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    SPECIAL REPORT: Issho Kikaku Deletion of the Historical Record

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd December 2006

    Three internet mailing lists under the aegis of Issho Kikaku, administered by Tony Laszlo (the basis of the star character in the bestselling “MY DARLING IS A FOREIGNER” manga series), have winked out of existence and/or public view. This report talks about the possible reasons, the effects, and the hypocrisies involved with this event.

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz, History, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Issho.org/Tony Laszlo, Lawsuits, Media, Newsletters, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit | No Comments »

    12/24放送イジメ特集TBS番組:人種・民族による川崎いじめ事件も

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd December 2006

    12/24放送イジメ特集TBS番組では、「いじめ発生の背景は何か」、「きちんと対策を講じたのか」などの疑問が寄せられ、原告とのインタビューを取材し、学校は加害者側の家庭教育への見直しが強く求められる中、川崎いじめ事件(人種・民族による差別)も取り組まれます。

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

    Yomiuri: Immigration’s “Gaijin Tanks” violate UN Principles on Detention

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd December 2006

    Daily Yomiuri reports: Two state-run immigration “Gaijin Tanks” (where overstayers await deportation) failed to have a full-time doctor on staff despite ministerial requirements. Maintaining adequate medical and health services at detention facilities of any kind is stipulated in the U.N. Body of Principles for the Protection of All Persons under Any Form of Detention or Imprisonment.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    TV Anchorman Kume Hiroshi apologizes for anti-foreigner quip made a decade ago, thanks to records on Debito.org

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd December 2006

    Asahi: “Atonement, it seems, can never come too late. Newscaster Hiroshi Kume has apologized for a disparaging remark he made 10 years ago about foreigners speaking Japanese. The comment offended a number of foreign residents in Japan, prompting some people to formally complain to TV Asahi Corp. that aired the remark.”

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    Sunday Mainichi on Foreign Crime Fearmongering as NPA policy

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd December 2006

    Hi Blog. SITYS. See I told you so. As far back as 2000 (when this whole thing started, really–Check out Chapter Three of my book JAPANESE ONLY), I was saying that foreign crime was being artificially generated by policymakers in order to justify more budgetary outlay. Well, here’s an article on it from the Mainichi […]

    Posted in Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, SITYS | No Comments »

    Mysterious Asahi translation: “IC cards planned to track ‘nikkeijin’”

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st December 2006

    Funny translation of an Asahi article. The English version is entitled “IC cards planned to track ‘Nikkeijin’”. The Japanese version is entitled “Gaikokujin ni IC kaado–touroku jouhou no ichigen kanri he seifu gen’an” (“IC Cards for Foreigners–a proposal before the Diet to unify all registered data for administrative purposes”). Sounds quite different, no? What’s going on? Why this downplaying?

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Media | 1 Comment »

    朝日:外国人にICカード 登録情報の一元管理へ政府原案

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st December 2006

    朝日; 外国人労働者らの居住地などを正確に把握するため、外国人登録情報を法務省入国管理局が一元管理する新制度の政府原案が19日、分かった。入管が氏名や国籍などを電子データとしてICに登録した「在留カード」を発行、外国人を雇う企業や市町村の情報も法務省が集約する。政府は、外国人労働者の受け入れ拡大に備えた体制整備の一環としている。

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    朝日:「外人の日本語は片言の方が」 久米さん10年後の謝罪

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st December 2006

    朝日新聞: キャスターの久米宏氏が、テレビでの発言をめぐる在日外国人からの10年も前の抗議に対して今月1日、謝罪していたことがわかった。謝罪したのは、出演していたテレビ朝日「ニュースステーション」での「外人の日本語は片言の方がいいよね」との発言。久米氏は「今頃何をとお思いでしょうが、心からおわびします」としている。有道出人は当時から、自身のホームページ(HP)にことの経緯を詳しく掲載していたため、謝罪きっかけとなった。

    Posted in Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    CRNJapan’s Mark Smith with linked articles on J divorce int’l child abductions

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th December 2006

    Links to articles of interest from Mark Smith of the Children’s Rights Network of Japan, charting the media’s growing awareness of Japan’s safe haven for child abductions after international divorces.

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

    LDP Kingpin Machimura speaks at my university

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th December 2006

    MY RECOLLECTIONS OF A SPEECH BY FORMER MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND EDUCATION, LOWER HOUSE DIETMEMBER MACHIMURA NOBUTAKA. Given at Hokkaido Information University, December 18, 2006: A wonderful study of elite Japanese society in action.

    Posted in Education, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics | 2 Comments »

    IHT: More Americans giving up US citizenship

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th December 2006

    Hi Blog. This is not exactly Japan-related, but the International Herald Tribune reports on the numbers and reasons (in this case, usually tax-related) why Americans abroad are giving up their US citizenship. I of course have a personal interest in this article, as I have too have given up my American passport. You can see […]

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation | No Comments »

    「碧眼金髪外人」英会話学校公募の件:掲示した山梨国際交流協会より返答

    Posted by arudou debito on 17th December 2006

    ブロクの皆様こんばんは。有道 出人です。11月末、甲府市にあるER English School 英会話学校「碧眼金髪外人を求ム」公募の件ですが、掲示した(財)山梨県国際交流協会と甲府地方法務局人権擁護課に抗議文を郵送しました。文は http://www.debito.org/?p=93 先日、山梨国際交流協会より返答をいただきました。ありがとうございました。スキャンしたファイルは以降です。 宜しくお願い致します。有道 出人 ENDS

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Economist Dec 13 06: Alberto Fujimori Update

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th December 2006

    Alberto Fujimori, former Peruvian dictator, is now in Chile facing extradition to Peru, says Economist newsmagazine in passing. I outline who Fujimori is and why you should care.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    www.healthhokkaido.com on the Noro Virus

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th December 2006

    Quick announcement on the Noro Virus (for people, not computers) circulating Japan and making news, with a link to the valuable health website healthhokkaido.com

    Posted in United Nations | No Comments »

    CRNJapan.com YouTube on Japan’s post-divorce child abductions

    Posted by arudou debito on 15th December 2006

    Japan rightfully protests abductions of its citizens by rogue states (cf. Yokota Megumi). Then turns a blind eye when its citizens abscond with children to Japan after international divorce. People from the Children’s Rights Network Japan have their say on YouTube.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 2 Comments »

    “Japanese Only” sign on Okazaki Internet Cafe

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th December 2006

    Hello Blog. Just made a revision to the “Rogues’ Gallery” of Exclusionary Establishments–places nationwide in Japan which explicitly restrict or forbid foreign customers entry. http://www.debito.org/roguesgallery.html Newest entry (the 22nd municipality found yet so far) is from Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture. An Internet cafe, of all things: Okazaki City (Aichi Prefecture) Internet Cafe “Dragon BOZ” Aichi-shi Kakemachi […]

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz, Human Rights, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 4 Comments »

    Revision to “What to do if…” advice site on debito.org: how to act against discrim

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th December 2006

    Hi Blog. After receiving a request from cyberspace about what to do regarding some of the “culturally-insensitive”, shall we say, articles and programs occasionally appearing in Japan’s print and broadcast media, I made a revision tonight to my “What to do if…” site on debito.org. This site is an artery site with links to several […]

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz | No Comments »

    “No Foreigners” signs in South Korea, too

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th December 2006

    Fascinating blog from a South Korean perspective of “Japanese Only”… er… “Koreans Only” signs up on the Chousen Hantou.

    Posted in Human Rights, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER DEC 13, 2006

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th December 2006

    1) JAPAN TIMES ERIC JOHNSTON MISQUOTED IN NEW BOOK ON IMPERIAL FAMILY
    2) ANTHONY BIANCHI RUNNING FOR MAYOR OF INUYAMA, AICHI PREF
    3) GOJ’S ANTI-IMMIGRANT AND ANTI-REFUGEE STANCE DRAWS FIRE FROM U.N.
    4) TOKYO SHINBUN ON JAPAN’S FOREIGN SLAVE LABOR CONDITIONS
    5) YOMIURI: FOREIGN WORKERS CANNOT WIRE MONEY HOME, WRITE LETTERS…
    6) SENDAI CITY LOSES LAWSUIT OVER BUS ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION
    7) ASAHI: COURT RULES JUKI NET UNCONSTITUTIONAL. HOWZABOUT GAIJIN CARDS?
    8) GOJ NOW REQUIRES OVERSEAS “RAP SHEETS” FOR LONG-TERM VISAS
    9) QUICK UPDATES TO PREVIOUS BLOG ENTRIES…
    and finally… LOSING MY SUGAWARA ON MY KOSEKI

    Posted in Japanese Government, Newsletters | No Comments »

    J Times Eric Johnston on being misquoted in new book on Imperial Family

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th December 2006

    Japan Times journalist Eric Johnston has been misquoted in a new book out in English, soon out in Japanese, on the Imperial Family. Before it gets him into any trouble, he has issued this disclaimer.

    Posted in Media | 1 Comment »

    Kyodo: Anthony Bianchi running for Inuyama Mayor

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th December 2006

    Friend Anthony Bianchi, after winning a seat in the Inuyama City Assembly with the highest number of votes in the city’s history, is now running for mayor. Very impressive indeed.

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

    Losing the “Sugawara” from my koseki

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th December 2006

    Hello Blog. This might come as news to some (but not those who follow the biased Wikipedia entries on me), that my official name on my koseki (the Family Registry, which is what all Japanese citizens must have to be) is in fact Sugawara Arudoudebito (meaning “Arudou Debito” is in fact officially my first name). […]

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Japanese Government | No Comments »

    Kume Hiroshi reads his decade-old gaffe on debito.org, apologizes! And why archives matter (contrast with dead and deleted archives at Tony Laszlo’s ISSHO Kikaku)

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th December 2006

    1) BACKGROUND TO THE ISSUE
    2) KUME’S LETTER OF APOLOGY
    3) MORAL: ARCHIVES SHOULD NOT BE DELETED

    (CONTRAST WITH THE DELETION AND SUPPRESSION OF HISTORY
    ON TONY LASZLO’S ISSHO.ORG)

    Posted in History, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Issho.org/Tony Laszlo, Lawsuits, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 3 Comments »

    J Times Dec 7 06: UNHCR “Japan cannot stop immigration”, Kyodo same day: Lawsuit argues “unreasonable to prohibit dual-income immigrant families” (updated)

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th December 2006

    Japan Times reports UNHCR’s Antonio Guterres visit to Japan, where he says that as more people migrate worldwide, Japan will not be able to stop immigration. He added his concern with how people are treated once they get here. Kyodo News article same day gives good example, with a man from Myanmar facing deportation after being caught working full time as a dependent on his wife’s visa filed a lawsuit Wednesday
    seeking to stay. He argues it is unreasonable to prohibit immigrant families from having a dual income.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment, United Nations | 7 Comments »

    ニュースステーションの久米宏氏は10年間以上前の「外人は日本語が片言がいいよね」のコメント、謝罪文を!

    Posted by arudou debito on 6th December 2006

    ニュースステーションの元アンカーマンの久米宏氏は10年間以上前の「外人は日本語が片言がいいよね」のコメントにういて私に謝罪文を送りました。良心さを皆様にお伝いしたいと思います。

    Posted in Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Tokyo Shinbun Dec 3 06, article on abuses of foreign Trainees and GOJ’s Kouno Taro policy prescription proposals

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th December 2006

    From the Tokyo Shinbun Dec 3, 2006. Excellent article rounding up the problems and the possible policy prescriptions regarding abusive treatment of foreign labor in Japan. NGO’s are even using the word “slave labor” (appropriately) to describe the situation.

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

    東京新聞:「一歩前進も足りぬ政府論・外国人労働者の待遇改善の行方は?」

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th December 2006

    東京新聞:「一歩前進も足りぬ政府論・外国人労働者の待遇改善の行方は?」は外国人研修生で来日した労働者の貧困と奴隷レベルの待遇についての問題と解決提案のリストアップ。

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

    Bar exams in Japan– “New” vs. “Old”, and how lawyers in Japan become.

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th December 2006

    Fascinating account of how people become lawyers in Japan, and the sea change in Japan’s Bar Exam system.

    Posted in Japanese Government, Lawsuits | 6 Comments »

    読売:東日本の縫製工場、イスラム教徒研修生に「礼拝禁止」

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th December 2006

    東日本の縫製工場、イスラム教徒研修生に「礼拝禁止」 読売新聞2006年12月4日 Dave Spectorに転送のことを感謝 http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/news/20061204i505.htm  外国人研修・技能実習制度で来日したイスラム教徒のインドネシア人女性の受け入れ条件として、東日本の縫製工場が日に5回の礼拝や断食を禁止する誓約書に署名させていたことが、わかった。  読売新聞が入手した誓約書では、宗教行為のほか、携帯電話の所持や外出など生活全般を厳しく制限している。  法務省は、入管難民法に基づく同省指針や国際人権規約に反した人権侵害行為の疑いがあるとしている。  誓約書は、禁止事項として〈1〉会社の敷地内でのお祈り〈2〉国内滞在中の断食〈3〉携帯電話の所持〈4〉手紙のやり取り〈5〉家族への送金〈6〉乗り物での外出——の6項目のほか、午後9時までに寮に帰宅、寮に友人を招かないという2項目の「規則」も明記している。  支援団体「外国人研修生問題ネットワーク」(東京)によると、20歳代の女性実習生は3年前に来日した際、工場側から誓約書への署名を求められた。こうした条件があることは知らされていなかったが、出国時に多額の費用を使っており、帰国するわけにはいかず、やむなく応じた。この工場には女性以外にも約10人のインドネシア人研修・実習生が働いているという。  女性は同ネットワークに「礼拝は休憩時間でも認められなかった。他の研修・実習生も同じ誓約書を取られていた」と話したという。  法務省によると、入管難民法に基づく同省指針で、企業による人権侵害行為は、受け入れ停止などの処分の対象。  国際人権団体アムネスティ・インターナショナル日本は「人権に対する企業側の認識不足もはなはだしく、外国人研修・技能実習制度のひずみを象徴する事例」と指摘している。 (2006年12月4日14時47分 読売新聞) ends

    Posted in Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Yomiuri: Factory has foreign worker sign oath not to pray, fast, use cellphone, write letters, wire money home, ride in a car…

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th December 2006

    Hello Blog. Interesting article on how Japan’s factories’ abusive practices towards foreign “trainee” workers are coming to light. (I have another article on this subject on this blog at http://www.debito.org/?p=105) In this case, a Muslim trainee worker has had to sign a “seiyakusho” (a written oath, mildly translated in the article as merely a “note”) […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    PALE: 朝日:派遣労働者の直接雇用、政府の義務撤廃を検討 経財会議

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st December 2006

    Asahi article in Japanese is about how the government wants to remove the right of dispatch workers (haken roudousha) to claim regular full-time job status (seishainka gimu) after a certain number of renewals. This development will undermine people on perpetually-renewed contracts (such as foreign academics) and their legal right to claim permanent employment.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Labor issues, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    Asahi Dec 1 06: Osaka High Court rules Juki Net unconstitutional. OK, how about Gaijin Cards, then? (with update)

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st December 2006

    Osaka High Court ruled that the “Juki Net” residence registration network infringes on people’s constitutional right to privacy if they oppose the system. Great. Now how about Gaijin Cards? What the plaintiffs probably fear happening to them happens on a daily basis to foreigners in this country, who are also covered by the constitution. UPDATE–The judge who ruled on this case committed suicide days later.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Lawsuits | 2 Comments »

    朝日:住基ネット「同意なければ違憲」。じゃあ「外人カード」は?

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st December 2006

    住民基本台帳ネットワーク(住基ネット)に生年月日などの個人情報を接続されてプライバシーを侵害されたとして、大阪府内5市の住民16人が各市を相手取り、本人確認情報の提供禁止などを求めた訴訟の控訴審判決が06年11月30日、大阪高裁であった。じゃあ、24時間常時携帯の「外人カード」(外国人登録証明書)なども違憲でしょうかね。

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Lawsuits, 日本語 | Comments Off