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Eight People Explain What It's Like To Be Black In Japan

"Nobody is really trying to kill me here."

Posted on October 19, 2015, at 11:33 a.m. ET

A Japanese YouTube team have compiled a series of interviews asking expats what it's like being a black person living in Japan.

The idea for the project came after vloggers and IRL couple Rachel and Jun received a number of requests about documenting life in Japan for non-Japanese people.

The video features interviews with eight black people talking about what it's like living and working in Japan.

They speak about dating.

Also, how safe they feel in a country with tighter gun control.

As well as Japanese interest in black culture.

It's not all great though — they've received their fair share of negative attention from people in a country where only 1.5% of the population is non-Japanese.

However, the participants are generally positive about their experiences in Japan, and feel that only good things could come out of a larger black community in the country.

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Rachel said that the feedback to the video has been great and that many of her subscribers are happy to hear that Japan is a far more tolerant country than they imagined.

"'How does Japan view black people?' is a common question we received," she told BuzzFeed News. "There turned out to be so much amazing advice from everyone that I decided to make a full-length documentary."

You can watch a shortened version of the video below. The longer version is available here.

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