Foreigners in Japan becoming target of discrimination due to virus

first_imgAlthough the student’s university, also located in Beppu, southwestern Japan, had reported from Aug. 8 that a dozen or so exchange students had tested positive for the virus, he was not one of them. He attempted to object, but the men told him, “We’re social distancing. Get lost,” so in the end he could do nothing.Such prejudice against foreigners is seen to be the result of an excessive fear of infection and ignorance among those who lack opportunities to communicate with the international communities with which they reside.The some 2,700 exchange students at APU, who make up almost half of its enrollments, usually forge deep connections with the local community through part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.But since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the city has received reports that some hair salons and dining establishments have put up signs denying entry to students from the university. In response, it immediately set about distributing around 1,500 notices to business operators reminding them that “the fight is against the virus, not people.”Some businesses in Yokohama’s Chinatown near Tokyo also reported receiving hate mail in March blaming Chinese people for the coronavirus outbreak, with messages such as “Get the hell out of Japan.”Read also: Emergency stay permits to no longer be issued for foreigners as Indonesia enters ‘new normal’According to a May survey of around 400 foreigners living in Fukuoka Prefecture by monthly multilingual magazine Fukuoka Now, around 20 percent of respondents said they have experienced some sort of discrimination in relation to the coronavirus.Toshihiro Menju, managing director and chief program officer at the Japan Center for International Exchange, believes that ensuring local residents and foreigners have opportunities to interact is the solution to eradicating discrimination and prejudice.”The relationships built in the community on a daily basis thrive during extraordinary times,” he said.With foreigners, many of them Japanese-Brazilians, accounting for around 10 percent of the population of Minokamo, Gifu Prefecture, the city has been working to strengthen information sharing with its international community.City officials, together with a pastor with interpreting experience, are visiting around 10 churches with foreign congregations to urge them to take thorough measures against the coronavirus’ spread.”Local governments should treat foreign residents in the same way as Japanese residents, and make their guidelines and other policies clear,” said Menju.Topics : Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, there have been increasing reports that foreigners living in areas with prominent international communities in Japan are being subject to discrimination and hateful remarks.”Shitty foreigner, corona.” A 22-year-old Indian student at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University was targeted by such a verbal attack while walking around JR Beppu Station, Oita Prefecture in mid-August.The comment came from three Japanese men apparently in their 30s.last_img read more

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Barclays Premier League review

first_img SUNDAY, MAY 1 SATURDAY, APRIL 30 SOUTHAMPTON 4 MANCHESTER CITY 2 GOALS:-SOUTHAMPTON: LONG 25; MANE 28, 57, 68. CITY: IHEANACHO 44, 78). Manchester City’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League remain in the balance after Sadio Mane netted a hat-trick. Shane Long opened the scoring before Mane doubled the lead, though Kelechi Iheanacho replied for the visitors. Mane then scored twice to make sure of the win, though Iheanacho found the top corner late on. SWANSEA CITY 3 LIVERPOOL 1 GOALS:-SWANSEA: AYEW 20, 67; CORK 33. LIVERPOOL: BENTEKE. Swansea City dismantled Liverpool to make sure of their Barclays Premier League status. Andre Ayew’s header and a Jack Cork goal put the hosts in charge; and though Christian Benteke headed home for Liverpool, Ayew’s second goal swiftly ended those aspirations. Brad Smith was then sent off for Liverpool, whose hopes of Champions League qualification now rest on winning the Europa League. Barclays Premier League review ARSENAL 1 NORWICH CITY 0 GOAL:-ARSENAL: WELBECK 59. Norwich moved closer to relegation on an afternoon that saw Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger subjected to calls for his sacking. Gunners fans protested inside and out of the Emirates, though they secured a valuable win with a Danny Welbeck half-volley. The result leaves Norwich in 19th place, two points from safety with three games remaining. EVERTON 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 GOALS:-EVERTON: CLEVERLEY 7; BAINES 64. BOURNEMOUTH: PUGH 9. Everton manager Roberto Martinez was another to face calls for his head despite seeing his side beat Bournemouth. Tom Cleverley drove in a low shot early on, but within seconds the Cherries levelled through Marc Pugh. Leighton Baines claimed the winner for Everton, but fans stayed behind to protest against Martinez. NEWCASTLE UNITED 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0 GOAL:-NEWCASTLE: TOWNSEND 58. Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone, thanks to Andros Townsend’s magnificent free kick and keeper Karl Darlow’s penalty save. Townsend gave Newcastle the lead after half-time, but Yohan Cabaye, once of Newcastle, saw his late penalty saved by third-choice Darlow. The win sees Newcastle a point above Sunderland and two clear of Norwich. STOKE CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 1 GOALS:-STOKE: ARNAUTOVIC 50. SUNDERLAND: DEFOE PEN 90. Jermaine Defoe’s added-time penalty helped Newcastle rescue a point but dropped into the relegation zone after rivals Newcastle beat Palace. Marko Arnautovic gave Stoke the lead and Sunderland struggled to create chances in response, until Geoff Cameron tangled with Defoe in the 93rd minute and the former England striker made no mistake from the spot. WATFORD 3 ASTON VILLA 2 GOALS:-ABDI; DEENEY 90, 90. VILLA: CLARK 28; AYEW 48. Troy Deeney’s two late goals denied Aston Villa what would have been only their fourth league win of the season. Ciaran Clark headed Villa’s opener, but Almen Abdi equalised for Watford. Jordan Ayew’s low drive restored Villa’s lead, but Aly Cissokho was sent off with 17 minutes to play. Deeney levelled in added time and within seconds slotted home the winner. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 WEST HAM UNITED 3 GOALS:-WEST HAM: KOUYATE 34; NOBLE 45, 79. Mark Noble scored twice to extended West Ham’s unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier League to 10 games. Cheikhou Kouyate headed the Hammers ahead before Noble scuffed a shot prior to the break to extend the visitors’ advantage. Noble added his second and West Ham’s third when he volleyed home from Andy Carroll’s cross.last_img read more

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HUGE AID CONSIGNMENT LEAVES DONEGAL FOR OVERSEAS ORPHANAGE

first_imgA Donegal woman has said a massive ‘thank you’ to locals after an appeal to help orhaned children.Alan & Myrtle Doherty just said they wanted to express their deep gratitude to everyone who donated to our annual Belarus appeal.Myrtle, from Ramelton, said “We collected 35,000 nappies, almost 1000 bags of clothes, shoes, bedlinen and towels, a very large amount of toys, a big consignment of toiletries, hundreds of packets of wipes, 6 huge boxes filled with tubs of nappy creams, 2 big boxes of vital medications and a large amount of prams and other nursery equipment.” The consignment of donated good left the couple’s house this morning on the first part of its journey.“People’s generosity never fails to overwhelm us every year.“You all helped to make a difference in these children’s lives,” she said.HUGE AID CONSIGNMENT LEAVES DONEGAL FOR OVERSEAS ORPHANAGE was last modified: February 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BealrusdonegalMyrtle Dohertylast_img read more

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