"We were taught that yakuza and foreigners have no rights."
The terrifying quote above (in Japanese: ヤクザと外国人に人権はないと教えられた) comes from a former prosecutor in Yokohama who is now dishing dirt on the dark side of the Japanese justice system. While I knew that Japanese discrimination would certainly count against me if I was ever arrested (“foreign crime” is a constant talking point in Japan, even though crimes committed by foreigners has steadily declined for years) but I had no idea that public servants were being taught to treat me like I wasn’t a human being. Another delightful tip he was given: “Foreigners don’t understand Japanese, so if you speak Japanese, you can heap as much verbal abuse as you want on them.” (外国人は日本語が分からないか ら、日本語であればどんなに罵倒してもいい)
If there was any real justice system in Japan, the conviction of every foreign-born prisoner in Yokohama would be under review right now. I’d be shocked if this even makes headline news though.
- feitclub posted this