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In Japan, the term “Hafu,” or “half” in English, refers to biracial or mixed-race citizens. While Japan is a predominantly homogenous society, 2019 figures from the health ministry say one out of every 30 children born had one non-Japanese parent – with this demographic on the rise. Japan’s Hafu confront a range of reactions at home – some say casual racism is rife and the ability to feel accepted as “fully Japanese” is a struggle. However, others say that being Hafu is glamourised in Japan – as the beauty industry and pop culture increasingly promote images of mixed-race people. On this episode of The Stream, we discuss the stigmas and celebrations facing Japan’s Hafu as well as examine the country’s increasingly diverse society. Join the conversation: TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AJStream FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/AJStream Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe #Aljazeeraenglish #News #Japan #hafuAl Jazeera English YouTube Channel
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In This Story: Japan
Japan is an island country in East Asia located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south.