TIL: 1 in 8 new adults in Japan are not Japanese
I just saw a moderately interesting article in the Japan Times courtesy of @firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reiji Yoshida reports that in Tokyo, 1 out of every 8 young women celebrating their coming of age in Japanese culture are not Japanese citizens. Nor were they born into Japan’s dominant Yamato tribe.
It must feel strange to work hard to fit into a given society and culture, but not be acknowledged as part of that society or culture or be counted as a citizen.
Not that the USA is consistently better in this regard, but we are long overdue for a national discussion on what it even means to be an American. It won’t be pretty.