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    J Times quotes UN’s Doudou Diene re Ibuki comments

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 28th February 2007

    Exclusive to the Japan Times: Quotes from UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene re Ibuki Bunmei’s dismissive remarks about human rights.

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Japanese Government, United Nations | 2 Comments »

    Transcript of FCCJ luncheon w. UN’s Doudou Diene, Feb 26, 2007 (UPDATED)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 28th February 2007

    Transcript of Luncheon with UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene and Arudou Debito, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Feb 16, 2007. Now reformatted with links, addendum, and photo.

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials, United Nations | 3 Comments »

    Upcoming Tokyo Speeches: FCCJ, Tokyo Bar, Amnesty…

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 23rd February 2007

    Tokyo Speech Details: Luncheon at FCCJ with UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene, “Racial Discrimination in Japan: Is Anything Changing?” Speech for Amnesty International Group 78 “2 Channel and Freedom of Speech”. Finally, Speech for Roppongi Bar Association: “Foreign Residents and the Japanese Legal System”.

    Posted in Speech materials, United Nations | 5 Comments »

    J Times on GAIJIN HANZAI, finally

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 23rd February 2007

    After receiving more than 10 complaints, Family Mart took a closer look at the magazine. “When we read it, we found some expressions to be discriminatory and decided to stop selling the book,” said the spokesman, who spoke on condition oanonymity. On Feb. 5, the firm ordered all its 6,800 outlets nationwide to remove the
    magazine from the shelves and shipped them back to Eichi. It said that of the 15,000 copies in stock — of the 20,000 to 30,000 that had been printed — 1,000 were sold.

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 3 Comments »

    Updating “What To Do If…” Site: Getting your “shikikin” rental deposit returned

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 23rd February 2007

    Hi Blog. Updated a section of my “What do do if…” artery site, where people can troubleshoot for some problems which may arise for them while living in Japan. The most recent addition as follows: Debito http://www.debito.org/whattodoif.html#deposit ///////////////////////////////////////////////////// WHAT TO DO IF… …you want to get your deposit (shikikin) back from your landlord when moving […]

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz | 1 Comment »

    Petition for visas for Vu Family

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

    “In March of 2005, after overstaying their visas, the family of VU VAN THANG applied for special permission to remain in Japan. Their applications are currently being reviewed by the Kobe branch of the Department of Immigration… I strongly urge you to grant visas to these fine people, and allow them to continue to dwell in Japan and contribute to a healthy multicultural society.”

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

    J Times media roundup re Africans in Japan

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

    Last week, The Japan Times ran a Bloomberg interview with Shintaro Ishihara in which the proudly provocative Tokyo governor followed up his contention that foreigners were behind the city’s rising crime rate. He challenged his interviewers to go to Roppongi and see for themselves. “Africans — and I don’t mean African-Americans — who don’t speak English are there doing who knows what,” he said.

    You expect such careless bluster from Ishihara, but his statement deserves scrutiny. One explanation for the governor’s popularity is the way he is seen to reflect what his supporters think is common sense. What are non-American black people doing in Japan? It must be something bad…

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

    FCCJ Luncheon Feb 26 2007, with UN’s Doudou Diene and Arudou Debito

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

    Hi Blog. Side by side with the United Nations. It’s like a dream. Wish me luck. Hope I do well. Debito ============================ THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB OF JAPAN (FCCJ) PRESENTS: Professional Luncheon Debito Arudou & Doudou Diene Racism In Japan – Is Anything Changing? 12:00-14:00 Monday, February 26, 2007 (The speech and Q & A […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Speech materials, United Nations | No Comments »

    Japan Times column on govt and media-generated foreign crime myth webbed

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

    Hi Blog. I just put up my 34th column for the Japan Times on debito.org, as I mentioned I would in my last newsletter. ==================================== Japan Times Community Page Column: “UPPING THE FEAR FACTOR: There is a disturbing gap between actual crime in Japan and public worry over it” published February 20, 2007 and available […]

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

    Fukuoka Now mag on Police Bike Checkpoints

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

    Yet another article on what it’s like to cycle while foreign in Japan. Lightweight fare with a serious center, particularly when it comes to the cops’ apparent attitude. Courtesy of free local magazine FUKUOKA NOW.

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 2 Comments »

    Asahi column on “Broadening definition of ‘Japanese'”

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

    Article: Japan should now create a society where people with various cultural backgrounds are accepted as Japanese, called “Chinese-Japanese,” for instance, without any discriminatory connotations and be treated fairly as equal and important members of society.

    Posted in Education, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 2 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEB 20, 2007

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

    1) NEW JAPAN TIMES ARTICLE OUT TODAY ON “MYTH OF JAPAN’S CRIME WAVE”
    2) UN’S DOUDOU DIENE BACK IN TOKYO NEXT WEEK
    –ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE ME TO SUBMIT TO HIM? BY NOON FRIDAY
    3) UPCOMING SPEECHES IN TOKYO, ONE WITH DIENE RE GAIJIN HANZAI MAGAZINE
    4) ECONOMIST ON J POLICE INTERROGATIONS AND NEW SUO MOVIE
    5) J TIMES: PREFECTURES RANKED RE SUPPORT FOR FOREIGN RESIDENTS

    Posted in Newsletters, United Nations | No Comments »

    GAIJIN HANZAI editor Saka responds on Japan Today, with my rebuttal

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

    Here we have an interesting development: The editor of the GAIJIN HANZAI URA FILES responds to his critics. A fascinating and relatively rare glimpse into the mindset of a person with a “thing” about gaijin. I post his response below, then comment after each paragraph.

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 13 Comments »

    JT/Kyodo: NGO ranks pref support for foreign residents

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 15th February 2007

    Large gaps exist in how well local governments provide useful information and linguistic and other assistance to non-Japanese residents, according to a recent study by a nongovernmental organization.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 2 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 14, 2007

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th February 2007

    1) THE RISE AND FALL OF THE “GAIJIN HANZAI MOOK”
    2) KYODO ON THE ACTUAL FALL OF FOREIGN CRIME
    (WHILE MAINICHI IN JAPANESE PORTRAYS IT AS A RISE)
    3) THE RISE AND RISE OF THE “BLOND BLUE-EYED” EIKAIWA JOB AD

    Posted in Newsletters | 4 Comments »

    Japan Focus on public perceptions of crime in Japan

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th February 2007

    “While Japan has one of the lowest victimization rates, the International Crime Victim Surveys (ICVS) indicate that it has among the highest levels of fear of crime. The Japanese moral panic about crime has been extremely durable in the new millennium. Some now claim that the panic perspective has become institutionalized in Japan and that there has been collapse of the pre-existing psychological boundary dividing experience of the ordinary personal world where crime is rare, and another hyper-real world where crime is common.”

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media | 2 Comments »

    Japan Today: “Blond Hair Blue Eyes” Eikaiwa job ad

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

    Kyodo News/Japan Today: “An English-language school in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, had publicly posted a recruitment poster limiting instructors to those with “blond hair, blue or green eyes,” leading activists to file complaints, people involved said Sunday.” First reported on debito.org last November, hits press more than two months later.

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Labor issues, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 5 Comments »

    共同と毎日:甲府市「金髪碧眼」求人募集について報道

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

    共同通信とTBSテレビ:『教師「金髪、碧眼が条件」英会話学校が求人ポスター』がようやく報道された。そして、毎日新聞も。

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Labor issues, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    JT/Kyodo on foreign crime *decrease*, yet Mainichi focusses on increase

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

    Kyodo/Japan Times reports that despite all the punditry about the foreign crime rise, that foreign crime has actually gone DOWN. Nevertheless, the Mainichi reports (in the J version, at least) on the bits that have gone up (while cleaning it up for the E version). Foreigners can’t seem to avoid a bum rap in the J media.

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media | 1 Comment »

    Economist: Police Confessions & J justice

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

    Economist article on the new Suo film and police interrogations/confessions in Japan. Some links on what to do if arrested. DO NOT SIGN A CONFESSION IF YOU DID NOT DO IT, or you have sold yourself down the river.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media | 5 Comments »

    GAIJIN HANZAI mag endgame: “out of stock”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 9th February 2007

    Looks as though the threat of boycott worked. Letters from major distributors pulling the GAIJIN HANZAI mag off their shelves has led to publisher Eichi saying they will recall the issue; even Eichi’s website has “sold out”. Amazon remains the lone seller holdout… Used all this information very effectively in my speeches today…

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 6 Comments »

    Japan Probe: GAIJIN HANZAI publisher Saka responds

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

    Shigeki Saka, Eichi Shuppan’s editorial director denied the magazine has any xenophobic sentences, claimed he’s not a racist and refused to apologize: ” I know there are some people bothered but if you read the magazine, you’ll see there’s no single discriminatory phrase, so I don’t know why I should.”

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 14 Comments »

    Review of GAIJIN HANZAI Mag: what’s wrong with it?

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

    To deflect the cultural relativists and naybobs who make a sport of poking holes in any argument or social movement, it’s probably a good idea to give a review of the “GAIJIN HANZAI UNDERGROUND FILES” publication. and why it’s symptomatic of so much of what is wrong about a media which has insufficient safeguards against hate speech and defamation of ethnic groups.

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 20 Comments »

    UPCOMING SPEECHES IN THE KANSAI

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th February 2007

    Repeating this, as it was buried in a newsletter:  MY SPEECHES NEXT WEEK IN KANSAI… AND “JAPANESE ONLY” T-SHIRTS SELLING OUT. STOP ME AND BUY ONE I will be on the road next week for ten days, travelling between Nara, Hikone, Wakayama, Kurashiki, Okayama, and Miyazaki. I will be making speeches (schedule follows), so attend […]

    Posted in Speech materials | No Comments »

    GAIJIN HANZAI off shelves, apologies begin

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th February 2007

    Foreign press takes this up, books get withdrawn by distributors with apologies, and publisher defends this because of the need for debate, and that the word “nigger” is not offensive in Japan. Huh?

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 9 Comments »

    GAIJIN HANZAI Mag publisher “Joey Washington” a penname, not allowed

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th February 2007

    Whenever you publish something in Japan, you must put down the publisher’s name. On the GAIJIN HANZAI Mag, it is listed as “Joey H. Washington”, which is clearly a pseudonym… which is apparently not allowed….

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 6 Comments »

    The Times (London) Weblog on GAIJIN HANZAI Mag Issue

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th February 2007

    The Times (London) Weblog: “I’ll keep this brief because the tale is recounted in detail on other blogs – but there is an illuminating flap in progress over a magazine which appeared a few days ago in Japanese convenience stores. It is entitled Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu…”

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

    「外人犯罪裏ファイル」雑誌コンビニ等で発売中

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

    外国人住民コミュニティーで物議を醸し出したことですが、「外人[まま]犯罪裏ファイル」という雑誌はコンビニ(特にファミリマート)等とアマゾンで発売中です。内容はここです。

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 10 Comments »

    “BOYCOTT FAMILY MART”; Letter in E and J for you to download

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

    Dear Family Mart Management:

    I have always enjoyed being a customer of yours. However, I am gravely disappointed that you have decided to stock and sell a magazine entitled GAIJIN HANZAI URA FAIRU, which in my view offers discriminatory statements and images about non-Japanese residents of Japan.

    Please remove this magazine from your shelves immediately and return them to the publisher. Please take care not to sell magazines of this type ever again in your stores.

    Until you do, I will not shop in your store, and will tell my friends overseas and nationwide to boycott your stores. Non-Japanese are important customers too, and in this competitive market it will be no trouble for us to take our business elsewhere.

    Sincerely,

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 10 Comments »

    Guardian UK on GAIJIN HANZAI Mag

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

    Human rights activists said the magazine was indicative of the climate of fear of foreigners created by conservative newspapers and politicians, notably the governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara.

    “It goes beyond being puerile and into the realm of encouraging hatred of foreigners,” Debito Arudou, a naturalised Japanese citizen, told the Guardian. “The fact that this is available in major bookstores is a definite cause of concern. It would be tantamount to hate speech in some societies.”

    One section is devoted to the alleged tricks foreign-run brothels use to fleece inebriated Japanese salarymen, while another features a comic strip retelling, in graphic detail, the murders of four members of a Japanese family by three Chinese men in 2003.

    Mr Arudou accused the mainstream press of exploiting the supposed rise in foreign crime by failing to challenge official police figures. Although the actual number of crimes has risen, he said, so has the size of the foreign population.

    “The portrayal [of foreign criminals] is not one of a neutral tone,” he said. “They don’t put any of the statistics into perspective and they don’t report drops in certain crimes.”

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 2 Comments »

    Family Mart replies: GAIJIN HANZAI off shelves “within 7 days”

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

    Family Mart replies to request to stop stocking problematic GAIJIN HANZAI magazine: “FamilyMart Japan will have this publication off their shelves within 7 days.”

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 12 Comments »

    Blogosphere: Boycott Family Mart (for selling GAIJIN HANZAI mag)

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

    Japan Probe: “The magazine is disgusting, and I don’t think it would be out of line to use the word racist when referring to it. We here at Japan Probe are not going to let a mainstream convenience store like Family Mart get away with selling such offensive material. We would like to call for an international boycott of FamilyMart-affiliated convenience stores.”

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 3 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 3, 2007

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

    1) “GAIJIN CRIME” TABLOID MAGAZINE ON SALE IN CONVENIENCE STORES
    2) UPDATE ON “WANTED: BLUE-EYED GAIJIN TEACHER” EIKAIWA WANT AD
    3) TRIP TO TOKYO: NEW BOOKS, SABBATICAL, UNHCR MEETING, VICTIM OF VIOLENCE
    4) UNIVERSITY GREENLIST UPDATE, AND BLOWBACK FROM BLACKLIST
    and finally…

    MY SPEECHES NEXT WEEK IN KANSAI…
    PLUS “JAPANESE ONLY” T-SHIRTS SELLING OUT. STOP ME AND BUY ONE

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Newsletters, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials, United Nations | No Comments »

    Protest against Child Abductions in Portland, Oregon, Feb 2007

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

    From Mark Smith at the Children’s Rights Network Japan–Debito There is another “Protest Against Japanese Abductions” coming up in Portland Oregon this Saturday, Sunday and the following week. (Feb 3,4,10,11). This is the FOURTH event so far, and promises to be the biggest yet. There are over 20 left behind parents, friends, and family known […]

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

    サンデー毎日:2chひろゆきが「オイラは閉鎖しない」と言い放した自信

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

    有道 出人:「2ちゃんねるは有意義なサイトだと思いますよ。でも、こんなに名誉毀損の温床になってしまっては…。私はウソを書いた発言者の情報を掲示し、責任をとってほしいだけなのです。」

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

    Zakzak:2ch マルサ動く…国税局職員の父親を直撃

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd February 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、写真)に対し、東京国税局査察部(通称・マルサ)が調査を開始したことが1日、分かった。現役国税職員を父に持ち、「年収1億円以上」と公言する西村氏だが、税金の納付が滞っており、このままでは差し押さえも時間の問題。2Chをめぐる金の流れの解明は、マルサの手に委ねられた。

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

    “GAIJIN HANZAI FILE” pubs spectre of evil foreign crime

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

    “GAIJIN [sic] HANZAI FILE”, apparently even available in convenience stores, publicizes all the evils that gaijin in Japan do, including “niggers” seducing our women on the street…

    Posted in GAIJIN HANZAI mag, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 82 Comments »