South Africa protests apartheid column in Japanese press

South Africa’s ambassador to Japan has sent a letter of protest to a conservative Japanese newspaper about a recent column that in essence advocated separate residences for foreign workers modeled on apartheid. The February 11 column in the Sankei newspaper by well-known conservative writer Ayako Sono said Japan needs foreign workers to offset its shrinking population, but that based on the South Africa experience, different races should live separately. In her letter, Ambassador Mohau Pheko called apartheid a crime against humanity that should not be justified in the 21st century, the Sankei said in an article published over the weekend.



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