Ex-pat gaijin doctor working in Japanese hospital marries local girl, they have a child. Wife’s gangster family coerces her to make a surprise return to the fold, leave husband and take the child too, with no further contact. Husband initiates court proceeding to try to get the child back, files complaint with Japanese police. Police warn the gangster family of the impending complaint, gangster family retaliates with death threats, breaking and entering, destruction of property, and a brick (and boots) to the face. No criminal charges will be filed (my WAG, but I’ve seen enough of the same to know the score).
Story here (slightly unpleasant images):
I really do hope this becomes a big news story and political pressure comes to bear on the wrongdoers.
Now some might say that I’m a just a low-life cultural imperialist, forcing my views upon the peaceful island nation of Japan. But that’s not it. If the shoe was on the other foot, and it was an alleged gaijin who attacked a Japanese, the police would be scouring the neighborhood for clues. The story would be on the evening news and in all the newspapers. But since it’s the (more common) reverse situation, we won’t hear a peep about it.
Fuck it all.