Posted by: Jason | February 24, 2013

Some World News

Hello everyone. I hope that you are all fine and dandy. The weather has started to warm up and it was a beautiful day today. Spring is definitely on the way. I even received an invitation to a hanami party a few days ago, so, I know that spring is just around the corner. “Just around the corner” is a saying that means that something is coming very soon.

I wanted to talk about something a little more serious this evening. I was sent a link to a news story in the Washington Post about an American teacher in Japan having some problems because he posted a video on Youtube of one of his classes. In the video, which I’ll like below, he talks about racism in Japan and how, when he brought up the subject with his students, he discovered that almost all of his students believed that racism was a purely American problem and that there were no problems with racism here in Japan. Watch the video:

Apparently, because of this video, a group of right wing critics known as “netouyu” has begun harassing him, both online and in real life. For the moment, he has taken a stand on freedom of speech and refuses to remove the video. The Washington Post story is linked below and the story also appeared in the weekend Japan Times.

American Teacher In Japan Under Fire

The article is well worth the read. If you would like to discuss the article, drop me a message here and lets talk.

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