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Old 15 May 2013, 10:13 PM
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E. Q. Taft E. Q. Taft is offline
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As snopes says, the concept of 'race' is nebulous at best. I think it pretty much means whatever the person using it wants it to mean, since there's no real scientific definition. Japan has such a homogeneous population that I can imagine people (both Japanese and otherwise) conflating the idea of the race and the nation being the same thing. An extreme Japanese nationalist might well have a strict definition of who is or is not Japanese from an ethnic point of view. (The historical attitude and policies of the Japanese towards ethnic Koreans in particular suggests this.)

It's a side issue, anyway. The remarks are pretty outrageous irrespective of who made them or who the victims were.
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