A foreigner inquiring about rental properties in Tokyo today spotted the real estate agent quietly clicking on gaijin settings.
Once selecting ‘gaijin’ in the popular options list, about 80 per cent of properties vanished from the screen.
“One minute I’m seeing a lot of good properties in my desired location, then ‘bang’, two properties left – both asking for key money,” said Gary Carter.
Key money is a gift in the form of cold hard yen collected from landlords who respectfully demand tenants pay for the privilege of living on their land – many of these landlords worked hard to be born into a wealthy family.
The real estate agent had nothing personal against the foreigner, Gary just had to take full responsibility for all gaijin past and present.
Gary made the right decision however of being born Canadian rather than Chinese, as the ‘Chinese’ setting would have resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in available properties.