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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER AUGUST 14, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th August 2014

    Table of Contents:
    THE SEISMIC SHOCK OF 2014
    1) In a stunning decision, Japan’s Supreme Court overturns Fukuoka High Court, rules that NJ Permanent Residents (etc.) not automatically eligible for social welfare benefits
    2) JT: Colin Jones on NJ rights after the Supreme Court welfare verdict of July 2014: None but what MOJ bureaucrats grant you

    OTHER WEIRDNESS AND DENIALISM
    3) SITYS: JT publishes lawyer’s analysis of J-cops’ arbitrary “stop and frisk” procedures. It’s now actually worse for NJ than Debito.org has reported before (correctly)
    4) Unsuccessful protest against instatement of NJ CEO at Takeda Pharma: Note weird narratives of exclusionism
    5) Japanese hotel and restaurant bars all Non-Japanese — in Bangalore, India! And it’s shut down by the local Indian govt. within days
    6) BLOG BIZ: Debito.org’s Google Page Rank drops from 4 to Zero overnight. Unsure why

    NICE TRIES
    7) JT: Japan needs to get tough on hate speech: U.N. experts and columnist Eric Johnston; why I doubt that will happen
    8 ) AFP: “Tarento Rola changing DNA of Japanese pop culture”. I wish her well, but the hyperbolic hype is not warranted
    9) JDriver on J Driver License renewals and questionable legality of residency/Gaijin Card checks to ferret out “illegal overstayers”
    10) Asahi’s AERA Mag July 14, 2014: Special on NJ in J globalized companies, says “Offices without NJ will not succeed”. Yet again panders to stereotypes
    11) Yomiuri: TV shows to get foreign-language subtitles by 2020 for “foreign visitors” to Tokyo Olympics. Nice, but how about for NJ residents now?

    … and finally…
    12) Japan Times JBC 77 July 3, 2014,”Complexes continue to color Japan’s ambivalent ties to the outside world”, modified version with links to sources

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JULY 3, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd July 2014

    Table of Contents:

    FOREVER UNDER THE RADAR:
    1) Japan’s population tally in media still excludes NJ residents; plus J political misogyny and appeals to gaiatsu
    2) Reuters Special Report on Japan’s “Trainee System” as “Sweatshops in Disguise”: Foreign interns pay the price for Japan’s labor shortage

    ON THE RADAR AND INFLUENCING PUBLIC OPINION:
    3) World Cup 2014: Held in Brazil, but causes tightened police security in Tokyo due to alleged possibility of “vandalism”
    4) J-Govt. “We are Tomodachi” Newsletter Vol. 4 , June 2014 offers fascinating insights into PM Abe Admin mindsets
    5) MLB J-baseball player Kawasaki Munenori doing his best to speak English to North American media. Debito.org approves.
    6) Fodor’s Travel Guide on Japan 2014 features two chapters on Hokkaido and Tohoku written by Debito

    … and finally…
    7) My Japan Times JBC column 76: “Humanize the dry debate about immigration”, June 5, 2014

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 3, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th June 2014

    Table of Contents:
    POSITIVE STEPS
    1) Asahi: ‘Japanese Only’ banner at soccer stadium a microcosm of discrimination in Japan (E&J)
    2) Asahi & Kyodo: Japan’s soccer leagues taking anti-discrimination courses, meting out punishments for racism
    3) Saitama’s Konsho Gakuen school, “Japanese Only” since 1976, repeals rule only after media pressure, despite prefecture knowing about it since 2012
    4) Counterdemos against racist rally by Zaitokukai in Osaka Nanba May 11, 2014: Brief on emerging narratives fighting fire with fire

    NEGATIVE STEPS
    5) Reuters: Abe Admin seeks to expand, not contract, the deadly exploitative NJ “Trainee” program
    6) SAPIO Mag features special on Immigration to Japan: Note odd media narratives microaggressing NJ (particularly the Visible Minorities) into voiceless role

    STEPS OF UNKNOWN VALUE
    7) Scholar Majima Ayu on how the racial discrimination inherent in America’s Japanese Exclusion Act of 1924 caused all manner of Japanese craziness
    8 ) Economist: China to become world’s largest economy by end-2014. Will USA react to being overtaken similar to Japan?

    … and finally…
    9) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 75, May 1, 2014: “Tackling Japan’s ‘Empathy Deficit’ Towards Outsiders”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER APRIL 30, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 29th April 2014

    Table of Contents:
    1) Hitler’s 125th birthday march in Tokyo Ikebukuro video: It’s only a few illogical dullards who can but question the nationality (thus loyalty) of dissenters

    2) IPC: Five female Japanese students reported twice raping a Peruvian classmate in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka

    3) New facial recognition systems at J border: Once again, testing out the next-gen loss of civil liberties on the “Gaijin Guinea Pigs”

    4) Mainichi: Discrimination against NJ in housing rentals highlighted in Tokyo Govt survey; like “Tokyo Sharehouse” with its new Tokyo-wide system of Japanese-Only rentals?

    5) “Japanese Only” exclusionary Tentake tempura restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo, allegedly due to NJ “hygiene” issues

    6) Japan’s Right-wing swing taking on NJ media: Foreign correspondents ‘blindly swallowing’ anti-Japanese propaganda, writer alleges

    …and finally…

    7) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 74, Apr 3, 2014: “Knowing your rights can protect against fake cops”, updating the NJ Spot ID Checkpoints issue

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER APRIL 2, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd April 2014

    Table of Contents:
    1) My latest Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column 74, Apr 3, 2014: “Knowing your rights can protect against fake cops”, updating the NJ Spot ID Checkpoints issue
    2) Neo-Nazis march in Tokyo Edogawa-ku March 23, 2014, bearing swastika flags! Here’s how counter-demos could sharpen their anti-racism message
    3) JT: Motley crew of foreigners backing Japan’s revisionists basks in media glare
    4) Briefly interviewed by BBC Radio program “BBC Trending”: “Scrubbing anti-foreigner scribbling from Tokyo’s Streets”, March 16, 2014

    CLOSURE
    5) Suraj Case: Tokyo District Court finds “illegal” excessive force, orders GOJ restitution to family of NJ killed during deportation (contrast with UK case)
    6) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 73, “J.League and Media Must Show Red Card to Racism” on Saitama Stadium “Japanese Only” Urawa Reds soccer fans, Mar 13, 2014

    …and finally…
    7) Urawa “Japanese Only” Soccer Banner Case: Conclusions and Lessons I learned from it

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MARCH 12, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 11th March 2014

    Table of Contents:

    MORE RACIALIZED NASTINESS

    1) “Japanese Only” banner in Saitama Stadium at Urawa Reds soccer game; yet media minces words about the inherent racism behind it
    2) Immigration Bureau: Points System visa and visual images of who might be qualified to apply (mostly White people; melanin need not apply)
    3) SITYS: Japan Times: “Points System” visa of 2012 being overhauled for being too strict; only 700 applicants for 2000 slots
    4) YouTube: Police NJ Passport Checkpoint at Shibuya March 3, 2014 (targeted NJ does not comply)
    5) Former PM and Tokyo 2020 Chair Mori bashes his Olympic athletes, including “naturalized citizens” Chris and Cathy Reed

    MORE RACIALIZED SILLINESS

    6) ANA ad on Haneda Airport as emerging international Asian hub, talks about changing “the image of Japan” — into White Caucasian!
    7) The consequent Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 72: “Don’t let ANA off the hook for that offensive ad”, Jan 25, 2014
    8 ) Discussion: How about this ad by COCO’s English Juku, learning English to get a competitive advantage over foreign rivals?
    9) Amazing non-news: Kyodo: “Tokyo bathhouses look to tap foreigners but ensure they behave”
    10) Papa John’s Pizza NY racism case 2012: “Lady chinky eyes” receipt gets employee fired. A case-study template

    AS LIFE CONTINUES TO DRAIN OUT OF THE SYSTEM

    11) Bloomberg column: “A rebuke to Japanese nationalism”, gets it about right
    12) Fun facts #18: More than 10% of all homes in Japan are vacant, will be nearly a quarter by 2028
    13) Weird stats from Jiji Press citing MHLW’s “record number of NJ laborers” in Japan. Yet Ekonomisuto shows much higher in 2008!
    14) NHK World: Tokyo Court orders Tokyo Metro Govt to compensate Muslim NJ for breach of privacy after NPA document online leaks
    (but rules that police spying on NJ is permitted)

    … and finally…

    15) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 71 January 7, 2014: “The empire strikes back: The top issues for NJ in 2013”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JANUARY 6, 2014

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th January 2014

    Table of Contents:
    1) NYT Editorial: “Japan’s Dangerous Anachronism”, on State Secrets Law and 2) PM Abe’s intentions to “cast off Postwar regime”
    2) Best of 2013: What do you think were the most important issues/events affecting NJ in Japan?
    3) Holiday Tangent: Other Americans who have relinquished US Citizenship (not just me; I am in good company)
    4) Holiday Tangent: Debito.org cited in Cracked.com!

    And finally…
    5) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 70, Dec. 4, 2013: “In Japan, no escape from The Eye’s perpetual policing glare”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 17, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 17th December 2013

    Table of Contents:
    1) Post-passage of State Secrets Bill, watch as Abe further dismantles Japan’s postwar anti-fascism safeguards
    2) UN News: “Independent UN experts seriously concerned about Japan’s Special Secrets Bill” Fine, but too late.
    3) Asahi: Hate speech protests spreading to smaller cities around Japan
    4) Restoration Party Shinpuu’s xenophobic candidate in Tokyo Katsushika-ku elections: “Putting Japanese first before foreigners”
    5) DVB News: Japan’s lack of transparency threatens Burma’s development (as PM Abe seeks to contain China)

    … and finally…
    6) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 69, Nov 7 2013: “Japan brings out big guns to sell remilitarization in U.S.” about PM Abe’s charm offensive through Gaijin Handler Kitaoka Shin’ichi

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 6, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th November 2013

    Table of Contents:
    GOOD NEWS
    1) Kyoto District Court orders anti-Korean Zaitokukai to pay damages in first J court decision recognizing hate speech as an illegal form of racial discrimination
    2) Come back Brazilian Nikkei, all is forgiven!, in a policy U-turn after GOJ Repatriation Bribes of 2009
    3) Tokyo Metro Govt issues manual for J employers hiring NJ employees: Lose the “Staring Big Brother” stickers, please!
    4) Japan Times Community Pages expanding from two-page Tuesdays to four days a week

    BAD NEWS
    5) AFP: Asylum-seeker dies after collapsing at J detention center while doctor at lunch
    6) Dr. Kitaoka Shinichi, Chair of Council on Security and Defense Capabilities, speaks at UH EWC Oct 11, 2013 on Japan’s need to remilitarize

    MIDDLING NEWS
    7) Donald Keene Center opens in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture. His life and library can be seen, for a price.
    8 ) TheDiplomat.com: “In Japan, Will Hafu Ever Be Considered Whole?”, on the debate about Japan’s increasing diversity

    … and finally …
    9) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 68 Oct 1 2013: “Triumph of Tokyo Olympic bid sends wrong signal to Japan’s resurgent right”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 1, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st October 2013

    Table of Contents:
    TOKYO GETS 2020 OLYMPICS
    1) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 68 Oct 1 2013 (yes, today) on what I think about that: “Triumph of Tokyo Olympic bid sends wrong signal to Japan’s resurgent right” (excerpt and link to article)
    2) Is Japan ready for Olympics? Kyodo: Hokkaido bathhouse refuses entry to Maori visiting scholar due to traditional tattoos
    3) Zakzak: Counterdemos against hate speech in Japan, now supported by Olympic fever

    … and finally…
    4) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 67 Sept 10 2013 “If you’re jozu and you know it, hold your ground”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st September 2013

    1) Japan’s “hate speech” debate proceeds apace, but not sinking in, according to university survey cited in Mainichi
    2) Summer Tangent: Korea Times on racial discrimination in South Korea: Striking parallels with Japan
    3) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 66: “Ol’ blue eyes isn’t back: Tsurunen’s tale offers lessons in microcosm for DPJ”, Aug 5, 2013

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER AUGUST 5, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th August 2013

    Table of Contents:
    PRELUDE
    1) Scholar Morris-Suzuki on the rebranding of PM Abe for foreign consumption, contrasted with his “reverse postwar political reforms” goals set out in his manifesto
    2) Anti-Korean Upper House candidate Suzuki Nobuyuki wants Japan closed to immigrants and rearm it with nukes

    ELECTION REPORT
    3) 2013 Election Brief: The rout of Japan’s Left is complete with a crushing LDP Upper House Victory
    4) Assessing outgoing MP Tsurunen Marutei’s tenure in the Diet: Disappointing

    AFTERMATH
    5) Japan Focus: “Japan’s Democracy at Risk: LDP’s 10 Most Dangerous Proposals for Constitutional Change” by Lawrence Repeta (UPDATED with Aso’s Nazi admiration gaffe)
    6) Japan Times: Politicians silent on curbing hate speech, and post-election I see no pressure to do so
    7) WSJ: Abenomics’ Missing “Third Arrow: The absence of immigration reform from Abenomics bespeaks a deeper problem”
    8 ) Latest addition to Rogues’ Gallery of Exclusionary Establishments: “Japanese Speaker Only” Okinawa Moromisato Karaoke Maimu

    …and finally…
    9) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 65, “Police ‘foreign crime wave’ falsehoods fuel racism”, July 8, 2013

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JULY 7, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 10th July 2013

    Table of Contents:
    MORE DARK CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON
    1) Meidai’s Lawrence Repeta lecture May 23 on LDP’s likely constitutional reforms: Deletes fundamental guarantee of human rights, shifts from “rights” to “duties” & prioritizes “public order”
    2) FGU on how Japan’s employers are circumventing new contract law protections: poison pills in contracts
    3) Tangent: Julian Ryall on how Japanese employees educated abroad are denied opportunities by Japanese companies

    MORE RACIALIZED HUCKSTERISM
    4) Racist 2013 Toshiba commercial for product APB-R100X, SuiPanDa combination ricecooker/breadmaker
    5) KAJ and Debito.org on foreign crime and racial profiling in Japan: statistical hocus-pocus
    6) NPA “Crime Infrastructure Countermeasures” campaign also targets “foreign crime” anew. Justifies more anonymous anti-NJ signs
    7) Ueda Hideaki, GOJ rep at UN Committee Against Torture, repeatedly tells people to “shut up” for audibly laughing at Japan’s human rights record

    … and finally…
    8 ) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 64 Jun 4, 2013: “By opening up the debate to the real experts, Hashimoto did history a favor”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 3, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd June 2013

    Table of Contents:
    1) Aichi Police online announcement about Junkai Renraku door-to-door cop visits. Happening in your neighborhood?
    2) 2012 revisions to immigration and registry laws shaking down NJ for Pension & Health Insurance back payments
    3) Asahi on arrest of Zaitokukai participant in anti-Korean demo; J-Cast on anti-Korean stuff being sold at Dietmember kaikan; Osaka sign saying “Stop Scrawling Discriminatory Graffiti”
    4) Good news: GOJ signs Hague Child Abductions Treaty. Bad news: GOJ will probably caveat its way out of ever following it
    5) Discussion: Osaka Mayor Hashimoto and GOJ WWII Sexual Slavery System: A brave debate that is suddenly and disingenuously circumspect
    … and finally…
    6) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 63, May 14, 2013: “Police, media must consider plight of those caught in linguistic dragnet”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MAY 13, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 13th May 2013

    Table of Contents:

    DISINGENUOUSNESS, AS USUAL
    1) NYT Editorial: Japan’s “Unnecessary Nationalism”, re the trappings of GOJ’s rightward swing
    2) BBC, Yomiuri etc.: LDP now pushing revisionistic, jingoistic and militaristic agenda from above and below, with “Return of Sovereignty Day”, booths at Niconico Douga geek festival
    3) JDP: Abe criticizes rise of hate speech in Japan, calls it “dishonorable” and counter to “The Japanese Way of thinking”. My, how disingenuous.
    4) NYT: Violating IOC rules, Tokyo Gov Inose bad-mouths other 2020 Olympic bidders, particularly Istanbul for being “Islamic”
    5) Tangent on Sexual Minorities: Gay marriage trends worldwide, and how Japan’s Douseiaisha do it: Donald Keene’s marriage by Koseki adoption

    MORE STRAWS FOR THE CAMEL’S BACK
    6) JT: Japan’s minimum retirement age to increase to 65 by 2025
    7) Japan Times: “Student seeking Kyoto flat told: No foreigners allowed”, and how NJ tie themselves in mental knots
    8 ) RocketNews: Automatic PR Status awarded to grads of Kyoto universities? Positive proposal by Kyoto Governor that will come to naught
    9) Harbingers of further insularity: J international marriages way down, as are J students studying abroad
    10) TV Tokyo bangumi: “Why did you come to Japan?” interviews NJ arrivals at Narita, reifies mainstream media discourse of NJ as tourists, not residents
    11) Discussion: “Bignose” on Cute “Kobito-zukan” comic characters for kids and NJ control fantasies?

    … and finally…
    12) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 62, Apr 2, 2013: “Tweak the immigration debate and demand an upgrade to denizen class”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MARCH 31, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st April 2013

    Table of Contents:
    THE UGLY SIDE OF JAPAN’S RIGHTWARD SHIFT (1): BIGOTRY AND HATRED

    1) Feb 9 2013 Tokyo Shin-Ohkubo Anti-Korean demonstrator slogans: “Good or Bad, Kill All Koreans” etc.
    2) Letters from J human rights groups to the visiting Olympic Committee re Tokyo 2020: Discrimination in Japan violates IOC Charter
    3) My latest academic paper on Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus: “Japan’s Rightward Swing and the Tottori Prefecture Human Rights Ordinance”

    4) Interesting cases: naturalized Japanese sues city councilor fiance who jilted her for Korean ethnicity, Pakistani parents file criminal complaint for injurious school bullying, Hatoyama Yukio officially called “traitor” for not toeing official party line on Senkaku/Nanjing issues

    THE UGLY SIDE OF JAPAN’S RIGHTWARD SHIFT (2): ELITE DOMINANCE AND INSULARITY

    5) Prof. Kashiwazaki Chikako: Japan’s Nationality Law and immigration policy deviates from current international legal norm
    6) SITYS: GOJ’s new “Points System” to attract “higher-skilled” NJ being reviewed due to dearth of applications, impossibly high hurdles
    7) JT/Kyodo: Record high applicants for J refugee status. Why media fixation on refugees? Because they are a bellwether of Japan’s “legitimacy as a competent, advanced, Western democracy”
    8 ) Asahi: Business leaders call for law to allow firing of workers without justification: i.e., the gaijinization of all workplaces
    9) JT on “Kyakkan Setsu vs. Nibun Setsu”: Grey zones in compensation for “work hours” in Japan

    … and finally…
    10) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Col 61 March 5, 2013: “Child’s quibble with U.S. ‘poverty superpower’ propaganda unravels a sobering story about insular Japan”

    PLUS bonus follow-up:
    11) Tangent: Tsutsumi Mika’s crooked Jewish character “Goldberg” in her “USA Poverty Superpower” manga.

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MARCH 4, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd March 2013

    Table of Contents:
    TOLERANCE?
    1) Amazing new Cabinet survey finds “81% welcome ‘foreigners’ of Japanese descent”. Festival of cognitive dissonance!
    2) Another racist flyer from Osaka Pref Police, this time with stereotypical drawings of black people
    3) Another genre of discriminatory sign: Genky Stores in Gifu threaten NJ shoplifters with arrest and employment reprisal. Odd, what with J shoplifting increasing
    4) Wash Post: US teacher in Japan under attack from Internet bullies for lessons on Japan’s history of racial discrimination
    5) Quoted in Die Zeit newspaper: “Japan: Old and Xenophobic” (German with machine translation)
    TIDINGS:
    6) BBC on Japan’s remilitarization: Island disputes justifying quiet buildup in Japan’s aircraft carriers, xenophobia in J youth
    7) The 25-year “Special Reconstruction Tax” of Jan 1, 2013 — yet another GOJ leech on the Japan workers’ payroll?
    PASSINGS:
    8 ) Mainichi: NJ medical intern death from overwork finally officially recognized as karoushi after 2 years
    9) Donald Richie passes away at age 88. Saluting one of our pioneering Japanologist brethren
    …and finally…
    10) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 60, Feb 4, 2013: “Keep Abe’s hawks in check or Japan and Asia will suffer” (full text)

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 4, 2013

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th February 2013

    Table of Contents:
    WEIRD STUFF
    1) Sankei Sports etc: J soccer player Nakamura Yuuki quits Slovakian club, feels victimized by “racial discrimination”; my, how ironic!
    2) NYT: Xenophobia in Environmental Ministry re exclusionary Fukushima decontam efforts: “Japanese soil is different”, “NJ assistance might scare local grandmas”
    3) NHK on Fukushima: Offering all-expense-paid junkets to NJ journalists, interviews for NJ residents who experienced disasters. What’s the catch?
    4) Asahi: Media-fostered xenophobia forces prefectural countermeasures against NJ buying “strategic land”

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT
    5) Book Review: “At Home Abroad” by Adam Komisarof, a survey of assimilation/integration strategies into Japan (interviews include Keene, Richie, Kahl, Pakkun, and Arudou)
    6) Update: JA and PTA’s Chagurin Magazine responds to protests re Tsutsumi Mika’s “Children within the Poverty Country of America” article for 6th-Grade kids
    7) Interesting lawsuits: French “Flyjin” sues employer NHK for firing her during Fukushima Crisis, 8 US sailors sue TEPCO for lying about radiation dangers
    8 ) US Senator Daniel Inouye dies, Mazie Hirono Becomes First U.S. Senator Born in Japan; contrast with do-nothing self-gaijinizing Tsurunen
    9) Beate Sirota Gordon, one architect of the Postwar Japanese Constitution, dies at 89, her goals uncompleted if not currently being undone
    10) Proposal: Establishing a Debito.org YouTube Channel?
    … and finally …
    11) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 59: The year for NJ in 2012: a Top 10

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 31, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd January 2013

    Table of Contents:
    POST-ELECTION ANALYSIS
    1) Japan’s lurch to the right has happened, as predicted. DPJ routed, LDP and Ishihara ascendant in Dec 2012 LH Election
    UNSUSTAINABILITY
    2) “Japanese Only” hospital Keira Orthopaedic Surgery in Shintoku, Tokachi, Hokkaido. Alleged language barrier supersedes Hippocratic Oath for clinic, despite links to METI medical tourism
    3) Japan now a place to avoid for international labor migration? NHK: Even Burmese refugees refusing GOJ invitations, electing to stay in Thai refugee camp!
    4) Al Jazeera: “The mighty downfall of Japan’s tech giants” due to the lack of diversity in thought and innovation
    GLIMMER
    5) Good news: Rightist sentenced to a year in jail for harassing company using Korean actress in their advertising
    … and finally …
    6) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 58, Dec. 11, 2012: “Do Japan a favor: Don’t stop being a critic”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 10, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th December 2012

    Table of Contents:
    GOOD NEWS
    1) Updated 2nd Edition of HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, & IMMIGRANTS to Japan now on sale

    MORE BAD SOCIAL SCIENCE
    2) PTA-recommended “Chagurin” mag puts propaganda article “Children within the Poverty Country of America” in Japan’s 6th-Grader classrooms
    3) NYT on Donald Keene “becoming one of them”, in an underresearched article that eulogizes the man before time
    4) SITYS: IC Chips in new NJ Gaijin Cards are remotely scannable, as witnessed in USG’s Faraday Envelopes to protect cardholders’ privacy
    5) Irony: GOJ pushes citizen ID law despite outcry over J privacy rights. Sadly, never similar concerns for NJ privacy, natch.
    6) BBC: Japan’s pseudoscience linking personality traits to blood types. I say it dumbs society down.

    DEBATES WITHOUT END
    7) Kyodo: UN HRC prods Japan on sex slaves, gallows. But the elephant in the room still remains no law against racial discrimination in Japan
    8 ) Interesting debate on martial arts as newly required course in JHS under Japan’s Basic Education Law reforms
    9) Archiving Tottori’s 2005 Jinken Ordinance (the first and only one ever passed, then UNpassed, penalizing racial discrimination in Japan) to keep it in the historical record
    … and finally…
    10) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 57, November 6, 2012: “If bully Ishihara wants one last stand, bring it on”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 6, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th November 2012

    Table of Contents:
    TECTONIC SHIFTS
    1) AP: Where Japan’s Post-Fukushima rebuild cash really went: Corruption and coverup on grand scale in a crisis that even TEPCO admits “could have been avoided”
    2) Wash Post: A declining Japan loses its once-hopeful champions (including Ezra Vogel!) — as Japan is eclipsed by an ascendant China
    3) Sakanaka in Japan Times: Japan as we know it is doomed, only immigrants can save it
    INCREDULITY
    4) Japan Times: Japan Post Office unilaterally decides old “Gaijin Cards” no longer acceptable ID, despite still valid under MOJ
    5) Kyodo: NJ on welfare (unlike Japanese on welfare) now need to pay pension premiums, says Japan Pension Service
    6) Shuukan Kin’youbi: Protests against NJ businesses in Tokyo turn ugly, yet J media compares Chinese protests against J businesses to Kristallnacht
    7) BV: “Victimizing the Young, Featherbedding the Old?” On how Japan’s elite bureaucratic rot is adversely affecting Japan’s children
    8 ) ZakSPA!: “Laughable” stories about “Halfs” in Japan, complete with racialized illustration
    ROUGH DRAFTS
    9) Ishihara resigns Tokyo Governorship, seeks Diet seat as new party head. I say bring it on.
    10) The first version of my Oct 2012 JT JUST BE CAUSE column (rejected for publication) blogged for your comments, on “sanctioned reality”: Do you “get” it?
    … and finally…
    11) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 56 on the Senkakus/Takeshima Disputes: “Revisionists marching Japan back to a dangerous place”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 1 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd October 2012

    Table of Contents:
    BAD POLITICS
    1) Mainichi: Japan’s only human rights museum likely closing after Osaka Gov Hashimoto defunds, says doesn’t teach Japan’s “hopes & dreams”
    2) Discussion: JDG, Harumi Befu et.al on the end of Japan’s internationalization and swing towards remilitarization
    3) Kyodo: “Foreign caregiver program faces tightening”: Death knell of program as J media finds ways to blame the gaijin?
    4) Diet session ends, Hague Convention on Int’l Child Abductions endorsement bill not passed
    BAD SCIENCE
    5) AP Interview: Japan Nuke Probe Head Kurokawa defends his report, also apportions blame to NJ for Fukushima disaster!
    6) Success, of a sort, as a “Gaijin Mask” maker amends their racist product to “Gaikokujin Masks”. Same racialized marketing, though.
    7) Kyodo: J airport “random body searches” start October. On “int’l passengers”, naturally, so not so random, considering police precedents of racial profiling
    8 ) Weird “Japanese Only” advertisement in U Hawaii Manoa Ka Leo student newspaper by Covance asking for medical-experiment volunteers
    … and finally…
    9) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 55: Toot your own horn — don’t let the modesty scam keep you down

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 3, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th September 2012

    Table of Contents:
    1) Tokyo Gov Ishihara at it again, calls NJ judo Olympians “beasts” spoiling Japan’s sport
    2) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 54 Aug 7, 2012: “For nikkei immigrants in Japan, it doesn’t have to be a bug’s life”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER AUGUST 5, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th August 2012

    Table of Contents:
    SOME PROGRESS
    1) Hurrah, the separate Alien Registration System is abolished after 60 years. Now let’s consider the GOJ give & take regarding tracking NJ under this policy
    2) Japan Times on reaffirmed J workers’ “right to strike”, thanks to judicial precedent set by defeated 2012 nuisance lawsuit from eikaiwa Berlitz Inc.
    3) Yomiuri: Iwate town sponsors Vietnamese future doctor — and people reportedly react with trepidation
    4) Tangent: Louis Vuitton Journeys Award shortlisted J movie short has multicultural couple
    NO PROGRESS
    5) Suraj Case: Chiba prosecutors decide not to indict 10 Immigration officers in whose custody he died
    6) H-Japan on “Apartheid or Academic Accuracy: Japan’s Birth Rate”, Tohoku U Prof Yoshida’s demographic research methodologically excludes “foreigner births”
    7) Japan Times: “Ninjin-san ga Akai Wake” Book is behind bullying of mixed-race children; contrast with “Little Yellow Jap”
    MEDIA SKULLDUGGERY
    8 ) Tangent: Parliamentary Independent Investigation Commission Report on Fukushima Disaster “Made in Japan”: MD notes ironies of different Japanese and English versions
    9) Tangent: Newsweek column on “rising ugly nationalism towards foreign residents” in China. Hm, how about an eye on Japan?
    10) Resurrecting Gregory Clark’s embarrassingly xenophobic Japan Times column on “Global Standards” Nov 1, 1999, quietly deleted without retraction from JT Online archives
    … and finally…
    11) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 53 July 3, 2012: “In formulating immigration policy, no seat at the table for NJ”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JULY 2, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd July 2012

    TABLE OF CONTENTS
    REOPENING THE IMMIGRATION POLICY DEBATE
    1) GOJ embryonic policymaking reboot for “co-existence with foreigners”: Some good stuff, but once again, policy about NJ without any input from them
    2) GOJ Cabinet “Coexistence with NJ” Pt. 2: Critique of June 15, 2012 meeting — a very positive Third Act to this Political Theatre
    3) Asia Pacific Bulletin: “Accepting Immigrants: Japan’s Last Opportunity for Economic Revival”; a little out of date

    WHY ANY IMMIGRATION POLICY MIGHT NOT WORK
    4) NYT: A Western Outpost Shrinks on a Remote Island Now in Japanese Hands; the overwriting of NJ legacies in Ogasawaras
    5) Kyodo: Foreign caregiver exits put program in doubt, complete with editorial slant blaming NJ for being fickle
    6) The Govinda (Mainali) miscarriage of justice murder case ruled for retrial after 15 years, so Immigration deports him. But there’s more intrigue.
    7) Japan Times LIFELINES guest columnist Dr Berger on “Dealing with isolation and exclusion in Japan”. Seems grounded in stereotypes.
    8 ) China’s crackdown on foreigners called “xenophobic” by CNN columnist. Yet Japan’s been overtly doing the same to its NJ for generations without similar criticism.
    … and finally…
    9) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column June 5, 2012: Guestists, Haters, the Vested: Apologists take many forms

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 4, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th June 2012

    Table of Contents:
    “MICROAGGRESSIONS”
    1) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column May 1, 2012, “Yes, I can use chopsticks: the everyday ‘microaggressions’ that grind us down”
    2) Japan Times HAVE YOUR SAY column solely devoted to the May 1 JBC column on “Microaggressions”
    3) Japan Times May 1, 2012 JBC “Microaggression” column now translated into Taiwanese Chinese.

    OTHER INTERESTING OPINIONS
    4) Baye McNeil’s “Loco in Yokohama” blog brings up uncomfortable truths in the debate on racism in Japan
    5) Iida Yumiko on the nation-state, and how it includes people in the national narrative for its own survival (or in Japan’s case, how it doesn’t)
    6) USG Asst Sec of State links post-divorce Japan child abductions with DPRK abductions of Japanese
    7) Discussion: Aly Rustom on “Ways to fix Japan”

    DEEPLY FLAWED OPINIONS
    8 ) JT Editorial: Tokyo Metro Govt fuels “Flyjin” myth with flawed survey; yet other NJ who should know better buy into it
    9) Yomiuri scaremongering: Foreign buyers snap up J land / Survey shows foreigners use Japanese names to hide acquisitions
    10) WSJ: “‘Expats’ Say Goodbye to Gaijin Card”, needs more research beyond “Expat” conceits
    11) Kyodo: Municipalities to deny services to illegal NJ; Kuchikomi: Rising NJ welfare chiselers “social parasites”
    … and finally…
    12) Commemorating the Japan Times Community Page’s 10th Anniversary, a brief column by Arudou Debito, May 8, 2012

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER APRIL 30, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd May 2012

    Table of Contents:

    CAUSES TO CHEER
    1) Debito writes the Hokkaido Section in FODOR’S Guidebook on Japan, 20th Edition, out now
    2) Japan Times Community Page 10th Anniversary: Vote for your favorite article at JT by May 5
    3) JT Community Page 10th Anniversary: Write a Haiku, win a copy of Debito’s HANDBOOK

    WEIRD OUTCOMES UNDER JAPAN’S RACIALIZATION PARADIGMS
    4) JDG on self-appointed Hanami Vigilantes in Osaka harassing NJ
    5) Tsukuba City’s resolution against NJ suffrage passed in 2010, a retrospective in the wake of alarmism
    6) Mainichi: JHS teacher arrested for defrauding insurance companies by repeatedly claiming his luggage was stolen by foreigners!
    7) Bryant in UCLA Law Review on oppressiveness of Family Registry (koseki) and Household Registry (juuminhyou)
    8 ) Cracked.com: Racialized characters in Japanese video games
    9) Yomiuri: J population falls record 259,000 in 2011 (as does NJ pop.); Keidanren think tank sees ROK surpassing J GDP by 2030

    … and finally…
    10) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 50, April 3, 2012: Donald Keene should engage brain before fueling ‘flyjin,’ foreign crime myths

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER APRIL 2, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd April 2012

    Table of Contents:
    SOME FALSE ALARMS:
    1) Naha City now requires JETs/AETs and JTEs to provide urine sample (drug test?) for contract renewal
    2) Mainichi: 23 percent of Japan’s top firms eager to employ more NJ. Why this is not newsworthy.
    3) Asahi & AFP on GOJ proposals re observing Hague Child Abduction Treaty, more loopholes such as NJ DV, and even bonus racist imagery

    SOME WARRANTED ALARMS:
    4) Asahi: Tokyo District Court rules denying J citizenship to children born overseas with one J parent constitutional
    5) Discussion: Reader Eric C writes in with an argument for “giving up on Japan”. What do you think?

    BUILDUP TO MY COLUMN THIS MONTH:
    6) Powerpoint presentation on the J media-manufactured Myth of “Flyjin”; stats are in, lies are exposed
    7) Congratulations Donald Keene on getting Japanese citizenship. Now stop making yourself out to be somehow morally superior to NJ.
    8 ) Psych Today and DailyLife.com on “Microaggression”, an interesting way to look at subtle social “othering”
    … and finally…
    9) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 49: “Japan’s revolving-door immigration policy hard-wired to fail”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MARCH 5, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th March 2012

    Table of Contents:
    HISTORICAL WRONGS, ABERRATIONS, AND AMNESIA
    1) Levin: J citizens of empire stripped of Japanese nationality in 1952, made into Zainichi by bureaucratic fiat — by a simple MOJ office circular (kairan)!
    2) Mainichi and JT: Nagoya mayor Kawamura repeatedly denies Nanjing Massacre, joins ranks of revisionist J politicians
    3) Mainichi/Kyodo: NJ crime down again, but once again only reported in English and apparently not in J Mainichi, Asahi, Yomiuri, or Sankei
    4) Mainichi: NHK Press publishes book about NJ “underground reality” (e.g., prostitution, fake marriages and citizenships, profiteering). Contrast with interview with freewheeling cannibal Sagawa Issei.

    BLOWBACK
    5) Yomiuri: Language hurdle trips up Indonesian nurses in 4-year-old GOJ EPA program, and they’re leaving. By design, methinks.
    6) Asahi: Registered NJ population drops again in 2010, GOJ to institute policy of “points system” for future NJ visas this Spring
    7) Mainichi: NJ held by immigration sharply down after reviewing rules
    8 ) Jeff Smith on Yahoo Japan auctioneer denying foreign bidders, and what he did about it

    … and finally…
    9) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column #48: “These are a few of my favorite things about Japan”, Feb. 7, 2012

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 5, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 8th February 2012

    Table of Contents:
    TALK OF JAPAN’S FUTURE
    1) CNN’s Zakaria: Japan’s economy “has run out of gas”: first trade deficit in 31 years shows J’s decline and “the end of an era”
    2) Debito interview with Asia Times: “Overcoming the ‘Japanese Only’ factor”, on human rights and Japan’s future
    3) Japan Times FYI Column: “Many angles to acquiring Japanese citizenship”, quotes inter alia Debito

    SHOCKS TO THE SYSTEM
    4) Nepalese beaten to death in Osaka, 4 assailants arrested in apparent hate crime
    5) PS on Gaijin Card Checkpoint at his apartment — Immigration doing door-to-door checks, using physical force (photos included)
    6) Shock/Horror on Japanese TV show, where Japanese under new Arizona laws could be treated as foreigners, with ID checks! Kibishii!?
    7) Changes to Alien Registration Act July 2012 — NJ to be registered on Juuminhyou Residency Certificates at last

    OFFICIAL HARASSMENT OF NJ
    8 ) Amnesty International 2002 report on human rights abuses, including extortion and physical abuse, at the Narita Airport “Gaijin Tank” detention center
    9) Chris Johnson on his 2011 experiences in the “Narita Airport Gaijin Gulag”, a complement to Amnesty’s 2002 expose (Amended)
    10) Mainichi: Transport ministry mulling random body search of 10% of all airport passengers at Narita etc. Random? Not likely.
    11) Japan Today: GOJ ministries block foreign firms from helping tsunami-stricken Japanese, using bureaucratic stonewalling

    And finally…
    12) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 47, January 3, 2012: 2011′s Top 10 Human Rights Issues affecting NJ in Japan

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2, 2012

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd January 2012

    Table of Contents:
    END TIMES
    1) The System really is irredeemably broken: BBC: Tsunami relief funds diverted to GOJ whaling program
    2) Japan’s Broken System Pt 2: H-Japan cites AFP, Reuters, Yomiuri. NYT on how bad GOJ ineptness and obfuscation re Fukushima fiasco is getting
    WEIRD AND CAPRICIOUS J BUREAUCRACY
    3) Tokyo Reporter: Bust of Gas Panic bars in Roppongi due to “poorly behaving” foreigners allegedly breaking J laws against “dancing”
    4) Arbitrary bureaucratic hurdles for registering international marriages in Tokyo Edogawa-ku Ward office. Have things changed?
    5) J on how Japan’s Immigration Bureau uses unlegislated bureaucratic guidelines to trump the letter of the law, in this case re obtaining Permanent Residency
    6) Gaijinwife blog on her house check — is having authorities visit Permanent Residency applicant’s home and throughly photograph its interior now SOP?
    HOLIDAY DIVERSIONS:
    7) How “religious” treatment of things Japanese allows for Japan to be kid-gloved through international public debate
    8 ) Seidensticker in TIME/LIFE World Library book on Japan dated 1965. Compare and contrast with today’s assessments.
    9) End-year Irony #1: Japan cancels free flights for NJ tourists, claims it’s “insensitive”, while funding GOJ whaling expeditions
    10) End-year Irony #2: Japanese cast as Roman in “Thermae Romae” despite J complaints about Chinese cast as Japanese in “Memoirs of a Geisha”
    11) DEBITO.ORG POLL: Agree or disagree: “2011 was a good year for me.”
    … and finally…
    12) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column Dec. 6, 2011, on the effects of a lack of “fairness” as a strong cultural value in Japan (full text)

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 5, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th December 2011

    Table of Contents:
    1) David Slater and Yomiuri on how activism re Fukushima is being stifled, contamination efforts stymied
    2) Movie about Ichihashi Tatsuya, convicted killer of Lindsay Ann Hawker, already in the works — based upon his book. Ick.
    3) MOFA offers public comments on signing Hague Convention on Child Abductions; not much there
    4) UPDATE: Post-divorce J child abductor Inoue Emiko DOES get book thrown at her in Milwaukee court, will return abducted child to custodial NJ father
    5) Thai flood victims getting 6-month visas into Japan to maintain Japan Inc.’s supply lines, then booted back home
    6) The tug of war continues: Fukuoka High Court overrules Oita District Court that doubted, then affirmed, Oita Prefectural Govt’s denial of welfare benefits to superannuated NJ Permanent Resident
    7) Debito.org Dejima Award to Japan Rugby Football Union, blaming J losses on “too many foreign players”, including naturalized former NJ
    8 ) Japan Times: Colin Jones on schizophrenic J constitution regarding civil and human rights of NJ residents
    9) Japan Times: More NPA behavioral oddities re alleged murders of Scott Kang and Matthew Lacey Cases
    10) Suraj Case of police brutality and death during Immigration deportation in Japan Times Nov 1, 2011
    11) Have Your Say: Letters to the Editor re my Oct 4 2011 Japan Times JBC column, “Japan needs less ganbatte, more genuine action”

    …and finally…
    12) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column 45 Nov 1, 2011: “The costly fallout of tatemae and Japan’s culture of deceit”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 30, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 30th October 2011

    Table of Contents:
    CRIMINALITY DEFENDED AS CULTURAL DIFFERENCE

    1) Reuters on Olympus Japan corruption issue: It takes a NJ whistleblowing CEO to uncover it, yet he gets sacked for “cultural reasons”
    2) Mainichi & Yomiuri: Japanese ex-wife arrested in Hawaii on suspicion of abducting child from custodial father
    3) GOJ wants seat on the UN Human Rights Council for 2013-2015. Here’s MOFA’s formal pledge of Japan’s commitments to human rights. Note what’s missing.
    4) History: Witness the GOJ’s negotiating tactics during WWII with its allies, according to W.L. Shirer’s “Rise and Fall of The Third Reich”. Not much different today.

    POST-FUKUSHIMA INDEFENSIBLES

    5) GOJ Ministry of Environment is dispersing Tohoku debris, including Fukushima nuclear debris, around Japan despite objections of prefectural govts
    6) Health and Education Ministries issue directive to place controls on research going on in Tohoku tsunami disaster zones
    7) From Yokoso Japan to Kawaisou Japan: GOJ to offer free roundtrip flights to NJ tourists to offset fallout fears
    8 ) More GOJ greenmailing: JET Alumni Assocs call on 20 ex-JETs for all-expenses paid trip to tsunami areas, to “let people know what they experienced when they return to their home countries”

    PLUS CA CHANGE AND MISCELLANY

    9) Korea Times: Naturalized Korean decries refusal of entry to sauna, parallels with Otaru Onsens Case
    10) Japan Times: Ichihashi trial bares translation woes: Courts refuse to admit that interpreters often lack the necessary skills
    11) BLOG BIZ: Welcome to the future of blog wars: Debito.org temporarily felled by DMCA notice against this site’s critique of Lance Braman’s Japan Times Letters to the Editor
    12) Weekend Tangent: Saturday Night Live skit on Japan-obsessed American youth; scarily accurate?

    … and finally …
    13) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column of October 4, 2011: “Japan needs less ganbatte, more genuine action”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 3, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th October 2011

    Table of Contents:
    MOVEMENT ON HAGUE CONVENTION AND JAPAN CHILD ABDUCTIONS ISSUE
    1) BAChome: President Obama addresses Japan Child Abduction Issue with Japan’s PM Noda, demands preexisting abduction cases be included
    2) BAChome: Official correspondence re nonfeasance and negligence by US Consulate Osaka regarding the Mary Lake Child Abduction Case (allegations of USG refusing assistance to US citizen child)
    3) Patrick McPike on USG’s underestimated numbers re Japan’s abducted children (only about 2.6% of J kids see both parents after divorce)
    4) CRN: Left Behind Parents launch expert witness, consulting services to prevent International Parental Abduction
    5) MOFA invites public comment on Japan re the Hague Convention on Child Abductions, until Oct 31

    SEX! YES, SEX!
    6) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column Sept 6, 2011, “‘Sexlessness’ wrecks marriages, threatens nation’s future”
    7) DEBITO.ORG POLL: “For Readers married to a Japanese, how often on average do you have sex with your spouse?”
    8 ) “The Douzo Effect”: One case study of a sexless marriage in Japan, by SexyLass

    ISSUES OF POLITICS, PUBLIC EXPRESSION, MEDIA, RHETORIC, AND SOCIAL CONTROL
    9) FCCJ No.1 Shimbun: “Nothing has changed”, my article on J media blind spots towards NJ residents over the past quarter century
    10) NJ topic du jour: Yomiuri, Mainichi, Nikkei pile on re free papers ads encouraging NJ “criminal behavior”, deemed “criminal infrastructure”
    11) Allegations of more rough stuff from Rightist Zaitokukai against anti-nuclear demos, yet anti-nuclear demonstrators get arrested
    12) Discussion: JK on the oversimplistic panacea of slogan “Ganbare Nippon/Tohoku” etc.
    13) Japan Times HAVE YOUR SAY Column offers reader feedback to my Aug. 6 JBC column on how difficult it seems to make long-term Japanese friends
    14) Best review yet of my novel IN APPROPRIATE (and no, the reviewer does not rave about the book)
    … and finally…
    15) Japan Times guest column: “Top 10 most useless Japanese Prime Ministers” (I contribute Murayama)

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 5, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th September 2011

    Table of Contents:
    a) Link to latest Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column on sexless marriages in Japan.
    1) BAChome: US Consulate Osaka refuses to aid American citizen child abducted in Japan who came to them for help
    2) Sendaiben on MOJ interview for his naturalization, went badly: GOJ now requires applicants become STATELESS?
    3) It’s time for the naysayers to capitulate regarding the Fukushima Crisis; referential articles
    4) Excellent Japan Times article on GOJ reforms (and probable non-reforms) of child custody system post-divorce
    5) Association for Psychological Science paper: “Ironic effects of anti-prejudice messages”; claims programs to decrease prejudices may actually increase if the prejudiced people feel they are having negative ideology forced upon them.
    …and finally…
    6) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column, August 2, 2011, “The loneliness of the long-distance foreigner”, about the difficulty for NJ to make long-term J friends

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JULY 18, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 18th July 2011

    Table of Contents:
    DEEP THOUGHTS FROM DEEP THINKERS
    1) M.G. “Bucky” Sheftall academic paper on “Shattered Gods” and the dying mythology of “Japaneseness”
    2) Peter Tasker in Foreign Policy Magazine: “Japan will rebuild, but not how you think”.
    Takes opportunity of Japan’s worst postwar disaster to re-advance outmoded Chrysanthemum Club-ism.
    3) Terrie’s Take on how Japanese companies are too “addicted” to cheap Chinese “Trainee” labor to hire unemployed Japanese
    4) Donald Keene prattles on about why he’s naturalizing in SAPIO, even takes a cheap shot at NJ
    5) Tokyo Gov Ishihara bids for 2020 Olympics through earthquake sympathy vote; also calls for Japan to have nukes, military conscription, and military-led government

    THE MONTHLY MODICUM OF BAD SOCIAL SCIENCE
    6) Bad social paradigms encouraging bad social science: UC Berkeley prof idiotically counts “flyjin” for H-Japan listserv
    7) Reuters Expose: Japan’s ‘throwaway’ nuclear workers, including NJ “temporary temps”
    8 ) 2011′s annual GOJ Spot the Illegal Alien campaign enlists Tokyo Metro, deputizes general public with posters of cute and compliant NJ

    LET’S NOT LEAVE OUT EXCLUSIONISM
    9) Zaitokukai Neonazis march in Tokyo Shibuya July 9, 2011, with ugly invective
    10) BV inter alia on J bureaucrat exclusionary attitudes when registering his newborn multicultural child at Shibuya Kuyakusho
    11) Mark Austin reports that Otaru, site of the famous onsen lawsuit, still has a “Japanese Only” establishment, “Monika”
    12) Kyodo: Soccer S-Pulse coach Ghotbi wants to meet banned fans over racial banner
    13) Joel Legendre-Koizumi on the J media’s blackout on PM Kan’s proposals

    PORTENTS OF THE FUTURE
    14) Adidas assesses the “history of poor treatment of migrant workers in Japan”, now monitoring JITCO in conjunction with other major overseas outsourcers
    15) US State Department report 2011: “Japan’s Foreign trainee program ‘like human trafficking’”
    16) Asahi: NJ Nurse trainees leave Japan despite 1-year extension to taking qualifying test
    17) Quoted in Asia Weekly: “Falling birthrate, rising life expectancy afflict Japan”
    18 ) Child Abductions Issue: How Japan’s debate on defining “Domestic Violence”, the loophole in enforcing the Hague Treaty, is heading in the wrong direction
    19) Weekend Tangent: The euphoria of collective attack and parental alienation syndrome

    PODCASTS
    20) PODCAST: KQED-FM Pacific Time broadcast 14 Dec 2000, Arudou Debito reports on naturalizing in Japan (part 1 of 3)
    21) PODCAST: KQED-FM Pacific Time broadcast 21 Dec 2000, Arudou Debito reports on J naturalization process (part 2 of 3)
    22) PODCAST: KQED-FM Pacific Time broadcast 28 Dec 2000, Arudou Debito reports on naturalizing and name changes in Japan (part 3 of 3)
    23) PODCAST: NPR All Things Considered on Arudou Debito’s naturalization July 3, 2003
    24) PODCAST: NPR All Things Considered on Brooklynite Anthony Bianchi’s election to Inuyama City Council, April 30, 2003
    25) DEBITO.ORG PODCAST JULY 1, 2011: FCCJ Book Break on IN APPROPRIATE, June 28, 2011

    … and finally…
    26) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column July 5, 2011: “Lives such as Daniel’s deserve to be honored in these pages”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 12, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th June 2011

    Table of Contents:
    EXCLUSIONISM AND RACIAL PROFILING
    1) “Japanese Only” bar in Kobe, “Soul Bar”, Nishinomiya Yamanote Doori. Advertises the music of people they would no doubt exclude
    2) Rpl on Police Gaijin Card Check in Chitose Airport yesterday — with cops refusing to identify themselves and even getting physical
    3) Exclusionary pottery shop in Doguyasuji, Osaka, refuses service to non-Asian NJ
    4) Yomiuri: Muslims file suit over National Police Agency antiterror investigations
    5) Fukushima Japanese refused service at hotels etc., plus famous excluder/embezzler Toyoko Inn up to old tricks; requires guests unlawfully sign waivers just to stay
    6) Tangent: Historical comparison between contemporary social attitudes justifying racial discrimination in Japan and pre-Civil-War slavery in America
    7) Foreign Minister Maehara resigns due to donations from a “foreigner” (a Zainichi, that is)

    INJUSTICE
    8 ) NCN: Stunning revelation from former prosecutor on the real situation of initial training, “We were taught that yakuza and foreigners have no rights”
    9) GOJ says it will schedule joining Hague Convention on Child Abductions this month. Wowee. Why I doubt that’ll mean anything even if signed.
    10) Chris Savoie wins US court award of $6.1 million against ex-wife for breach of contract, emotional distress, and false imprisonment of his children in Japan
    11) Yomiuri: Govt eyes international human rights complaint framework, where domestic claimants can take their issue to the U.N.
    12) AFP: Britain now supports Japan’s bid for UN Security Council seat: How eyeblinkingly blind of GOJ history re unfollowing international agreements.
    13) Tangent: Kyodo: 2 men acquitted in retrial after serving nearly 30 years in prison

    … and finally …
    14) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column June 7, 2011: “‘English-speaking diaspora’ should unite, not backbite”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 11, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 11th June 2011

    Table of Contents:

    TOPICS OF PERSONAL INTEREST
    1) Warning to Debito.org Commenters about being cyber-stalked; don’t use your real name as moniker anymore
    2) Post #2000! Special Discussion: Making “friends” in Japan, successfully?
    3) FCCJ Book Break evening June 28 for my book IN APPROPRIATE in Yurakucho, Tokyo. Let me know if you want to go.
    4) Review of IN APPROPRIATE and interview at JETAA-NY’s Examiner.com
    5) IN APPROPRIATE now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble
    6) Donald Keene to naturalize, in a show of solidarity with the Japanese people, at age 88
    7) DEBITO.ORG PODCAST MAY 7, 2011: Speech at Otaru Shoudai Dec 5, 2011: “The Otaru Onsens Case, Ten Years On”
    8 ) DEBITO.ORG PODCAST JUNE 1, 2011

    AFTERSHOCKS OF 3/11
    9) Columnist Dan Gardner: “Why Japan took the nuclear risk”: Quick-fix energy during 1973-4 Oil Shocks
    10) Kansai Time Out Feb ’08 on “Power and the People: Masaki Hisane keeps watch on Japan’s nuclear industry”
    11) AFP: Japan tells tourists says ‘it’s safe’ to come back, with budgets to dispel “public misperceptions about the effects of the nuclear disaster”
    12) Ekonomisuto gives better articles on effects of both NJ leaving Japan and tourists avoiding Japan
    13) Nikkei reports on the effect of “nihon saru gaikokujin”, aka Fly-jin, with some pretty shaky journalistic practices
    14) Mainichi: “Industries left short-handed after NJ workers flee Japan following nuke accident”
    15) Zakzak headlines that NJ part-time staff flee Yoshinoya restaurant chain, and somehow threaten its profitability
    16) JT/Kyodo: NJ key to Japan’s recovery, says Iokibe Makoto, chair of GOJ Reconstruction Design Council. Well, fancy that.
    17) Nikkei Business magazine special (May 2, 2011) on the future and necessity of NJ labor to Japan
    18) Sankei: MOJ proposes easier visas for importing “higher quality” NJ labor; neglects to offer NJ stronger civil or labor rights
    19) Christopher Dillon, author of “LANDED: The Guide to Buying Property in Japan”, on earthquake insurance in Japan
    20) Mainichi: “American teacher in Sendai stays in Japan to help with volunteer efforts”
    21) Mainichi: “Many foreign residents wish to stay in Japan despite disaster: survey”
    22) Tangent: “Foreigners Looking to Adopt Japanese Earthquake Orphans Need Not Apply”

    … and finally …
    23) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 39: “Better to be branded a ‘flyjin’ than a man of the ‘sheeple’” (May 3, 2011)
    (This is a culmination of all the articles cited above.)

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER APRIL 15, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th April 2011

    Table of Contents:

    NJ PORTRAYED AS PART OF THE PROBLEM

    1) Asahi Tensei Jingo (Vox Populi) Mar 20 offers ponderous column with gratuitous alienation of NJ
    2) Wall Street Journal joins in bashing alleged NJ “fly-jin exodus”: “Expatriates tiptoe back to the office”
    3) Tokyo Sports Shinbun blames closure of Tokyo Disneyland not on power outages, but on NJ!
    4) Rumors of “Foreign Crime Gangs”; rapes and muggings, while tabloids headline “all NJ have flown Japan” etc.
    5) SNA: “GOJ targets harmful internet rumors”, including the earthquake being caused by foreign terrorism
    6) Tokyo Governor Election April 10 posts “expel the barbarians, Japan for the Japanese” openly xenophobic candidate, gets over 6000 votes

    NJ AS PART OF THE SOLUTION

    7) NJ helping Japan during this crisis: James Gibbs on his Miyagi Rescue Efforts
    8 ) John Harris on how Coca Cola could help Japan save a nuclear power plant’s worth of power: Switch off their 5.5 million vending machines
    9) Thinking of donating blood in Japan? Mutantfrog translates the regulations on who can’t.

    RELATED ARTICLES OF NOTE

    9) Tokyo Gov Ishihara calls the tsunami “divine punishment” to wipe out the “egoism” of Japan. Yet wins reelection.
    10) The Nation.com on Tohoku Earthquake has shaken Japan Inc.
    11) AOL News: WikiLeaks: Cables Show Japan Was Warned About Nuclear Plant Safety
    12) Weekend Tangent: NYT: “Japanese Workers Braved Radiation for a Temp Job” in Japan’s nuclear industry
    13) Japanese cartoon for kids depicting Fukushima nuclear issue as power plants with constipation!

    … and finally…

    14) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column 38, April 5, 2011 on Tohoku: “Letting radiation leak, but never information”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 4, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th February 2011

    Table of Contents:
    1) JT’s Philip Brasor on BBC QI show and atomic-bombings and “victim ownership of historical narrative”
    2) Kyodo: MOFA Survey shows divided views on GOJ signing of child custody pact
    3) Japan Times on what needs to be deregulated for Japan’s future as an Asian business hub
    4) NYT: Japan society puts up generational roadblocks, wastes potential of young
    5) Weekend Tangent: Economist.com compares GDPs of US states with whole countries
    6) DEBITO.ORG PODCAST FEBRUARY 1, 2011
    7) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column Feb 1, 2011: “Naturalized Japanese: foreigners no more” (full text)
    8 ) Japan Times JBC/ZG Column Jan 4, 2010: “Arudou’s Alien Almanac 2000-2010″ (full text, Director’s Cut)

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JANUARY 29, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 29th January 2011

    Table of Contents:
    ECCENTRIC

    1) Japan Times Community Page on long-termer coping strategies in Japan,
    where even Dietmember Tsurunen seems to advocate accepting your foreign status and working with it
    2) Dietmember Tsurunen offers clarification and apology for calling himself a foreigner in Japan Times article
    3) Japan Times publishes reactions to their Dec. 28 article on Old Japan Hands accepting their foreigner status
    4) My next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column Feb 1 critiques the “naturalized but still foreign” rubric
    5) AP video: Sting talks to Ric O’Barry on “The Cove” and dolphin slaughters
    6) Weekend Tangent: The future of Eikaiwa: AFP: Robots replace english teachers in SK

    ODD AND STRANGE

    7) QB House Tameike Sannou, Tokyo, requires Japanese language ability for a haircut (UPDATE: Sign has been replaced)
    8 ) “To De-Sign or Not to De-Sign”: A debate about what to do re exclusionary signs
    9) Tangent: End of an era: Asahi Evening News presses to close
    10) TMC reports on TV Asahi “Super Morning” rupo re Shibuya Center Gai citizen patrols harassing buskers, NJ
    11) AFP: Otemon Gakuin Univ finally apologizes for Indian student suicide in 2007, still refuses to comment if racially-motivated bullying
    12) Tangent: BBC show QI gets scolded by J media and embassy for insensitivity re atomic bombings

    SIMPLY WRONG-HEADED

    13) Suspected murderer of Lindsay Ann Hawker, Ichihashi Tatsuya, publishes book about his experiences. Ick.
    14) Caroline Pover on protesting Gentosha Inc’s publication of Ichihashi’s book after Lindsay Ann Hawker’s murder
    15) DEBITO.ORG POLL: What’s your take on suspected murderer Ichihashi Tatsuya’s book on his experiences
    evading arrest for the homicide of Lindsay Ann Hawker? (Multiple responses OK)
    16) FCCJ No.1 Shimbun: A killing separation: Two French fathers suicide 2010 after marital separation and child abduction
    17) Yomiuri on “Lehman Shock” and Japan’s foreign crime: Concludes with quote that “living in harmony with foreign residents might be just a dream”
    18) AP: Japan population shrinks by record numbers in 2010. NYT: Its workers aging, Japan turns away immigrants.
    19) NY Consulate Japan’s Kawamura Yasuhisa offers more rosy picture of immigration to Japan in NYT Letter to the Editor
    20) Economist.com offers microcosm of Nagasaki as example of Japan’s urban decline

    THIS IS MORE LIKE IT

    21) Kyodo: Tourism to Japan hits new record high in 2010
    22) Japan Times: Otaru Beer, with NJ braumeister, revolutionizing microbrews and beerdrinking styles in Japan
    23) JT on Rita Taketsuru, Scottish mother of Japan’s whisky industry, and her connections to Nikka’s factory in Yoichi, Hokkaido
    24) MOFA now requiring consent of both parents for their child’s J passport renewal
    25) Hollywood Reporter: JT “Richard Cory” child abduction story optioned as possible movie/TV production
    26) Tangent: Elderly J activists sue GOJ to allow different last names after marriage
    27) Japan Times et.al: Suraj Case of death during deportation sent to prosecutors

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JANUARY 1, 2011

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st January 2011

    Table of Contents:
    1) DEBITO.ORG END-YEAR POLL: “What do you think are the top issues in 2010 that affected NJ in Japan?”

    Holiday Tangents:
    2) Happy Boxing Day: From deep within the archives: “Fred Fish” comic book, 1973, drawn by me aged eight
    3) Holiday Tangent: “Steve Seed”, all drawed by me 1973, aged eight. C’mon, it’s kinda cute.
    4) From even farther back: “Penny the Hamster”, drawn in Second Grade when I was seven
    5) Tangent: Comic “The Flight’, drawn by me Christmas 1975 aged ten
    6) Tangent: “The Meat Eaters”: My first try at a movie storyboard, circa 1975, Fifth Grade, aged ten
    7) Last End-Year Tangent: “Lile Lizard”, written Second Grade aged seven, includes procreation!

    Business as usual:
    8 ) Kyodo: Stats for inflows & outflows: J exch students down, NJ up; NJ tourists also up, but none reaching GOJ goals
    9) Mainichi: Global 30 strategy for bringing in more foreign exchange students to be axed, while fewer J students go overseas than Singapore
    10) Japan Times: Paranoia over NJ purchases of land in Niseko etc: GOJ expresses “security” concerns
    11) Fukui City now requiring J language ability for NJ taxpayer access to public housing. Despite being ruled impermissible by Shiga Guv in 2002
    12) Discussion: As a person with NJ roots, is your future in Japan? An essay making the case for “No”

    … and finally …
    13) Next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column January 4, 2011
    Double feature: The top ten events that affected NJ in Japan both for 2010 and for the entire last decade!

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 18, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 18th December 2010

    Table of Contents:

    IMMIGRATION AND HEADS IN THE SAND
    1) Latest numbers on Japan’s registered NJ population from MOJ (November 2010)
    2) Economist.com special report on Japan: How it all comes back down to demographics
    3) Economist.com podcast on costs and benefits of immigration
    4) WSJ: Domestic Group Appeals for Overhaul of Japanese Immigration
    5) Japan Times Community Page on issues of dual citizenship: “Japan loses, rest of the world gains from ‘one citizenship fits all’ policy”
    6) CNNGo.com: “Will there ever be a rainbow Japan?”
    7) Tangent: LA Times: PRC Census also measures for ethnicity, unlike Japan’s Census

    WORKPLACE ISSUES
    8 ) DEBITO.ORG PODCAST SPECIAL: Speech by Neo Yamashita of EWA Osaka union on your contract labor rights
    9) Japan Times Community Page on NJ “Trainee Visa” slavery program and how crooked it still is, according to NGOs
    10) McNeill in Mainichi on how Japan Inc. needs to loosen up to women and NJ executives
    11) Tangent: NHK: GOJ enshrining more rights for handicapped. Hope for same for NJ?

    SOMETHING SMELLS FISHY
    12) Japan Times: “Darling foreigner” Tony Laszlo is “less passionate today” about discrimination against foreigners
    13) “Black Melon Pan” Afros as food: Insensitive marketing by Mini-Stop Konbini
    14) YouTube video showing NPA Bicycle Instant Checkpoint supersedes attention to car accident
    15) Yomiuri: ‘Leaked MPD data’ out as book / Documents published as is; names of police, NJ informants revealed

    … and finally …
    16) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE, Dec 7, 2010: “MOFA gets E for effort in ‘with or without U’ farce”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 27, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 27th November 2010

    Table of Contents:
    SAD STORIES
    1) Mainichi: Bullying of Filipina-Japanese grade schooler in Gunma leads to suicide: NHK ignores ethnicity issue in reports
    2) Japan Times: MEXT in line to deliberate on ijime after grade schooler Uemura Akiko suicide
    3) French Embassy reports French father of abducted child in Japan commits suicide
    4) TV America’s Most Wanted on unsolved questionable death of an American in Shinjuku Aug 2010. Any press in Japan?
    5) My college mentor, Chalmers Johnson, dies at 79

    SPY STORIES
    6) Japan Times: Leaked documents reveal Tokyo Police spies on Muslim residents, tries to make snitches of them
    7) Ministry of Justice website justifying crime prevention measures
    due to “frequent occurrence of serious crimes committed by foreign nationals and increase in transnational crimes”
    8 ) Eido Inoue on improbable remote tracking of RFID next-generation “Gaijin Cards”; yet “scan-proof” travel pouches now on sale
    9) WB and me on what NJ tourists also need in Japan — security against NPA harassment
    10) Eyewitness report on how NPA is targeting NJ in Gotanda as security risk for APEC Summit in Yokohama

    STUPID STORIES
    11) Daily Yomiuri eikaiwa columnist Mike Guest misrepresents not only the record, but also his own academic credentials
    12) Fun and Games at MOFA Passport Renewal — almost denied a passport because of one letter
    13) Weird broadside from Japan Helpline’s Ken Joseph Jr. on Facebook: Claims my naturalization queers my campaigning
    14) Japan Times Amy Savoie on int’l child abductions and the manufacturing of consent for it within Japan
    15) Japan businesses cry foul over UK visa regime, threaten pullout. Fancy that happening to the GOJ.

    FUTURE STORIES
    16) The Independent (UK) on Japan’s rising nationalism as Japan slips in world rankings
    17) UK Guardian compares South Korea’s relatively open-minded future with Japan’s possible “Second Edo Period” of insulation
    18) Times Higher Education on MEXT: “Japan’s entrenched ideas hinder the push to attract more foreign students and staff”
    19) Eurobiz Magazine’s Tony McNicol on the future abolition of the “Gaijin Tax” Re-Entry Permits
    20) CBC interview with me on Japan’s shrinking population and prospects for immigration
    21) For Educators in Japan: National EFL Job Satisfaction Survey

    … and finally …

    22) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column Nov 2, 2010: ‘Homogeneous,’ ‘unique’ myths stunt discourse in Japan Studies

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 1, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th November 2010

    Table of Contents:
    NOW THAT’S MORE LIKE IT…
    1) Economist London on corrupt public prosecutors in Japan
    2) Not only China, Japan eyes India for tourist influx, eases visas
    3) CRNJapan’s checklist for avoiding J child abductions during marital problems
    4) Weekend Tangent: What Canada does about racial slurs and abuse in public: jail time
    5) Weekend Tangent: Discovering how cheap, yes cheap, parts of Japan are becoming
    6) Yomiuri: Tokyo bathhouses scrub up to lure NJ visitors. My, how the worm turns. Why couldn’t they have done this ten years ago?
    7) Referential website of note: Asia Pacific Memo at UBC

    CHOTTO MATTA…!
    8 ) Allegations that GOJ’s Hello Work refuses NJ applicants, as evidenced by “Japanese Only” employer Zeus Enterprise of Tokyo Ginza
    9) JT’s Philip Brasor analyzes J media claims of bias towards Ichiro’s and Hakuho’s sports records
    10) Mainichi & Asahi: “4 arrested for helping Cambodian men work illegally”. Odd, given shysterism of Trainee Visa program
    11) NYT on Japan’s deflation: “Japan, Once Dynamic, Is Disheartened by Decline”
    12) CJFF: Immigration raids Filipino family home, husband has heart attack
    13) New Book: “In Defense of Japan: From the Market to the Military in Space Policy” by Pekkanen and Kallender-Umezu
    14) CNNGo.com does odd article on “Controversial Activist David Schofill” and NJ refusals at hotels and onsens
    15) NHK 7AM this morning: Offer coupons at Narita Airport to NJ with “preferential exchange rates”. The catch is…

    BASTA!
    16) Kyodo: Court overrules Oita Pref who tried to deny a 78-year-old NJ welfare benefits
    BUT
    17) Mainichi: “NJ have no right to welfare payments”, rules Oita District Court two weeks later. Gee that was a quick kibosh.
    18) Hate crimes in Fukui: Car burned, “Gaijin GET OUT” message left at local mosque; flagburning at Indian restaurant
    19) Japan Times: Eikaiwa Gaba: “NJ instructors independent contractors w/o labor law coverage”, could become template for entire industry
    20) Fukuoka General Union info site on how BOEs are outsourcing ALTs through dispatch companies, not through JET Programme
    … and finally …
    21) My next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column Tues Nov 2: How the “Cult of Japan’s Uniqueness and Homogeneity” interferes with good scholarship on Japan

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 9, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 10th October 2010

    Table of Contents:
    STEPS FORWARD AND BACK
    1) Paul Toland on US House of Representatives vote against child abductions to Japan 416-1
    2) Globe and Mail (Canada): “A black sun rises in a declining Japan”
    3) Police notice: “Oreore Sagi” and other theft crimes with NJ crime placed in the proper context
    4) Sendaiben and MB on Narita Airport again, this time both before and after entry
    5) Discussion: Oguri Saori’s “Darling wa Gaikokujin” manga series: Does it help NJ assimilate?
    6) Nagasakitabi.net uses “gaijin” stereotypes (blond wigs and fake noses) to push their website on TV

    OTHERS “DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT”
    7) “Pinprick Protests”: Chand Bakshi fights back against “NJ ID Checkpoint” hotel, gets apology
    8 ) “Pinprick Protests”: NJ refusing to comply with GOJ Census?
    9) Japan Times “Richard Cory” updates us on child custody woes and systematic bias against NJ fathers
    10) Japan Times “Richard Cory” on child custody woes part 2: Who abducts wins

    TANGENTS APLENTY
    11) Weekend Tangent: My great grandmother’s veal turkey stuffing recipe
    12) Travel Tangent: Hell to pay at LAX
    13) Transit Tangent: Visited Tokyo DisneySea and tried not to enjoy myself, unsuccessfully
    14) Cultural Tangent: American Soap Operas vs. Japanese Houmu Dorama
    15) Just for fun: What are the going rates for English private lessons in your neck of Japan?

    … and finally…
    16) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Oct 5 2010: “Census blind to Japan’s true diversity”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 (forgot to blog)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 10th October 2010

    Table of Contents:
    DEVELOPMENTS
    1) The 2010 Japan Census from October 1: Flash GOJ multilingual site explaining what it’s all about
    2) Summer Tangent: DailyFinance.com on Japan’s generation-long economic stagnation leading to a lost generation of youth
    3) Keishicho Kouhou on organized crime in Japan: Places NJ gangs in context for a change
    4) Wash Post: “Strict immigration rules may threaten Japan’s future”, focus on nursing program
    5) Thrice-convicted crooked Dietmember Suzuki Muneo gets his: Supreme Court rejects appeal, jail time looms
    6) Kyodo: Japan to join The Hague Convention on Child Abduction. Uncertain when.

    ACTIVISM ON BOTH SIDES
    7) NYT: “New Dissent in Japan Is Loudly Anti-Foreign”
    8 ) Success Story: Takamado English Speech Contest reform their “Japanese Only”, er, “Non-English Speakers Only” rules
    9) Meeting with US Embassy Tokyo Sept 9, regarding State Dept. Country Reports on Human Rights
    10) Asahi: Zaitokukai arrests: Rightist adult bullies of Zainichi schoolchildren being investigated
    11) “The Cove” Taiji Dolphin protesters cancel local demo due to potential Rightist violence
    12) Japan will apologize for Korean Annexation 100 years ago and give back some war spoils. Bravo.
    13) Sendaiben digs deeper on those Narita Airport racially-profiling Instant NPA Checkpoints
    14) M-Net Magazine publishes FRANCA March 2010 report to UN Rapporteur in Japanese

    INTERESTING TANGENTS
    15) Economist.com summary of Amakudari system
    16) Coleman Japan Inc. has instructions “For Japanese Consumers Only”
    17) Discussion: “If you could change one thing about a society…”

    … and finally …
    18) Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column: ‘Don’t blame JET for Japan’s bad English”

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER AUGUST 6, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th August 2010

    Table of Contents:
    SPECIAL ON THE DPRK SPY KIM HYON HUI JAPAN VISIT: THE BIG CON

    1) North Korean spy and terrorist skirts Immigration, gets to stay in Hatoyama summer home, due to Yokota Megumi Case
    2) UPDATE: Additional thoughts on the DPRK Spy Kim Hyon Hui Japan Visit from a friend in the know
    3) My Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE Column Aug 3: Kim uses Japan’s “perpetual victimhood” to her advantage

    OTHER BIG CONS

    4) Japan’s Centenarians are missing: Registry systems that ignore NJ residents are also registering long-dead Japanese as alive
    5) Kyodo: NJ crime down once again, but NPA spin says NJ crime gangs “increasingly” targeting Japan, whines about difficulty in statistically measuring NJ crime
    6) More racism in NPA police posters, this time Kanagawa Ken Yamate police and big-nosed “int’l NJ crime groups”.
    (UPDATE: Contrast with same Kanagawa Police site in English: “we patrol community hoping smiles of residents never vanish.” Retch.)
    7) Shame on Berlitz Japan for its court harassments, firing teacher for having cancer
    8 ) Yomiuri: New “lay judges” in J judiciary strict about demanding evidence from prosecutors, give ‘benefit of doubt’. Well, fancy that.
    9) Economist London on Japan’s treatment of Chinese: Welcome tourist money, work “Trainees” to death
    10) NYT has video and article on JITCO NJ “Trainee” Program, including sweatshop conditions and karoushi
    11) Mainichi/Kyodo: J companies will boost hiring of NJ by 50%! Yeah, sure.
    12) JIPI’s Sakanaka on Gaijin Tank detentions for visa overstays: Put a maximum time limit on them
    13) Toyota QC and “culture” again, says it will increase safety by dealing with mechanical and cultural defects, with Japanese-only review panel
    14) Asahi: South Korea, China overtaking Japan in ‘cool’ culture battle, whatever that means
    15) AP and JT on “Soft Power” of JET Programme, projecting Japan’s influence abroad
    16) IMADR Connect Mag: UN CERD concerns and recommendations 2010 for the GOJ; rinse and repeat

    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    17) NJ population falls in 2009 for the first time since 1961
    18) New separate blog with details about taking Japanese citizenship, in English, written by other fellow naturalized Japanese
    19) Thoughts on GOJ Upper House Election July 11, 2010: A DPJ loss, but not a rout, regardless of what the media says.
    20) Asahi editorial supports NJ PR Suffrage, published during election-period debates

    INTERESTING TANGENTS

    21) AP: A Milestone For Russia: African-born Town Councilor Is Country’s 1st Black Elected To Office
    22) Japan Times columnist CW Nicol (a whaling supporter) on why “The Cove’s” Taiji dolphin culls bother him

    … and finally…

    23) My Schofill family roots include Cherokee and lots of American South skeletons

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JULY 11, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 11th July 2010

    Table of Contents:
    CALLS FOR CHANGE, WELL MAYBE NOT:
    1) JET Programme on GOJ chopping block: Appeal from JQ Magazine and JETAA in NYC (plus Debito.org Poll)
    2) Powerpoint presentation: “Japan Past the Point of No Return”
    3) Alarmist Nikkei Business cover re Chinese business practices: “Chapan: Your new boss is Chinese”
    4) Japan Times: LDP & rightists still clinging to anti NJ PR Suffrage, even though not an issue in this election
    5) Metropolis Mag has thoughtful article regarding the convoluted debate for NJ PR suffrage
    6) Japan Times Zeit Gist on how NJ can participate in Japanese elections
    7) Japan Times & Kyodo: Foreign “trainees” dying at rate of two to three a month, takes two years for one to be declared “from overwork” (karoushi), more than a quarter from “unknown causes”
    8 ) IMADR Connect Magazine article on recent UN visit by High Commissioner of Human Rights to Japan May 2010

    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, WELL MAYBE NOT:
    9) Japan Times’ Colin Jones on Japanese enforcement of vague laws: “No need to know the law, but you must obey it”
    10) FCCJ No.1 Shimbun & Jiji on Japanese police’s extralegal powers, and how that power corrupts
    11) Kyodo: Police raid car scrap yards run by NJ, suspecting them as “breeding grounds for crime”
    12) NYT guest column on racial profiling of Japanese for “looking too tall and dark”. Just like arrest of “foreign-looking” Japanese back in 2006.
    13) TBS: Daring heist of expensive watches in Sapporo. So daring it might have been foreigners!, says Hokkaido Police
    14) J protesters of “The Cove” lose injunction in Yokohama District Court, cannot stop screenings, so they target people’s homes for intimidation
    15) DEBITO.ORG PODCAST JULY 1, 2010

    TANGENTS
    16) Newsweek: Immigrants do not increase crime
    17) How the US deals with Arizona racial profiling: Federal lawsuits and Jon Stewart humor
    18) Activist Junichi Sato on International Whaling Commission corruption and GOJ/NPA collusion
    19) Canada spending even more than Japan this time on G8/G20 summits. However, controversy ensues.
    20) Yours is no disgrace, World Cup Japan Team. Otsukare. I hope the J media does not spin this as a loss.
    21) Sunday Tangent: “A Growing Love for ‘Cool Japan’” by Akira Yamada (of MOFA)

    … and finally …

    22) JUST BE CAUSE column July 6, 2010: “Japan’s hostile hosteling industry”: how government agencies want NJ tourists yet are accessories to excluding them (full text)

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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 20, 2010

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 20th June 2010

    Table of Contents:

    THE CHINESE ARE COMING
    1) Asahi has whiny article on how Chinese tourists don’t spend properly
    2) Toyoko Inn opens “exclusively Chinese” hotel in Susukino Sapporo, refuses Japanese and other NJ; media ignores questionable legality
    3) Taiwanese-Japanese Dietmember Renho becomes first multiethnic Cabinet member; racist Dietmember Hiranuma continues ranting about it
    4) Debito.org Reader asks for advice regarding Chinese “Trainees” exploitation, stolen wallet, and local police

    THE IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT
    5) Asahi poll: Japan would rather be poorer as a nation than accept immigration
    6) Osaka Minami public campaign: “exclude bad foreigners” like yakuza, enlists enka singer as spokesperson
    7) Kansai Scene June 2010 article on issue of refugees and J Detention Centers (“Gaijin Tanks”)
    8 ) Guardian on benefits of immigration to UK, NW on GOJ’s history promoting anti-racism 90 years ago at League of Nations!

    TANGENTS
    9) Reuters: Showings of Oscar-winning documentary The Cove cancelled in Japan due to threat of protest
    10) Support and preview FROM THE SHADOWS documentary on Japan’s Child Abductions: Tokyo Shibuya Thurs Jun 24 7PM, admission free
    11) Kyodo: GOJ survey indicates 70% of J disabled feel discriminated against. Nice they, unlike NJ, even got asked.
    12) Fun Facts #15: Percentages of J high school grads matriculating into college by prefecture
    13) Excellent Mark Schreiber article on history of crime terms in J media

    … and finally …

    14) Kansai Scene June 2010 interview re NJ PR suffrage issue (full text)

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