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Discrimination in Modern Japan: Case Studies in Identity Politics
by J. Mark Ramseyer
University of Chicago Press, 2023
Cloth: 978-0-226-81616-6 | Paper: 978-0-226-81618-0 | eISBN: 978-0-226-81617-3
Library of Congress Classification DS830.R35 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.800952

An informative rethinking of how Japanese society discriminates against its Korean, Okinawan, and Burakumin populations.
In this book, J. Mark Ramseyer, a noted authority on Japan looks at discrimination against groups in Japanese society, focusing on the Korean, Okinawan, and Burakumin groups. Ramseyer asks why they experience discrimination in Japan, an unusually homogeneous society. Is it because of some prejudice on the part of the majority that prevents their integration into mainstream Japanese society? Or is it because some of the dynamics within the group create incentives for the group to stay together and to be on the fringes of society?
Ramseyer argues that the real explanation is the latter, and each of these three groups has been victimized by its own leadership. Precisely because the groups are dysfunctional, members of the group cannot control members who would appoint themselves group leaders.  The result has been the capture of leadership positions by people who manipulate the group to their own private advantage and to the detriment of the group as a whole.

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