JAPAN: The Eta

The movement for universal suffrage is still being pushed energetically by the Seivukai (majority) members of the Japanese Diet. In the Lower House a resolution was introduced urging abolition of class distinctions, especially with regard to that social group known as the Eta, which numbers 3,000,000 people.

Eta is a word that was applied formerly to the butchers of Japan when meat-eaters were social pariahs. Although the ignominy attached to this class of people was removed by a legislative ordinance some years ago, the Eta have, nevertheless, been subjected to discriminatory treatment....

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