Downtown Tokyo, Feb 2005.

 By Shihoko Goto

The Japan Times-Oct 23

Japan and the United States have polar opposite views when it comes to citizenship. But as xenophobia becomes an increasingly acceptable populist force in U.S. politics, it may well be in Japan’s interest to diverge from Washington and broaden the definition of what it is to be Japanese. While racial tolerance has never been Japan’s strength, there has never been a better time for Tokyo to make its mark as a realist of diversity.

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First published in: The Japan Times