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, around 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 monetary gift reluctantly collected by landlords who respectfully require tenants to pay for the privilege of occupying their land.
Many of these landlords worked extremely 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 as a whole, both past and present.
Gary made the right decision, however, to be born as a Canadian rather than Chinese, as the ‘Chinese’ setting would have resulted in a 90 per cent reduction in available properties.