NotesVolume 7, Issue 2 (2017)

The Status Quo of Racial Discrimination in Japan and the Republic of Korea and the Need to Provide for Anti-Discrimination Laws

Yujin Yi

J.D. Candidate 2017, Columbia Law School, B.A. 2014, Waseda University
Citation:7 COLUM. J. RACE L. 410

Abstract

Japan and the Republic of Korea, two neighboring nations situated in East Asia, have homogenous demographics.  Both societies face large influxes of foreigners—from immigration and tourism alike—due to various factors ranging from rapidly aging populations, low birth rates, and globalization.  Despite this, neither country has sufficient legal means of halting racially discriminatory practices that occur within them.  This Note illustrates the rampant nature of racial discrimination in Japan and the Republic of Korea, analyzes the current state of their anti-discrimination laws, argues that the existing legal protections for foreigners against racial discrimination are inadequate at best, and finally, urges that the two governments adopt available means to improve upon the situation.