|Japan||CHURCHES CRICICISE TOKYO GOVERNOR'S RACIST REMARKS|
The Japan Catholic Council for Justice and Peace and four other Christian organisations asked Tokyo's governor to resign the day after he made a controversial statement against foreign residents in Japan.
Earlier this month, Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro told members of Japan's Self Defence Forces that "foreigners and 'sangokujin' are guilty of repeated serious crimes" and that he could foresee them doing so during disasters.
A joint statement issued by the Christian groups last Monday called on Ishihara to "withdraw his remarks, apologise and tender his resignation." Particularly at issue was Ishihara's use of "sangokujin" (literally, "people from third countries"), considered a racial slur against ethnic Korean and Chinese residents.