Tokyo - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes. What Americans might consider to be blatant racism, religious prejudice and sexism happen often here. My experience was that this seemed less often to be out of animosity and more likely to be lack of exposure to different types of people or simple ignorance. This is more pronounced in rural areas than in Tokyo, but it exists everywhere. - Nov 2020

Women are second class citizens in many ways but outdated attitudes are slowly changing . Other Asians and people of color are prone to face discrimination in some circles. Actually “foreigners “ also face real yet subtle discrimination in aspects of daily life. - Mar 2019

Sometimes you can really get the feeling that people don't like "Gaijin" (foreigners). I think people dislike my loud, American kids who are not perfectly behaved. - Jun 2018

Not that I'm aware of. - Apr 2013

No real noticeable prejudice, but you will always be a GAIJIN in japan. - Oct 2008

Not outwardly, but certainly the Japanese are known to have their prejudices. - Jan 2008

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