I second Shari.
the way to determine if something is offensive is to switch sides. If you could buy a “Japanese” disguise in an American shop which included horn-rimmed glasses, buck-teeth, and yellowish makeup and eye make-up with instructions on making your eyes look “slanted”, would that be racist?Shari at Japan probe
This golden rule holds true for this case.
Japan has been insensitive to race.
Japan is also insensitive to religion.
The Yomiuri Shimbun
A sewing factory in eastern Japan required an Indonesian Muslim trainee to sign a note promising to forgo praying five times a day and Ramadan fasting as a condition of her employment, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned Monday.yomiuri
Okay, I hold the company has right to make whatever contract unless it does not violate Public order and morals specified in article 90 of civil law.
According to the note written both in Japanese and Indonesian, the factory prohibited the woman from worshipping on the firm's property and fasting while in Japan.
She was also prohibited from exchanging letters domestically, sending money to her family or traveling in vehicles.
In addition, she had a curfew of 9 p.m. at her dormitory and was not allowed to invite friends there.
The woman trainee told the network that she was not allowed to worship even during breaks, and that the other trainees at her factory also signed similar promissory notes.
This is going too far. Why didn't the company notice this is the violation of human right?
Japanese should respect what other people consider valuable just as they want
others to respect their own tradition. But to do so, they should first realize people
with different set of value system are living here in Japan.
I guess Japanese should help the minority to sue the company so that the company may know being insensitive to race and religion does not pay.
File a suit!