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“No way. We wanted pure Japanese, or as a compromise, at least a Japanese-speaking ‘hafu (half-Japanese)’ like Rui Hachimura,” another tweet said.

“They hardly speaks Japanese, and they are not pure Japanese,” one tweet read.

Children from mixed race families in Japan, often called “hafu,” or half, account for about 2% of babies born every year.

They are often chided for not being “fully Japanese” or bullied for looking different.

Osaka and Hachimura, both of whom have one foreign parent and one Japanese parent, were cheered warmly by many even as some nationalists pounded them online for not being “pure Japanese.”

They are often chided for not being “fully Japanese” or bullied for looking different.

Many critics posting online suggest they define “Japanese” as those whose parents are both Japanese and speak the language perfectly.

Many consider those born and raised in Japan, such as Hachimura, as Japanese, but think of Osaka, who grew up mostly in the United States and doesn’t speak fluent Japanese, as more Japanese-American.

There were also complaints about Osaka’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement and her comments about mental health.

“If asked if I’m Japanese or American, I choose neither. I was born and grew up in America I am bicultural. I cannot choose one or the other,” Osaka said. “I’d say, `I’m just me being mixed.'”

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