Daily Monday

Discrimination in Japan is nothing new

Recently I’ve been reading posts from my university’s Facebook group about discrimination against the students from our university. Ever since the two students got infected, officials have been able to do contact tracing and discovered that additional 12 students were infected (all foreign students from my university). For some reason, that news alone serves as a reason for locals to justify their discrimination.

Since a majority of the students from the university are foreigners, lots of locals became extremely wary of us. Some restaurants refuse to let foreigners in and recently, a barber shop a hot topic amongst the students. The store explicitly put a sign on their door stating, “XXX OKOTOWARI” which is equal to saying we refuse XXX students. What’s even funnier is that the sign is completely written in ABCs, which means it’s targeting international students since they assume not all of us can read Japanese.

Other stores have fired students and some made them ‘rest’ for two weeks. It’s really clear that the locals of this city fears us and think that we’re all infected with the virus for some reason.

But to be honest, this is nothing new in Japan. I would say this situation is something perfectly normal. And I’m sure that the locals think that they’re not acting racist, they probably just think that this is something logical to do and it’s nothing bad. There were several Japanese commenters (not sure if they’re fellow students or not) that were defending the owners of the barber shop.

The mayor of this city even posted a request for locals to not discriminate against foreigners way before the actual discrimination began. But it seems like it’ll take more than a request to make that happen.



A 22 y.o child at heart and office worker. Spends most of her free time browsing YouTube and playing RPG games. Has an attention span of 3 seconds and sucks at organizing her thoughts.


  1. Unfortunately, discrimination is everywhere. It’s sad to hear that it’s happening in and near your school. I find it absolutely silly since it’s not really the foreigners who brings the virus, it’s people who are turning a blind eye to it that’s causing the problems. That’s why the states are so bad. People are willy-nilly going on vacations, and going about as if there’s nothing going on—that there’s no pandemic. I hope they’re treating you fairly. If not, maybe you should one of your male friends to get groceries for you. I’m sorry that you have to go through this. You shouldn’t be, but you are and it’s not fair. 🙁

    1. Yeah, it’s the sad truth. I think discrimination will always be there as long as humans exist. It just can’t disappear. I haven’t tried going into shops or doing groceries ever since but hopefully it’s not that bad …

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