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    Japan Focus.com: Japan’s Future as an International, Multicultural Society: From Migrants to Immigrants

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st October 2007

    My latest ronbun at Japan Focus.com, an academic website out of Cornell University, with a synopsis of Japan’s internationalization: From Migrants to Immigrants, immigration continues, despite the disincentives.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | No Comments »

    Debito.org Newsletter Podcast October 29, 2007 on Fingerprinting at Trans-Pacific Radio

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st October 2007

    SPECIAL PODCAST ISSUE ON IMMIGRATION’S REINSTATEMENT OF FINGERPRINTING OF NON-JAPANESE AT THE BORDER

    1) BRIEFING ON THE ISSUE: METROPOLIS OCT 26 “LAST WORD” COLUMN
    2) ISSUE MADE EVEN SIMPLER: DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
    3) THE CASE FOR HOW THE FINGERPRINT POLICY VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL TREATY
    4) THE SUBTERFUGE: ACCENTURE’S PROFITEERING IN J IMMIGRATION FP MACHINES
    5) POLICY CREEP: REUTERS ON HOW GOJ VERSION GOES FARTHER THAN US-VISIT PROGRAM
    (by fingerprinting even Permanent Residents, i.e. “Green Card” holders)

    …and finally…
    6) WHAT YOU CAN DO: LINKS TO PROTEST ARTICLES, CARTOONS, LETTERS
    AND ONLINE PETITION YOU CAN SIGN

    Posted in Podcasts | No Comments »

    Softbank and Shinsei Bank illegally require “Gaijin Cards”/passports for all NJ service

    Posted by arudou debito on 30th October 2007

    Hello Blog. Witness the further tightening of the dragnet around NJ residents. First, we got the justification for fingerprinting all NJ at the border as potential Osama Juniors and Typhoid Maries. Now once inside, the “Gaijin Card” (gaikokujin touroku shoumeisho), designed in 1952 as a tracking device for all the Zainichi who wouldn’t leave postwar […]

    Posted in Problematic Foreign Treatment | 25 Comments »

    鳩山法相:「友人の友人にアルカイダ」、そうやって外国人指紋採取を正当化

    Posted by arudou debito on 30th October 2007

    鳩山法相:「友人の友人にアルカイダ」 後に「真偽不明」 http://mainichi.jp/select/seiji/news/20071030ddm012010061000c.html  鳩山邦夫法相は29日、東京都内の外国特派員協会で講演し「私の友人の友人にアルカイダがいる。バリ島の爆破事件に絡んでいたが『バリ島の中心部は爆破するから近づかないように』とのアドバイスを受けていた」とのエピソードを披露した。法相自身が爆破事件を事前に知っていたと誤解されかねない発言で、講演後「(直接の)友人から爆破事件の3、4カ月後に聞いた話を申し上げた。真偽は確認してないし(アルカイダのメンバーとの)面識はない」などと釈明した。  この日、法務行政について講演した鳩山法相は質疑の中で、入国管理局がテロ対策のため11月20日から実施する来日外国人から指紋や顔写真を採取する制度についての質問に答えた際、唐突に「アルカイダ」の話を持ち出した。法相の釈明によると、直接の友人は「私の趣味であるチョウ(の研究)の同好の士」だという。【坂本高志】 毎日新聞 2007年10月30日 東京朝刊

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    Mainichi: Justice Minister Hatoyama justifies NJ fingerprinting, alleging ‘friend of a friend’ al-Qaeda link

    Posted by arudou debito on 30th October 2007

    Mainichi: Japan’s justice minister said Monday a “friend of a friend” who belonged to al-Qaida was able to sneak into the country with false passports and disguises, proving Tokyo needs to fingerprint and photograph arriving foreigners. Japan will begin imposing the new measures on Nov. 20 on all foreigners entering the country aged 16 or over to guard against terrorism, in a move critics say will fail to protect the country and will violate human rights. Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama, however, told reporters that he had personal knowledge of how terrorists can infiltrate the country, citing an unidentified “friend of a friend” who was involved in a bomb attack on the Indonesian island of Bali…

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 11 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCT 29, 2007 ON FINGERPRINTING

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th October 2007

    1) BRIEFING ON THE ISSUE: METROPOLIS OCT 26 “LAST WORD” COLUMN
    2) ISSUE MADE EVEN SIMPLER: DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
    3) THE CASE FOR HOW THE FINGERPRINT POLICY VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL TREATY
    4) THE SUBTERFUGE: ACCENTURE’S PROFITEERING IN J IMMIGRATION FP MACHINES
    5) POLICY CREEP: REUTERS ON HOW GOJ VERSION GOES FARTHER THAN US-VISIT PROGRAM
    (by fingerprinting even Permanent Residents, i.e. “Green Card” holders)

    …and finally…
    6) WHAT YOU CAN DO: LINKS TO PROTEST ARTICLES, CARTOONS, LETTERS
    AND ONLINE PETITION YOU CAN SIGN

    Posted in Newsletters | 7 Comments »

    Nick Wood on NJ Fingerprinting policy as breach of international treaty

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th October 2007

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) establishes the principle that “[e]veryone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”(1) The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) similarly establishes that “[e]veryone shall be free to leave any country, including his own,”(2) and that “[n]o one shall be arbitrarily deprived of the right to enter his own country.”(3)

    The right to return extends to those who have obtained citizenship in a third state, since the definition of “own country” in these provisions of the ICCPR is not limited to “country of nationality.” According to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, it applies as well to “an individual who, because of his or her special ties to or claims in relation to a given country, cannot be considered to be a mere alien.”

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, United Nations | 7 Comments »

    Some quick links re NOVA Bankruptcy

    Posted by arudou debito on 28th October 2007

    The bankruptcy of NOVA, Japan’s erstwhile biggest eikaiwa school, is big news, so Debito.org need not amplify it much more (I try to give cyberspace to issues less covered). But for the sake of completeness, here is something from Ken Worsley of Trans Pacific Radio, courtesy of Metropolis.

    Posted in Labor issues | 5 Comments »

    Reuters/Wash Post etc on how new NJ Fingerprint policy goes beyond model US-VISIT Program

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th October 2007

    The Fingerprint Issue is starting to hit the overseas press now… With information on how it goes even further than the US-VISIT Program it was originally modelled upon. Debito in Osaka ====================================== Japan to take fingerprints, photos of foreigners Washington Post, Friday, October 26, 2007; 1:04 AM By Isabel Reynolds, REUTERS Courtesy http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/26/AR2007102600100.html And Taipei […]

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 1 Comment »

    NY1 News: Japanese Courts Make It Hard To Prove Innocence

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th October 2007

    In part four of her five-part series Tokyo Justice, NY1 Criminal Justice reporter Solana Pyne looks into the story of a man who finds himself swallowed up in the Japanese criminal justice system even though he’s done nothing wrong, bullied by police who want him to confess to a crime he didn’t commit. The story became the basis for an eye-opening movie in Japan.

    Posted in Human Rights, Lawsuits | 1 Comment »

    Debito.org Powerpoint Presentation on what’s wrong with new NJ Fingerprinting Program

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th October 2007

    Want a quick-and-dirty (and easy to understand) presentation on what’s wrong with the upcoming NJ Fingerprinting Program? Download my powerpoint on this subject (from a speech given at Waseda University on Monday, October 22, 2007) here. Spread it around. Show it to others. It’s all there.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Speech materials | 5 Comments »

    Online petition against NJ Fingerprint Policy you can sign

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th October 2007

    Here’s a link to an online petition against the GOJ’s upcoming policy to fingerprint all foreigners only, created by Thomas in Kyoto

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ | 2 Comments »

    Some anti-fingerprinting policy cartoons (you didn’t get them from me…)

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th October 2007

    Some anti-fingerprinting policy cartoons (you didn’t get them from Debito.org, of course)…

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Humor, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | No Comments »

    Amnesty/SMJ Oct 27 Symposium, translated Public Appeal for abolition of NJ fingerprinting program

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th October 2007

    Hi Blog. Amnesty International Japan asked me to translate their public appeal for their Oct 27, 2007 Tokyo Symposium, calling for the abolition of the November 20 Reinstitution of Fingerprints for (almost) All Foreigners Program. Text follows below. Sent it in an hour ago. If you like what they’re saying, attend this symposium. Details on […]

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials | 4 Comments »

    アムネスティ/移住連「日本版US-VISIT」施行の中止を求める!10.27シンポジウム アピール

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th October 2007

    「日本版US-VISIT」施行の中止を求める!10.27東京シンポジウム アピール 原文 どうぞご出席を!

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials, 日本語 | 2 Comments »

    FCCJ Press Conference on fingerprinting Oct 29

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th October 2007

    Oct 29 will see a speech at the FCCJ by Barry Steinhardt and Makoto Teranaka on the gaijin fingerprint laws and what they mean and don’t mean.

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Media | 3 Comments »

    Recent Media from Arudou Debito: J Times, TPR, Metropolis, and Japan Focus

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd October 2007

    Links to today’s Japan Times article, Sunday’s TPR Debito.org podcast, and notice of new articles appearing in Japan Focus and Metropolis this week. Also got interviewed for Metropolis’s podcast today…

    Posted in Articles & Publications | No Comments »

    Deutsche Presse-Agentur: “Let’s be fair, let Japanese win our sports events”

    Posted by arudou debito on 22nd October 2007

    You would think that fairness is the virtue of sports, but tell that to the Japanese authorities. In May, they approved a high school ban on foreign students running the first and the longest leg of a relay race in response to complaints from fans, a spokesman for the All Japan High School Athletic Federation said. The decision came after the federation received mounting complaints from fans that “African runners lead the race so much that the Japanese athletes can’t narrow the difference or catch up throughout the race.”

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Sport | 3 Comments »

    Peace as a Global Language Conference Oct 27-28 Kyoto

    Posted by arudou debito on 21st October 2007

    Information about upcoming Peace as a Global Language forum next weekend in Kyoto. I’ll be speaking on Saturday.

    Posted in Human Rights, Speech materials | No Comments »

    Upcoming articles in Japan Times and Metropolis

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th October 2007

    Two articles coming out next week, one Tuesday in the Japan Times on the GOJ’s flawed human rights survey, and one Friday in Metropolis on the Fingerprint Laws. Snag some copies! And let them know if you want me to write a regular column for them.

    Posted in Media | 3 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCT 20, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th October 2007

    1) NEW MHLW DIRECTIVE: ALL COMPANIES MUST CHECK & REGISTER THEIR NJ WORKERS
    2) GLOBE & MAIL ON GOJ’S NASTY IMMIG AND REFUGEE POLICIES
    3) ASAHI: UNHYGIENIC FOOD IN IMMIGRATION GAIJIN TANK TRIGGERS HUNGER STRIKE
    4) ASAHI: NJ DIES DURING POLICE “SNITCH SITE” HOME ID CHECK
    5) IDUBOR CASE UPDATE: DENIED RELEASE, NEXT HEARING IN TWO MONTHS!
    6) WHAT TO DO IF… YOU ARE THREATENED WITH EVICTION
    7) TEMPLATE PROTEST LETTERS RE UPCOMING FINGERPRINT LAWS

    …and finally…
    8) FORTHCOMING ARTICLES IN JAPAN TIMES AND METROPOLIS
    ON REINSTATING FINGERPRINTING AND GOJ CABINET HUMAN RIGHTS SURVEY

    Posted in Newsletters, Podcasts | 1 Comment »

    Idubor Case: Denied release, court decision due in two months!

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th October 2007

    Just heard last night from Osayuwamen Idubor’s wife that the outcome of his latest court hearing (yesterday), which had the hope of releasing him, did not. Court decision due December 10. That’s almost a year since he was incarcerated. So much for a speedy trial. No material evidence of any crime committed, yet the defendant has to languish in jail (with deteriorating health) for another two months!

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

    Asahi: Hunger strike after rotten food in Immigration Gaijin Tank

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th October 2007

    You know things have gotta be pretty antipathetic when even inmates have bad food (and food in Japanese prison, from what I’ve read, is apparently sparse but not all that unhealthy). But then again, this is not a prison. It’s a Gaijin Tank–where NJ are held indefinitely and not subject to the same standards (such as exercise, baths, time outside their cells, and–most importantly–a definite time limit to their incarceration) that people who have been formally sentenced to a Japanese prison will have.

    Back to the food. Remember where we are: This being Japan, a land of foodies, it’s famous for being a place where it’s hard to get a truly bad meal. People are really fussy, and it shows in the marketplace. No professional in their right mind in the Japanese meal services lets quality slip.

    It might be the effect of a captive market, literally, meaning no competition and no incentive for quality control.

    Or it might be antipathy. Either this Detention Center’s meal preparers are completely shameless people, or they just don’t like foreigners and feel no compulsion to serve them properly.

    Anyway, pretty stunning. Stop faffing about and fire the cooks already, Immigration.

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

    朝日:食事にゴキブリや毛虫 入管収容中の外国人がハンスト

    Posted by arudou debito on 19th October 2007

    朝日:法務省西日本入国管理センター(大阪府茨木市)に収容中の外国人約40人が「支給される食事に毛虫などの異物がたびたび混入し、安心して食べることができない」として、今月9、10両日にハンガーストライキをしていたことが17日、わかった。同センターは今年4月以降、約30件の異物混入を確認。施設内で食事を調理する業者に改善を申し入れた。

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

    New MHLW requirements Oct 1: Employers must report their NJ workers to the govt

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th October 2007

    Hi Blog. I’ve been getting a lot of questions recently from people being approached by their employers and asked for copies of their Gaijin Cards. The MHLW says, in its link below:  平成19年10月1日から、すべての事業主の方には、外国人労働者(特別永住者及び在留資格「外交」・「公用」の者を除く)の雇入れまたは離職の際に、当該外国人労働者の氏名、在留資格、在留期間等について確認し、厚生労働大臣(ハローワーク)へ届け出ることが義務付けられます。(届出を怠ったり、虚偽の届出を行った場合には、30万円以下の罰金の対象となります。) “From October 1, 2007, all employers are now legally bound to formally submit (by todoke) to the Minister of Health, Labor, and […]

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 11 Comments »

    Martin Issott on Kansai Int’l Airport’s funny implementation of Fingerprint Law

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th October 2007

    Martin Issott reports that Kansai Int’l Airport will not have an automated gate system for fingerprinting foreigners, confirmed, for 2007–and probably not even 2008. Which means, a 2 minute immigration queue up to now will change into a 2 hour one, each time you cross the border, from Nov 20. His conclusion: “So the message is clear, all resident foreigners – at least those of us living outside of the immediate Tokyo area – must complain repeatedly in writing , to MOJ and Immigration officials at the Airports they regularly use!!”

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 6 Comments »

    Globe and Mail (Canada) on “Japan’s Unfriendly Shores”

    Posted by arudou debito on 17th October 2007

    I sometimes post pretty mediocre articles on Debito.org by journalists just going through the motions to file stories, without much attempt at bringing new information or angles to the surface. In contrast, here is an excellent one that could probably after a bit of beefing up be reprinted in an academic journal. Lots of good information here, have a read. I think the reporter followed quite a few of our leads…
    IMMIGRATION: JAPAN’S UNFRIENDLY SHORES
    ‘One culture, one race:’ Foreigners need not apply
    Despite a shrinking population and a shortage of labour, Japan is not eager to accept immigrants or refugees

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 3 Comments »

    Asahi: Woman dies falling from veranda during Gaijin Card Check

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th October 2007

    Asahi: On October 16, 2007, around 9:55 AM, a woman resident on the 9th floor of an apartment complex (Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Minami Horie 3 chome) thought to be a foreigner was asked by Nishi Prefectural Police for identification (shokumu shitsumon), in order to ascertain her Status of Residence. The woman received the police in her genkan, but returned to her room, and minutes later fell from her veranda. She died of severe injuries to her entire body.

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime | 14 Comments »

    朝日:マンション9階から外国人風女性転落死 大阪・西区

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th October 2007

    朝日:07年10月16日午前9時55分ごろ、大阪市西区南堀江3丁目のマンション9階で、大阪府警西署員が在留資格の確認のため、外国籍とみられる住人の女性に職務質問した。女性は玄関でいったん応対したが室内に戻り、数分後、ベランダから転落した。女性は全身を強く打つなどして死亡

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

    Debito.org’s first podcast October 13, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th October 2007

    In this first-ever podcast from Debito.org, October 13, 2007–for people on the go who would rather listen than read. In this edition of the Debito.org newsletter:

    1) FINGERPRINT LAW REVISIONS: CONFUSION, OUTRAGE, AND AMNESTY INT’L
    2) JAPAN’S ANTI-TERROR: GOVT PROFITEERING & USER-FRIENDLY SNITCH SITES
    3) LAWSUITS: ZAINICHI KOREAN VICTORY, VIETNAM WORKERS VS TOYOTA
    4) UPCOMING SPEECHES OCT 22-27 IN WASEDA, TOCHIGI & KYOTO
    5) IDUBOR CASE: HEARING OCT 18, BEERS AT THEIR YOKOHAMA BAR OCT 20

    Posted in Podcasts | No Comments »

    Template protest letter to authorities re new gaijin fingerprint laws

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th October 2007

    Scott Wallace: “I know many have written comments about the new fingerprinting laws for all non-Japanese reentering Japan’s borders. So i had a Japanese friend draw up a letter of protest. Here it is in English and Japanese. For the cost of stamp and an envelope i think its well worth sending it. Even if nothing is done, it’s great for our health just to let them know and get it off our chests. Nothing ventured nothing gained right? I have kept it to one A4 size so that it is read, points out politely why i think it the law should be removed or amended, and specifically makes a request. I don’t expect much but i do expect it to make me feel better. Feel free to amend it as you like.”

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 14 Comments »

    NOVA Union on NOVA’s impending bankruptcy, and strike/march Tues Oct 16

    Posted by arudou debito on 15th October 2007

    As many of you know, Nova is on the verge of bankruptcy and is likely already insolvent, burdened with massive liabilities from terminated and ongoing student contracts, and little assets since most properties are rented. Administrative staff were not paid on their most recent payday of Sept. 27 and have yet to be paid. Management has already said that teachers’ salaries will not be paid on Oct. 15 (tomorrow) and may be paid by Friday, Oct. 19. The situation for thousands of foreign and Japanese employees around the country is serious. In addition to unpaid wages, some are being kicked out of their housing, others are having visa problems. Meanwhile, President Nozomu Sahashi is nowhere to be found and refuses to file to the court for bankruptcy protection. Such a filing would aid all employees to retrieve 80% of their unpaid waves through government subsidies and to start to receive unemployment benefits (‘for those who have been employed long enough). The company is falling apart without Sahashi filing properly, the worst possible of situations, making it far more difficult and time-consuming to get our wages paid and onto the dole, etc.

    Posted in Labor issues | 5 Comments »

    Wash Post on Brazilian Immigrants & Education in Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 15th October 2007

    Warm-fuzzy article from the Washington Post: “Hamamatsu was a natural magnet for the newcomers because its many factories offered entry-level employment and required virtually no language skills. Officials here like to brag that their community became the most “international” of Japan’s cities. About 30,000 of its residents, or 4 percent, are foreign-born. That’s almost twice the proportion of foreign-born residents in Japan as a whole. (About 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born.) Most newcomers are from Brazil and Peru. They are offspring of Japanese who immigrated to South America in the early 1900s to work in coffee fields and take other jobs…”

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 1 Comment »

    Debito.org Update: Addition to “What to do if…” site: Evictions

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th October 2007

    Addition to the What to do if… artery site up at Debito.org, now containing advice from people in the know on what to do if you’re threatened with eviction from your abode (answer: stand your ground–they can’t evict you without a court order in Japan). Plus additional advice courtesy of the Japan Times, September 25, 2007, regarding union support, unpaid wages, Immigration/Visas and employment, redundancies, and unemployment insurance.

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

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCT 13, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th October 2007

    1) FINGERPRINT LAW REVISIONS: CONFUSION, OUTRAGE, AND AMNESTY INT’L
    2) JAPAN’S ANTI-TERROR: GOVT PROFITEERING & USER-FRIENDLY SNITCH SITES
    3) LAWSUITS: ZAINICHI KOREAN VICTORY, VIETNAM WORKERS VS TOYOTA
    4) UPCOMING SPEECHES OCT 22-27 IN WASEDA, TOCHIGI & KYOTO
    5) IDUBOR CASE: HEARING OCT 18, BEERS AT THEIR YOKOHAMA BAR OCT 2O …and finally…6) METROPOLIS’S MARK DEVLIN: “JUST LET THE DAMN JAPAN TIMES DIE”

    Posted in Newsletters | 3 Comments »

    Upcoming Speeches in Tokyo, Tochigi & Kyoto Oct 22-27

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th October 2007

    Information on five upcoming speeches I’m giving between Oct 22 to 27 in the Tokyo, Utsunomiya (Tochigi-ken), and Kyoto areas in English and Japanese. Attend if you like.

    Posted in Speech materials | No Comments »

    Idubor Case: Court Hearing Oct 18, evening drinks in Yokohama Oct 20

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th October 2007

    Hello Blog. Forwarding from Chris Pitts, of Amnesty International Japan Group 78. Arudou Debito ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Subject line: Please support Mr Osayuwamen Idubor (personal appeal) Dear Amnesty member/supporter, While this is not an official Amnesty International case, I feel that many of you, like me, will want to do something to help. Please read on … […]

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

    The GOJ Anti-Foreign, er, Anti-Terrorist Movement keeps on rolling

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th October 2007

    We live in interesting times, where the GOJ is attending “Anti-Terrorist” profiteering exhibitions, making their internet “snitch sites” more user-friendly, and then reinstituting fingerprinting policy in ways designed to make life more difficult for NJ residents trying to return here. Surreal excerpts from online sources.

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

    Arudou Debito is looking for a new job

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th October 2007

    Big shock to the system: My university made it clear last month that my research is irrelevant to them, and denied me a sabbatical. Essentially, to my superiors I’m just a gaijin teacher. Sorry, that’s unacceptable, and I welcome advice and leads from the public in finding a new job.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Education, Tangents | 21 Comments »

    Chosun Ilbo: Korean sues for apartment refusal, wins in Kyoto Court

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th October 2007

    Chosun Ilbo: A Kyoto court ruled partially in favor of a Korean woman who sued a Japanese landlord for refusing to rent a room to her. A Kyoto district court ruled that refusing to rent a room to a person due to her nationality is illegal and ordered the landlord to pay the woman W8.65 million (US$1=W916) [about 110 man en, pretty much the average award in these lawsuits] in compensation.

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

    Kobe Shinbun on new GOJ requirements on employers to report NJ laborers

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th October 2007

    Kobe Shinbun: Beginning October 1st, according to new amendments in the Employment Promotion Law, all firms employing foreign workers will be obliged to report employment conditions to labour offices. The goal of the reforms are two fold – to provide foreigner workers with job support and to help curb illegal employment. As awareness about the amendments is still relatively low, officials at the Hyogo Labour Department are eager to distribute leaflets to business groups. However, some have pointed out the danger that such reforms might invite new kinds of prejudice toward foreigners.

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

    神戸新聞:外国人労働者報告義務付け、周知進まず 差別の恐れも

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th October 2007

    ブログの皆様、こんばんは。用件のみ載せてすみませんが、以下で書いてある面白い大前提ですね:『「働けなくなった外国人が余計に犯罪に走るのではないか」と心配する。』どうですかね。有道 出人 //////////////////////// 外国人労働者報告義務付け、周知進まず 差別の恐れも 2007/10/01 神戸新聞 http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/kobenews/sg/0000668949.shtml Courtesy of Colin Parrott 外国人労働者の雇用状況の報告を事業所に義務付ける改正雇用対策法が10月1日から施行される。外国人の就労支援や不法就労の抑止が目的だが、事業所への周知は進んでいない。兵庫労働局はリーフレットを経済団体に配るなど周知に懸命だが、新たな外国人差別などを招く恐れも指摘されている。(高田康夫)  これまで外国人を雇用する一定規模以上の事業所は毎年六月、在留資格や国籍、職種別の外国人数について、任意で職業安定所に報告してきた。同労働局によると、県内では従業員三十人規模以上の約九百十事業所で、約五千人が対象だった。  改正で、特別永住など一部の在留資格をのぞいた外国人を雇用する全事業所が対象となり、氏名と在留資格・期限、住所、生年月日などを、職業安定所に届けることが義務化された。留学生のアルバイトも含め、すでに外国人を雇用している企業は一年以内に報告しなければならない。報告を怠ったり偽ったりした事業主には三十万円以下の罰金が科せられる。  外国人の労働実態が把握でき、職場環境の改善や再就職支援に役立てられるほか、事業主に在留資格を確認させることで、不法就労の抑止が期待されるという。  神戸市長田区では、約五百人のベトナム人が居住し、多くが地元のケミカル工場で働く。日本ケミカルシューズ工業組合は法律の改正を会報で会員企業に知らせたが、「どこで何人働いているか調査しておらず、影響も分からない」。ケミカル工場の経営者(42)は「不法就労をなくすのはいいが、その前に外国人の単純労働を認めてもらわないと、人手不足でやっていけない」。  周辺では不法滞在のベトナム人が摘発されることもあるといい、「働けなくなった外国人が余計に犯罪に走るのではないか」と心配する。  また、厚労省が取得した情報は法務省に提供する仕組みで、日本弁護士連合会などは「外国人のプライバシー権などを侵害する」と批判。「人種、皮膚の色、民族的・種族的出身を理由とした差別的取り扱いがもたらされる恐れがある」と指摘している。 雇用対策法 労働者の就労の安定と経済的、社会的地位の向上などを目的に、女性や高齢者、障害者などの施策の充実を定めた。10月から募集・採用時の年齢制限の原則禁止なども盛り込まれた。  外国人労働者は、「安い労働力」として酷使されていることが問題になり、雇用状況の報告が義務付けられた。 ENDS

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    Fascinating lunchtime conversation with several faces of Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th October 2007

    I had a fascinating lunch in Osaka today with four faces of Japan–a Nikkei Peruvian, a Zainichi Korean, a kikoku shijou Japanese working in the USA, and a long-term Peruvian. We compared notes on whether or not we would naturalize into the places we currently live. Their answers were enlightening, so I blog them here for posterity.

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    Debito.org “goes electric”

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th October 2007

    Debito.org “goes electric” by inserting a small advertising bar, due to financial exigency. My apologies.

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    Reuters/J Times on Immigration to Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th October 2007

    Reuters: “In a homogenous country traditionally wary of outsiders, foreign workers are seen as a last resort to boost the shrinking workforce. Instead, the preference is to bring more women into the workforce, keep senior citizens working and even resort to robots — but experts say these steps will not be enough to fill the hole left in the labor force as the population ages.” And on and on in mass media retread mode…

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    Shuukan Kinyobi/J Times: Vietnamese worker lawsuit against JITCO & Toyota-related company

    Posted by arudou debito on 6th October 2007

    Hi Blog. Another lawsuit against an employer for bad work practices. This time around, however, the plaintiffs are NJ. Let’s hope their efforts both make the labor laws more clearly enforceable, and highlight more of the problems created by treating NJ laborers as inferior. Thanks to Shuukan Kin’youbi and people at the Japan Times for […]

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    What to do about fingerprint law: letter of protest, Amnesty Int’l meeting Oct 27

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th October 2007

    Lots of frustration out there about the upcoming reinstitution of fingerprint laws. This blog entry offers an assessment of what can be done about it. Not much, but not nothing. Organize through Amnesty Int’l/SMJ this October 27, even crib from two protest letters included. Civil disobedience is not out of the question, either. Details here.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 14 Comments »

    Ignore recent news articles: Non-Zainichi Perm Residents WILL be fingerprinted

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th October 2007

    Some recent news articles and foreign government translations of Japanese announcements indicate that “long-term” or Permanent Residents will NOT be fingerprinted at the border from November 20, as per newly-promulgated anti-terrorism laws. This is incorrect. Yes they will, according to the MOJ even as of this morning.

    Posted in Japanese Government, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 11 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OCT 4, 2007

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th October 2007

    1) JAPAN TODAY ON NOVA EIKAIWA MELTDOWN
    AND LABOR UNIONS ON WHAT TO DO UNDER LABOR LAW
    2) FOLLOWUP ON JAPAN TIMES’ FINANCIAL PROBLEMS: STATS
    3) JAPAN TIMES: REINSTATEMENT OF FINGERPRINTS DEBATE
    4) ECONOMIST: EDITORIAL ON ANTI-TERROR VS CIVIL LIBERTIES
    5) BLOOMBERG OFFERS OVER-ROSY ASSESSMENT OF J IMMIGRATION
    6) FOLLOW-UPS: J CHILD ABDUCTION ISSUE AND IDUBOR CASE
    7) SPEECH OCT 8 AT OSAKA UNIVERSITY SUITA CAMPUS

    …and finally…
    8 ) HOKKAIDO NIPPON HAM FIGHTERS WIN PENNANT! AGAIN!

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    Speech Monday Oct 8 at Osaka Univ Suita Campus

    Posted by arudou debito on 4th October 2007

    On Monday October 8, I will be briefly speaking both for ten minutes and as part of a panel (English and Japanese) at Osaka University’s Suita Campus, Osaka University Convention Center, from 9:30AM to 11AM. Panel will be on “Non-Japanese Residents and their Health Treatment–What’s Necessary in this Era of Multicultural Co-Existence”, chaired by Professor Setsuko Lee of Nagasaki’s Seibold University. Sponsored by the 22nd Annual Meeting for the Japan Association for International Health

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