“Nikkeis speak out against the president’s speech,” says the title of a page in the most recent edition of the newspaper Nippak, which hit newsstands in the Liberdade neighborhood in São Paulo on Thursday (23). Under the headline, two articles by community members criticizing Jair Bolsonaro (without a party).
Despite what the title suggests, the reactions of the Nikkei (Japanese or descendants living outside Japan) to the president’s newest prejudiced statement against them were sparse. This time, the target was journalist Thaís Oyama, author of the book “Tormenta”, about the first year of the Bolsonaro government.
Asked by journalists on the 16th about a passage of the work, he fired at the press and amended: “This is this Japanese woman’s book, which I don’t know what she does in Brazil, which she does now against the government”.
On the same day, during a social media broadcast, he spoke again of the reporter with irritation: “There in Japan she was going to starve to death with journalism, writing a book”. Thaís is Brazilian, born in Mogi das Cruzes (SP), and granddaughter of Japanese.