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Old 16 May 2013, 02:25 AM
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The word for race in Japanese simply means "type of person". It could mean practically anything. The idea of races was a rather foreign concept. Of course, xenophobia by any name smells equally abhorrent. Unfortunately, the Japanese were emulating the west at a time when the west was, frankly, more racist than much of the world would ever be.
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