Friday, December 31, 2010
Buraku vs. Google/Burakumin-II
Google got into trouble in Japan when Google Earth added historical maps of Japan. Recently, the Justice Ministry in Japan investigated the company because its historical maps revealed “burakumin” location for century ago. The burakumin is a former low-caste community which is one of many taboo issues in Japan. This reflects that Japan is still on of the most invisible racial societies in the world. If the society cannot allow historical evidence to be discussed based upon the historical context, the country is really in trouble. Japan might hide some historical facts, but it will never solve any historical problems including burakumin. Unless the Japanese are willing to facing history sincerely, the Japanese society will always be viewed as an invisible racial society. Maybe it is time for Justice Ministry to ask itself why the Japanese cannot overcome the burakumin issue before making entering an investigation of Google. Is Google a racist company? Or are the Japanese racists?