Crucial Fallacies

Minderheiten in Japan: Ainu, Buraku, Ryukyu people, Koreans
Source: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 19 | Issue 9 | Number 6 | Article ID 5595 | May 01, 2021
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Crucial Fallacies in “On the invention of identity politics the Buraku outcastes in Japan” by J. Mark Ramseyer
J.Mark Ramseyer “On the invention of identity politics the Buraku outcastes in Japan” に関する重大な誤謬とそれに基づく問題

Fujino Yutaka
Translation by Okada Kimiko, supervised by Komori Megumi

Various problems can be found in the article by J. Mark Ramseyer (hereinafter, the article) to
the extent that its content is hardly worthy of a serious refutation from an academic point of
view. Although it is not clear whether it is intentional or simply a matter of negligence,
there are many misrepresentations of facts. We should not underestimate the significance of
the fact that such papers are being accepted in the academic world. Bearing this in mind, I will
discuss the following three points related to modern Japanese history, my field of
1) errors concerning the formation of modern Buraku,
2) errors in the prejudicial equating of Buraku people with criminals, and
3) errors concerning the Levelers’ movement.

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