Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report | AFP.com – The Group of Seven summit gathering of top industrialized democracies finished in disarray after the US president abruptly rejected its consensus statement and bitterly attacked Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Behind the scenes, Trump’s counterparts were dismayed by verbal jabs on topics ranging from trade to terrorism and migration, The Wall Street Journal said, quoting European officials who were present.
At one point he described migration as a big problem for Europe then said to Abe: “Shinzo, you don’t have this problem, but I can send you 25 million Mexicans and you’ll be out of office very soon,” creating a sense of irritation in the room, according to an EU official.
Japan Prejudice and Black Sambo By John Greenwald Sunday, June 24, 2001 // Japan Prejudice and Black Sambo – TIME – – First came reports that Little Black Sambo dolls and black mannequins with grotesquely large lips were on display in Tokyo department stores. Then Michio Watanabe, a senior strategist in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, publicly suggested that U.S. blacks were irresponsible: in a speech he noted that Japanese would “escape into the night or commit family suicide” rather than fail to pay their debts. But in the U.S., Watanabe said, “where credit cards are much in use, a lot of blacks, and so on, think, ‘We’re bankrupt. We don’t have to pay anything starting tomorrow.’ ” Watanabe apologized, and the stores removed the dolls and mannequins. But the incidents raised questions in the U.S. about Japanese racial attitudes, questions that mirrored concerns raised two years ago, after former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone suggested that black and Hispanic Americans were lowering U.S. literacy and intelligence rates. In Washington the Congressional Black Caucus, which represents 23 lawmakers, last week urged Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita to convene a meeting of Japanese executives to end “the negative stereotypic representations of black Americans once and for all.” Declared Congressman Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat: “We’re talking about a general racist attitude. They are now world leaders. They are going to have to learn that the whole world is not Japanese.” Scholars from Japan suggest that their countrymen are not intentionally racist but are insensitive toward other peoples because of centuries of homogeneous and isolated development. “They have little social experience in dealing with different races,” explains Nagayo Homma, a professor of American studies at the University of Tokyo. “They know about Martin Luther King and civil rights, but it’s in an abstract context.” If that is the situation, it is not surprising that stereotypes abound — and not just about blacks: while whites generally are considered by Japanese to be advanced and “civilized,” fellow Asians and others are sometimes seen as backward, even inferior. For many Japanese, the first exposure to blacks came during the post-World War II occupation, when they saw U.S. soldiers housed in segregated barracks. Others picked up racial attitudes and stereotypes — such as Little Black Sambo — from U.S. television, movies and books, or American acquaintances. “I experience racism daily,” says Robert Jefferson, a black radio correspondent for ABC News in Tokyo. Jefferson says Japanese avoid sitting next to him on trains or taking the same elevator. While such experiences are commonly shared by white foreigners, Jefferson also recalls stereotyped remarks — not unheard of in the U.S., of course — such as “You must be able to sing very good” because all blacks do. Jefferson adds that a landlord refused to show him housing because the rules prohibited rentals to models, TV personalities, bar girls — and blacks. When Jefferson asked why blacks were excluded, he was told, “Because when two or three of them get together, they don’t know how to act.”
DAVID E. SANGER // JAPAN APOLOGIZES FOR A RACIAL SLUR – The New York Times – Japan’s Prime Minister, Noboru Takeshita, has apologized to the Congressional Black Caucus for comments by a senior Japanese politician suggesting that American blacks often go bankrupt to avoid paying debts.
Mr. Takeshita made the apology, which was vaguely worded, in a letter to Representative Mervyn M. Dymally, a California Democrat and chairman of the Black Caucus. The Japanese Foreign Ministry issued a summary of Mr. Takeshita’s letter, bearing Friday’s date, but refused to make the actual text public. [ In Washington, the Congressional Black Caucus said it had seen an unsigned facsimile of the letter, but not the letter itself. Amelia L. Parker, executive director of the caucus, said that ”until we receive an actual signed copy of the letter, Mr. Dymally is not in a position to respond.” ] According to the summary, Mr. Takeshita said he regretted that the incident ”wounded friends in the United States,” and added that ”there is no room or justification for racial discrimination.” But he did not respond to the caucus’s demands that the Japanese Government start a public education program here on racial issues. Comments Made Last Month
Mr. Takeshita’s letter came as Japan tried to close two incidents -one involving Michio Watanabe, a leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, another centering on Little Black Sambo figures on sale in department stores here – that brought sharp protests and threats of consumer boycotts from black groups in the United States.
While the incidents were not widely publicized here, the Japanese Embassy in Washington urged Mr. Takeshita and the Foreign Ministry to take the protests seriously so that, in the words of one Japanese diplomat, ”we are not perceived as a nation of racists.”
Mr. Watanabe, an outspoken man who is sometimes mentioned as a candidate for Prime Minister, made his comments late last month in a speech about American consumer habits.