Game Localizer tells Mann to “call the police” at a Japanese saloon because he rejects English speakers

Published: 2023-06-26T22:32:29

updated: 2023-06-26T22:33:27

A video game localizer has come under fire after telling a man to “call the police” at a Japanese hair salon for refusing service to English-speaking customers.

A Japan-based video game localizer is facing backlash online after urging a man to call the police at a Japanese hair salon.

The drama began on June 25 when a Twitter user from Tokyo, Japan, posted a photo of a sign he saw at a hair salon.

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“Sorry, we only speak Japanese!” reads the sign. “Therefore we cannot understand your order correctly. Since we can’t understand what you’re saying, we can’t cut your hair.”

“As professionals, we want to make sure our customers are happy,” the sign continues. “That’s the rule of our shop, which we decided as a team. Thanks for your understanding.”

Game Localizer Encourages Man to “Call the Police” at Japanese Hair Salon

While public opinion was largely split as to the sign, One user’s response took social media by storm. A video game localizer based in Japan urged the poster to call local authorities and even sue the salon over the ordeal, alleging possible “racial discrimination” on the part of the company.

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“Just call the police,” they wrote. “Japan is part of international treaties against racial discrimination and there are several cases where businesses run by foreigners are being sued [customers.] Just politely call the police and sue the store for mental distress.”

When asked if they were joking, the localizer assured that he wasn’t joking. “No kidding,” he wrote in response to another commenter. “I would definitely do that and record the whole thing.”

The post sparked a backlash against both the original poster and the localizer, with many commenters accusing both parties of racism and a colonialist mindset.

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“They make foreigners look bad,” wrote one user.

“Japan’s official language is Japanese,” said another. “You are under no obligation to respond to Western society, whether you are a tourist or someone who lives there and speaks at least a little of the country’s language. It’s like someone speaking traditional Chinese to someone who only speaks Korean.”

“That would be a waste of time,” argued another. “Also good luck finding a lawyer who will actually take the case and also speaks English.” Japan is not the US. There are actually no complaints about mental stress there. And while it sucks, that attitude is very common in Japan.”

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Others, however, sympathized with the main post, with some commenters claiming they have been victims of xenophobia in Japan in similar cases.

This is just the latest debate to sweep social media after a graduate took over the mic during her graduation ceremony and claimed she didn’t make her “moment” shine.

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