02 Feb '11, 2am

Japan embraces ethnic Korean star but many face discrimination - Straits Times

Japan embraces ethnic Korean star but many face discrimination - Straits Times

Tadanari Lee being congratulated by his teammates after scoring for Japan against Australia in the Asian Cup final in Qatar last Saturday. Some reports said a minority of Japanese netizens were unhappy that the winning goal had come from a naturalised Korean player. -- PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS TOKYO - TADANARI Lee dreamt of scoring at least a goal in the just-completed Asian Cup football tournament in Doha, Qatar. The ethnic Korean Japanese player did just that - volleying the lone goal in the final to hand the Cup to his adopted country for a record fourth time, turning the spotlight once again on Japan's ethnic Korean community and their strong presence in sports and entertainment. The community is now 900,000 strong, and includes about 300,000 who have taken up Japanese citizenship. Those who have yet to take up citizenship are commonly referred to as zainichi - meaning ...

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