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Anti-Semitism in Japan

Japan Media Review talks about the phenomenom of anti-Semitism in a country in which only a few thousand Jews live.

With only about 2,000 Jews living in Japan, the Japanese have little firsthand experience in relating to Jewish people and culture. There have been, however, numerous books and magazine articles published in Japan about the Japanese and the Jews, or Nihonjin and Yudayajin.

These writings have increasingly, within the last decade, adopted anti-Semitic themes that blame shadowy international Jewish cartels and conspiracies for Japan’s current economic problems. Whole sections of bookstores, since the mid-1980s, have been given over to books about Yudayajin with such titles as “The Jewish Plot to Control the World,” “The Expert Way of Reading the Jewish Protocols” and “The Secret of Jewish Power That Moves the World.”

And almost on key, the Jerusalem Post reports this:

A Japanese movie distributor on Wednesday canceled plans to a display a watercolor by Adolf Hitler, just one day after announcing it would be shown to promote a film loosely based on the Nazi dictator’s life.

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