I’d like to write my opinion why Korean living in Japan was harshly discriminated based on my father’s experience.
My father is Korean with permanent residence in Japan, and so I’m ‘Hafu’ having Japanese nationality. My parents have been hidden the fact that my father is Korean until I discovered his passport when I was about fourteen. Recently my father and his brothers
sometimes start to talk about the story at the time Korean discrimination often occurred which is unimaginably cruel. The reason why they’ve been hidden the fact is that they were afraid of me talking about Korean and being bullied by Japanese. In any case, I’ve never been bullied because of what I am. Even though I was told earlier about my father’s nationality, my ‘Japanese’ friends also knew it, they would never bully me. How and why should I be bullied due to it?
There is not much appearance different between Japanese and Korean. Moreover my father including me cannot speak Korean at all. In my opinion, the reason of the discrimination is the historical problems between these two countries. The hostility between Korean living in Japan and Japanese has been handed down from generation to generation. In fact, I cannot deny that my father doesn’t have good intentions to Japanese. Some Japanese elders may also have the feeling that Korean living in Japan is inferior, because most of them were forced to come to Japan to work by Japanese. But in my or our generation, I think that none of us has hostility each other at all.
In today’s Japanese society, I think more and more Japanese people tend to have good intentions to Korea. Korean thrives in Japanese show business, and both Japanese and Korean travel often each country than before. And I consider or hope that oppositions between Japanese and Korean come to the end in our generation
by Masahiro Hatoyama