Because of questions asked about what Japan thinks About Africans/AAs,I recalled an article in the Village Voice some years ago about the Nation Of Islam and Japanese Far right organizations this is not from the Village Voice but part of the same article.
Japan and the Nation of Islam
Ernest Allen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
During the years 1930–1975, during the lifetime of the original Nation of Islam, the concept of Japanese and African American solidarity emerged as a central factor in the Nation of Islam’s visions for the liberation of African Americans. The paper presents an overview of the Nation of Islam’s views and practices relative to Japan in these two periods and offers suggestions for further research on this topic.
Beginning with the reasons for the Nation of Islam’s attraction to Japan, such as the admiration for Japan arising out of the outcome of the Russo-Japanese War (1905–1906) and the common sentiments of Pan Africanism and Pan Asianism, the paper will discuss the interest of the Japanese government in the 1920s and 1930s in exploiting racial differences within the U.S. and focus on the role of individuals like Satokata Takahashi who founded several pro-Japanese organizations among African Americans in the 1930s with the message that Japan was the champion of the darker peoples, and that they should therefore support Japan’s war efforts. Among the people Mr. Takahashi approached and exerted a lasting influence on was Elijah Muhammad of the Nation of Islam.
The paper will also examine how these political sentiments have evolved into economic connections with Japanese firms and business enterprises of the Nation of Islam, e.g. the Dal-Ichi Kangyo Bank in the 1970s in Chicago where the Nation of Islam deposited $20 million, and the role of Japanese oil-magnate Seiho Tajiri and the Nation of Islam’s import-export ventures such as selling soybeans grown by black farmers in Georgia directly to Japan.
Solidarity or Sedition? African Americans, Pro-Japanese Sentiments, and World War II
Reginald Kearney, Independent Scholar
In black America, Japanese were not always known for racist remarks, Sambo images, and discriminatory hiring practices. Ordinary urban ghetto dwellers, share-croppers, and tenant farmers looked to the Land of the Rising Sun for salvation. Some of the greatest leaders in the fight for equal rights and greater freedoms—such as W. E. B. du Bois, Monroe Trotter, Mary Church Terrell, Ida Wells Barnett, George Schuyler, A. Philip Randolph, and James Weldon Johnson—saw the Japanese as allies in the struggle for equality. The Afro-centric Marcus Garvey shared his stage with the Japanese.
This fascination that a great many African Americans felt for Japan did not fade with the outbreak of WW II. On the contrary, a preponderant number of American blacks believed that Japan was fighting a war against racism. Many accepted the notion that Japan was the champion of the colored peoples—leading the fight against imperialism. They saw merit in Japan’s attempt to establish an "Asian Monroe Doctrine." The paper will, in conclusion discuss black American responses to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and how certain segments even viewed it as "a strike for freedom. www.aasianst.org/absts/1999abst/sasia/s-169.htm
Now keep in mind the the foot soldiers of some of these organizations are the Yakuza who use to have as part of their dress code the punched perm or an Afro like hair do, the Voice article also made reference to the five percenters who may have coined the term Asiatic Blackman as it is used in Hip Hop back in the dayz, sorry I can't find the Voice article.
Again some years back there was a visit by a high ranking NOI member to Japan this was about the time MalcomX movie came out I think but he was meeting and greeting people of no small importance here.
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