After seeing a blog post about this magazine: 外人犯罪, I knew I had to buy it before it goes out of print. So yesterday after work, I went straight to the Familymart 30 meters away from my home and purchased a copy to keep as a collector’s item.
It’s a special edition magazine about foreigners in Japan and the crimes they commit, perpetrating the idea that the gaijin community (and especially the Chinese and Koreans) are the source off all the problems in an otherwise perfect Japanese society. This theme has been very popular on TV lately…
Especially keen to me is that page about interracial couples, with very interesting comments accompanying the photos (see the flickr page for translations of some of them).
I might be really naïve and know I should be offended and outraged, but I find such material fascinating as it reminds me that this is an inherent part of the Japanese society in which I’ve been living for over a year and wish to stay much longer. I had a good laugh at it and so did all my gaijin friends at work to whom I showed the magazine.
The guys at Japanprobe.com are staging a boycott of Familymart and want to take action against the magazine’s publisher.