zeke_anderson comments

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Well, actually, it does! I'm not condoning it, and I've had my share of it having lived in Japan for years, but there is very little you can do about it because noone wants to know. It's just something you have to accept (and if you really want to accept it you need to learn to deny it) if you decide to live in Japan. You're bashing your head against a brick wall trying to fight it. If you went to certain Middle-eastern countries, you would be expected to wear a head-scarf, by law, just for being female. Would you do so, or would you protest, given that penalties could be severe? It may be unfair, but if you want to go to those places you just have to suck it up. Same with Japan.

Yeah..not quite.. Wearing a Hijab is compulsory by LAW in some middle eastern countries. Japan, despite not having many laws to protect against discrimination, ratified the U.N. "Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination" in which foreigners have successfully sued discriminatory practices. The former is required by law, the latter is an illegal act. So no, saying either going back to your country if you don't like it or sucking it up because your rights are being violated is not a valid excuse for a country that agreed to implement the convention.

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