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    Mainichi: Iranian acquitted of indecent assault over lack of evidence

    Posted by arudou debito on 30th September 2007

    A Iranian has been acquitted of the indecent assault of a woman at his home in January last year, due to a court judgment of lack of evidence. Hope for the Idubor Case.

    Posted in Humor, Japanese police/Foreign crime, 日本語 | 6 Comments »

    HOKKAIDO NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS WIN PENNANT! AGAIN!

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th September 2007

    The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, *OUR* local team, has just won its second pennant IN A ROW in the Pacific League. BANZAI!!

    Posted in Sport | 3 Comments »

    Japan Today/Kyodo: Japan remains haven for parental abductors

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th September 2007

    As a result of the increasing number of international marriages, more than 21,000 children are born each year in Japan to couples of mixed Japanese and non-Japanese descent. Add to that the number of children born to Japanese who live abroad and are married to a non-Japanese. What becomes of these bi-national children when the parents separate or divorce?… There are no exact figures on how many children have been abducted to Japan. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports 46 American children have been kidnapped to Japan since 1995. That number grows considerably when factoring in children of other countries and cases that were either dropped or never reported. Furthermore, the U.S. government has no record of even a single case in which Japan has agreed to return an abducted child by legal means to the United States.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 4 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 28, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th September 2007

    1) PREGNANT NJ WOMAN REFUSED TREATMENT AT 5 HOSPITALS 7 TIMES. IN 2006!
    2) BIOMETRIC DATA MACHINES AT NARITA ONLY COME NOV 2007
    (NJ FACE FINGERPRINTING IN THE GAIJIN LINE IN ALL OTHER AIRPORTS)
    3) AMNESTY INT’L/SMJ FORUM ON NEW GOJ FINGERPRINT LAWS OCT 27 TOKYO
    4) IDUBOR CASE AND THE DANGERS OF OVEREMPOWERING THE PROSECUTION
    5) FUJIMORI FINALLY GETS HIS–EXTRADITION BACK TO PERU
    6) NOVA EIKAIWA FINALLY GETS THEIRS–ADVICE FOR TEACHERS IN LIMBO
    7) YOMIURI: FIRST TENET OF PM ABE’S “MORAL EDUCATION” PLAN SHELVED … and finally
    8) STARS AND STRIPES: KOREAN-STYLE ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    Protest Sept 29 re Monkashou’s Okinawa History Revisionism, Okinawa Convention Center

    Posted by arudou debito on 28th September 2007

    Coming up tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 29, from around 3:00 P.M. there is to be a general protest (kyoukasho kentei shuudanjiketsu) staged at the Okinawa Convention Center over MEXT’s attempt to rewrite history regarding the Japanese military’s policy of encouraged civilian “mass suicides” during the Battle of Okinawa. MEXT is pushing the view that it never happened. Scores of Okinawans who were there and witnessed it say it did.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Education, History, Japanese Government | 6 Comments »

    Mainichi: Pregnant NJ woman rejected by 5 hospitals 7 times, in 2006!

    Posted by arudou debito on 28th September 2007

    Mainichi: A foreign woman seeking medical help in Japan after giving birth at home was rejected by five hospitals where officials said her Japanese wasn’t good enough and they didn’t have proper facilities, authorities said Thursday. The incident happened in August 2006, but was reported in Japan only after a similar thing recently happened to a Japanese too.

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 7 Comments »

    出産直後の外国人拒否、「言葉通じない」と津市の病院

    Posted by arudou debito on 28th September 2007

    ブログの皆様、おはようございます。これを見て言語道断。温泉等じゃなくなりました。ましてや、昨年8月に起きた事件ですね。つまり外国人に遭った事件ならニュースにならないでしょうか。日本人妊婦に同様に遭ったからニュースになりますね。色んな意味でひとい!有道 出人 //////////////////////////// 出産直後の外国人拒否  「言葉通じない」と津市の病院 産經新聞 2007/09/27 http://www.sankei.co.jp/shakai/wadai/070927/wdi070927004.htm  津市内で昨年8月、出産直後の20代の外国人女性が救急搬送の際、7つの病院で受け入れを断られ、到着するまでに約2時間かかった事例があったことが27日までに分かった。母子ともに健康だという。  三重県消防・保安室によると、この女性は自宅で出産。119番で消防が駆け付けたところ、赤ちゃんにへその緒がついたままだった。消防が新生児集中治療管理室が空いている病院を探したが、女性が日本語を話せず、一度も産婦人科を受診していなかったため「言葉が通じない」「処置困難」などの理由で断られ、医療機関の調整に時間がかかった。  奈良県で救急搬送中の妊婦が死産した問題を受け、県が調査し判明した。 (2007/09/27 11:26)

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    Excellent Economist editorial on anti-terrorism measures and civil liberties

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th September 2007

    Excellent article in The Economist this week regarding anti-terrorism measures and the erosion of civil liberties. How the pendulum has begun swinging back. As a twenty-year reader of The Economist, I’ve noticed a constant editorial slant favoring market-based solutions to just about everything, and the comcomitant (but wan and blinding) hope that the more politically-conservative elements of governments in the developed economies would follow their preferred course. Hence their often backwards-bending support of the current administration in the world’s most powerful economy, which has long demonstrated a pursuit of power for its own (and its cronies’ own) sake. Now, after struggling for years to come to terms with (and offering conditional, but certainly evident, support for) the American curtailment of civil liberties (enabling other countries, such as Japan, to take pages from their book and create policy rendering all foreigners suspicious as terrorists), this week’s Economist finally comes down against the erosion. Bravo. Now if only Japan’s opinion leaders were as intelligent and outspoken about the flaws in Japan’s new anti-terrorist and foreign-crime targeting regime…

    Posted in Human Rights, Tangents | 1 Comment »

    Japan Times Community Page on NOVA Eikaiwa, and Advice for Teachers

    Posted by arudou debito on 26th September 2007

    Japan Times Community Page reports: Nova is on the rocks, and the rosy forecast from the man at the helm of the Osaka-based “eikaiwa” behemoth may not be enough to reassure members of the 7,000-strong Nova crew — including some 5,000 foreigners — that the company isn’t sinking as Japan’s biggest conversation school chain plans to abandon at least 200 of its 900 branches, according to reports. Advice on what to do if you are a NOVA employee also blogged, courtesy of the Japan Times.

    Posted in Education, Japanese Government, Labor issues | No Comments »

    Nov 07 Immig Law: New Biometric machines only at Narita. Every other airport fingerprints NJ every time.

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th September 2007

    Martin Issott reports: The new automated gate system for proocessing biometric data (read fingerprints etc., being enforced on foreigners only) will only be established at Narita and at no other International airport in Japan until processing via this system has been perfected and, very ominously, “when funds are available” to provide the system at other International airports. Resident foreigners entering Japan at other airports will be required to join the queue with all arriving visitors and to provide their fingerprints and photograph on every entry and re-entry into Japan.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 26 Comments »

    Amnesty Intl Tokyo Symposium Oct 27 on

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th September 2007

    Public lecture you might be interested in. Arudou Debito ********************************************************************** Symposium organized by Amnesty International Japan and Solidarity Network with Migrants Japan (SMJ) Toward further control over foreign nationals? Japan’s anti-terrorism policy and a Japanese version of the “US-VISIT” program ********************************************************************** Date: Saturday, 27 October Time: 14:00 – 17:00 At: 9 Floor, KOREAN YMCA (YMCA […]

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

    アムネスティとSMJ主宰:『どこまで強まる? 外国人管理「テロ対策」と日本版US-VISIT』シンポ東京にて10月27日(土)

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th September 2007

    バリー・スタインハードさん(米自由人権協会)を招いてシンポジウム
    どこまで強まる? 外国人管理 「テロ対策」と日本版US-VISIT
    日時 2007年10月27日(土) 14:00〜17:00

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

    Next Valentine Lawsuit Hearing Tuesday Sept 25

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd September 2007

    Dear Debito. Please, kindly remind your bloggers about the date for my court attendance. 25th Tuesday September, 2007 at the Tokyo High Court, Kasumigaseki. by 1.30pm. Thanks, Valentine

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

    Fujimori finally gets his–extradition to Peru

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd September 2007

    Former President Alberto Fujimori returned to Peru on Saturday to face charges of corruption and sanctioning death-squad killings, a grim homecoming for the strongman who fled the country seven years ago as his government collapsed in scandal. He was flying to Peru under police custody Saturday, a day after the Chilean Supreme Court ordered his extradition on human rights and corruption charges.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation | 3 Comments »

    Mainichi Waiwai: Tokugawa ancestors face their own sakoku

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd September 2007

    The ancient Tokugawa Clan (which as daimyou closed off Japan for 250 years to foreign influences, known as the “sakoku” period) are facing their own sakoku. Their heir apparent has married a foreigner! A Vietnamese. Watch the feathers fly!

    Posted in History, Humor, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 4 Comments »

    京都「イスラーム世界フェスティバル」は外国人お断り

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st September 2007

    一昨日、友人からの連絡があり、「9月30日京都にてのイズラーム教祭に行こうとしたが、予約を受けた代表に『貴方はムズリム(イズラム教の信者)ですか。』と聞かれました。『違います』と言うと、『それなら、外国人客はお断りです』と言いました。外国人は外国人を断ると大変皮肉を感じております。」

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Kyoto Islamic Festival refuses foreigners, accepts Japanese Only

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st September 2007

    An Islamic festival taking place in Kyoto on Sept. 30 is open to Muslims and Japanese only, according to their director, a Mr. Selim. Muslim Aly Rustom comments on his feelings of how unIslamic this actually is. I comment on how even the holder of the venue, the Kyoto City International Foundation, is washing their hands of any responsibility–even though public places in Japan cannot refuse taxpayers even if they are foreign.

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 2 Comments »

    Yomiuri: “Moral education upgrade” proposal shelved

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th September 2007

    Hi Blog. Yomiuri reports that one tenet of former PM Abe’s “Beautiful Country” master plan has been withdrawn since his resignation–that of upgrading moral education. Good. I opposed this because these sorts of things, such as teaching (and grading) “patriotism”, would leave Japan’s children of international roots in a bind–how can they “love” Japan “properly”, […]

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 4 Comments »

    Japan Times calls for info re NOVA eikawa school’s condition

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th September 2007

    Got a request from the editor of the Japan Times Community Page, Ben Stubbings, who would like information for the next column (draft due this weekend) re the NOVA eikaiwa school situation. Anyone out there who has some info they’d like to see hit a national audience? Let Ben know. Some questions from him follow in this blog entry.

    Posted in Labor issues, Media | 17 Comments »

    Asahi, Economist etc on unfettered criminal prosecution (cf. Idubor Case)

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th September 2007

    While I’m talking about the Idubor Case of accused rape without evidence, here are some other cases (Toyama Police, Duke University, Tokyo High Court reducing a sentence for a rape that didn’t happen) that add pieces to the puzzle about the way rape as a special type of crime can lead to odd outcomes. Couple that with the presumption of guilt and unfettered prosecution powers in Japan, and you have great potential for wrongful arrests.

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 3 Comments »

    Stars and Stripes on Korean-style ethnic discrimination

    Posted by arudou debito on 17th September 2007

    Stars and Stripes Sept 6, 2007 on what it’s like for international children in South Korea. A lot of the things reported (the ol’ “homogeneous society” chestnut) sound quite similar to what’s going on in Japan, understandibly…

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

    Idubor Case Update: Next hearing pushed back to Oct 18th

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th September 2007

    Hi Blog. Just got word from Mrs. Idubor, the wife of imprisoned Osayuwamen Idubor, the Nigerian held by police despite no evidence on a rape charge for more than half a year now. Background on the case at http://www.debito.org/?p=537. News is that the Yokohama District Court has pushed the hearing back another week, to October […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 2 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPT 16 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th September 2007

    1) GOJ’S HUMAN RIGHTS SURVEY WITH ODD QUESTIONS
    2) NEW JUSTICE MINISTER TO GET TOUGH ON FOREIGNERS AGAIN
    3) UN NEWS: UN PASSES RESOLUTION ON RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
    4) UN NEWS: UNHCR URGES HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW OF EVERY COUNTRY
    5) TPR NEWS: SHASETSU COLUMN ON SNAFU AT MOFA
    6) LETTER FROM GRASSROOTS UYOKU, DISRUPTERS OF AUG 31 MOFA MEETING
    7) “ISSHO KIKAKU REP” TONY LASZLO IN COURRIER JAPON
    8) FUN FACTS FROM SEIDENSTICKER’S “TOKYO RISING”

    and finally…
    9) ACTIVIST REBECCA WALKER ON THE “IDENTITY POLICE”

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    Letter from “Grassroots Uyoku” which disrupted MOFA meeting on UN CERD

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th September 2007

    Here’s a translated letter from one of the “grassroots uyoku” groups which obstructed the Aug 31 meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hearing arguments and feedback for the GOJ’s next (long overdue) report to the UN Committee on Racial Discrimination. They of course put on halos and claim that the NGOs denied them their democratic rights…

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | No Comments »

    草の根右翼団体「家族の絆を守る会」から外務省へ「意見要望書」

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th September 2007

    人権擁護団体について野次をとばした草の根右翼団体「家族の絆を守る会」は、8月31日に開催された「人種差別撤廃条約に関する日本政府報告に関する市民・NGOとの意見交換会」について、いわゆる「問題点」と今後の対応についての意見、要望をまとめた「意見要望書」(9月4日付)を外務省に提出しました。

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, 日本語 | No Comments »

    UN News: UNHCR urges HRC to begin reviews of every country’s human rights record

    Posted by arudou debito on 15th September 2007

    UN News agency press release reports: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today urged the Human Rights Council to press forward with its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, which allows the human rights records of every country to be scrutinized. Under this new mechanism, over the course of four years, all UN Member States – at the rate of 48 a year – will be reviewed to assess whether they have fulfilled their human rights obligations.

    Posted in Human Rights, United Nations | No Comments »

    “Issho Kikaku Rep” Tony Laszlo in Courrier Japon Oct 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th September 2007

    Tony Laszlo, hero of the Daarin Wa Gaikokujin books, finally comes out as an American in the October issue of Courrier Japon. His byline also mentions his position as rep of “Issho Kikaku”, even though the website of the group has been offline for nearly two years and the archives have long since disappeared…

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Issho.org/Tony Laszlo | 1 Comment »

    UN passes resolution on indigenous peoples (hello Ainu, Ryukyuans)

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th September 2007

    Sorry for not talking about the Abe resignation (truth is, I don’t know what to say. Yet. Nor does anyone, really). Instead, germane to Debito.org is that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been approved after more than two decades of debate. This may become a historical event, especially given the indigenous peoples in Japan (Ainu, Ryukyuans) and their lack of official recognition (in 1997, the Ainu received tentative recognition for their aboriginal status from the GOJ, not that it meant they got any money or special favors for it).

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, United Nations | 5 Comments »

    Fun Facts #8: Stuff gleaned from Seidensticker’s “Tokyo Rising”

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th September 2007

    Been stampeding through the late Edward Seidensticker’s book TOKYO RISING, and these are some fun facts that popped up for Debito.org: On the unaccountable Tokyo police, their targeting of the sangokujin, and Japan’s postwar prosperity kickstarted by the Korean War. Very quick review of the book at the very bottom too.

    Posted in Fun Facts, History, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 6 Comments »

    TPR editorial on SNAFU at MOFA: Uyoku disrupt human rights meeting

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th September 2007

    A hearing on human rights is disrupted by right-wingers

    In 1995, Japan signed the United Nations Convention against all forms of Racial Discrimination. By doing so, it promised “without delay” to take all measures, including legislation, to eliminate racial discrimination within its borders. However, more than a decade later, Japan still has not passed any laws against discrimination by race. And as the spread of “Japanese Only” signs and rules nationwide attests, laws are sorely needed.

    So is the urge to come clean. Under this treaty, the Japanese government must submit a report every two years on what it is doing to eliminate racial discrimination. It is mighty late, filing its first report, due in 1998, in 2001. And it has filed no reports since then.

    In preparation for the next report, and to avoid charges that the bureaucrats were not listening to the public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has held open hearings, attended over the years by NGOs and “concerned citizens”. The latest meeting took place yesterday afternoon, August 31, and I attended. It was, in a word, a disaster…

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, United Nations | 1 Comment »

    「川崎W女児いじめ裁判」傍聴参加のお願い

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th September 2007

    「川崎W女児いじめ裁判」傍聴参加のお願いを載せます。日時: 2007年9月20日(木) 午後4時30分、 横浜地裁川崎支部第一法廷

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Lawsuits, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Tangent: Rebecca Walker on the “Identity Police”

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th September 2007

    Hi Blog. Friend Michael Fox sent me this article from Heeb Magazine, Issue 13. An interview with Writer/Activist Rebecca Walker. Now, while the focus may be on how one person grew up straddling two cultures within the same country (Black and Jewish), the points she makes about having a healthy attitude towards people who would […]

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Tangents | 1 Comment »

    J Times on new Justice Minister Hatoyama Kunio

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th September 2007

    The new Justice Minister Hatoyama tells the Japan Times he intends to reverse former Minister Nagase’s proposal for a revolving-door guest worker program. Instead, he proposes more skilled NJ labor (okay) and expresses fears about more NJ crime (not okay). Again, people in charge of this field are ignoring the need for immigration.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Labor issues | No Comments »

    GOJ Cabinet’s odd survey on human rights 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th September 2007

    In August 2007, the PM Cabinet released the results of its survey on the awareness of human rights in Japan. Done every 4 years, it demonstrated that more people believe that NJ deserve the same human rights as other humans in Japan (thanks, I guess)–up after a declilne in 1999 and 2003. However, given the vague, leading, and misleading questions, the survey is most enlightening when viewed in regards to just how clueless even our government professionals are about the portrayal and promotion of human rights in Japan.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government | 4 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 8, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th September 2007

    1) DISCRIMINATION AT “HOLIDAY SPORTS CLUB” CHAIN, BY JIM DUNLOP
    2) TPR ON US HR 151 ON COMFORT WOMEN, AND WHY IT’S NOT A BAD THING
    3) THE IDUBOR CASE: INCARCERATION WITHOUT EVIDENCE, WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
    4) MOFA ALLOWS CONVICTED DISRUPTER INTO HUMAN RIGHTS MEETING (UPDATED)
    5) THREE JAPAN TIMES COLUMNS ONLINE
    … along with RESPONSE TO DOREEN SIMMONS ON ASASHORYU SCANDAL
    6) IJUUREN PUBLISHES NGO POLICY PROPOSALS ON MINORITIES IN JAPAN
    and finally…
    7) GREGORY CLARK DEFENDS PM MIYAZAWA’S CORRUPTION, AND MY RESPONSE

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    Tangent: Greg Clark JT column defends Miyazawa’s corruption

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th September 2007

    Last July, Gregory Clark wrote an epitaph-style Japan Times column about his old friend, former Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi, who was facing mixed reviews in the J press at the time of his death for not dealing with the Bubble Economy properly. Greg defends his old friend with aplomb. So much so that he excuseth too much, in my opinion–even Kiichi’s corruption. First Greg’s column, then my unpublished letter to the editor in response.

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | No Comments »

    J Today/Shuukan Shinchou on Ikebukuro Police’s “Gaijin Hostess Hunt”

    Posted by arudou debito on 6th September 2007

    Shuukan Shinchou: “During June, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police and Immigration Bureau staged a series of joint crackdowns on these so-called “gaijin clubs” in Kinshicho and Ikebukuro, in search of visa violators. ”From June 15 to 18, the authorities mobilized 370 staff to conduct raids, including house searches,” an unnamed reporter at a city desk tells the magazine. “This was the largest raid they’ve conducted in quite some time. They went after Russian clubs and made 14 arrests, and remanded 35 more women to immigration on visa violation charges.”

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime | 1 Comment »

    Human Rights Violations at a J Gym Chain: “Young, Healthy Japanese Only” By Jim Dunlop

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th September 2007

    Holiday Sports Club is a chain of gyms/exercise centers all across Japan. http://www.holiday-sc.jp/ There are about 33 locations spanning Honshu and one in Hokkaido… This also happens to be the club where my wife and I are currently members). Since we joined this gym, a number of issues have arisen that I think need to be made public and brought to the attention of anyone who may be considering supporting this business. Be aware, that if you are either a foreigner, or have any sort of physical disability, you may be discriminated against, or even prevented from joining…

    Posted in Human Rights, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 5 Comments »

    Japan Times on Asashoryu and the National NJ Blame Game (UPDATED)

    Posted by arudou debito on 4th September 2007

    Two recent Japan Times Community Page articles (one co-written by friend James Eriksson) discuss how Sumo wrestler Asashoryu might be being scapegoated by the Japan Sumo Association for its own excesses, and how Japan is trying too hard to blame the NJ community for social problems no longer limited to crime: Try military security, education, sports uncompetitiveness, even shipping! Updated to include Doreen Simmons KTO essay on Asa with comment.

    Posted in debito.org blog and website biz, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    Update on Idubor Case: Sept 3 Court Hearing goes nowhere; plus how you can help

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd September 2007

    The latest Yokohama District Court hearing on the Idubor Case (where a Nigerian has been incarcerated for more than seven months on a rape charge with no material evidence) on September 3, 2007 ended in meaninglessness, as the interpreter was not up to the task of interpreting. Meanwhile Mr Idubor has to langish another month in prison while the court repeats the hearing on October 11. Information on how you can help (bank account details, map to their bar, and possible prison visits with Mrs. Idubor) in this blog entry.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 8 Comments »

    Transcript of disrupted MOFA Aug 31 07 hearing blogged

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd September 2007

    As further evidence that the GOJ has little interest in enforcing its own guidelines (or at least those secured when it signed the UN Convention on Racial Discrimination), information has surfaced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allowed in a convicted agent provocateur into the August 31, 2007 meeting on Japan’s response to the UN treaty. Moreover (as a link to a transcript of the meeting will demonstrate), MOFA officials did not stop him and his ilk from shutting down the meeting. Appeals to other government ministries with appropriate powers look futile.

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, United Nations | No Comments »

    外務省:人種差別撤廃条約政府報告に関する意見交換会07年8月31日:議会記録(抜粋)

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd September 2007

    07年8月31日外務省における人種差別撤廃条約政府報告に関する意見交換会の脚本です(抜粋)。草の根右翼の野次で中断となりました。

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, United Nations, 日本語 | No Comments »

    REPORT: Right-wingers disrupt Aug 31, 2007 MOFA meeting on CERD

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st September 2007

    On August 31, 2007, a public meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Tokyo was disrupted and sabotaged by right-wing troublemakers. Shouting epithets and arguments designed to wind up the human-rights NGOs, the unidentified right-wingers managed to bring the meeting to a standstill, while the six ministries attending the meeting showed a complete inability to keep the meeting under control. Proceedings ended a half hour early without hearing the opinions of all the attendees, and my opinion is mixed on whether or not the impasse could have been avoided by not taking the bait. In any case, it is a sign to this author that the ultraconservative elements within Japan are not only taking notice of the gain in traction for human rights in Japan, they are doing their best to throw sand in the deliberation process. We will have to develop a thicker skin towards these elements in future, as this is probably only the beginning.

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | 2 Comments »

    Archives: Report Aug 1, 2006 on Diene, MOFA mtg, and Kouno Taro

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st September 2007

    From the archives, this somehow escaped being blogged. Including for the record:
    1) DIETMEMBER KOUNO TARO PRESS CONFERENCE JULY 31, 2006
    2) FOREIGN MINISTRY FORUM ON UN CERD AND DIENE REPORT JULY 28, 2006

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