i know as a white male in japan I have a lot of privilege. my experience is totally different than other foreigners. a lot of things are gifted to me and people are nicer to me and i am approached differently. I feel like with all that I shouldn’t complain about living…
I’ve been here one month and I’ve already been completely ignored and sexually harassed.
I can forgive people treating me like a commodity. I can ignore the stares. I can’t handle the NTT guy in MY apartment calling people and complaining about me while I understand everything he’s saying. I can’t handle vagina pics being shoved in my face while on an escalator in the middle of the day.
I used to find it funny when staff people were afraid to talk to me because they assumed I couldn’t speak Japanese even though I could. Since the NTT guy, I realized those people aren’t even giving me a chance. Like, they genuinely don’t even give shit. I’m white, so I can’t possibly speak Japanese. I’m not worth their effort.
Also, I told one of my JTEs about being sexually harassed, and she told my male JTE. You know what he did? Laughed. And then she turned it into a joke, too. Telling him to be my bodyguard. Thank you for turning the event that has caused me to feel unsafe into a joke. I saw the man today on a crowded street and felt so afraid that I actually pulled my friend away like “We need to leave. We need to go somewhere else. Now.” But haha, better go report it to my bodyguard.
Yaay, white privilege in Japan.