Nearly a third of foreigners living in Japan say they have experienced derogatory remarks because of their background, while about 40% have suffered housing discrimination, according to a landmark survey.
Japan’s Ministry of Justice survey was based on 4,252 adult foreigners who lived in 37 areas, including Tokyo, Sapporo, Yokohama, Osaka and Fukuoka, between last November and December. Chinese constituted the largest portion （32.5 percent） of respondents, followed by Korean （22.1 percent） and Filipino （6.7 percent）.
According to the survey, 29.8 percent of respondents became a target of slur because they were not Japanese.Nearly 54 percent said such a verbal attack was unleashed by people they had never met. Nearly 43 percent of them found hate speech against specific races or nations on TV, in newspapers or on the internet.
Moreover, the discrimination is often blatant, with some Japanese not even trying to hide it. "The landlord said I couldn’t live in the flat because of my nationality. I was born and raised in Japan and Japanese is the only language I know. There is still so much bias and discrimination in Japan," a Korean participant aged in her 50s said.
derogatory：形容詞，貶損的，貶義的。例句：If you feel offended by what someone says, the person probably said something derogatory. （如果你感覺受到某人的言語冒犯，那個人可能說了某些貶損之語。）
slur：名詞，藐視，侮辱。例句：The coach lost his job for using a racial slur.（那名教練丟了飯碗，因為他涉及種族歧視。）
blatant：形容詞，公然的，露骨的。例句：The politician told a blatant lie.（這名政客公然說謊。）