not clear to me why this is such a major crime. the us has produced lots of material potraying the japanese as 'yellow devils'.
interesting that japanese are attempting to downplay their east asian identity. i noticed last time i was in japan that there were plenty of kids coloring their hair in punk ways. of course, the standard clothing in japan has become suits for both men and women, and jeans/casual for youngsters -- you almost never see a kimono.
alas, this is beginning to be the case in india too. you almost never see a sari in south india. all the young women -- in many places, 100% of them -- wear the churidar, which doesn't suit them at all, and is pretty much a burqa-lite or chador-lite.
what this says about what youngsters aspire to be is quite interesting. japanese want to be americans. but indians want to be -- amazingly -- arabs!