TOKYO: A serious Japanese cosmetics agency confronted on-line boycott calls on Wednesday (Dec 16) after its CEO used a racial slur for Koreans, and boasted his agency was “pure Japanese”.
DHC’s Yoshiaki Yoshida made the feedback in a message on the corporate’s web site through which he attacked rival Suntory, a significant beverage producer that competes with DHC within the well being complement sector.
“For some cause, the fashions employed for Suntory’s commercials are nearly all Korean-Japanese. In order that’s why it appears they’re mocked on the Web as ‘Chontory’,” he wrote.
“Chon” is a derogatory time period for Koreans in Japan, extensively considered discriminatory.
Yoshida went on to write down that DHC’s staff by comparability have been all “pure Japanese”.
Discrimination towards Koreans in Japan goes again many years, towards a backdrop of tense ties between Seoul and Tokyo over points associated to wartime historical past.
The submit was revealed final month, however solely caught the general public’s consideration this week, inflicting anger amongst many Japanese Twitter customers, who started utilizing the hashtag “I now not purchase merchandise from discriminatory DHC”.
The agency, which additionally operates in South Korea, Taiwan, the UK and america, didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
“I can now not belief the merchandise of such an organization. I am towards discrimination!” one Twitter person wrote.
“They can not do enterprise with out discriminating towards minorities, customers and different corporations? I will say no to such a shallow firm,” wrote one other.
Japan has legal guidelines towards hate speech, however a justice ministry official contacted by AFP mentioned it might solely intervene if a proper criticism was filed.
“The ministry’s main coverage on the problem is to launch campaigns towards hate speech normally,” he mentioned.
Throughout Tokyo’s 1910 to 1945 colonial rule of the Korean peninsula, hundreds of thousands of Koreans moved to Japan, both voluntarily or towards their will.
When Japan surrendered on the finish of World Conflict II, lots of of 1000’s of ethnic Koreans remained, and plenty of suffered discrimination and hardship.
The social media response towards DHC comes after a latest Nike advert highlighting racism and bullying in Japan – together with towards a baby carrying a standard Korean outfit – additionally induced a stir on-line.
Though the advert had been preferred greater than 91,000 instances on Nike Japan’s YouTube channel by Wednesday, it had additionally been disliked by over 69,000 viewers.
Some accused Nike of anti-Japanese sentiment, and even referred to as for a boycott of its merchandise.
Japan stays a reasonably homogeneous nation, and mixed-race kids can typically face prejudice, though attitudes amongst youthful generations are altering.