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    COUNTERPOINT: Sumo’s Scapegoating of Asashoryu

    Posted by arudou debito on 30th August 2007

    The persecution of Yokozuna sumo wrestler Asashoryu is all a diversion from the real story: That Sumo’s house of cards is being shaken. We have a death deterring people from joining a system with institutionalized bullying, renewed allegations of bout fixing, the very real possibility of bodybuilding chemicals banned in most world sports, and the entirely possible death of the Sumo’s credibility that the Ohnaruto Scandal of 1996 would have done a lot sooner…

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Sport, Tangents | 7 Comments »

    Japan Times Aug 14 on Valentine Case, plus new JT column Aug 28

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th August 2007

    Japan Times article on the Valentine Case, which came out August 14, 2007: Japan Times column 37: “ABUSE, RACISM, LOST EVIDENCE DENY JUSTICE IN VALENTINE CASE: Nigerian’s ordeal shows that different standards apply for foreigners in court”. Plus news on new JT column 38, coming out next week Tuesday.

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    レポート:イドゥボ逮捕と物的証拠なき半年拘留事件

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd August 2007

    これは物的証拠がなくても拘留して迅速な裁判にしてもらう権利を問う事件です。

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    Report: The Idubor Case and the lack of a speedy trial in Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd August 2007

    The Idubor Case, one of police detention for more than half a year on charges of rape, despite no material evidence, is yet another example of the Japanese judiciary’s abuse of people in their custody when there is no right to a speedy trial. Another factor is the special need to detain NJ in particular, as they may be more of a flight risk. Information and his lawyer’s report contained in this blog entry.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 12 Comments »

    Summer Tangent: EW on the “Giving ‘The People’ what they want” fallacy

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th August 2007

    Excellent essay on the entertainment industry: “In the movie business, there are several ways to spot a lie. Some involve math: For instance, the sentence ”The movie was great — it was just marketed badly,” which is said every hour in Hollywood, is true exactly 3 percent of the time, whereas ”The movie was bad — it was just marketed really well,” which is almost never said, is true 97 percent of the time. Some lies are formulaic: Anybody in movies who starts a sentence ”At the end of the day…” is clearly revving up the manure spreader. But there’s an even more common lie. The sentence ”We’re just giving the people what they want,” when uttered by a studio executive, is always, always untrue. How can you tell? Easy: There’s no such thing as ”the people.” Not anymore…”

    Posted in Tangents | No Comments »

    Ijuuren publishes “Living Together with Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Japan, NGO Policy Proposals”

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th August 2007

    Solidarity with Migrants Japan (SMJ, Ijuuren) has just published a book, “Living Together with Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Japan: NGO Policy Proposals”. Table of contents, ISBN, and links enclosed.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues | No Comments »

    移住連06年版『外国籍住民との共生にむけて−−NGOからの政策提言』は英訳版出版

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th August 2007

    NGO移住労働者と連帯する全国ネットワークは06年に出版した『外国籍住民との共生にむけて−−NGOからの政策提言』の英訳版を出版しました。目次と注文する明細を。

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues, 日本語 | No Comments »

    TPR on why the passage of HR 121, “Comfort Women” Resolution, is not a bad thing

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th August 2007

    I listened last night to yet another excellent essay from Garrett DeOrio on HR 121 (the “Comfort Women” Resolution), and why its passage by the US House of Representatives is not a bad thing. What I didn’t know was all the “nicely, nicely” that went into it, and even then the Japan Lobby in Washington came down on it hard. But in his view this “meddling” just made matters worse…

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

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER AUGUST 9, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th August 2007

    1) HIROSHIMA PEACE FOUNDATION STEVEN LEEPER’S ODD VIEWS ON NJ IN JAPAN
    2) JAPAN TIMES SERIES ON DIVORCE AND CHILD ABDUCTION IN JAPAN
    3) ECONOMIST’S SOPHOMORIC ARTICLE ON J FUTURE DEMOGRAPHICS
    4) KYODO AND YOMIURI ON JAPAN’S NEGLIGENCE EDUCATING NJ CHILDREN
    5) UCLA BASKEBALL PLAYER NATURALIZES… SO DOES BOBBY OLOGUN
    6) WHILE DPRK REFUGEES REMAIN STATELESS DESPITE FUJIMORI PRECEDENT
    7) SPEECH ON UNIVERSITY BLACKLIST AT TOUDAI, PLUS NEW ADDITIONS

    and finally…
    8) TPR INTERVIEW RE NJ LABOR MARKET… AND MY LOVE OF DURAN DURAN

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    Hiroshima Peace Foundation Director Steven Leeper’s odd views on NJ in Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th August 2007

    Normally I would proclaim “congratulations” at the momentous appointment of a non-Japanese to be director of an important Japanese institution–particularly when said institution is tasked with an issue the GOJ brings up constantly in its untiring quest for uniqueness in the world stage (“the only country in history ever to be bombed by nuclear weapons”). But Steven Leeper, the newly-appointed director of the Hiroshima Peace and Culture Foundation, is proving to be a historical curator with an odd attitude not only towards history, but also towards non-Japanese in Japan (a category he still falls into, of course)…

    Posted in Cultural Issue, History, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 7 Comments »

    Japan Times’ series on divorce and child abduction in Japan, in part inspired by Debito.org

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th August 2007

    Michael Hassett writes about divorce in Japan for The Japan Times, and tells me in advance that Debito.org in part inspired the article. Two more articles come out from Mark Smith and Colin Jones on the same subject the same day. Capital!

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

    TPR podcast on NJ Labor Market and Duran Duran

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th August 2007

    In this Trans Pacific Radio interview Debito and Ken Worsley discuss the foreign labor market in Japan – where it’s united, where it’s fractious, and where it still needs help – as well as what is being done to improve conditions and opportunities for foreign workers, and what needs to be done in the future. This is an important issue that relates to Japan’s economic future, and immigration policy (or reform) still seems untouchable within the nation’s political discourse. Why is this so? But the interview opens with Debito trying to convince you why rock band Duran Duran is worth being taken seriously…

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues, Podcasts, Speech materials, Tangents | 1 Comment »

    Blacklist: Kansai Gaidai, Shokei Gakuin, Kyushu U; Greenlist: Nagoya, Aichi U of E

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th August 2007

    The Blacklist of Japanese Universities gets Kyushu University, Shokei Gakuin U, and Kansai Gaidai, now totalling 105 universities which offers full-time contracted work with no hope of tenure to Non-Japanese academics. Greenlisted 34 get Nagoya University and Aichi University of Education (although they still refrain from a tenure review system, so they also remain on the Blacklist).

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

    Brief: Visit to San’ya, Tokyo’s Homeless District

    Posted by arudou debito on 6th August 2007

    I briefly blogged last week that I was visiting San’ya, Tokyo’s day-laborer and homeless district, and was asked to write up a brief describing the dynamic, the conditions, and the odd infighting that comes with this odd slum. I make no case that my narrative is properly informed, empathetic, or representative. It’s just an eyewitness account from someone who stayed one night in the comfort of a dive hotel, with proper access to food and basic amenities. Those who wish to know more, links enclosed.

    Posted in Tangents | 5 Comments »

    Recent articles on lack of compulsory education for NJ children

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th August 2007

    Hi Blog. Some articles substantiating the emerging issue of what happens when you don’t make compulsory education a requirement for non-Japanese children. How nice of Japan to bring NJ laborers all the way over here but not take care of their children’s educational needs. Thanks for forgetting to include that in your educational reforms last […]

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    「日本語知らぬ」22000人 公立小中高校の外国人 過去最多 九州・山口は423人

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th August 2007

    「日本語知らぬ」22000人 公立小中高校の外国人  過去最多 九州・山口は423人 8月1日10時7分配信 西日本新聞 http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20070801-00000009-nnp-soci Courtesy of Matt Dioguardi  九州・山口の公立小中高校に在籍し、日本語の指 導が必要な外国人児童生徒が昨年9月現在で計42 3人に上り、4分の1の105人は指導自体を受け ていないことが31日、文部科学省の調査で分かっ た。全国では同児童生徒が2万2413人と過去最 高に達し、14%が指導を受けていないことも判明 した。同省は対策を検討する有識者会議を設置、9 月に初会合を開く予定。  日系人労働者の増加などが要因。日本語の理解が 乏しい児童生徒は愛知が最多で4089人。次いで 神奈川2404人、静岡2343人、東京1762 人の順だった。全体で前年同期より8%増え、4年 連続の増加となった。  九州・山口では、福岡が211人と最多。次いで 熊本55人▽山口41人▽大分36人▽鹿児島26 人▽宮崎22人▽長崎21人▽佐賀11人‐だった。  母国語別では、全体でポルトガルが38、5%と トップ。中国、スペインを含む3つの言語で全体の 7割以上を占めた。九州・山口では、同児童生徒の 数が横ばい傾向にあるものの、中国が全体の4割を 占め、日中関係の緊密化がうかがえた。  各自治体は、日本語指導員の派遣や特別講義など に取り組んでいるが、「財政難で教員増は難しい。 児童生徒の在籍期間が短い場合もあり、中長期的対 応は取りにくい」(熊本県教委)との声も上がって いる。 =2007/08/01付 西日本新聞朝刊= ENDS

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

    読売:外国人登録の子供、1%が小中学校に就学せず…文科省調査

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th August 2007

     日本の自治体に外国人登録をしている学齢期の子供のうち、約1%が小中学校への就学手続きを取らないまま生活していることが31日、文部科学省の調査で明らかになった。

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

    Economist on Japan’s future demographics: No mention of NJ labor influx

    Posted by arudou debito on 4th August 2007

    Here’s a really sophomoric article from The Economist, which discusses Japan’s future demographics, yet mentions NOT A WORD about the influx of foreign labor. Why is a magazine as thoughtful The Economist sticking its head in the sand on this issue, and even resorting to the “grown-up children who call themselves adult Japanese men” stereotypes by the conclusion of this article? The Economist should not ignore global labor mobility, which (with closing on a million NJ workers in Japan) is definitely a factor in Japan’s future demography. Just like in any other developed country. Wish people would stop assuming that Japan is uniquely able to resolve all of this by itself.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Media | 2 Comments »

    ELECTION SPECIAL JULY 29, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st August 2007

    UPPER HOUSE ELECTION JAPAN JULY 29, 2007
    THE OPPOSITION PARTIES GAIN MOMENTUM
    THE OPPOSITION PARTY ROUTS THE RULING COALITION
    WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE LDP
    RESULTS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO DEBITO.ORG
    WHAT NOW? I WAS WRONG ABOUT PM ABE RESIGNING…

    Posted in Japanese Politics | 2 Comments »