Japan PM Ex-Adviser Praises Apartheid in Embarrassment for Abe

Elaine Lies and Takashi Umekawa, Yahoo! News, February 13, 2015

A former adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has praised apartheid as a model for how Japan could expand immigration, prompting the government’s top spokesman on Friday to emphasize that Japan’s immigration policy was based on equality.

Author Ayako Sono, considered part of Abe’s informal brain trust, set off a wave of online fury this week when she wrote in the conservative Sankei newspaper that South Africa’s former policies of racial separation had been good for whites, Asians and Africans.


In a column entitled “Let Them In–But Keep a Distance”, Sono said Japan should open its doors to more foreign workers, especially to care for the growing numbers of elderly, but should make them live separately from Japanese.

“People can carry out business and research together, and socialize together, but they should live apart,” she wrote.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment on Sono’s remarks at a regular news conference, but added, “Our immigration policy is predicated on equality, which is guaranteed in Japan.”

A labor shortage has pushed the government to take steps to boost the numbers of highly skilled foreigners and expand a “trainee” program for blue collar workers that has been widely criticized for human rights abuses, but authorities insist the steps are not part of an “immigration policy”.

Sono served on a government educational panel in 2013 and has long advised Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.


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  • Reynardine

    First comes segregation, then comes integration, then comes annihilation.


    • Sick of it

      Someone should point out to her that whites were not nearly so outnumbered in South Africa until immigration and apartheid.

      • Charles Martel

        Bringing quinine to Africa let more survive. Sickle cell lets blacks survive malaria without whiteys medicine.

    • NoMosqueHere

      If you let chimps into your home don’t be surprised if they fling doodoo at you.

      • Oil Can Harry

        No surprise that black convicts regularly hurl feces and urine at the guards and the other inmates.

        • Albert

          Perhaps the prisons could make money by creating a natural habitat for the inmates and charging admission for people to come and see them.

          • John Smith

            Hunting trips would be good too.

  • I’d opt for zero non-Japanese permanent immigration and not have to worry about apartheid.

    Apartheid didn’t last, mind you.

    • Sick of it

      It can’t when the immigrants and their children dwarf the native population in size.

  • haroldcrews

    First heavily subsidize marriage and children. Secondly every measure to entice foreign nationals of Japanese descent ought to be taken. There is nothing cheap about cheap labor. It will end up costing you your entire country and the hopes of your children.

    • Anglokraut

      Agreed; there must be thousands of Japanese in South America that can still trace their entire ancestry on both sides back to Japan in an unbroken line. Find the 18-30 single-no children demographic–make it very enticing for them to learn to speak, read, and write Japanese, and repatriate them.

      • WhiteGuyInJapan

        Japan already did that. Late 1980s, they invited Brazilians of Japanese descent (you have to show that you had at least one Japanese parent) to work in the factories. The Brazilians generally clustered in their own enclaves and did not assimilate much. And some Japanese still view them as “Brazilian”, not Japanese.
        I have known many Brazilians and only a few of them are proficient in the language and I see almost zero intermarriage.
        Having said that, I am seeing many Brazilian children who are growing up here in Japan and seem rather well integrated into Japanese society.

        • Anglokraut

          I think I see the problem–Japan let half-breeds use the program, and in a manner similar to mulattoes, the half-Japanese half-Brazilian hybrids identified not with the successful side of the family, but with the shallow end of the gene pool. 100% Japanese, or no deal.

          • Exactly. What the hell is a “half Japanese Brazilian”? I’ll tell you: A fricken mulatto, for crying out loud! No wonder they didn’t fit in with Japanese society.

          • WhiteGuyInJapan

            Not entirely. “Brazilian” does not define one’s racial background. Like “American”, it is more of a political identity than racial. One of my Brazilians friends (she holds a passport from Brazil) is of Italian and Japanese ancestry. Lots of Europeans have moved over to Brazil to enjoy the beaches and low cost of living.
            As for mulattoes, yes, Brazil absorbed around 90% of the African slave trade.

  • Truthseeker

    Keep Japan Japanese. Segregation is workable for a time, but it always comes back to bite you. The US and South Africa have learned that the hard way.

  • David Ashton

    Don’t let them in.

  • NorthernWind

    Japan please… The only smart move is a ZERO immigration policy and an outreach to expats.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      Funny thing is I have been talking about this article with other Western expats here in Japan. The majority of them are livid with rage at the shocking “racism” of her statements. Quite a few of them think that increased immigration is the only viable solution to Japan’s problems. Silly white people.

  • dd121

    That’s what they do everywhere: self-segregate.

    But seriously, Abe, don’t let foreigners in your country. Honest.

  • IstvanIN

    This woman is either a fool or insane. The hubris of thinking you can control them forever without resorting to the kind of repression that most civilized societies don’t have the stomach for.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      Maybe not. The Japanese do not seem prone to the sort of historical guilt that afflicts many whites. There is little to zero “yellow guilt”, as it were. The Chinese and Koreans (whose grandparents were brought here, mind you) are still in their enclaves and often not allowed to receive Japanese citizenship. The government was recently paying Brazilians of Japanese descent to go home. English teachers like me rarely ever become fulltime employees of school and almost never get tenure at Japanese universities.

      • Yeah, but there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between Chinese, Koreans, versus blacks and mulattoes. A BIG DIFFERENCE! Once these African descended peoples reach critical mass, watch out. SAYONARA old Japan!

        • WhiteGuyInJapan

          Big difference? Sure, around 30-35 IQ points and their average personalities are at opposite ends of the continuum.

        • WhiteGuyInJapan

          “Once these African descended peoples reach critical mass”
          Peak Negro

      • Jeff

        I lived in Japan for about a year. By western standards they would be considered egregious racist, and as odd as it may seem to westerners, the groups they despised most were other Asians, mainly Koreans. I imagine that still holds true. They would be foolish to import cheap labor. If they stick to their guns and remain Japanese, they may indeed finally succeed in establishing the The Greater East Asian Sphere of Co-Prosperity. Any nation which has succeeded in maintaining a fairly homogenous population would be insane to tread down the path of multi culturalism.

        • Batterytrain

          I wonder why though? Is it a case of familiarity breeds contempt and Japanese know what the true nature of these Asiatics are because they consider themselves half-Asiatic and half-Western in terms of their cognitive process and culture?

    • John Smith

      A time limit and no automatic status for marriages between foreigners and citizens would help. If foreign workers know they have a max of ten years there and can’t marry their way in w/o getting govt. approval, it would help keep them from getting too attached. Singapore does something similar to its Gurkhas, but also allows the families to migrate together to avoid them marrying into local society.

  • LeonNJ

    It looks like Japan has a long way to go before they start having more babies. The men need to get their nose out of that cartoon porn garbage and start talking to girls for once.

    • WhiteGuyInJapan

      I often wonder if a bit of population shrinkage would do Japan some good. It is a very small, croweded country with about half the population clustered around three cities. Some of the more unpleasant aspects of life in Japan are directly related to a high population density: traffic congestion, long lines for everything. etc. A Japan of 80 million may be more pleasant with more space for everyone.
      Granted, this may involve a decrease in economic size and status. I wonder how they could manage it.

  • Paleoconn

    We saw how permanent apartheid was, ie. not permanent at all. Japan should just not let anybody in, not even Whites. Japan is a great civilization that must be preserved alongside the European race, but not together.

    • Doepster

      That was because the liberal world didn’t want it…the blacks were given their own states in their ‘traditional’ areas but couldn’t create anything so wanted to live in the White man’s area’s….

  • Once the camel’s nose gets under the tent….

  • LHathaway

    They are hiring . . . ?

  • WR_the_realist

    Oh dear, Japan is falling for the “import cheap labor” temptation. That ruins every country that does it. Needless to say, a system of segregation could never be maintained. There would be insurmountable pressure first for integration, then for miscegenation, and finally for Japanese privilege conferences.

  • Roninf9

    The Indo-Aryans tried to maintain a racial segregation system in ancient India. Today India is one gigantic open air toilet. This open immigration poicly is being pushed onto Japan by outside forces. Japan’s problems are not demographic. Their #1 problem is their relationship with the Globalist Banking Cartel that was imposed on her after WWII. That island has been subjugated and exploited and used up. Just like the USA has been.

  • TheMaskedUnit

    Nobody ever learns …

  • 李冠毅

    A bit of info for my fellow AmRen readers: Japan is NOT a racially homogeneous nation. As much as I would like to believe that at least one northeast Asian country is practicing racial preservation, that unfortunately is not the case. Even though Japan’s official statistics claim Japan is over 90 percent ethnic Japanese, the data does not take into account the actual racial makeup of the populace. In fact, many Japanese men find Chinese women attractive, and have been marrying tens of thousands of them every year for some time. The offspring of such marriages are generally classified as ethnic Japanese, and receive full citizenship. Genetic studies have shown that many Japanese of the younger generation have non-Japanese ancestry. Some geneticists have pointed out that Japan should really be classified as a multiracial country, though thankfully it is not yet as multiracial as America.

    • Jeff

      That’s extremely interesting! I lived in Japan for a year about 25 years ago. Perhaps you can explain something to me. There always seemed to be an aura of tension between the sexes in Japan. I always suspected a form of Japanese femenism at play, but it’s an extremely subtle culture and very difficult to discern. A friend of mine was married to a Japanese girl. During conversations she often alluded to a certain, for lack of a better term, perversion among some Japanese males. My wife was warned not to hang her panties on clotheslines. She laughed and thought nothing of it, and subsequently lost half her underwear before she figured out it was being stolen from the clothelines.

      • 李冠毅

        Sorry, I’m not familiar with Japanese culture. I just read about the genetic study in a science report.

      • John Smith

        The men currently have little interest in sex, based on studies, because they stimulate themselves with manga and vids of AV idols, so I say that’s a big “yes.”

    • Bill Moore


      Seems to me that Japanese and Chinese are similar, and can get along.

      Caucasians and Africans are dissimilar, and will never get along. It’s reaching a boiling point in the USA, the USA is heading for civil war.

      Bill Moore

    • John Smith

      Isn’t Korea also doing the same, with Korean men looking for brides in other countries where the population is East Asian/Oriental in appearance and the chance for integration into Korean society better? I even believe that Chinese males in some regions do the same with women from Burma, Laos, etc.

      • 李冠毅

        Yep. Not sure that is a wise move. The Chinese government doesn’t seem to hold foreign brides up to the same standards of good genetic stock as local Chinese (for the locals, even minor birth defects are aborted).

    • David Ashton

      Frank Dikotter’s “The Construction of Racial Identities in China and Japan” (Hurst 1997) is not friendly to an “AmRen” viewpoint, but very informative nonetheless.

  • Disaster looms for Japan then, should they open their borders like this. Apartheid can only lead to disaster in the future.

    Maybe a consortium of alternative right personalities and influential thinkers could get together and pen a concise letter or video, possibly in Japanese (perhaps with Jared’s help?), which can set the stall out of the monumental mistake it would be and what tends to happen in the future.

    There are many nationalists who often cite the racial awareness of the Japanese and comment how they would never allow the same thing to happen to them as what has happened to us.

    I beg to differ. I think it can happen to any nation – and furthermore, that the populace there, like here, will actually not have much say in the matter because this revolution is pushed from above.

    • Martel

      I would like to find her contact details and inform her about studies by social scientist Robert Putnam, the American Psychological Association and many others which can provide scientific support for her claims that attempting to integrate different ethnic groups is a lost cause.

      • David Ashton

        The more the material from Robert Putnam, Byron Roth and others are circulated, not only in Japan, the better.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    Japan is too small to have apartheid.

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    “It only sounds shocking to Western ears.”
    Exactly! It is funny for me to see white expats blowing gaskets when some non-whites are openly xenophobic and protective of their cultures and societies. The nerve of them! /sarcasm
    In a way, those PC whites are projecting Western values onto a clearly non-Western society. Isn’t that a form of racism? In debates with some expats, I have accused them of being “white supremacists”. I love watching the smoke coming out of their ears!

  • John Smith

    It has absorbed other groups, to some extent, like Koreans and indigenous Ainu, but the best decision for Japan would be to let in mostly other Oriental peoples who would have at least some degree of similar cultural traditions and behavioral standards and wouldn’t be obviously different phenotypically. It might also help reverse the population decline, if they would marry into Japanese society.

  • John Smith

    There are also European internal migrants, often Poles, who could integrate into other European countries with little drama. The situation is you have to manage the cultural and ethnic conflicts when you allow immigration and make the appropriate decisions.

  • OhWow

    What?! That’s racist! We only want to “enrich” your women ; )

  • Roninf9

    Any “news” site that does not allow comments is the Enemy. Forced mass 3rd World immigration is a weapon of mass social destruction used by that same Enemy.

    • Bloomberg is definitely the Enemy. Its unshakable belief in globalization and mass immigration surpasses most other mainstream media outlet including BBC or CNN, none of which have so relentlessly pushed a mass immigration agenda.

  • David Ashton

    And suppressing their own subconscious racist guilt in many cases.

  • David Ashton

    Nothing worse than “the Holocaust” which is used as the prime example of western “racism”.

  • David Ashton

    Is Sweden learning from Sweden?

  • Reynardine

    DON’T let in Whites either.

    You cannot tell what type you’re going to get. So many of our own kind are racial snakes.

    Keep Japan Japanese.