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Naomi Osaka hires Belgian Wim Fissette as coach

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shortly after winning the championship in Melbourne and becoming the first top-ranked tennis player from Japan, Osaka fired 

Gotta hold onto the coattails of Osaka. Never mind that she’s as Japanese as apple pie.

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We love you Naomi Osaka! Thank you for representing Japan and for making the country more diverse.

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I totally forgot she's Japanese.

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Four coaches in a year? What a hot mess.

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Hired Fissette on a whim.

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Never mind that she’s as Japanese as apple pie.

Naomi-chans passport says she is Japanese. Born in Osaka. Japanese mother. Thats all that matters. Go for those 2 Golds in Tokyo 2020, Naomi-chan!!

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I guess the princess can't find a coach that will give her the right amount of coddling.

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Seems like her dad did a pretty good job.

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So why is she running through coaches like drunken tinder hook ups? Are they the problem? Or is she?

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Don't think it's got anything to do with Naomi's coach/coaches tbh. Naomi's dip in form coincided with her having her first 'proper' bf. In other words 'she's seen the wolf' lol and like most young ppl she needs a bit of time to adjust. But for now her priorities have changed.

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We love you, Naomi. Gambatte kudasai!!

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Tennis player Naomi Osaka, left, sits with rapper YBN Cordae during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards

Courtside at a Clippers game is equivalent to sitting in nosebleeds at a Lakers game. They play in the same arena. I guess her and YBN's status isn't high enough yet to be Lakers courtside.

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Naomi-chans passport says she is Japanese. Born in Osaka. Japanese mother. Thats all that matters.

and she also has an American passport, lived in the US most of her life, speaks english fluently , Japanese not so much. Haitian father. what matters is she isn't just Japanese she multiethnic. This is what pees me off about Japan, until Japanese can accept that Naomi and many other halfu children/adults in Japan are multiethnic and NOT just Japanese then in my view they cant claim them as solely Japanese. Japanese have to understand that Japanese isnt a race its a nationality and a culture, people in many countries around the world can have more than one and be accepted as being more than one.

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Wtfjapan,

”and she also has an American passport”

Are you sure about that?

From NBC news in October:

Tennis star Naomi Osaka gives up U.S. citizenship to represent Japan at Tokyo Olympics 

The dual citizen has already begun the process of renouncing her U.S. citizenship.

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This is what pees me off about Japan, until Japanese can accept that Naomi and many other halfu children/adults in Japan are multiethnic and NOT just Japanese then in my view they cant claim them as solely Japanese. Japanese have to understand that Japanese isnt a race its a nationality and a culture, people in many countries around the world can have more than one and be accepted as being more than one.

This makes absolutely zero sense.

The knock against Japanese in the past by the usual crowd, has always been that Japanese are so 'racist' and 'xenophobic' that they would never consider a person that is not racially/ethnically Japanese to be 'true' Japanese. And now that ridiculous notion has been proven absolutely false by many Japanese who have embraced multi-racial/ethnic people like Rui Hachimura and Ariana Miyamoto, the same people see fit to change the criteria to suit their own bigotry against Japanese people.

Since when has it been a necessity to acknowledge the multi-ethnic/racial background of an individual, in order to consider them a part of the collective nation? Never ever heard of such a thing.

In fact, the problem around the world is that the citizens of many nations do NOT consider someone that is of a different race/ethnicity to be a true citizen of that country. There are many such examples, like Russians who would never consider someone black to be a 'true' Russian. Even in America, the ongoing fight of many Asian American advocacy groups is that white Americans continue to view them as foreigners who don't speak English and are not 'true' Americans.

So for Japanese people to embrace the Rui Hachimura's of the world as Japanese people, is something to be praised and lauded, not something to be nitpicked and criticized.

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The woman has had more coaches than a Greyhound / National Express depot. Get it sorted, Naomi, and don't be such a diva!

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Are you sure about that?

yes im sure about that , she may not have one in the future but it doesnt change the fact that the American culture is imprinted in her far more than the Japanese one, which is why I stated in my last post that being Japanese isnt a race its a nationality and culture. Since you can give up your nationality for another in most countries around the world it would be fair to say which culture is imprinted on you the most. In the case of Naomi Id say she looks and acts more AMerican given the time shes lived in American than being Japanese. If she decided to give up her Japanese passport for an American would Japanese still claim her as Japanese !?

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Get it sorted, Naomi, and don't be such a diva!

thats another trait "being a diva" that id relate more to her American heritage than Japanese one

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In fact, the problem around the world is that the citizens of many nations do NOT consider someone that is of a different race/ethnicity to be a true citizen of that country. 

and yet Japan is one of very few countries that doesnt allow dual citizenship for its citizens. Last I checked Russia/USA/ Australia/Canada/NZ all EU countries do. puts that myth to rest when the governments of those countries allow dual citizenship doesn't it.

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Wtfjapan

Dude... it’s sports. Chillax.

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It’s interesting that there are so many busybodies that think they know better than Ms Osaka herself what she should do about her coaches and how often etc. Not only that but they’re sure she’s a diva! I say it’s her life, her career. She should do as she pleases.

Invalid CSRF

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And now the criteria has switched to the concept of dual citizenship.

Some people never give up, when one's logic and belief systems are absolutely shredded on this website, conveniently ignore and down vote the post instead of responding.

Japanese love and embrace the likes of Naomi, period. She really needs to get her act together with the coaching and professional career.

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And now the criteria has switched to the concept of dual citizenship.

I think its great also that there are more dual ethnic children in Japan, I have two of them.

But if your going to claim a person as your own countryman/women then you also need to accept their ethnicity and heritage. If you've got a government that does not recognise dual citizenship and want to force people to give up one even though they were born as both and its part of their heritage, sends a mixed message doesn't it.

We accept you dual ethnicity as long as you chose Japanese citizenship, if you chose your other citizenship well then we dont look at you as Japanese anymore!?

Typical Japanese mentality, we demand your total unbridled loyalty or your nothing to us.

A person country of birth and upbring is as much of their identity as is their citizenship, why is that so hard to understand that.

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 Not only that but they’re sure she’s a diva! I say it’s her life, her career. She should do as she pleases.

i can guarantee that being a diva and continually changing coaches wont make you #1 again

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Dude... it’s sports. Chillax.

I know it sports but you continually see it all the time, with many mixed race people in Japan, when theyre winning theyre Japanese its that Samurai spirit bs.

when theyre losing its suddenly well theyre not 100% Japanese now so it much be that halfu in them . Like sheep jumping a fence.

My response is Japanese are Japanese but theyre originally the descendants of mainland Koreans/Chinese

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I hope that with the recent successes of Naomi Osaka and numerous multi-ethnic Japanese rugby players, Japanese society will now accept those who are half Japanese half gaizin as they are.

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Wtfjapan, “i can guarantee that being a diva and continually changing coaches wont make you #1 again”

Maybe, maybe not, time will tell. Anyway I’m not convinced that Naomi Osaka is a “diva” in the negative sense that you are using the term.

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