People eating hamburgers in the same vicinity doesn't affect me. People smoking affect everyone in the vicinity (and smoke has a laaaarge vicinity).
I hate having to be a part of your bad habit. You and other smokers are selfish and unsympathetic to the people around you who have to breathe in your hazardous stink.
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The comments from the Japanese on Yahoo news is certainly disheartening. To sum up, some comments: Japan does this kind of humor all the time and that Westerners have no right to complain/claim racism all the time when Japanese are depicted by Korean actors in movies or as ninja or samurai, or when they are portrayed with glasses and buck teeth. Also, comments such as, "If you don't like it don't come to Japan" were prevalent.
I haven't seen overtly racist portrayals of Japanese in a long time. Korean actors playing Japanese is probably because of human resource issues. That being said, I don't mind at all if another nationality plays the part of an American (aka: many Brits who play American actors). To me, that's not racist at all. I also think it's harder for the Japanese to claim they are not racist when they are such a xenophobic and homogenous country. They seem to have no problem or cannot grasp why this is seen as offensive, and that's probably due to being such a homogenous country.
Lastly, it's interesting to note that when comparing Japantoday comments with the Japanese comments the Japanese seemed much more outraged at the call of racism than Westerners at the content of the CM. How silly.
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