Source(U.S. Forces Japan)
This blog post was originally published on 8/17/12 but I updated it and decided to move it to the top.
I get EXTREMELY tired of hearing people say “Japan hates foreigners! They will never accept you!” Why? Because it is false! Japan is not some xenophobic, anti-foreigner, racist nation. Not anymore. Far from it. The only reason people are able to give on why they say it is Xenophobic is because they saw a sign like this on the internet:
That photo was take in my Japanese hometown of Otaru, Japan. Not by me though, I never actually saw it. You may see them around US military bases, especially in Okinawa and in Hokkaido. But if you think about it, can you blame them? Would you want another country’s military occupying your nation and your city with their loud and dangerous aircraft and often rowdy military personnel? No. If China decided to make a base in the middle of Manhattan, you can bet your ass that entire population of New York City will be outside protesting and posting “No Chinese” signs on every store window within a 15 mile radius. I am not saying the hate of the US military is a popular view. A minority of Japanese share the same hate as many nationalist(Also uncommon) in Japan. I am saying the hate some people has it quite understandable.