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  • n. The burakumin, a Japanese minority group descended from feudal outcast communities


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From Japanese 部落民 (burakumin)


  • The January report came nearly six months after Diene, at the invitation the International Movement Against all Forms of Discrimination and Racism Japan Committee, traveled around the country meeting with representatives of the Ainu, "buraku" descendants, and Korean communities as well as foreign migrant workers.

  • "buraku" outcast class, and about specific incidents of government and corporate discrimination against foreigners.

  • Despite being racially and ethnically Japanese through and through, the "people of the buraku" still face discrimination today.

    Boing Boing

  • Burakumin are the untouchable caste of Japan who lived in separate settlements, or buraku.

    Margaret Dilloway: The Japanese Untouchables in How To Be An American Housewife

  • There are still apparently buraku, though legally, the caste system is not recognized.

    Margaret Dilloway: The Japanese Untouchables in How To Be An American Housewife

  • Outside of Tokyo, a well-known large-scale discriminated community [被差別部落/hisabetsu buraku, or “burakumin area”] (a group from the area has bought a domain and has its own web site, but just to be safe I will avoid citing the actual name of the city and region here) hardly appears in Street View except for its periphery area.

    Japan: Street View's Missing Streets

  • Castes have long since been abolished, and the old buraku villages have largely faded away or been swallowed by Japan's sprawling metropolises.

  • Moving is little help, because employers or parents of potential spouses can hire agencies to check for buraku ancestry through Japan's elaborate family records, which can span back over a hundred years.

  • It wants a meeting to discuss its knowledge of the buraku issue and position on the use of its services for discrimination.

  • It was Rumsey who worked with Google to post the maps in its software, and who was responsible for removing the references to the buraku villages.

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