meaning Shocking Secret Foreigner Crime File - Foreigner Crime White Paper 2007
, was a mook
(a Japanese word for a cross between a magazine and a book) published in Japanese
on January 31
by Eichi Publishing Inc.英知出版
. The mook was distributed in convenience stores and online at Rakuten
Books and Amazon.com
. The cover price was 690 yen
The mook contained images and descriptions of what it says are crimes committed in Japan by non-Japanese, including graphs breaking down crimes by nationality. The mook's cover, in red and black, shows caricatured
images of foreigners grinning maniacally with glowing red eyes under its banner headline. No advertising content was included in the mook.
The mook included a caption describing a black man as a "nigga", an article entitled "Chase the Iranian!", and calls Tokyo a "city torn apart by evil foreigners." One cartoon re-enacts a murder on a pig farm in Chiba, east of Tokyo, allegedly by a Chinese man who overstayed his visa.
The mook was criticized for being racist
by various Japan commentators including Debito Arudou
. Arudou, a naturalized
Japanese citizen and author of "Japanese Only," posted a bilingual letter for readers to take to FamilyMart stores protesting against "discriminatory statements and images about non-Japanese residents of Japan." Richard-Lloyd Parry
, Asia editor of The Times
also criticised the mook.
Citing the publication's "inappropriate racial expressions" FamilyMart
decided to stop distributing the mook on February 5.
The editor of the mook, Shigeki Saka, defended his decision to publish in an editorial in Metropolis. Saka stated that, "there are no lies, distortions or racist sentiments expressed in Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu. All the statistics about rising crime rates are accurate, and all the photographs show incidents that actually occurred." His stated purpose was to create an informed dialogue on the "taboo" topic of foreigner crime.