It was news to me until only just recently. I did minimal research on it to get a slighty broader perception of the idea of Japan being full of probable psuedo-neo-Nazis to in the end conclude that altogether it is not, but it is a little shocking and uninspiring to see what much of our generation perceive as a prominently creative nation having the probability of being a population contrived of short-sighted, racially unaware folk. I could understand that when you don't have too many foreigners stepping in and out of your country and you propose that your only experience of interacting with human races other than your very own is paying attention to global media (TV and internet), you have a very narrow vision of what the world outside is realistically like. My only argument is that it doesn't require much intelligence to have the forethought of considering what is and isn't racist toward any group of people no matter how seemingly xenophobic your environment is. In other words it's just common sense what is and isn't racist.
But then I turn on the TV and take a look at Carlos F***in' Mencia and figure that Americans are somewhat just as bad. The only difference is, here racism is a normally just a comedic routine (albeit an distasteful one) and in Japan, it's a result of a sheer niavete.
Just thought I'd share.