Checking my feeds today, I read Japan Probe’s post (Boycott Family Mart) about an anti-foreigner magazine called Gaijni Hanzai Ura Fairu, meaning ‘Foreigner Crime File’. Along with James at Japan Probe, foreign commentators, including Arudou Debito, are bringing this publication to the attention of the masses and encouraging a boycott of any store opting to sell it.
I won’t go into details here since there’s no point repeating the posts by Japan Probe and Debito which I recommend you read (links above), but I will echo them by saying that the material inside the magazine is shockingly racist. On the other hand, I’m not going to boycott Family Mart, as they are simply stocking something that some of their customers obviously want to buy. Don’t worry guys, I won’t buy or encourage anyone to buy the magazine, but I do need my morning dose of canned coffee, and Family Mart is surprisingly convenient!
If you feel strongly about this issue, then go ahead and boycott Family Mart and the growing list of retailers selling this trash. Japan Probe has details of the international boycott (link above).
Personally, I doubt Gaijn Hanzai Ura Fairu is particularly popular, but with the publicity this boycott will bring, they might do better than expected…If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!