Foreigners in Japan Targeted for Discrimination Due to Virus

A city government official (R) distributes a flyer to an eatery owner in Beppu, Oita Prefecture, in August 2020, urging people not to discriminate against foreigners amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo)

OITA (Kyodo) — Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there have been increasing reports that foreigners living in areas with prominent international communities in Japan are being subject to discrimination and hateful remarks.

“Shitty foreigner, corona.” A 22-year-old Indian student at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was targeted by such a verbal attack while walking around JR Beppu Station, Oita Prefecture in mid-August.

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