30.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Well done Japan on marching against the disgusting racism in other countries.

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

First of all, I would like to give a big thumbs up to Aretemis Rogers' comments.

Secondly, it doesn't matter what form racism takes, it comes down to the fact that any form of discrimination against anyone for any reason is unacceptable and we all need to learn to be more accepting of each other and our differences.

If it takes all of us to go out into the streets to make this point clear then I say we do so.

I believe the Japanese people who have joined in and are in support of this movement are aware of the xenophobic inconsistencies within society and want to see change.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

This isn't the first time there have been protests in Tokyo supporting BLM.

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

none of this is relevant to Japan.

Where is the protest to give permanent residents the right to return to their home/work in Japan instead of being blocked at the airport?

The ability of foreigners to be able to get a loan and a bank account?

The ability of foreigners to have real employment with actual rights that Japanese have.

Ability to rent a house or apartment without discrimination.

Foreigners sure could use that kind of support from Japanese, instead of the trendy BLM stuff they saw online.

13 ( +24 / -11 )

And plenty of lives that matter in detention centers in Japan...

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Nah, people in detention centers got there by their own doing.

-7 ( +6 / -13 )

I think in Japan, a "Father's Lives Matter" protest would make more sense.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Japanese society never protests about the state of their affairs.

They do. Have you not paid attention to protests against U.S. bases in Okinawa? Same people on here who complain about those protests calling protestors paid actors, are on here supporting this protest. Life is easier for people when they are on the outside looking in.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

There is money and power-seeking behind these protests. Follow the money. These kids in Japan are not really that concerned about the USA incident, but they are like all kids and they want to feel like they are a part of something important. Nothing of the same magnitude for the many blacks killed by other blacks. Nothing of the same magnitude for the many whites killed by blacks. Nothing of the same magnitude for the many non-blacks killed by police.

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

Not like us Japanese to jump on the bandwagon is it...oh no.

Most of them have no doubt just seen the hashtag on Instagram.

5 ( +8 / -3 )

Meaningless waste of time in Japan.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Just a reminder:

Foreigners in Japan can't join political protests or they lose the right to reside in the country.

Also, I think what the police in Tokyo did to the Kurdish guy was wrong, very wrong, and they often do very wrong things. That needs to stop. However, he probably got himself arrested by kicking off when they stopped him. If he'd have just complied he'd just have felt humiliated, but would have been let off.

Unpopular opinion but don't antagonise police because they'll just up the ante and can say you were obstructing them, which is a criminal offence in Japan. Know the law and follow it yourself so they can never have anything against you. Carry your gaijin card and if stopped do what they say. Don't break the law either because, bruh, they will arrest you for being dumb enough to do so.

Saying that, if you haven't done anything wrong, hold out and profess your innocence... calmly. Shouting at a police officer doesn't make you innocent, not having committed a crime does. In court they'll say you were causing a fuss with the shouting and you might be charged with that instead of whatever they stopped you for in the first place.

Also Japanese citizens can only be stopped on the grounds of reasonable suspicion, which will have to be backed in court by the police. Foreigners don't have that right in practice. I know the police judge by appearance if you're Japanese though and it's awful for people that don't pass that subjective test, but this is a long battle that would best be fought gradually.

If you are Japanese, make it known. Also, know your rights and the law and quote them to the officers stopping you. Make what they're doing morally awkward, but DO NOT obstruct police business, even if they're wrong because the police are legally invested with the right to be wrong and judged at a later date. Like I said, if you make their job difficult, they will definitely make yours even more difficult for that.

After any encounters that were not handled correctly, compile as much evidence as possible and contact a police station to make a complaint. Not a police box (koban) because they can just pretend to file a report and never submit it. Get receipts or just any evidence of your report from the police station. I've seen people being told by police there wasn't a record of their crime reports, then later they magically found it - don't let it be done off the record. Make sure there is always a public record. For all people say about it, Japan is still a 'rule of law' country and even the police generally follow the law and they are accountable in various ways.

As you generate evidence, start informing the local government about it. If it's good or bad news, it doesn't matter. The local governments probably have some degree of influence on police activities and especially with regards to public campaigns. They're probably never going to openly criticise the police because it's Japan and that doesn't really happen, but letting it be known that the police are doing dumb/discriminatory/illegal stuff will hopefully encourage some sort of accountability to be called into play.

Don't go screaming about anything before you do all this if you can avoid it though (okay twitter is okay if you need to let off steam but it can whip up a rage mob which will be counterproductive in the long run). Japanese prioritises quiet resolutions and you won't be able to publicly proclaim victory but you can at least feel assured you've done something.

Of course, as we saw with Ghosn though the justice system in Japan is incredibly faulty so there is a lot of work to do

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

I just want to make sure that the people repeating the "All lives matter" slogan are aware that it's a slogan used by alt-right racists in an attempt to drown out "Black lives matter" rather than being some kind of positive egalitarian call.

I'll be generous and assume that at least some of the people using it here are doing so without being aware of its background and connotations.

Personally, I think it should also be pretty clear that all lives cannot matter until black lives matter. First we raise everyone up to the same level, and then we can start raising that level for all.

-6 ( +8 / -14 )

Foreigners in Japan can't join political protests or they lose the right to reside in the country.

Wow! That’s kind of....you know what.

Also, I think what the police in Tokyo did to the Kurdish guy was wrong, very wrong, and they often do very wrong things. That needs to stop. However, he probably got himself arrested by kicking off when they stopped him. If he'd have just complied he'd just have felt humiliated, but would have been let off.

Interesting.

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Any foreigner in any country who's not a citizen (born or naturalized) is subject to deportation for taking part into political protests. Do so at your own peril. But if they truly care as much as they say they do, it's a small price to pay.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

The protest is in Tokyo

The protest is about black lives

The majority of people protesting are Japanese

How do black lives count in Japan?

Courts here do not consider excessive force to be the cause of death

Please search for ‘Bubakar Awudu Suraj’

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Reading through all the posts here, I have to say "Hats off to JT Moderator". I know this article must be a major headache to maintain. Best to you and to everyone else.

Everyone will have their own opinion and facts based on what they have experienced and/or seen/heard via SNS and the many left/right news agencies. I only hope that we all can come together, listen to and understand each other with open minds. Take all the bad points and change them to good.

No sense arguing each other's point as we all just keep going in circles. Let's just respect each other's thoughts and avoid another major protest/riot to which so many suffer from. Focus on the bad police, not the hard working citizens of your communities.

That said, this will be my last post on this article.

-4 ( +6 / -10 )

All Lives Matter. Free speech is a great thing.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

What are these people in Japan demanding that America does? What do they actually want? The police involved have been arrested and will be put on trial. So what are the actual demands of these protesters?

7 ( +14 / -7 )

I am surprised that there are that many people in Japan that get all of their information from CNN.

-2 ( +7 / -9 )

The people at this protest are not demanding anything. If they were pressed for their opinion, you would get a lot of "um...like...you know...like..."

5 ( +11 / -6 )

Social media, the puppet masters...

Protest because it makes you feels good, costs next to nothing,

and it's a good Saturday for it.

Virtue signally, at its finest.

Would you do this if you knew you were risking bodily harm?

No?

Then read a book.

Educated Lives Matter.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Love the sign "Being not racist is not enough." Ha ha ha ha. Um, ok.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Protesting for what? Supporting what? This is not America, Mr. Floyd wasn't murder here, Japan does not have anything to do do with it. By the way, judging by the photos of the protest it seems that CCP virus does not infect BLM protestors, what a woke virus!

2 ( +11 / -9 )

Mostly foreigners and a few Japanese that tagged along, lol.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Ohh look, a bandwagon, let's jump on it.....

8 ( +18 / -10 )

Of course all lives matter. "Black Lives Matter" is obviously directed at those who think they don't.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

dont know what to think about this. Lots of buzzwords today like "white privilege, systemic racism, food deserts?" etc Denying somebody housing, work, and harassed for being a gaijin, seems systemic to me, and Ive experienced it all.

There is racism in Japan, Im sold on that, but this march, as many have posted, seems empty to me, kind of a disconnect, like lets look/blame this over here, without looking at the elephant in the room.

The world is not a binary place; the problems in the US are not the same as in Japan so to try and connect with them but excusing behavior that is worse, I feel its disengenious.

When Im in the US, I feel intoxicated by its freedom, and I see opportunity where others complain. That comes from the Japan experience.

Im m not one to try and change Japan, Im more interested in the chaos in my own country, as I know the unspoken but very real reality is, I will never be accepted in Japan, and having a country to call your own, its a treasure some dont have.

The answers are not easy, but they are there.

To all the gaijin who have suffered in custody, or died..RIP. This gaijin has connected to your struggle.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

It's odd that we didn't seen anything on this scale after the death Abubakar Awudu Suraj. He was an African who died in immigration custody after Japanese officials restrained him handcuffs and stuffed a towel in his mouth. ("I can't breath".)

6 ( +11 / -5 )

My point is people of all race are being abused and killed by police. Only when a black person is killed is when everyone goes crazy. These protests should happen every time a person of any race is unjustifiably killed by a police.

Exactly, there is no evidence that Floyd's death was racially motivated.

Why is there no rioting, looting, or Mass protests when police kill white people?

Because it doesn't match the systemic racism narrative, which they are using to divide the people. So we generally never hear about those cases, which outnumber the police killing blacks...

-3 ( +7 / -10 )

Black lives and the lives of all at this time matter with this virus.

Gathering in groups is not smart it effects can have us buried without even raising a hand and that is equally frightening. This virus does not just hit the elderly, yesterday, the news reported 19 of the cases effected the ages 20-30 years of age.

People need to respect this virus is real, gathering in large groups can take lives on a much larger scale beyond Mr. Lloyd who lost his life by the hands of the police and many other African Americans and beyond. Point in fact, look at the 76 year old man in the States who just happens to be white was knocked so hard to the ground you could hear his hit the pavement.

We need common sense, find ways to protest without causing this virus to spread and embrace each other as fellow citizens.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

none of this is relevant to Japan.

Where is the protest to give permanent residents the right to return to their home/work in Japan instead of being blocked at the airport?

The ability of foreigners to be able to get a loan and a bank account?

The ability of foreigners to have real employment with actual rights that Japanese have.

Ability to rent a house or apartment without discrimination.

Foreigners sure could use that kind of support from Japanese, instead of the trendy BLM stuff they saw online.

dont know what to think about this. Lots of buzzwords today like "white privilege, systemic racism, food deserts?" etc Denying somebody housing, work, and harassed for being a gaijin, seems systemic to me, and Ive experienced it all.

Agree with these two points more than anything else. It's totally meaningless gesture coming from the Japanese. Even the foreigners bringing it up here aren't doing anything useful (yeah yeah, neither am I), but I guess I can understand the motivation of solidarity with what's happening in the US. The Japanese should 'peacefully march' against the day-to-day discrimination foreigners face, or they should continue to be silent.

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since1981Today  06:47 am JST

And Black Lives only matter when a black person is killed by a white cop. Where were they and supporters when blacks were looting and burning businesses of blacks? Where are they when a black cop gets killed by blacks. Why is it that those black lives don’t matter?

You are the only one I know who is saying this. Think this is only going on in your head. :)

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I just want to make sure that the people repeating the "All lives matter" slogan are aware that it's a slogan used by alt-right racists in an attempt to drown out "Black lives matter" rather than being some kind of positive egalitarian call.

Oh, because you are Professor X and can read minds around the world? How about "All lives matter" because some people are tired of people taking "Black lives matter" too far?

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A lot of people here seem to think that the Japanese do not protest about their own government but they are wrong. There are protests but they are completely ignored by the press so nobody (particularly outside Japan) hears about them.

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All lives matter!

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@daninja

Of course all lives matter. "Black Lives Matter" is obviously directed at those who think they don't.

Exactly. Black Lives Matter essentially means all lives matter, but Black Lives Matter needs to be shouted out, until all colors, all races are treated the same way and have the exact same rights. We can start shouting out All Lives Matter after the treatment is equally fair for all - now it simply is not. The balance is not there.

All still shaking their heads not totally understanding all of this, watch Ava Duvernays documentary 13th.

I believe you can find it on youtube now as well, so shouldn't be too much of an effort.

As for people asking "b-b-b-but why are they looting?", read this: https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2014/11/25/1347311/--Why-do-they-burn-down-their-own-neighborhood?fbclid=IwAR33IssRBNxGKlLtx5aR-ajAQ5P1LMdU9XD6hxR4jiKKOfsYHfl1VeUbHR0

Whilst it's not right, of course it's not, to break windows and loot, this article hopefully makes you understand where some of it stems from. There are sadly of course sad opportunists as well, who use the unrest as an opportunity to simply get easy money and nice goods for themselves.

(And before any nitpicker comments; yes, the article is from 2014, but I doubt the systems, the feelings, the treatment of people have changed much since then.)

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...mostly foreigners and Japanese who have gaijin friends or somehow connected or influenced by the west ( especially young Japanese ). this is the 1% that cares about what,s happening in the US, because 99% of people in Japan feel like they don,t really need to care about it. Japanese history and American history are completely different... when it comes to police brutality and the inequality between whites and blacks, this is something that needs to change in the US. we should look at this protest that took place in Japan as just a form of support and solidarity, nothing more. ... ... about the protests and those talking about All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter... someone once said ( what was his name, ah, yes, Morgan Freeman ) that if we want racism to disappear, we need to stop talking ( and thinking) about colors and races... we need to stop saying or thinking things like: “i have some amazing ( black ) friends” or “he,s such a cool ( white ) dude”... truth is, he said, even if we don,t think or feel like we,re being racists, the racism is automatically there just by thinking of the other person as a black, white, yellow or brown and not just as a human being. from that perspective, i understand why some people say that BLM can be dangerous. and this is getting to a point where people are afraid to say or do something because someone might call them racists / punish them.

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On July 4th this year, let’s not forget what’s really important: All Countries Matter.

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What a circus.

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I do not understand the people who complain that others speak up to stop racism.

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I do not understand the people who complain that others speak up to stop racism.

Because they are not trying to stop racism.

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@Tangerine2000

I’m very interested in the idea of the tide of public opinion turning against BLM. I’m honestly open to numbers. I try to approach these things with an open mind.

I had a look for the stats but couldn’t find anything. Can you point me in the right direction?

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smh...... for all the sensitive people out there ( propaganda really does work btw ), everybody agrees that Black Lives Matter, but if we think outside of the box, we,ll realize that BLM ( as a group / organization / idea ) has the potential to be ( very ) racist... we need to be careful with what we,re dealing here...

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@since1981, you misread those stats you posted.

You're looking at totals when you need to take in account percentages.

It's not the total number that's important, but the probability of an event happening due to race that is important.

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It’s good to see that the world, not just the US, are becoming intolerant to systemic discrimination in its various forms. And that law enforcement need more regulation in terms of how they carry out policing. There have been too many acts of excessive violence that police carry out with impunity. The world is unifying against such abuse of power.

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They do. Have you not paid attention to protests against U.S. bases in Okinawa? Same people on here who complain about those protests calling protestors paid actors, are on here supporting this protest. Life is easier for people when they are on the outside looking in.

No one ever called them "paid actors", that is your incorrect assumption, there are some, paid protesters though, given a daily stipend for their troubles! That is an open and well known fact!

And I am hardly on the "outside looking in" either!

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Appalling and sad to see how many down votes comments that are against racism get here.

Are there really so many racist/ignorant/selfish/far-right/conservative/non-educated people here?

Kudos to everyone who have the strength to fight against this.

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@Tangerine2000 : "Because they are not trying to stop racism."

But how do you stop racism?.... There is no place on earth that is racism free since time immemorial. Any suggestions what to do and where to go?

Note: These deaths (and abuse) under police custody do not happen everyday.... and few cases have happened in the past like the Rodney King beatings (in the 90's in L.A). A white woman... who called 911, was shot and killed the responding black cop in the same city (Minneapolis) years ago.... and not a hoot about racism.

Its Democrat run cities and states that are the problem....and not the entire U.S of A.

And certainly.....rallies, demonstrations, looting and/or burning down establishments ...will not eradicate racism.....not in a million years. Just saying.

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Demonstrating Black lives matter is racists in itself! Idiots, all lives matter! Should protest profiling!

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@Yooki Imada

But how do you stop racism?.... There is no place on earth that is racism free since time immemorial. Any suggestions what to do and where to go?

By and large, systemic racism does not exist. Therefore, it is impossible for people to eliminate it.

Most people who believe they are fighting 'racism' are actually referring to in-group preference.

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Demonstrating Black lives matter is racists in itself! Idiots, all lives matter! 

A: Well I think that all lives matter. We should care exactly equally at all times about everything. ALL houses matter.

B: I agree, all houses DO matter, but at the moment, the one on FIRE should get more attention.

A: But by saying that a burning house need attention, aren’t you saying all other houses DON’T matter?

B: No!

A: My house isn’t on fire, but I have dry rot, are you saying it shouldn’t be fixed?

B: It should! But the fire is very pressing.

A: Let’s say I put that house fire out, but MY house catches on fire, aren’t I entitled to water it then?

B: Of course! But it’s not the one on fire RIGHT NOW.

A: My house is near the one on fire. If I wet it down, embers won’t catch. Sensible!

B: That is completely outside the analogy.

A: Where’s that house’s owner anyway? Why do I gotta hose down his house for him ?!

B: He died in the fire.

(It's easy to think BLM is somehow against other races or simply about lifting POC's on a pedestal, but that's not what it's about. Please learn about the background of the movement, and when talking about US, learn about the history and systems in place there. BLM is essentially about all lives matter. )

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i'm sure at least some of those protesters are aware that the real issue in japan is that ANYONE regardless of race is essentially treated as a criminal any time they refuse to fully co-operate with the police.

the police expect you to waive your rights and allow them to search your possessions without a warrant because "only a criminal would refuse".

most japanese are willing to allow the police to waste their time because they always defer to authority but this protest shows that there are still some japanese who are willing to stand their ground. ensuring that police keep their power in check is going to become especially important as precincts start to use A.I and big data to patrol cities.

...the problems plaguing the japanese police extend far beyond racism if you believe what ex-cop Toshiro Senba 仙波敏郎 has to say

https://www.scmp.com/article/712326/worse-yakuza

while i personally believe that protesting the police is like getting into an argument with the neighbor's dog for pooping on your lawn... civil disobedience certainly makes for a more interesting news topic than a pandemic...

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I have to agree with some of the posters here. Please start by protesting about the injustices in Japan first. At least in European countries like UK, they are using protests to also highlight the racism in their own countries.

Yrral:

George Floyd should not be seen as a Martyr, but a victim of a corrupt police system,

True. He may not have had a clean record, but when you're not putting up a fight, that doesn't give anyone the right to kill him.

oldman_13:

How many are protesting in China?

Quite a lot, unless you don't regard Hong Kong as part of China.

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These Japanese kids have no idea how it is to grow up with a majority of Blacks in your school.

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 Please start by protesting about the injustices in Japan first.

These protesters dont know or are unwilling to accept that there are any. Most Japanese dont really care much about people who may be abused by the police here, their mentality is, if they had to be stopped, or brought in by the cops for anything, "where there is smoke, there is fire" . Meaning that they figure they had to have done something to be in that situation, so they have to be guilty of something!

Dont try "forcing" the issues either, as it will rebound against you!

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Love how in the first photo in the article, the policeman is glaring at the protester holding the Stop Police Brutality sign. Japanese police are some of the most self restrained police I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. He has a right to feel a bit peeved at that sign.

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@Tangerine

What is the difference of in-group preference vs. discrimination ?

What is the difference of discrimination vs. racism?

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What is the difference of in-group preference vs. discrimination ?

What is the difference of discrimination vs. racism?

In-group preference is natural.

Discrimination is showing a bias against someone or something.

Racism means having discimination against someone for their race.

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Japan has way more important things to protest about than this. It’s just a fashionable thing to do now. What’s the bet that the Japanese people protesting wouldn’t sit next to a black person on a train

pathetic

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Oh, because you are Professor X and can read minds around the world? How about "All lives matter" because some people are tired of people taking "Black lives matter" too far?

Hence me being generous and assuming that some of the people repeating it are doing so without being aware if its racist connotations, and they might want to be aware of them.

If people are aware of its connotations and still wish to keep repeating it, well, I guess that's up to them and their conscience.

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@Tangerine

I am afraid you will need to face an inconvenient truth: you fit into the widely agreed definition of racism.

Then you have 2 options: 1) assume it or 2) do some personal reflection to change it.

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I am afraid you will need to face an inconvenient truth: you fit into the widely agreed definition of racism.

Everything is racism these days.

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