Kyōgaku no Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu - Gaijin Hanzai Hakusho 2007

Kyōgaku no Gaijin Hanzai Ura File - Gaijin Hanzai Hakusho 2007

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, 2007 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.

Content

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.

Response

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.

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