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No doubt, Gwen Stefani is not Japanese even if she says she is

Is it cultural appropriation when rental kimonos are promoted for visitors?

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Gwen Stefani poses with the Harajuku Girls during the 2004 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas: Cultural appropriation is a nebulous crime in search of a plausible definition.   © FilmMagic/Getty Images

Stephen Givens is a corporate lawyer and an adjunct professor at Keio University Law School in Tokyo.

Pop star Gwen Stefani is under fire after telling an American women's magazine about a moment when she told herself, "My God, I'm Japanese and I didn't know it."

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