“Less Rightfully Human”

Excellent Zeitgeist today in the Japan Times, detailing neatly the chasm yawning between public terror of crime committed by foreigners in Japan and the rather duller reality. There is a clear correlation between skewed news media portrayals of foreigner crime (not to mention one company’s sales of special “foreigner-proof locks”, as well as sales in ordinary stores of the fear-mongering, xenophobic 犯罪外人裏ファイル-“Secret File on Foreigner Crime”) and the widespread, incorrect perceptions among Japanese people that A) crime is skyrocketing and B) it’s skyrocketing because of foreigners. A responsible, balanced news industry should be a given in any nation considering itself advanced.  

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