Demand an Apology for Public Figure’s Racist Statement


Target: Ayako Sono, Previous Government Education Adviser in Japan

Goal: Urge Ayako Sono to apologize for the apartheid suggestion she gave to the Japanese government.

Recently, a previous government education adviser and public media figure suggested using apartheid to deal with new immigrants coming to Japan. 83-year-old Ayako Sono expressed the necessity for mass immigration in Japan, but also stressed the need to keep the proposed immigrants separate from the native Japanese population. This public statement shocked the public and generated much anger from Japanese residents and from individuals all around the world.

Japan’s population, which fell by a record low of 268,000 last year, has been taking a toll on the Japanese economy, and the government is considering implementing mass immigration into Japan to around 200,000 more immigrants a year. This would have a large impact on the Japanese society, since currently only around two percent of residents are non-Japanese individuals.

Although this may benefit the Japanese economy and the immigrants looking for work, Ms. Sono believes that the immigrants must be separated from the native Japanese and be denied naturalization. She expressed her belief that South Africa’s former apartheid system was great and benefited all races involved. Treating immigrants in such a way, such as denying them the right to live among native Japanese, is purely inhumane and shocking to be coming from such a public figure like Sono.

The South African embassy responded to Sono’s statement with much exasperation, stating that apartheid was a crime against humanity. Sono’s statement angered people around the world, especially South African citizens, and caused much humiliation to the Japanese government.

By signing the petition below, you are urging Ayako Sono to take back her apartheid suggestion and to apologize to the public and to the South African embassy for her imprudent and racist statement. Public figures such as Sono need to be taught that such racist statements have no place in society and must be apologized for.


Dear Ayako Sono,

Hearing about the suggestion that you gave to the Japanese government to reverse Japan’s declining population was quite shocking, to say the least. Although your suggestion for a mass immigration may not have been inherently bad, your specific suggestion that the immigrants be kept separate from the native Japanese population was abhorrent. Segregating people by their race would be bringing back the horrors of apartheid from the past, which you purportedly believe was a good system for South Africa.

Please give deep consideration for taking back the comments you made to the public, and apologizing to the public and to the South African embassy. Racism has no place in society, and apologizing may help mend some of the broken ties that were created by your apartheid suggestion.


[Your Name Here]

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