Black Lives Matter Pushes Japan to Confront Racism
To many Japanese, racism towards black people has long been considered something that happens in the US or Europe, not at home.
But when the death of George Floyd in the US sparked a wave of protests demanding that Black Lives Matter, people in Japan joined in too.
The protests and marches in major cities pushed a debate about racism in the country, and whether enough was being done to confront and change things.
'Paper cuts of racism'
In June, public broadcaster NHK aired a segment to explain to Japanese audiences what was happening in the US, with the protests over George Floyd's death.
The report, in a news show aimed at younger audiences, featured an animated video depicting the protesters as grotesque stereotypes, deeply steeped in racist imagery: caricatures with exaggerated muscles and angry faces, and with looters in the background.
The reaction was largely negative - the US embassy called the segment "offensive and insensitive".