Japan Minorities

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Japanese society, with its ideology of homogeneity, has traditionally been intolerant of ethnic and other differences. People identified as different might be considered "polluted"--the category applied historically to the outcasts of Japan, particularly the hisabetsu buraku, "discriminated communities," often called burakumin, a term some find offensive--and thus not suitable as marriage partners or employees. Men or women of mixed ancestry, those with family histories of certain diseases, and atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their descendants, foreigners, and members of minority groups faced discrimination in a variety of forms.

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Ethnic issues in Japan - Wikipedia
Japan - Minority Rights Group
Demography of Japan - Wikipedia
Japan's Minorities: The illusion of homogeneity
Asian Topics on Asia for Educators || Contemporary Japan

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