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    Sport again: HS Coach refuses to meet Lotte foreign coach due to “language barrier”

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th September 2006

    “He won’t comprehend our words or feelings.” (「言葉も気持ちも通じない」)
    –Yaeyama Shoukou High School coach Ishimine Yoshimori, regarding Lotte baseball coach Bobby Valentine, after Valentine’s high school draft pick coup disrupted the process of letting star player Ohmine Yuuta go to his preferred team, the Softbank Hawks. On these grounds, Coach Ishimine refused to meet Valentine September 26, on the grounds of his foreignness, thus citing a language barrier as an excuse. Courtesy Sports Houchi (September 27, 2006)

    Posted in Problematic Foreign Treatment, Sport | Comments Off

    Racist remarks against foreign baseball coach result in suspension, fine

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th September 2006

    However, that was vastly overshadowed by the actions of Fighters starter Satoru Kanemura, who threw a major hissy fit due to being pulled by manager Trey Hillman in the fifth inning needing just one out to become the first Nippon Ham hurler to rack up five straight ten win seasons since Yukihiro Nishimura. After the game, he told the press that. yanking him was “absolutely unforgivable” and then took a racial shot at Hillman, grumbling that, “because he’s a foreigner, he doesn’t care about players’ individual goals.” He then challeneged reporters to print his remarks. “I don’t even want to look at him,” Kanemura said of Hillman. In addition, he accused the former Rangers farm director of being more indulgent with Iranian-Japanese righthander Yu Darvish than him. In the context of this little explosion, that also has a racial tinge to it. Kanemura also beefed that he didn’t think Hillman trusted him.

    Posted in Problematic Foreign Treatment, Sport | Comments Off

    J Times Sept 23 06: MOJ panel making more concrete immig proposals

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th September 2006

    A Justice Ministry panel discussing long-term policies for accepting overseas workers said Friday the government should seek out those with special skills and expertise to cope with the shrinking labor force in Japan….

    The proposal by the panel headed by Kono also claimed that reducing the number of illegal foreign residents will help the country regain its reputation as “the safest country in the world,” ultimately creating an environment where legal foreign workers can become a part of society.

    As suggested in the panel’s interim report released in May, the panel said foreigners who want to work in Japan, including those of Japanese descent, must have a certain degree of proficiency in the Japanese language to be granted legal status.

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    Yomiuri Sept 23 06: Govt to have employers report info on foreign employees

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th September 2006

    By making it obligatory for companies to report foreign workers’ details, the government hopes to keep track of people on an individual basis, and to enhance measures for clamping down on those working illegally. In addition, it is hoped the measures will encourage foreign workers to take out social insurance, and allow central and local governments to offer better support to workers who have to change jobs frequently due to unstable contracts.

    The government’s three-year deregulation program, finalized in March, discusses making it mandatory for firms to submit reports on their foreign employees and whether reports should include detailed information such as workers’ names and residence status. The policy is likely to prove controversial in light of the protection of foreign workers’ privacy and the impact of the new system on the economy.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | Comments Off

    J Times Sept 23 2006: Tokyo Court rules against “forced patriotism” in schools

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd September 2006

    COMMENT: A blow against the tendency (especially in Tokyo, as you can see in Ishihara’s comments below) towards (re-)enforced patriotism in schools. Tokyo District Court, which is usually quite conservative, actually ruled against the enforced (with noncompliers punished) standing and singing the Japanese national anthem etc., calling it “a violation of the freedom of thought […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Politics, Lawsuits | No Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPT 23 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd September 2006

    1) 2-CHANNEL’S DEFENDANT NISHIMURA “DISAPPEARS” (SHISSOU)
    2) J TIMES: FUTURE CONFLICTS ON FOREIGN “OLDCOMERS” AND “NEWCOMERS”
    3) YOMIURI: CRACKDOWN ON FOREIGN BUSINESSES IN COUNTRYSIDE
    4) TOKYO GOV ISHIHARA TO RUN FOR THIRD TERM, DISSES “FOREIGNERS” AGAIN
    5) ASAHI: MURDER SUSPECT TRIES TO BLAME CRIME ON “BLOND” MAN
    6) KITAKYUSHU PROF BLAMES BAD ENGLISH EDUCATION ON FOREIGNERS WHO STAY TOO LONG
    7) AKITA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ADDED TO BLACKLIST

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Labor issues, Lawsuits, Media, Newsletters, Problematic Foreign Treatment | Comments Off

    2ちゃんねる管理者被告西村氏は失踪状態となった様

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd September 2006

     皆様、きのう送った2ちゃんねるのことについて追加文ですが、新聞記事によると、2ちゃんねる管理者被告西村博之氏は失踪状態になったようです。  出典はこちらです。新聞記事の原稿は http://019.gamushara.net/tv/data/vi5889218087.jpg テキストを以降に書き直します。 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー  インターネットの巨大匿名掲示板「2ちゃんねる」の管理運営者「ひろゆき」こと、西村博之氏(29)が失踪状態にあることが22日までにわかった。同掲示板は西村氏個人が管理しちえる。当局が不適切な書き込みの削除や投稿者の情報を求めようにも行方知れずで放置され、裁判所からの呼び出しにしも応じていない。ネット会社の象徴的な存在でもある「2ちゃんねる」は、最悪の場合、「掲示板閉鎖」という事態まであり得る情勢だ。 ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー  ご参考まで、宜しくお願い致します。  2ちゃんねる名誉毀損勝訴した原告 有道 出人 http://www.debito.org/2channelsojou.html ENDS

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    プレスリリース:2ちゃんねる名誉毀損勝訴アップデート(Sep 21 2006)

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st September 2006

    プレス リリース
    2ちゃんねる訴訟 アップデート
    原告 有道出人が本年1月に勝訴したものの、
    被告 西村博之氏は未だに判決に従わず、
    命じられた賠償未払いかつ名誉毀損文章を削除せぬ

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Asahi Sep 15 06: Kitakyushu prof discusses problems with English language education

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st September 2006

    In particular, native speakers who have lived in Japan for more than 10 years tend to have adapted to the system and have become ineffective as teachers–this is also partly because their English has become Japanized and is spoken to suit the ears of their Japanese students. Some of these teachers are not aware of this.

    Posted in Bad Social Science, Education, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    Murderous youth tries to pin blame on “blond”: Mainichi Aug 29 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th September 2006

    COMMENT: Yet another attempt to pin Japanese crime on foreigners–this time on a “blond” man–in Wakkanai, a place known for its close links to nearby Sakhalin, Russia. Luckily the police didn’t fall for it, but how many crimes in Japan which are suspected to be committed by “foreigners” are thusly red-herringed?–Arudou Debito Police arrest murdered […]

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime | No Comments »

    毎日Aug 28 06:風に吹かれて:in the U.S.A. 増える「拉致」=國枝すみれ

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th September 2006

    風に吹かれて:in the U.S.A. 増える「拉致」=國枝すみれ http://www.mainichi-msn.co.jp/shakai/wadai/archive/news/2006/08/28/20060828dde012070009000c.html  ハリウッドの映画館で、北朝鮮に拉致された横田めぐみさんのドキュメンタリー「アブダクション(めぐみ−−引き裂かれた家族の30年)」を見た。クリス・シェリダン監督が言う。「日本人は拉致問題を政治問題とみるが、私は人間の問題ととらえた。13歳の子どもを奪われた家族の苦しみは、どんな国の人間でも理解できる」  映画館を出ると、米国人男性が観客一人一人に「アブダクションを見ましたか」と声を掛けていた。「見た」と答えた人には「日本人も子どもを拉致しています」とちらしを手渡す。  パトリック・ブレイデンさん(46)。日本人女性と交際して、昨年4月に娘が生まれた。しかし、関係は妊娠中から冷え始め、女性は親権裁判の途中で生後11カ月の娘を連れて帰国してしまったという。  もちろん、北朝鮮当局に拉致されためぐみさんとは次元が違う。しかし米国では、一方の親が他方の承諾なく子どもを連れ去ったら、れっきとした犯罪。誘拐犯として手配されてしまう。  結婚の半分が破たんする米国では、別れても子どもは両親二人のもの、ともに養育責任があると考えるのが普通だ。親権裁判の泥仕合を何度も見たカウンセラーも言っていた。「恋愛関係が壊れ、心に傷を負った人間は、子どもに会わせないことで相手に報復しようとする。そういう人には、壊れたのはあなたとの関係で、子供との関係ではない、と何度も言って聞かせる」  外国での親権裁判で不利な判定が出ることを恐れ、子どもを連れ去る日本人女性は、米国の法と文化を大きく踏み外すことになる。実際、FBI(米連邦捜査局)のお尋ね者リストには日本人女性の写真が並んでいる。  米国務省によれば、日本人による子どもの連れ去りはこれまで37件報告され、うち18件は昨年以降に起きている。国際協定「子の奪取に関する条約」の加盟国は、連れ去られた子どもを元の国に戻すよう協力する義務があるが、日本は加盟していない。欧米諸国は日本を「連れ去り天国」と批判し、条約に加盟するよう圧力をかけている。  映画終了から1時間たっても、ちらし配りを続けるブレイデンさん。北朝鮮の拉致問題と一緒にするのはちょっと強引だとも思ったが、「子どもを奪われた気持ちは同じ。勝手に連れ去るのは、僕と赤ん坊にとって公平じゃない」という父親の気持ちは分からないでもない。(ロサンゼルス支局) 毎日新聞 2006年8月28日 東京夕刊

    Posted in Human Rights, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | Comments Off

    2-CHANNEL WEBSITE LAWSUIT UPDATE Sept 14 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th September 2006

    ====== 2-CHANNEL WEBSITE LAWSUIT UPDATE =========== DEFENDANT STILL REFUSES TO PAY COURT-ORDERED DAMAGES FOR INTERNET LIBEL. LIBELOUS STATEMENTS REMAIN ONLINE TO THIS DAY ============================================== By Plaintiff Arudou Debito September 14, 2006 Freely Forwardable Table of contents: ============================================== 1) QUICK RECAP OF THE CASE 2) WHAT IS 2-CHANNEL? REFERENTIAL LINKS 3) THE ISSUE 4) THE UPDATE […]

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | Comments Off

    Yomiuri Sept 13 06: Crackdowns on countryside foreign businesses

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th September 2006

    Toyama tackles ‘gray’ businesses / Mostly immigrant-owned establishments disregarding urban zoning laws The Yomiuri Shimbun (Sep. 13, 2006) Courtesy http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/20060913TDY02001.htm An Imizu, Toyama Prefecture, car dealership that is actually licensed as a restaurant The Toyama prefectural government has instructed two businesses targeting foreign residents to improve their business practices after discovering they had disregarded the […]

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | Comments Off

    J Times Sept 12 06: Johnston on conflicts between “oldcomers” and “newcomer” foreigners

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th September 2006

    With Japan’s population now in decline and the need for more foreign labor becoming increasingly apparent, the issue of how to deal with newcomers has become a concern not just for Japanese but for long-term foreign residents, especially Koreans.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Politics, Labor issues | Comments Off

    Asahi: Tokyo Gov. Ishihara to run for third term Sept 1 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th September 2006

    Ebullient Ishihara to seek 3rd term 09/01/2006 http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/TKY200608310347.html THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has made clear he will seek a third term to help prepare Tokyo for its bid to host the 2016 Olympics. Ishihara, 73, declared his intention to run for the gubernatorial race next spring after Tokyo beat out Fukuoka on […]

    Posted in Japanese Government, Japanese Politics, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    Akita International University added to Blacklist: Sept 11 06

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th September 2006

    The Blacklist of Japanese Universities (http://www.debito.org/blacklist.html), where listed institutions have a history of offering unequal contracted work (not tenure) to its full-time faculty (usually foreign faculty) has just been updated. Substantiated by a recent job advertisement in the Chronicle of Higher Education, brand-new Akita International University (founded in 2004) has been added with the following […]

    Posted in Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OF SEPT 10, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    1) PROGRESS ON “JAPANESE ONLY” ESTABLISHMENTS
    2) YOU TUBE: “JAPAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU!” VIDEO ON EXCLUSIONARY SIGNS
    3) NEWSWEEK JAPAN ON NATURALIZATION IN JAPAN
    4) METROPOLIS: DIETMEMBER TSURUNEN MARUTEI
    5) ASAHI: RACIALLY-MOTIVATED BULLYING FUKUOKA COURT CASE RULES FOR VICTIM
    6) SF CHRONICLE: CHILD CUSTODY IN JAPAN IS NOT BASED ON RULES
    7) KYODO: NEW “FOREIGN CRIME” CAMPAIGN HITS SNAG: DISSENT
    8) CALLING ALL NATURALIZED CITIZENS: NEW BOOK FORTHCOMING
    … and finally… NEW DEBITO.ORG BLOG

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Lawsuits, Media, Newsletters, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit, Problematic Foreign Treatment | Comments Off

    NEW BOOK ON NATURALIZED CITIZENS FORTHCOMING

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    NEW BOOK ON NATURALIZED CITIZENS FORTHCOMING Calling all naturalized Japanese readers: Naturalized Chinese-Japanese Professor U Hoden, of Japan Women’s University, and myself will be collaborating on a new book over the next few months. We aim to feature the views of life in Japan from a “newcomer citizen” perspective, with essays in Japanese from those […]

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Media, 日本語 | Comments Off

    SF CHRONICLE Aug 27 2006: “Child custody in Japan isn’t based on news”"

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    SF Chronicle: Imagine discovering you have been living in an artificial world with rules designed to mask a terrible reality. This is, of course, the premise of “The Matrix,” but it is also an analogy I use to explain child custody and visitation in Japan, a subject in which I do research (and have had personal experience). Japan’s family courts have rules and procedures that hide a sad truth: They are powerless to protect the parent-child relationship when a divorce turns hostile…

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Lawsuits, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    ASAHI Jul 29 06: RACIALLY-MOTIVATED BULLYING FUKUOKA COURT CASE RULES FOR VICTIM

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    Elephant-minded readers of Japan’s media might remember the “Pinocchio” Case of 2003–where a grade-school teacher had a “thing” about the mixed racial background of a child in his class. He would pull on the boy’s nose until it bled, calling him “Pinocchio”, do the same thing with his ears with a “Mickey Mouse”, and devise […]

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    METROPOLIS: DIETMEMBER TSURUNEN INTERVIEW AUG 9, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    Foreign-born lawmaker puts Japan’s acceptance of outsiders to the test By Oscar Johnson Courtesy http://www.crisscross.com/jp/newsmaker/345 Marutei Tsurunen stands in front of the Diet. PHOTO BY TSUTOMU FU TOKYO — Marutei Tsurunen relentlessly clawed at the doors of the Diet for a decade with two goals in mind: to get the inside scoop on politics and […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, United Nations | No Comments »

    YOU TUBE: “JAPAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU!” VIDEO ON EXCLUSIONARY SIGNS

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    YOU TUBE: “JAPAN DOESN’T LIKE YOU!” VIDEO ON EXCLUSIONARY SIGNS Somebody has been filching photos from the Rogues’ Gallery, to create a YouTube photo gallery entitled “Do you like Japan? Japan doesn’t like you!” Japanese national anthem included. A two-minute vid, it has been viewed as of this writing about 25,000 times, with more than […]

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    PROGRESS ON “JAPANESE ONLY” ESTABLISHMENTS: Sept 10, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    PROGRESS ON “JAPANESE ONLY” ESTABLISHMENTS The reason I opened with our cycletrek is to segue nicely into this topic: Upon reaching northern cities Wakkanai and Monbetsu, Chris and I did the rounds of “Japanese Only” signs on public establishments. Photo archive, eyewitness reports, and links to newspaper articles international and domestic available at: http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html#Wakkanai http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html#Monbetsu […]

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    Aug 24, 2006 Kyodo: “Ex-deputy of Tokyo Gov. Ishihara cries foul over ‘safe town’ campaign”

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2006

    Hiroshi Kubo, who released a book titled ”Is Public Safety Really Deteriorating?” in June, said such measures could make people excessively wary, encourage prejudice against foreigners and benefit those in authority like the police…

    Some analysts say these concerns are entirely reasonable and have urged authorities to work harder to get rid of factors threatening public order, such as the widening income disparity, instead of simply telling people to brace themselves for possible crimes.

    Kubo, 59, was a senior bureaucrat in the Tokyo government. He led various crime prevention projects as a division chief in charge of public safety in the governor’s headquarters from August 2003 to March 2005, when he quit the municipality.

    Kubo said he felt ”embarrassed” when he involved himself in or led projects he said were aimed at prompting people to think the community was becoming more and more dangerous and to rely on the authorities, especially the police, to deal with the situation.

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    Newsweek Japan on Naturalized Japanese–Sept 11, 2006 issue

    Posted by arudou debito on 6th September 2006

    Excellent article on how Japan is changing as more people naturalize. The article in full follows. ========================== This is the New Japan Immigrants are transforming a once insular society, and more of them are on their way. By Christian Caryl and Akiko Kashiwagi Newsweek International Courtesy http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14640269/site/newsweek/ Sept. 11, 2006 issue – A few years […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Media, Newsletters, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »