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Japan Sends Home Japanese

During the booming 1980s, the Japanese government sent out a call to people of Japanese descent who had migrated to South America over a hundred years ago to please return to their ancestral home where good jobs were available. The Japanese economy was in desperate need of individuals willing to do the dirty jobs that native born people did not wish to do. Over a half million Japanese of the dispora returned home and found work in the blue collar sector of the economy. As with most immigrants they soon discovered native born Japanese complained they did not learn the language quickly enough or were criminals or lazy or anyone of the usual complaints uttered toward those of foreign birth.

The Japanese economy is now having problems so the government is offering to pay the way back home to South America of those who are of Japanese descent. Of course, if a person takes the offer they will not be allowed to return if the economy picks up. A new film, “Sour Strawberries” depicts what has happened to these people who believed in the Japanese offer and have learned to their misfortune, being of Japanese descent only goes so far when times are bad. Go back to Brazil or Peru is now the slogan for the nikkei.

Women In Chile Unprotected Against Family Abuse

Chile’s Nation Women Service (SERNAM) confirmed it is attempting to persuade the country’s Family Tribunals to assume a more proactive role in protecting women from abusive husbands. In a recent case which attracted national attention, Katherine Casas was brutally murdered by her former husband after unsuccessfully trying to obtain assistance from the Family Court system.

Family Tribunals were established in 2005 to mediate family conflicts and essentially were geared to meet the needs of low-income Chileans who lack the means to get involved in legal actions. Casas had told the Family Court her husband told her he would take a knife and slit my throat, but all that was done was setting a court date for further discussion. Under current legislation, it is difficult to convict a sexual aggressor without physical evidence of a woman’s physical struggle against him.

It is clear the Chilean police, like many Latin American constabularies, pay scant attention to men who physically abuse their wives and girl friends. It is viewed as simply his right to display machismo and beat up on women. Until there are changes in these cultural attitudes, little will be done to safeguard the right and physical safety of Chilean women.