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    「ニューカマーのための実用ガイドブック」単行本出版決定!

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 31st January 2007

    単行本「ニューカマーのための実用ガイドブック・日本に定着するには 」
    樋口 彰 と 有道 出人 共著
    英語/日本語の対訳で、ほぼ200ページ
    2007年夏期頃発売予定

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues, Media, 日本語 | No Comments »

    “HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS” to be published March 2008

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 26th January 2007

    Divided into seven chapters closely reflecting the stages of assimilation into any society, WORKING GUIDEBOOK takes the reader through 1) entry procedures, 2) securing employment, 3) establishing one’s own business, 4) addressing possible problems, 5) planning for the future and retirement, and 6) participating in the development of civil society. We offer the information in easy grammatical English (for readers of English as a second language) and furigana Japanese on opposing pages. We hope this will serve a wide readership.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Media, Speech materials | 4 Comments »

    Yomiuri Jan 24 07 on foreigners “filling” J prisons

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 26th January 2007

    Interesting stats: About 3,200 inmates, 360 more than the capacity, are held at Fuchu Prison. Among them, about 550 are foreigners. The number is 1.3 times more than were incarcerated 10 years ago. Fuchu prison houses inmates from 46 countries who speak 35 languages. The figure has increased from 22 countries in 1986, and 39 in 1996.The number of foreign inmates nationwide was 5,312–2.6 times more than a decade ago.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime | No Comments »

    “JAPANESE ONLY” T-SHIRTS ON SALE AGAIN AT DEBITO.ORG

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 25th January 2007

    Back by popular demand, Debito.org T-shirts with an authentic “JAPANESE ONLY” sign emblazoned on the front. Help spread awareness of the problem in the best of satirical traditions, by wearing your heart on your sleeve, and the issue on your chest!

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz, Human Rights, Humor | 1 Comment »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JAN 25 07

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 25th January 2007

    1) IVAN HALL NOV 3 2006 JALT SPEECH ON DEBITO.ORG
    2) ENDGAME FOR JAPAN’S QUEST FOR UNSC SEAT?
    3) METROPOLIS ON INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTIONS
    4) AP PRIMER ON J IMMIGRATION ISSUES
    5) HUMOR…
    a) How to deal with Japanese police ID checkpoints: have personalities.
    b) Amorously noisy bathers cause trouble at onsen. Ban them too?
    c) Yunohana’s “Japanese Only” sign copied into online video game.
    d) First Debito.org Dejima Award: Town approves university only if no foreign students allowed
    and finally.. “JAPANESE ONLY” T-SHIRTS ON SALE AGAIN AT DEBITO.ORG

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    Ivan Hall Speech text JALT Nov 3 06

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 22nd January 2007

    Ivan Hall, author of seminal work CARTELS OF THE MIND (Norton 1997), described the systematic ways Japanese “intellectual cartels” in influential sectors of thought transfer (including the mass media, academic, and legal community) shut out foreign influences as a matter of course. He gave a marvellous speech in JALT Kitakyushu on November 3, 2006. It is my pleasure to premiere the full text on debito.org.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, History, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 2 Comments »

    Otaru Onsens “Japanese Only” sign incorporated into video game

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 21st January 2007

    Surprise bit of pop culture: Incorporated into a video game and then cut, here is a scene where our hero gunman faces a door with a “JAPANESE ONLY” sign. Believe it or not, that is a copy and paste from the Otaru Yunohana Onsen sign!

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Humor, Lawsuits, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit | No Comments »

    Metropolis on J int’l child abductions

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 21st January 2007

    ‘[Murray] Wood’s is just one of the 31 active cases of child custody and family distress that the Canadian Embassy is currently dealing with in Japan, a sharp increase from the 21 active cases a year earlier…. No Japanese court has ever caused a child abducted to Japan by a Japanese parent to be returned to the child’s habitual residence outside Japan. Part of the problem is that Japan is not a signatory to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which works to ensure the prompt return of abducted children to their country of habitual residence. “Japan continues to be a haven for international child abduction”..’

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

    AP primer on Japanese Immigration issues

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 21st January 2007

    Pretty good article rounding up what we’ve been saying so far about the issues of Japanese immigration, particularly that of guest workers-cum-immigrants from South America reaching double-digit percentages of the population of some Japanese towns. Courtesy of Steve at The Community.

    The article says few things which readers of this and other mailing lists don’t already know. But I’m glad to see this issue receiving wider attention overseas. Quite often it takes “gaiatsu” (overseas pressure) from exposure before the GOJ is ever shamed into doing something about its own social problems. For what do the policymaking elites care about these people? They care more about how it tarnishes Japan’s reputation overseas.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    UPDATE: Visiting Immigration re Spouse Visa questionnaire

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 20th January 2007

    I visited Sapporo’s very friendly Immigration Bureau (Nyuukoku Kanrikyoku) yesterday to find out more about the Questionnaire (shitumonsho) for people marrying Japanese and applying for the appropriate visa. I talked to the Inspection Division (shinsa bumon) for about an hour regarding the requirements for certain types of visas based upon conjugal status. A fascinating discussion ensued about how Japan is trying to suss out fake international marriages.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 9 Comments »

    NEWSFLASH: 2chan Comments in Wake-Up Plus TV and Sunday Mainichi

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 19th January 2007

    Some comments from me re the 2-Channel issue will be appearing Sat 8AM 1/20 on NTV’s “Wake Up Plus”, and also in Sunday Mainichi’s issue on sale Tues 1/23.

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

    2ちゃんねる:読売テレビとサンデー毎日報道

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 19th January 2007

    NEWS FLASH 1/19(土)の読売テレビ(NTV)の「ウェクアッププラス」(午前8時から放送)とサンデー毎日(1/23)をご覧下さい。2ちゃんねるの件についてコメントが報道されます。

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

    Endgame on GOJ push for UNSC seat?

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 19th January 2007

    I have the feeling that Japan may be approaching checkmate on getting its permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Using the appointment of Ban Ki Moon as the new UN Secretary General as an opportunity to put some wind behind their sails, the GOJ has gotten their ducks lined up: the major world powers (sans China) are falling for Japan’s arguments of quid pro quo.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Politics, United Nations | 1 Comment »

    東京スポーツ「2ちゃん閉鎖騒動・逆手に大儲け」

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 18th January 2007

    東京スポーツ新聞2007年1月17日より。Dave Spectorさまに感謝。(イメージが読みにくければどうぞクリックして下さい。)有道 出人

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

    Dejima Award: Setaka Town approves foreigner-free university

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 17th January 2007

    Announcing the first debito.org Dejima Award for overt xenophobia: Chris Flynn reports that Setaka Town Assembly in Fukuoka Prefecture approved a university only if it would not bring in foreign students–as a crime-prevention measure.

    Posted in Dejima Awards, Education, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 6 Comments »

    2ちゃんねる:16日NTV放送(youtube), debito.orgがサイバーテロ標的

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 17th January 2007

    1)1月16日 23:05より、NTV「ニュースゼロ」で
      2ちゃんねるについて有道 出人とのインタビューが放送
    2)夕刊フジによって「2ちゃんねるのXデー」の噂によって
      違う裁判の原告の有道 出人はヘートメイルの標的となり
      サイトのdebito.orgがやられた
    3)ちなみに、毎日新聞の2ちゃんねるについての元旦特集記事

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Mainichi: Criminal complaint re slander of school on 2-Channel

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    The operator of a school in Odawara where dozens of children who have dropped out of other schools are enrolled in has filed a criminal complaint with law enforcers over 2-Channel messages slandering the school.

    Posted in Human Rights, 2ちゃんねる, Media | No Comments »

    毎日:2ちゃんねる:書き込み者を名誉棄損で告訴 神奈川の学校

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    2ちゃんねる:書き込み者を名誉棄損で告訴 神奈川の学校 http://www.mainichi-msn.co.jp/shakai/jiken/news/20070116k0000m040145000c.html  インターネット掲示板「2ちゃんねる」の書き込みで中傷されたとして、神奈川県小田原市で不登校の子供が通う学校を運営する学校法人「湘南ライナス学園」(吉崎真里学園長)が、書き込んだ人物を被疑者不詳のまま名誉棄損などで県警小田原署に刑事告訴していたことが分かった。  告訴状は、05年12月〜06年10月、不特定多数が「学園長は精神異常者」「ライナスでは学力が低下する」などの中傷やうその書き込みをし、同学園の信用や吉崎学園長の名誉を損なった−−としている。同学園によると、中傷の書き込みは2000件以上に上り、退学者や入学予定者の辞退が相次いだという。同署は4日に告訴状を受理し、書き込み人物の特定を進めている。同学園は、2ちゃんねる運営者の西村博之氏に書き込みの削除を求めたが、削除されていない。吉崎学園長は「不登校など事情のある子供の居場所としてようやく設立された学園なのに、根拠のないことを書き込まれ運営に支障が出ている」という。  同学園は、構造改革教育特区認定校に指定されたことを受け、05年4月に不登校やLD(学習障害)などの児童生徒向けに小・中・高一貫校として開校した。計43人が通っている。【堀智行】 英文を読む 毎日新聞 2007年1月16日 3時00分

    Posted in Human Rights, 2ちゃんねる, Media | No Comments »

    ZAKZAK: 2ch管理人に破産申し立て…35歳被害者が手続き

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

     日本最大の掲示板「2ちゃんねる」(2ch)の管理人、西村博之氏(30)に対し、第三者破産が申し立てられていたことが16日、分かった。12日に東京都内の男性会社員(35)が西村氏の全財産仮差し押さえを申し立てたことから「2ch閉鎖」の憶測が広がる中、西村氏の包囲網は確実に狭まりつつあるようだ。

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

    debito.org website zapped by cyberelements

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    debito.org website got zapped today by cyberspace elements in apparent retaliation for internet BBS 2-Channel being taken offline after a lawsuit. Even though I had nothing to do with it (I support 2-Channel’s existence; it should just honor court decisions) and 2-Channel DIDN’T go down after all.

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | No Comments »

    NEWSFLASH: NTV interviews Arudou Debito re 2-Channel Lawsuit

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th January 2007

    NEWS FLASH I got interviewed earlier tonight with Nippon TV (Ch 5 in Sapporo, Ch 4 in Tokyo). Details as follows: ///////////////////////////////////////////// 2-CHANNEL INTERNET BBS LIBEL ISSUE INTERVIEW WITH ARUDOU DEBITO, PLAINTIFF “NEWS ZERO” NEWS PROGRAM STARTS FROM 11:05 PM TONIGHT, JANUARY 16, 2007 ///////////////////////////////////////////// I’d send you a link for background on the issue […]

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits, Media | No Comments »

    MDN Waiwai: J bad bath manners :-)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 13th January 2007

    Assuming that this is true: Gracious old rural inns, traditionally, have been places where Japanese go to relax in natural surroundings while soaking away their aches and pains in mineral hot springs. But, reports Shukan Jitsuwa (10/13), inns’ clientele of late seem to have other ideas. “The idea of 24-hour bathing was to let you get up early, and soak in the tub while watching the rising sun burn off the morning mist,” continues the kami. “Or, you could go late there at night and gaze at the starry sky. It made things all the more relaxing. But when you’ve got to worry about families bathing within hearing range of these noisy young couples, it’s really vexing.”…

    Posted in Humor, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit | No Comments »

    MDN Waiwai on dealing with police checkpoints: have boobs.

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 13th January 2007

    A little humorous diversion. Mainichi’s Waiwai Page (a guilty pleasure–it really captures one facet of Japan’s fascinating media) has a story on how a Double model dealt with one of those nasty random NPA Gaijin Card Checkpoints: her personalities! Now, why didn’t I ever think of that?

    Posted in Humor, Japanese police/Foreign crime | No Comments »

    ZAKZAK:2ちゃんねる、再来週にも強制執行

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th January 2007

    ネット界激震!! 賠償命令を無視し続けてきた日本最大の掲示板「2ちゃんねる」(2Ch)の管理人、西村博之氏(30)の全財産が仮差し押さえされることが12日、分かった。債権者が東京地裁に申し立てたもので、対象となるのは西村氏の銀行口座、軽自動車、パソコン、さらにネット上の住所にあたる2Chのドメイン「2ch.net」にまで及ぶ見込み。執行されれば掲示板の機能が一時停止するのは必至だ。

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

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JAN 12, 2007

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th January 2007

    1) IMMIGRATION BUREAU VIOLATES PRIVACY OF MARRIAGE,
    IN QUESTIONING J SPOUSES FOR LONGER-TERM VISAS
    2) ECONOMIST ON THE BASIC EDUCATION LAW’S REFORM
    3) BUSINESS CONSORTIUM INTRODUCING IC CHIP SHOPPING DEVICES
    4) MORE LABOR ABUSES OF FOREIGN “TRAINEES” COMING TO LIGHT

    and finally…

    DEBITO’S EXPANDED ITINERARY: UPDATED SCHEDULE WITH OPEN DAYS
    GOING THROUGH TOKYO, KANSAI, AND KYUSHU, NEED ME TO SPEAK?

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    MOJ Immigration Bureau violates privacy of marriage with new visa “shitsumon sho”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 11th January 2007

    Want a visa of any duration longer than three months, and just happen to be married? Well the Immigration Bureau has instituted a new questionnaire, which asks you breathtakingly personal questions, such as what language you use at home, who came to your wedding, how much rent you pay, how and where and when you met (include photos, love letters, international phone bills), and how you learned Japanese. Why? Because they are Immigration and they can do whatever they damn well please to foreigners and their unfortunate Japanese spouses.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 10 Comments »

    Economist/Japan Times on J Basic Education Law reform

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 10th January 2007

    Launching a series on what I see as a very serious issue (training people to be “patriotic” at the early stages of education, with “love of country” tests already happening in Kyushu and Saitama grade schools), here is an introductory article from The Economist (London) on Japan’s reform of its Basic Education Law (Kyouiku Kihon Hou).

    I don’t quite share its analytical framework or its rosy conclusions, but it’s a decent primer on the issue. Further links to this issue on debito.org included after the article. Further links to this issue on debito.org included after the article.

    Below that follow two more Japan Times articles showing the most recent policy push in its genesis, back in 2002 and 2003.

    I’m sure I’ll be saying this many times in the course of analysis and argument from now on, but what of the international community and mixed-roots children getting their education in Japan? Will they have to make a choice about their national identity (one, not both?), or just be excluded altogether?

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

    サンデー毎日:「外国人・少年犯罪は増えていない?」

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 8th January 2007

    ブログの皆様、2006年12月23日付の週刊誌「サンデー毎日」は非常に大事な記事を載せました。このようなことは私たちは数年も指示しております。(2000年4月より本格的に始まりました。私の単行本「ジャパニーズ・オンリー」(明石書店出版)第三章をご参考に。)参考サイトはこちらです: http://www.debito.org/NPAracialprofiling.html#nihongo http://www.debito.org/ishiharahikokusaika.html http://www.debito.org/hiyorimishugi.html http://www.debito.org/futouhanzaitaisaku.html http://www.debito.org/TheCommunity/nakanohittakuri.html#nihongo http://www.debito.org/immigrationsnitchsite.html#nihongo http://www.debito.org/japantimes101805j.html http://www.debito.org/crimestats.html では、記事(2ページ分)以降の通りです。久保さまに大感謝!有道 出人。 この記事の英訳は

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

    J Times Jan 3 07 on foreign “trainees” facing chronic abuses

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th January 2007

    Launched by the government in 1993, the training and internship programs allow young foreigners to undergo language and other training for one year and to serve as interns at companies in Japan
    for up to two years… In 2005 alone, as many as 80,000 young people came to Japan on the
    programs. However, those in the programs are left unprotected by labor law. During the first year of training, monthly pay is limited to 60,000 yen — below the legally set minimum wage. Although monthly pay rises to around 120,000 yen over the internship period, employers often deduct management and other fees to cut net pay by tens of thousands of yen.

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

    J Times Jan 3 07 on J Immigration, toku ni Chinese Perm Resid

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th January 2007

    Japan Times on how the foreign community, particularly the composition of its ethnicities, is changing. An interesting case study of one Chinese’s immigration to Japan.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues | No Comments »

    Bus. consortium to track Ginza shoppers, then IC Gaijin Cards?

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th January 2007

    The Register IT site reports theTokyo Ubiquitous Network Project has announced plans to blanket Tokyo Ginza with 10,000 RFID tags and other wireless technologies to provide shopper-assistance and location-based services. The trial will utilize a handheld device rented by visitors equipped with IC tracking technology. This is optional. Future applications for nonoptional IC Gaijin Cards?

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

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JAN 4 2007

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th January 2007

    1) DEBITO’S WINTER SCHEDULE–ANYONE WANT ME TO SPEAK SOMEWHERE?
    2) US EMBASSY: RANDOM GAIJIN CHECKPOINTS NOW OFFICIAL TOKYO NPA POLICY
    3) MAINICHI: FOREIGN CRIME FEARMONGERING AS OFFICIAL GOVT POLICY
    4) ASAHI DULLS ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF “GAIJIN IC CARD” ARTICLE
    5) FUTURE PM?: LDP KINGPIN MACHIMURA SPEAKS AT MY UNIVERSITY
    6) KYODO: GIFU FIRMS EMPLOY FOREIGN CHILDREN “AT PARENTS’ REQUEST”
    7) YOMIURI: IMMIG’S “GAIJIN TANKS” VIOLATE U.N. DETENTION GUIDELINES
    8) ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY ADDED TO UNIVERSITY BLACKLIST
    9) JAPAN IRONICALLY KVETCHES ABOUT FOREIGN CRIME EXTRADITION PROBLEMS
    10) ECONOMIST: ALBERTO FUJIMORI UPDATE
    11) GREG CLARK IRONICALLY KVETCHES ABOUT IDEOLOGICAL BULLY PULPITING
    12) 2 CHANNEL: MAINICHI DOES GANTAN TOKUSHUU
    13) “JAPANESE ONLY” SIGN ON OKAZAKI INTERNET CAFE
    and finally… I AM NOW OFFICIALLY “ARUDOU DEBITO

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime, Newsletters | No Comments »

    Asia Pacific University Blacklisted

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd January 2007

    Have just updated the Blacklist of Japanese Universities, a website which warns the public about limited employment opportunities in Japanese academia. New entry is Ritsumeikan’s flagship Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Oita, Kyushu.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, debito.org blog and website biz, Education, Labor issues, Lawsuits | 6 Comments »

    ネット君臨:第1部・失われていくもの/1(その2) 「エサ」総がかりで暴露

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd January 2007

     2chを裁判で訴える人も少なくない。北海道情報大助教授、有道出人(あるどうでびと)さん(41)は米国出身。人種差別撤廃を訴え、北海道小樽市の入浴施設が外国人の入浴を拒否していた問題では、施設や市に損害賠償を求める裁判の原告になった。ところが、2chで「白人至上主義者」と中傷が続く。管理人のひろゆき氏(30)=本名・西村博之=に削除を求めたが放置され、05年6月、札幌地裁岩見沢支部に提訴。同支部は昨年1月、名誉棄損を認め、賠償金110万円の支払いと削除、発信者情報の開示を命じた。しかし、判決の通りにはなっていない。

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

    ネット君臨:第1部・失われていくもの/1(その3止) 2ch管理人に聞く

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd January 2007

    ネット君臨:第1部・失われていくもの/1:ネット上の掲示板に匿名で個人への中傷が書き込まれる問題を、管理する側はどう考えているのか。最大の掲示板2ちゃんねる(2ch)の管理人、ひろゆき氏(30)は毎日新聞の取材に「ネットの仕組みだから仕方がない」と答え、規制は難しいとする認識を示した。大学時代にネットの発展を体験し、IT(情報技術)の旗手を輩出する「ナナロク世代」の一人は掲示板を東京の歌舞伎町に例え、「きれいじゃない情報もあるから面白い」と語った。

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

    Nikkan Gendai: foreign crooks fleeing Japan scot free. Just like J crooks fleeing here.

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd January 2007

    Nikkan Gendai reports that Japan’s lack of extradition treaties is causing problems when foreigners commit crimes in Japan and flee scot free overseas. Then it concludes, “at least it’s a good thing that Japan is not a place where foreign criminals typically flee in order to escape arrest for crimes they committed elsewhere”. Quite. It’s only the Japanese crooks that can flee here and get away with it.

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

    J Times Letter re Gregory Clark’s Ideological Laundry

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd January 2007

    Hi Blog. Bit of a surprise to find this Letter to the Editor regarding old Gregory Clark and his ranting ways. Especially since I’ve been such a target of them in the past (as the letter alludes). I promise I had nothing to do whatsoever with this letter. Still, glad somebody out there is ready […]

    Posted in Humor, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Media, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit | No Comments »

    イジメ本日TBS放送, ICカード,「外人お断り」カフェとレストラン, 「碧眼金髪外人募集」

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd January 2007

    1)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
    2)読売:大村入管センターで常勤医不在2年に、確保のメド立たず
    3)朝日:外国人にICカード 登録情報の一元管理へ政府原案(和英訳幾分異なる)
    4)朝日:「外人の日本語は片言の方が」 久米さん10年後の謝罪
    5)甲府市「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
    6)最後に、岡崎市のインタネット・カフェで「外国人お断り」、すぐに撤回

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG SPECIAL HOLIDAY NEWSLETTER DEC 31 06

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd January 2007

    1) INTERVIEW WITH J-SELECT MAGAZINE
    2) BECOMING A LAWYER IN JAPAN: THE BIFURCATED J BAR EXAM
    3) JOEL DECHANT AND HIS GUIDED TOURS OF BEPPU
    4) TEN THINGS WHICH CHANGED MY LIFE IN 2006
    and finally… DEBITO.ORG A DECADE ON…

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    US Embassy: Random Gaijin Checkpoints now official Tokyo policy

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st January 2007

    The US Embassy has been advised that Japanese police and immigration officials are currently conducting random identification inspections in several different areas of Tokyo to ensure that all visitors to Japan possess the appropriate immigration documents. Most inspections occur at or near Tokyo metro stations, and the police are both uniformed and in plain clothes.

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

    Asia Pacific U gloats over its court injunction victory over dismissed workers

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st January 2007

    Asia Pacific University, a subsidiary of Ritsumeikan, in Oita, Kyushu, has announced on its home page its victory in the courts, regarding an injunction on the preservation of status launched by former full-time Japanese language lecturers. Nice bit of gloating. Sounds like a lovely place to work.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, Labor issues, Lawsuits | 1 Comment »

    Kyodo: Gifu firms employing Brazilian children

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st January 2007

    Japan Times/Kyodo reports that two temporary job-placement agencies in Gifu Prefecture hired 12 children of Brazilian immigrants of Japanese origin to work in factories in violation of labor laws. The discovery highlights a serious problem: An increasing number of immigrants in Japan are sending their kids to work, rather than school, due to language problems and economic hardship.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues | 2 Comments »