Unfortunately racism does exist in Japan, although it is probably different from the way it is in your own country, especially if you are from the west.
Some historic and cultural background on the Netflix series The Naked Director, which is based on a true story of the late 1970s-1980s in Japan. Warning: contains some spoilers.
The humble chocolate covered Pocky is actually a prime example of a manufacturing method that pioneered in Japan, and is more associated with car manufacturing.
A few thoughts about war and its lasting legacy, on this day, the 74th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.