The Japanese are generally xenophobic and
from what I understand they're lagging somewhat in gender issues compared to the US (which is itself lagging compared to some other countries).
True, the Japanese are xenophobic, but that xenophobia extends more towards immigrants than to tourists or guests. BrikHaus, for instance, said he was very happy during his stay in Japan, and I know a whole lot of Indian nationalist figures in the early 20th century who were welcomed in Japan. They don't let their xenophobia always make them behave badly - unless they have reasons to hate a particular country. (The Chinese and Koreans are historically acceptable targets to the Japanese public - and the hatred here is mutual given Japan's colonialist, hypernationalist past.)
Gender issues - yes, they're lagging horribly. And it's not merely their attitude in this case - it's their behavior towards women in public that is atrocious.
By the way, CJD, the "sexual assault as the perpetrator is attractive" attitude is neither cool nor funny, it is appalling
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