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Korean tourists getting harassed in Japan is caught on camera

By alice101   Tuesday, October 18, 2016   97,156   389   101

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Korean tourists getting verbally attacked by Japanese men was caught on camera and this latest incident is adding to the growing controversy of racism against Korean tourists in Japan. 


Many reports of Korean tourists getting mistreated, harassed, or even attacked in Osaka have been making headlines in both Korea and Japan over the past month. These are suspected to be racially motivated acts and there is now a video that seems to clearly show racist harassment. 


In the released video, 2 female Korean tourists are being harrassed by 4 young men who are speaking Japanese. One of the girls can be seen filming herself, explaining which hotel that they stayed in when suddenly, one of the Japanese men stands close to them, while hurling ethnic insults at the women. 


He is recorded saying, "She's speaking Korean. Die, Korea!" The tourist continues to film herself, stating, "The Japanese guys are saying something about Korea, but I want to ignore him." 


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A little later, another man flips his middle finger at the camera and mocks the tourists while cursing, and says, "You're cute. Let's take a photo together." 


Fearful, the women stopped filming and hurriedly ran to get out of the spot while the young men continued to yell behind their backs. In an interview, one of the victims explained, "There were 4 of them, and they were all taller. I was scared because they were cursing at me...I was so scared. There was nobody else around." 

This is not the first harassment incident in Osaka that has come to light recently. One tourist received a bus ticket that had a racial slur against Koreans on his bus ticket instead of his actual name. Another incident that angered tourists was when a train in Osaka announced that there were a lot of Koreans on board that could cause inconveniences. The most notable one was the 'wasabi terror' (read more here) that forced Osaka's mayor to publicly acknowledge and address the issue. 



Osaka is one of the most beloved travel destinations for Koreans, and even though the majority of the tourists have a positive experience in the city, the growing number of incidents are raising concerns. 

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    3percenter Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Payback is a bitch. Not for this poor girl in particular though or any other individual Korean tourist. But Koreans as a whole can hardly expect not to get paid back in kind for their own rampant racism, hyper-nationalism, and anti-Japanese rhetoric. What goes around eventually comes around.

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    slowguy 3percenter Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    You've got that ass-backwards. Korean dislike of Japan is the natural human reaction to generations of horrible abuse, exploitation and racist discrimination perpetrated against them by the Japanese. Maybe you should learn something about history before styling yourself an expert.

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    3percenter slowguy Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Talking about Korean racism towards Black peoples, SE Asians, Indians, and other non-Koreans. And as far as the Japanese, any Japanese person younger than 90 shouldn't be held responsible for the actions they had no part in. In a few years there will nobody left who experienced the Japanese colonial period first hand. Instead of dwelling on the early 20th century, it is time to look to the present and future. South Korea and Japan are natural allies who share far more in common with each other than they do with any other countries, including the threats they both face from North Korea and an aggressive and expansionist ChiCom regime that wants to re-impose the ancient tributary system the Chinese Imperial dynasties used to dominate Asia with. South Korea and Japan can either unite to form a strong front, or continue the current stupidity and risk both countries becoming ChiCom bitches.

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    johnk419 3percenter 25 days ago

    As a Korean, I'm not going to deny there's rampant racism in Korea. A lot of the older generation are ignorant and very xenophobic. However, Korean-Japanese relations isn't as simple as, "any Japanese person younger than 90 shouldn't be held responsible for the actions they had no part in". You talk about Koreans being ultra-nationalist? What about the Japanese, who has elected the ultra-nationalist Shinzo Abe into office multiple times (longest PM in Japanese history)? The guy who's pushing to get rid of the post-WWII pacifist constitution (the move which has no other purpose than to gain the ability to invade other countries), the guy who refuses to acknowledge Japanese wrongdoings and refuses to include things like comfort women, mass murder, etc. in their history books? The difference between Germany and Japan is night and day. Germany is ashamed of Nazi Germany and doesn't feel any pride in that time period, the Japanese feel pride in Imperial Japan and all the atrocities they committed because it was at the height of their power. Nobody is saying young Japanese people should go to jail for what their ancestors did. But it's their responsibility to LEARN and KNOW their own history and acknowledge it so that the two countries can move forward. Yet, because the Japanese government doesn't educate its populace on the subject, naturally the younger generation is ignorant, which is going to further divide Korean-Japanese relations in the future. Edit : "Payback is a bitch", huh? If so I guess Koreans should do the same thing the Japanese did, invade Japan, rape, torture, and mass murder, then afterward completely deny anything happened.

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    NORM Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Did something happen recently between Korea & Japan or what? cos this articles seem more than usual (even the little b4 was already sad)

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    Hyumi NORM Sunday, October 23, 2016

    i would like to know too bcz i always thought that they are in good terms :O

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    slowguy NORM Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Japan forcibly annexed (colonized) Korea and committed countless horrible atrocities against Koreans in the first half of the 20th century. Even so, today most Koreans are O.K. with the Japanese as individuals, even though they don't like the government of Japan; but so many Japanese just cannot stomach the idea of losing face by admitting their side committed evil acts against Korea.

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    NORM slowguy Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    I know about the past, i was asking about if anything had happened recently in 2016 for the hostility to have spiked up.

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    eottoke NORM 26 days ago

    There's still a territorial dispute between japan and korea. They are fighting over Dokdo Island.

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    neoncolors_0 Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    You can't expect everyone in a nation to forgive and forget the past. Racism, sexism, harrassment occurs in every country. I would argue that these are actually LESS prevalent in Japan than in countries like the US and UK. Thus, when they do occur, they gather media attention. So, to the people saying, "oh, but you can't just ignore the problem", how do you plan on solving it then? Lol. If it was that easy, it would have been done by now, you entitled dipshit.

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    cecegibs Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Okay but it's both ways? If Korean wants there to be a change, maybe they should be more accepting of Japanese people and vice versa. Additionally, and not to defend anyone's actions or to generalize about all Korean's, Korea has to be pretty high on the list of countries that are racist (I say this for lack of a better term). I showed my cousins (born and raised in korea) a picture of some of my friends and they started making jokes about my black friend, and when I was visiting, I saw not one, but three foreigners ( 2 black and idk that the other one ) be denied service at a restaurant. To my knowledge, Japan is pretty accepting of foreigners, African Americans included which I think says a lot considering the prejudice they often face, particularly in Asia.  I find it ironic that they would still treat people in a negative way when they themselves experience things like this.

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    slowguy cecegibs Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    What, you never heard of how common the "Japanese Only" signs are in Japan? Japan is way racist -- they just know how to do good PR.

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    EllegantBizarre slowguy 26 days ago

    From various friends of mine who are black and have traveled to Japan on numerous accounts, Japanese only signs are stating that they only speak Japanese and no English or any other language. It's to warn foreigners that they may not be able to communicate well if they don't speak the language.

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    DZico Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    then don't go to japan , if koreans feel like they been mistreated in japan then they shouldn't go there , it's as simple as that .

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    hokuhi DZico Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    So rather then addressing the problem of racism and making the world a better place, it's better to for good people to just ignore the problem and let it fester? Great solution.....BTW I doubt anyone goes to a country thinking they are going to be mistreated, and most aren't, it just turns out that a few were so they are reporting it.

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    DZico hokuhi Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Koreans are not any better they just as racist , also I don't understand why koreans keep trying to go into japan when they clearly don't like each other , you don't see Japanese going to korea do you .

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    hokuhi DZico Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Of course Koreans aren't any better, there's racism everywhere. But that doesn't mean people have to avoid whole countries because of the actions of a few bad [eople. And I did a quick google search (I can't link it) and 225,456 Japanese visited Korea in the month of August alone.

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    sweetchristmas DZico Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    Hi, I recommend you read history book on WW II. Reread your thoughts... You sound really scary.

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    slowguy DZico Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Jpaanese don't go to Korea? Do you know how popular Seoul is as a tourism destination among Japanese? Either you're totally ignorant, or you're a lying troll.

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    DZico slowguy Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    no I am not trolling , Japanese don't go to korea it's korea who keep coming to them , and japanese even have the lowest rate of imigration among all asian countries , korea and china take first places .. many koreans are working in japan and using japanese names to disguise themselves while talking shit about japan

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    whatever101 Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    wow considering this is the 2nd report in a month this is extremely problematic especially for country that plans on hosting the Olympics, tho obviously this video should not be seen as an example as how ALL Japanese people act towards Koreans.

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    nananana162 Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    it happen to me once. when i was in korea last year, since im muslim girl who wear hijab, there were male passerby mocking our azan prayer.. they were shouting 'allahu akbar!' while we're walking. and that was not the only thing happen. so yeah....

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    daFoolio Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    i just want to know from all these japanese that are harassing koreans..... what their beef is with koreans.  why do they hate koreans?

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    slowguy daFoolio Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Korea is fast overtaking Japan these days in development and international profile, and the Japanese can't stand it, that's why. Because Japan held Korea as a colony in the early part of the 20th century, the Japanese are used to thinking of themselves as superior -- only Koreans are proving them wrong everywhere.

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    pink_oracle Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    It's funny, they always seem to pick on girls, never men their own size.

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    Hyangmi_Ra Wednesday, October 19, 2016

    that's how muslim people got harrased in non muslim country and how black man got harrased with white man..but not all non muslim people and white man are bad..there's a lot of them are good people..it is just someone own attitude towards others...I don't know what happen to the world now..where is your humanity..sad~

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