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Korean tourists getting harassed in Japan is caught on camera

By alice101   Tuesday, October 18, 2016   92,161   388   90

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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