Kansai discrimination case ruling

I do not know too much about this case i was surprised to find out how few people knew that this was even going on. Below is an intro to the case but i suggest you check out the links for more details.

It seemed like a straight forward case. An African-American resident of Kyoto, Steve McGowan was refused entry into an eyeglass shop in 2004. This happened in Daito City, Osaka Prefecture and Steve sued the shop, G. style, for refusing him entry based on the color of his skin. This past week he won only a partial victory when the Osaka High Court ruled that the defendant's action was illegal. However the court ruled that it was not racially biased. This despite owners admitted bigotry. Things are not as clear as they seem - I hope to get in touch with him this week for some comments and ideas for people aroudn the country who face similar circumstances.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006
Plaintiff gets redress but not for racial bias
High court tells shopkeeper with avowed hatred of blacks to pay 350,000 yen
By ERIC JOHNSTON

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006
THE ZEIT GIST
Twisted legal logic deals rights blow to foreigners
McGowan ruling has set a very dangerous precedent
By DEBITO ARUDOU
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/member/member.html?appURL=fl20060207zg.html

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006
Man loses racial discrimination suit against shop
By ERIC JOHNSTON
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20060131a3.html

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