Monday, July 05, 2004

'Burakumin' descendants still suffering

Links to former outcast class bring misery to relationships, workplace

from the Japan Times/AP:

A daughter's engagement is a time of joy for any proud father.
Not so for Ikuo Aoki: His daughter was thrown out of her boyfriend's family home when the young couple went there to announce their plans to marry.

The reason was unstated but well-understood -- Aoki is a descendant of Japan's former "burakumin" outcast class, a distinction that has brought his family a lifetime of ridicule, discrimination and abuse.

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