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Japanophobia- Fear of Japanese

The Japanese are a resilient and resourceful group of people, who are very disciplined and technologically and financially advanced. Although they are frequently a victim of disaster such as the atomic bombing at Hiroshima and recently the tsunami that wiped out a significant portion of their population, they were able to bounce back in a short period of time.

There are some people who have intense and irrational fear of the Japanese and this may seem prejudiced. This fear may have been passed on from one generation to another, especially those who have encountered the Japanese soldiers in World War II. For some, the fear lies in the misunderstanding of the Japanese culture, and their language, and the Japanese people themselves. Someone might have had a bad experience with a Japanese and thus this phobia developed. Another reason for this phobia is the fear of eating raw food that the Japanese people are so fond of eating.

Having this fear will force the individual to avoid anything that is related to Japanese; from festivals, restaurants and specialty shops.

Symptoms of Japanophobia include shortness of breath, tremors, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, fainting, loss of control, urge to flee and perceived prejudice.

Willingness to learn more about this fear and about these people is the 1st step of overcoming it. These individuals should pinpoint the source of fear and work on misconceptions about the Japanese and why fearing the group can be debilitating.