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    J MSDF demoting military officers with NJ spouses (UPDATED)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 30th June 2007

    The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force plans to move officers with foreign spouses away from posts with access to military secrets after sensitive data was leaked through an officer with a Chinese wife, the Sankei Shimbun reported Wednesday, June 28, 2007. Cyberspace feedback from someone who has experienced the SDF institutional distrust of NJ spouses included.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 4 Comments »

    Asahi: Banning/limiting NJ in J sports spreads from marathons to ping pong, basketball, soccer…

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 30th June 2007

    High school sport associations in Japan have introduced tough restrictions on foreign students because they are apparently trouncing the Japanese athletes in sports such as the ekiden relay marathon, basketball and table tennis. This follows in the mould of a longstanding similar rule in the Kokutai National Sports Festival. And once you have one prominent exclusionary rule, it’s legitimized enough for others to copycat…

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

    Fun Facts #7: Latest Sumo Banzuke shows one third of top ranked are NJ (UPDATED)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 29th June 2007

    Most recent Sumo Banzuke shows that nearly a third of all the top-ranked Sumo wrestlers in Japan are now foreign born, not to mention both of the two at the top rank of Yokozuna. And there are more coming in the lower ranks. Glad to see that Sumo has opened up significantly since the bad old days, as one of the world’s most exclusive sports, once inextricably linked to nationality (“kokugi”), has opened itself up to this degree. Phenomenon bears brief mention on Debito.org, with comment from 3YEN.COM about Sumo’s recent recruiting difficulties.

    Posted in Fun Facts, Sport | 3 Comments »

    Caroline Pover’s T-shirt campaign to find Lindsay Hawker’s murder suspect

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 29th June 2007

    CAROLINE POVER WRITES: “In support of Lindsay’s family and the Japanese police in their hunt for this man, I am launching a T-shirt campaign. I hope that enough people – men and women, Japanese and foreign – will wear this T-shirt so that this man’s face is seen by as many people as possible in Japan, on a daily basis.” Buy one through the contact details blogged here.

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 3 Comments »

    Mainichi Waiwai: Schoolkids smell, partly cos they’ve got foreign parents

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

    “There seems to be a lot of trouble surrounding couples where an older Japanese man has married a young Southeast Asian woman who’s come to Japan to make some money,” an education insider says. One teacher approached a Japanese father and spoke of how his wife, who worked as a nightclub hostess and saved whatever she could while living in squalor in Japan so she could build a palatial home in her native country. The teacher, pointing out that Japan is living through an age of internationalization, encouraged the father to help his child learn Tagalog, the native tongue of his mother’s homeland, the Philippines. The teacher was shocked by the father’s response. “There’s no need to do that,” the teacher tells Sunday Mainichi the 60-something Japanese father said. “If Japan had won that war, they’d all (Filipinos) be speaking Japanese by now.”

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Education, Immigration & Assimilation | 6 Comments »

    UPDATE June 27: My week speaking in Tokyo and facing the madding crowds

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 27th June 2007

    A summary of what happened this past week with my speeches in Tokyo: At Waseda, Meiji Gakuin University ASCJ 2007, Tokai University, and publisher Shogakukan Inc. Links to all my speeches, papers, and Powerpoint presentations also included FYI.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Cultural Issue, Education, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials | 3 Comments »

    Peru’s Fujimori Update: Running in J elections! (UPDATED)

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

    Former President Fujimori is back… kinda. Kamei Shizuka has asked him to run in the July elections in Japan, and as of June 27, 2007, he has accepted. Amazing how low people can stoop to invite people who suspend constitutions, become corrupt robber barons, then run off to Japan, declare themselves Japanese citizens, evade extradition charges, then run back to Chile and try to stand for elections in Peru again. Somebody pass a stake and a hammer for this political vampire, please?

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Politics | No Comments »

    Upcoming Tokyo Speeches: Waseda, Meigaku, Tokai, Shogakukan

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

    Upcoming speeches this weekend for three universities around Tokyo (Waseda, Meigaku, and Tokai), plus major publisher Shogakukan on discriminatory language in Japan’s Mass Media.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, Media, Speech materials | 1 Comment »

    MOJ Website on fingerprinting/photos at Immigration from Nov 2007 (UPDATED)

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

    Friend just sent me a link to a new site talking about the new Immigration procedures coming into effect in November 2007, which will involve taking fingerprints and photographing of all “foreign visitors” crossing the border into Japan. This will, however, not be restricted to “foreign visitors”. It will be applied to everyone who is not a Zainichi, a youth, or a diplomat. Which means even permanent resident immigrants will be treated like potential terrorists and have fingerprint requirements reinstated in November, after decades of protest against them led to their abolition in 1999. Video in English explaining all this is a hoot, too.

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 33 Comments »

    Traffic Accident: Good experience with police (UPDATED)

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

    Got hit by a car while riding my bike, had surprisingly good experience with police. After all the scorn I heap on the NPA, I thought I’d give praise where it’s due.

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 13 Comments »

    Jun 27 Sophia U Film Showing: “Refusing to Stand for the Kimigayo”

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

    Film: AGAINST COERCION:Refusing to Stand for “Kimigayo”
    (87 minutes/in Japanese with English subtitles)
    Directors: Matsubara Akira and Sasaki Yumi (Video Press)
    Wednesday, June 27, 2007 17:00-19:30
    Room L921, 9th Floor, Central Library
    Yotsuya Campus, Sophia University
    Free Admission

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Lawsuits, Media | No Comments »

    上智大学映画上映『君が代不起立』6月27日(水)

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

    社会正義研究所では、連続企画『自由は危ないのか』第1回として、下記の予定でドキュメンタリー映画上映会を開催いたします。

    2007年6月27日(水曜日)
    中央図書館9階L921号室
    17:00〜19:30
    参加無料・事前登録不要
    ドキュメンタリー映画
    『君が代不起立』
    (With English Subtitles)

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Lawsuits, 日本語 | No Comments »

    2ちゃんねるの西村氏に対する強制執行の件(芝池弁士著)

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

    2ちゃんねるの西村氏に対する強制執行の件につきまして、札幌地方裁判所岩見沢支部において間接強制の決定がでました。芝池弁護士からの連絡です。The latest motion against BBS 2-Channel.

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

    Ibaraki NPA on How to deal with NJ: Riot Police

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

    Poster from Ibaraki Pref depicting six riot police in full regalia subduing one “illegal foreigner”, with the caption of “turn them back at the shores”. Part of long series of GOJ-sponsored scaremongering.

    Posted in Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 13 Comments »

    Tangent: IHT on International Divorce

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

    Hi Blog. Not specifically Japan-related, but close to my heart: Historical article from the International Herald Tribune/Asahi (Nov 23-24, 2002) entitled “Hazards of Divorce: Unfamiliar laws can make expats especially vulnerable.”

    Posted in Problematic Foreign Treatment, Tangents | 1 Comment »

    JT on GOJ proposals for foreign workers

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

    Hi Blog. Pursuant to the most recent Debito.org Newsletter on GOJ proposals for NJ workers, here’s an article giving more on how the ministries plan to “fix” things. Already being criticized for limiting the time duration, potential contribution to Japanese society, and vagueness in scope, one wonders how far this will be applied–to other types […]

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 7 Comments »

    U Chicago talk by Imai Noriaki

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

    At 18 years of age, Noriaki Imai traveled to Iraq to study the effects of depleted uranium on Iraqi children. While in Iraq, he was taken hostage and threatened to be killed unless Japan withdrew its troops from Iraq. Fortunately, he was released alive, but when he returned home to Japan, he faced enormous public criticism. His story in his own words, plus Debito’s Japan Times article on the GOJ’s campaign to shame reckless activists, follows…

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Media | 1 Comment »

    Asahi: 90% of crews on Japan ships are NJ–MLIT eyes decreasing that for “security”

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

    Hi Blog. Asahi Shinbun reports that foreign nationals account for more than 90 percent of crews of ocean-going vessels operated by Japanese companies. So the transport ministry plans to offer tax breaks to shipping companies which drastically increase the percentage of Japanese crew on their ships. This in order to “secure stable maritime transportation”–in case […]

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    朝日:外航海運会社に日本人船員増加計画を要請 国交省新制度

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

    「減り続ける日本人船員を確保するため国土交通省は、08年度から日本郵船、商船三井などの日本の外航海運会社に、船員の増加目標を盛り込んだ計画を作らせ、国土交通相が認定する新制度をつくる。計画通り実行されない場合は国が勧告できるようにする。厳しい国際競争で続いてきた低コストの外国人船員への移行に歯止めをかけ、日本人を10年間で1.5倍程度に増やすことを目指す。」色々な社会問題を外国人のせいにするが、初めてこのような政府助成金の正当化にされたことを見ました。なんでもいわゆる「自給自足」のために日本政府はお金を出しますね。

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Fun Facts #6: “Newcomers” soon outnumbering “Oldcomers”

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

    According to my calculations based upon recent demographic trends, the immigrant “Newcomer” Permanent Residents will outnumber the “Oldcomer” Zainichi generational foreigners by the end of this year. This is historically unprecedented and represents a sea change in the make up of the registered NJ population in Japan.

    Posted in Fun Facts, Immigration & Assimilation | 3 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 3, 2007–SPECIAL ON NJ WORKERS

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

    INTRODUCTION: WSJ ON JAPAN’S NJ LABOR MARKET
    1) YOMIURI: 20,000 NJ STUDENTS CAN’T UNDERSTAND JAPANESE
    2) ASAHI: GOJ GRANTS TO LOCAL GOVTS TO HELP NJ RESIDENTS
    3) ASAHI: SKIMMING FROM “TRAINEE VISA” SCAMS CAUSES MURDER
    4) YOMIURI: MINISTRIES SPLIT OVER WHAT TO DO RE VISA PROGRAMS’ ABUSES
    5) THE VIEW OF THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECT OF THESE PROGRAMS, KEIDANREN
    and finally…
    6) REGISTERED NJ POPULATION HITS RECORD NUMBERS AGAIN IN 2006: 2.08 MILLION …and the “Newcomer” immigrants will probably outnumber the “Oldcomer” generational foreigners by the end of this year.

    Posted in Newsletters | 1 Comment »

    WSJ on Imported NJ workers on J farms and factories

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

    After failing to recruit young Japanese workers, the Akehama citrus farmers decided to try foreign workers, following the example of farmers in a nearby town. They recently set up their own recruiting agency to bring over new trainees. Most come from Benguet, a province in northern Luzon in the Philippines, where farms are struggling to compete with imports of Chinese vegetables. Akehama currently hosts eight trainees — two Vietnamese women and six Filipinos. Shipbuilding companies in a nearby town also employ some Filipino trainees. “American farmers use Mexican workers to run their farms,” says Mr. Katayama. “So we said, why couldn’t we Japanese farmers use foreigners too?”

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

    Keidanren on Accepting NJ workers (March 2007)

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

    In its opinion paper, “Recommendations on Accepting Non-Japanese Workers,” released in April 2004, Nippon Keidanren recommended that the Japanese government take advantage of the diversified sense of values, experiences and skills of workers from other countries to increase Japan’s capacity to create added value. #1 The Recommendations proposed specific measures regarding facilitating the acceptance of non-Japanese workers in specialized and technical fields and in sectors where future labor shortages in Japan are anticipated, enhancing the Industrial Training Program and the Technical Internship Program, and improving the living conditions of non-Japanese workers in Japan. (Keidanren still, however, does not lose its “revolving-door” attitude towards NJ labor (see Footnote One))…

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

    Off to the USA for a week–blog may be updated less often

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

    Overseas for a week, may be some delay in daily blog updates.

    Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

    Asahi on 2-Channel BBS: “Criticism mounts against forum”

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

    Another (rather pedestrian, but something for the uninitiated; even the GOJ comments–albeit flacidly–this time) article about the rolling controversy that remains 2-Channel, the world’s largest BBS, and a hotbed of anonymized libel (the “den of criminals” comment is not mine).

    As always, 2-Channel adminstrator Nishimura gets quoted. Wish they’d asked more comments from the victims.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Lawsuits | 1 Comment »