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    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 31, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st October 2006

    1) IVAN HALL ET AL SPEAKING AT JALT KITAKYUSHU
    2) BERN MULVEY ON MORE MINISTERIAL MOVES AGAINST ACADEMIC TENURE
    3) U HODEN LAWSUIT RE SCHOOL BULLYING DUE TO CHINESE ETHNICITY
    4) “AMERICANS FOR EQUAL TREATMENT” UNION FORMING
    5) RES.PUBLICA JOB ADVERT FOR FULL-TIME JAPAN-BASED ACTIVIST

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Human Rights, Labor issues, Lawsuits, Newsletters, Problematic Foreign Treatment | Comments Off

    IJIME LAWSUIT: THE U HODEN CASE, 2000-present

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st October 2006

    Hi Blog. Just got finished translating the following for a friend. Debito in Sapporo THE U HODEN CASE HEISEI 16 (WA) DAI 247-GO SONGAI BAISHOU SEIKYUU JIKEN YOKOHAMA DISTRICT COURT KAWASAKI BRANCH, CIVIL COURT B SEEKING DAMAGES FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER Writeup based on Japanese original dated July 20, 2006, available at http://www.debito.org/kawasakiminzokusabetsu.htm Translation by […]

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    Ninkisei: Bern Mulvey on new ways to kill permanent tenure in J academia

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th October 2006

    Position titles in Japanese universites will now change from kyouju, jokyouju, koushi, joshu to four new official ranks: Kyouju, Junkyouju, Jokyou and Joshu. In other words, “Sennin Koushi”–used by almost
    all Japanese universities and often translated as “assistant professor”–still will not be an “official” rank. However, the bottom three positions (anything lower than Kyouju, or Full Professor) will no longer have tenure. The Ministry of Education thus keeps chipping away at secure employment in Japanese teritary education.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials | Comments Off

    HOKKAIDO NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS WIN!!!

    Posted by arudou debito on 26th October 2006

    Just in case any of you are hiding under any rocks…

    Posted in Sport | Comments Off

    Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters poised for national victory tonight

    Posted by arudou debito on 26th October 2006

    Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are poised to take the national championship tonight. This is a quick essay on what this season’s outstanding performance in baseball has meant to Hokkaido.

    Posted in Problematic Foreign Treatment, Sport | Comments Off

    2-Channel’s Nishimura speaking at Waseda Nov 4 2ちゃんねる管理者「ひろゆき」講演

    Posted by arudou debito on 26th October 2006

    Nishimura Hiroyuki, the administrator and owner of internet BBS 2-Channel, currently on the lam after not paying several court losses, will actually be making a public appearance on Saturday November 4 at Waseda University, Tokyo. Details send me by a friend available here if you want to attend.

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

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCT 24 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th October 2006

    1) ERIC JOHNSTON ON MCGOWAN LAWSUIT APPEAL VICTORY
    2) AERA/MAINICHI ON 2-CHANNEL’S NISHIMURA
    3) SHUUKAN PUREIBOI/JAPAN TIMES ON GAIJINIZING THE PUBLIC:
    POLICE CHECKPOINTS NOW HAPPENING TO JAPANESE
    4) WORLD TOUR II: TOKYO, CANADA, AND SEATTLE,
    AND THE MURRAY WOOD CHILD ABDUCTION CASE DOCUMENTARY

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Human Rights, 2ちゃんねる, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Labor issues, Lawsuits, Newsletters, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials | Comments Off

    Reporter Eric Johnston on McGowan victorious appeal

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th October 2006

    From: japantimes Osaka Subject: Re: Breaking News: McGowan wins High Court appeal Date: October 19, 2006 12:29:18 PM JST To: debito@debito.org Debito, If you wish, you’re free to post this on your site: By ERIC JOHNSTON Special to Debito.org On Oct. 18th, the Steve McGowan case ended with a partial victory, when the Osaka High […]

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

    McGowan Case: Steve wins case on appeal at Osaka High Court

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th October 2006

    OSAKA — The Osaka High Court ordered an Osaka optical shop owner to pay 350,000 yen in damages to an African-American living in Kyoto Prefecture for denying him entry to the shop in 2004, altering a lower court ruling in January which rejected the plaintiff’s damages claim. Presiding Judge Sota Tanaka recognized the owner told Steve McGowan, 42, a designer living in the town of Seika, to go away when he was in front of the shop, and acknowledged damages for McGowan’s emotional pain, saying the entry denial “is a one-sided and outrageous act beyond common sense.”

    Posted in Human Rights, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | Comments Off

    MHLW site on international marriage and divorce for 2005

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th October 2006

    While doing other research, here’s a site on international marriage and divorce in Japan for 2005, courtesy of the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare:

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 1 Comment »

    MOJ 2005 statistics on foreign population: May 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th October 2006

    Most recent stats on foreign population in Japan, acccording to the Ministry of Justice: http://www.moj.go.jp/PRESS/060530-1/060530-1.html These depict movements for 2005. Not able to interpret the figures at the moment–writing from British Columbia, Canada, and found this page while doing some research on Permanent Residents for a talk. Debito in Kamloops, CA.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | Comments Off

    Mainichi Oct 10 06: BBS 2-Channel’s Nishimura still on the lam

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th October 2006

    2-Channel’s Defendant Nishimura: “I’ve been sued in the north as far as Hokkaido and the south as far as Okinawa. It’s simply not possible to attend every court case where I’ve been named as a defendant. I figure if I can defend myself in every case, it’s exactly the same as not turning up in my defense,” he tells the weekly indirectly. Nishimura also strongly denies suggestions that he’s gone bankrupt, which many have speculated may be the main reason nobody seems able to find him
    now.

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

    J Times Oct 8 06: Police “instant checkpoints” on rise

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th October 2006

    This article to me represents a continuing trend of “gaijinizing” the general population. “Police Random street searches and seizures” (which are illegal) are now being forced on Japanese. This has been up to now generally the domain of the “gaijin” targeting of “anti-terrorism and disease control” racial profiling running rampant around Japan these past years. Japan (always in my view a dormant benign police state, given the police’s far-reaching powers of search, detention, interrogation, and prosecution enabled by the law), is once again stretching their police’s powers, which we ignore at our peril.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime | Comments Off

    Abe Cabinet: MOE Minister possible reverse course on J Primary School English education?

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd October 2006

    (Submitted to the Life in Japan yahoogroups list, which kicked off some debate. Subscribe to LIJ via http://groups.yahoo.com/group/life_in_japan/) Hi LIJ. Thought I’d throw another bale of info onto the bonfire of debate on English education in Japan: Wide Show Toku Da Ne this morning had a long segment (about 15 minutes, between 8:25 and 8:40 […]

    Posted in Education | No Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 3, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd October 2006

    1) J TIMES: DEVELOPMENTS IN FOREIGNER TRACKING AND QUALIFICATION
    2) SPORT: BASEBALL “ANTI-GAIJIN” COMMENTS RE FOREIGN COACHES
    3) J TIMES: ENFORCED “KIMIGAYO” PATRIOTISM RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL
    4) ROGUES’ GALLERY: “JAPANESE ONLY” SIGN IN OHTA-SHI, GUNMA PREF.
    5) ADDITIONS TO UNIV BLACKLIST: RITSUMEIKAN, KYOTO SANGYO, KITAKYUSHU
    6) ADDITIONS TO UNIV GREENLIST: UNIVERSITY OF AIZU
    7) J TIMES ON LINGUAPAX ASIA CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND AT TOKYO UNIV

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Politics, Labor issues, Newsletters, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit, Speech materials, Sport | Comments Off

    Temple U Prof: “Japan’s Criminal Libel Laws vital for police intervention and arrest” (???)

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st October 2006

    A Temple University professor is publishing a paper in the University of Colorado Law Review asserting that, quote, “In Japan, however, criminal libel laws have become vital tools in policing injurious speech on the Internet. Defamatory posts lead to police intervention and even arrest.” Not according the 2-Channel Lawsuit, which I think proves Dr Mehra’s assertions quite inaccurate.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits | Comments Off