There's recently been a marketing campaign to show that a very small but significant percentage of people living in Tottori (or perhaps in the whole country, I can't recall) are 'foreign'. I declined to appear on a poster holding up a message, in consideration of my reputation as translator. I respectfully did my best to find someone willing to do it, but I was unable.
The friend who declined first said it best: 'I don't like the way they seperate us. If it were a group of Japanese people and me just mixed in at random, then fine. But advertising me next to someone who's been here two months, just because we're both white? No thanks.'
That's a sentiment that certainly won't be repeated in any of the newspapers, but it's pithy enough that it deserves a blog post all its own.