Naomi Osaka: Japan is actually a really amazing place

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Naomi Osaka: Japan is actually a really amazing place

Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka has clarified her stance on Japan saying that she loves the country after some of her comments attacking racist tweets from Japanese followers in recent days. After the death of George Floyd and the protests that have followed, Osaka has been at the forefront and taken a vocal stance against racial discrimination and says she wants to use her platform to raise awareness about the issue.

In a recent tweet, Osaka says, "I know I’ve been attacking a lot of racist Japanese tweets the last few days but Japan is actually a really amazing place. I really don’t want to give the misconception that the entire country is racist, they just have a few bad apples like everyone else.

Love you guys."

Naomi Osaka says Japan is a really amazing place

In a follow-up tweet, she says, "I’m gonna be a peaceful person now" and followed it with a "My twitter fingers be itching tho" tweet.

She also posted a funny GIF image of what her agent must be thinking when Osaka opens her Twitter account. Osaka is the highest earning female athlete in the world, earning $37 million over the past 12 months according to Forbes magazine.

She has signed major endorsement deals with several companies and is a huge icon in Japan. She has been seen as many as a great brand ambassador by companies especially with the Olympic Games coming up in Tokyo.

22 year old Naomi Osaka has won five titles on the WTA Tour, including two titles at both the Grand Slam and Premier Mandatory levels.

Osaka won her first two Grand Slam singles titles in back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments at the 2018 US Open and the 2019 Australian Open, making her the first player to do so since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. Osaka has a mixed background - she was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, and has lived and trained in the United States since she was three years old.

She defeated 23-time Grand Slam singles champion Serena Williams in the final of the US Open in 2018 to become the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. She has an older sister named Mari who is also a professional tennis player.