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    Japan Today: DPJ at odds with itself over PR Suffrage

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st January 2008

    Oh well, never mind the DPJ trying to split New Komeito off from the LDP. Seems the Suffrage for Permanent Residents issue has set the DPJ against itself as well, according to Japan Today. This issue is not settled by any means (the DPJ is all over the map ideologically anyway, so this degree of dissent is quite normal, actually), so let’s see where the kerfuffle goes. But for all the people that say that Japan’s NJ demographics and labor issues are politically insignificant, we may in fact be seeing quite a few fault lines between old and new Japan after all…

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Politics | 9 Comments »

    A conversation with Mrs Idubor re her husband’s incarceration

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st January 2008

    An account of a conversation with Mrs. Idubor, wife of the Nigerian convicted of three years rape despite no material evidence, and what it means in the bigger picture when somebody can finger you for a crime. Some discussion on how foreigners in particular are in a weak position in Japan vis-a-vis the criminal justice system.

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

    Idubor Case: Complete letters from prison, written specially for Debito.org (part 2)

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st January 2008

    PART TWO, PAGES 131 TO 165… (see previous blog entry for Part One) PART THREE, UPDATE FEB 13, 2008, PAGES 166 TO 221, VISIBLE HERE… ENDS

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 4 Comments »

    Idubor Case: Lower Court Decision text, and complete letters from prison, written specially for Debito.org (part 1)

    Posted by arudou debito on 31st January 2008

    Here are some letters from Osayuwamen Idubor, written in jail. The Idubor Case is where a Nigerian was sentenced last December to three years for rape despite no physical evidence and flawed accuser testimony. He writes to tell about what happened in his view, in his own words, specially for Debito.org. (part one of three)

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 18 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JANUARY 30, 2008

    Posted by arudou debito on 30th January 2008

    FURTHER POLICING IN JAPAN
    1) Gyaku on upcoming GOJ regulations of the Internet: Online content, keitai, and file sharing
    2) Kyodo: MOJ says GOJ to scrap NJ registration system and Gaijin Cards
    3) Japan Times: Foreigner registration revision to include ID chip, probably same policing function
    4) GOJ floats trial balloon: Japanese language improvement for visas
    5) ABC Radio Australia: “Expatriates concerned by plans for Japanese language tests”
    6) Yomiuri: GOJ shutting out ‘hooligans’ (i.e. antiglobalization activists) from Hokkaido G-8 summit
    7) Mark Mino-Thompson on “updated” Hotel Laws: Refusal OK if “unreasonable/unrational burden”
    8) Asahi: NPA Survey: 25% of hotels not following NPA demands to check “foreign guest” passports.
    9) FCCJ Photo Journalist Per Bodner’s account of his arrest on fictitious “assault charges”
    10) Kandai PR Harassment: Why you don’t let non-Immigration people make Immigration decisions…
    11) Jeff on Japanese police documenting neighborhood residents
    12) TIME: “Japan thwarts abusive police” by tweaking interrogation rules
    13) Permanent Resident protests US Govt’s hypocritical apathy towards NJ Fingerprint policy
    14) Patricia Aliperti & Catherine Makino on NJ Sexual Slavery/Human Trafficking in Japan

    GOOD NEWS
    15) Yomiuri: DPJ pushing bill for NJ voting rights in local elections
    16) Economist Leader makes the case why immigration is a good thing
    17) Christian Science Monitor: “Japanese youth help compatriots embrace diversity”

    ODDITIES AND STUPEFIERS
    18) Yomiuri et al: 71% of NJ tourists come for Japan’s food, yet 35% of J don’t want NJ tourism increase
    19) KTO on a naturalizer back in 1985
    20) Historical artifact: NJ Jobs in 1984 (Tokyo Shinbun)

    …and finally…
    21) Speech by Arudou Debito at Waseda Jan 22, 5PM, on Japan’s Immigration and Human Rights Record (with links to paper and powerpoint presentation)

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    KTO on a naturalizer back in 1985

    Posted by arudou debito on 29th January 2008

    Article in Kansai Time Out regarding a person who naturalized in 1985, for bureaucratic reasons quite different to mine.

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 11 Comments »

    Kandai PR Harassment: Why you don’t let non-Immigration people make Immigration decisions…

    Posted by arudou debito on 28th January 2008

    Here’s why you don’t let amateurs make decisions involving Immigration. Kansai University is harassing one of its teachers for proof of Re-Entry Permit or else they’ll report him as illegal. Despite the fact he is not leaving the country (and needs no REP) and doesn’t need a visa–because he’s a Permanent Resident! Ill-thought-out policy once again falls on the shoulders of the NJ.

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 12 Comments »

    Japan Times: Foreigner registration revision to include ID chip, probably same policing function

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th January 2008

    Hi Blog. Jun Hongo got on this–the system comes more into focus. NHK said Jan 27 that Gaijin Cards will be replaced with IC Cards, too… Debito ============================== Foreigner registration system to be revised May lead to better services, more control The Japan Times: Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008 By JUN HONGO, Staff writer http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20080126a1.html The […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 27 Comments »

    Yomiuri et al: 71% of NJ tourists come for Japan’s food, yet 35% of J don’t want NJ tourism increase

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th January 2008

    Eating Japanese food is the most commonly stated reason for visiting Japan among overseas tourists, according to a recent survey. Within character have the Yomiuri talk less about the deterrents to entry (fingerprinting and treatment like criminals and terrorists) and accentuate the positives (food, natch). Update indicates that Japan is the 30th most popular nation to travel to, although it’s 8.3 million tourists nationwide in 2007 is even less than New York City’s tourism alone. No wonder–35% of the public surveyed in 2003 don’t want tourists due to fears of foreign crime.

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Tangents | 5 Comments »

    TIME: “Japan thwarts abusive police” by tweaking interrogation rules

    Posted by arudou debito on 27th January 2008

    TIME Magazine: Facing mounting accusations of brutality, Japan’s National Police set their first-ever guidelines for questioning methods Thursday in an attempt to rein in agents who go too far in pressuring suspects to confess. Critics, however, say the new rules don’t go far enough because they don’t call for video cameras or defense attorneys in interrogation rooms, though one-way mirrors will be installed.

    Posted in Good News, Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 6 Comments »

    Asahi: LDP project team considering making naturalization easier for Zainichis

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th January 2008

    Asahi: A legal division within the Liberal Democratic Party, the “Project Team (PT) on Nationality Issues” (Kouno Taro, Lower House, Chair), decided at a meeting on January 24 to submit to this session of the Diet a bill, entitled “Special Exemption for Special Permanent Residents for Obtaining Japanese Nationality”, which would simplify the procedure for Zainichi North and South Koreans etc. to become Japanese.

    Posted in Good News, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Politics | 16 Comments »

    国籍取得法案提出へ 自民PT、特別永住者対象に

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th January 2008

    朝日:自民党法務部会の「国籍問題に関するプロジェクトチーム(PT)」(座長・河野太郎衆院議員)は24日の会合で、在日韓国・朝鮮人などの特別永住者が日本国籍を簡単に得られるようにする「特別永住者国籍取得特例法案」を議員立法で今国会に提出する方針を決めた。

    Posted in Good News, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Politics, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Kyodo: MOJ says GOJ to scrap NJ registration system and Gaijin Cards

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th January 2008

    Kyodo: The government plans to scrap the registration system on foreign nationals living in Japan, Justice Minister Kunio Hatoyama said Friday.

    Posted in Good News, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 31 Comments »

    Komeito leader agrees with DPJ proposal to give NJ Permanent Residents the right to vote

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th January 2008

    Kazuo Kitagawa, secretary-general of ruling coalition partner Komeito, has voiced support for opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Ichiro Ozawa’s suggestion of considering submitting a bill to give foreigners with permanent residence status the right to vote in local elections.

    Posted in Good News, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics | 5 Comments »

    毎日:外国人選挙権:小沢代表の付与提案に公明歓迎

    Posted by arudou debito on 25th January 2008

    毎日:公明党の北側一雄幹事長は23日の記者会見で、民主党の小沢一郎代表が永住外国人に地方選挙権を付与する法案の提出を検討する考えを示したことについて「ぜひまとめて、提出してもらいたい。民主党には反対論もあった。まとめていただくなら歓迎だ」と述べた。

    Posted in Good News, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Politics, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    朝日:永住外国人の選挙権案、与党揺るがす火種 民主提出方針

    Posted by arudou debito on 24th January 2008

    朝日:永住外国人に地方自治体の選挙権を認める法案が、与党の結束を揺さぶる波乱要因となる可能性が出てきた。在日韓国人を中心に待望論があり、公明党などが繰り返し提出してきたが、そのつど自民党内から反発が出て成立していない。ところが、民主党の小沢代表が成立に向けて踏み出し、公明党がその動きに期待を表明した。民主党案が提出されれば、与野党で賛否が入り乱れる構図となりそうだ。

    Posted in Japanese Government, Japanese Politics, Speech materials, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Speaking at Wakuwaku Fiesta in Urawa, Saitama for J & NJ residents, Sat Jan 26 1PM

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd January 2008

    Speaking in Urawa, Saitama, at Wakuwaku Fiesta–an open forum to promote mutual understanding between Japanese and non-Japanese citizens of Saitama. We will have our own suggestions and find solutions to commonly encountered day-to- day problems. Together we hope to help build Saitama City as “Foreigners’ favorite City to live in”! With a diet member involved, you can express your ideas like how to improve foreigner’s rights to a country policy level. Date: January 26, 2008 Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm 「Open Forum」…

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

    FCCJ Photo Journalist Per Bodner’s account of his arrest on fictitious “assault charges”

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd January 2008

    Per Bodner, a professional photo journalist from Sweden (8 years resident in Japan, married with a house here), was arrested and charged with a alleged assault on a Tokyo taxicab driver right outside the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on his way home from work November 28. His account of the incarceration and legal treatment (and ignored testimony) as a defendant, presented at the FCCJ December 12, 2007, blogged here.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 41 Comments »

    Links to Waseda Jan 22, 2008 speech materials

    Posted by arudou debito on 23rd January 2008

    As advertised in my previous blog entry, I gave a speech at Waseda today. You can download my Powerpoint presentation and substantiating paper from links in this blog entry.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Immigration & Assimilation, Speech materials | 3 Comments »

    Speech at Waseda Jan 22, 5PM, on Japan’s Immigration and Human Rights Record

    Posted by arudou debito on 20th January 2008

    WASEDA UNIVERSITY DOCTORAL STUDENT NETWORK PRESENTS A SYMPOSIUM:
    “Implications of Japanese domestic human rights record (for foreign residents or Japanese) on Asian Integration”
    JANUARY 22, 2008 5PM-7PM,
    FEATURED SPEAKERS: Kawakami Sonoko, Amnesty International, Katsuma Yasushi, Associate Professor, Waseda University, and Arudou Debito.

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Speech materials | 2 Comments »

    ABC Radio Australia: “Expatriates concerned by plans for Japanese language tests”

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th January 2008

    ABC Radio Australia: “The new regulations, supposedly aimed at eradicating illegal residents, is just going to push them underground more than anything,” Dr Burgess told Radio Australia. “I think, in some ways this is a poorly thought out policy and just a knee-jerk reaction to public attitudes which demand more to be done to tackle the foreign crime – a myth that you see in newspapers all the time, that foreigners are criminals; unfounded statistically, but that’s the myth.” Coupla other comments worth viewing/listening to…

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 6 Comments »

    Christian Science Monitor: “Japanese youth help compatriots embrace diversity”

    Posted by arudou debito on 18th January 2008

    Christian Science Monitor: “Certainly, the self-image of a homogeneous society remains strong. But some say that perception is incorrect. The official count of registered foreign residents is 2 percent of the nation’s total population of 128 million; but that represents an increase of 47 percent in the past 10 years and excludes many non-Japanese residents. While Japan has witnessed more international marriages – 21,000 children are born to these couples every year – its census figures do not show ethnicity. Moreover, the number of registered foreigners does not include naturalized citizens, indigenous people, or those who overstay their visas, argues Debito Arudou, a US-born social activist who became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 2000.”

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Immigration & Assimilation | 10 Comments »

    Historical artifact: NJ Jobs in 1984 (Tokyo Shinbun)

    Posted by arudou debito on 17th January 2008

    Old historical breakdown of jobs for foreigners a quarter century ago. The number seems a bit low (less than 15,000 accounted for), even for back then. And of course the Zainichi aren’t included as “real foreigners” worth tabulating. Seems bad social science isn’t just the domain of the present day.

    Posted in Bad Social Science, History, Labor issues | 8 Comments »

    GOJ floats trial balloon: Japanese language improvement for visas

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th January 2008

    GOJ Foreign Minister Komura floated a policy trial balloon to require language testing and improvement before granting NJ long-term visas in future. Problems abound, not the least the GOJ is resorting to sticks, not carrots, to make people learn Nihongo. The term “long term” is vague, and how many laborers would want to spend all this time learning a language which only matter within this archipelago (when they could learn English, French, Spanish, etc. and work in lots more places)? I agree that everyone should learn how to read, write, and speak Japanese if they want to live here. I just think the proposal as it stands is (as usual) half-baked and encouraging of more NJ workplace and visa abuses.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 18 Comments »

    毎日:入国や在留審査で日本語能力を重視へ 政府

    Posted by arudou debito on 16th January 2008

    来日外国人:入国や在留審査で日本語能力を重視へ 政府 毎日新聞 2008年1月15日 http://mainichi.jp/select/world/news/20080116k0000m010023000c.html  政府は日本に長期滞在する外国人の入国や在留許可審査の際、日本語能力を要件として重視する具体策を外務、法務両省が検討することを決めた。就労目的などで増加傾向にある外国人が地域社会に溶け込みやすい環境整備につなげるとともに、来日する外国人にも日本語学習意欲を高めてもらうのが狙い。  高村正彦外相が15日の閣議後会見で明らかにした。外相は「日本語能力は、外国人自身の生活の質を高めるためにも、日本社会のためにも大切」と強調したうえで「『日本へ行くために日本語を勉強しよう』という機運が高まれば大変よいことだ」と述べた。  具体的には、入国時の上陸審査基準に日本語能力を新たに盛り込むかどうかや、在留期間の更新、資格変更時に日本語能力の向上について確認するなど、何らかの形で考慮することが検討対象となる見通し。外務省によると、カナダでは就労目的の永住者が査証申請時に提出する略歴で、語学力を含む6項目をポイント化し、総ポイント数に応じて許可。英国、ドイツ、フランスで語学能力を重視する移民政策を取っているという。  ただ、政府内には、要件を厳しくすることで「査証(ビザ)の発給・更新などに影響が生じ、貴重な人材が入国できなくなる可能性もある」との課題を指摘する声もある。【上野央絵】 毎日新聞 2008年1月15日 18時12分 (最終更新時間 1月15日 23時34分)

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, 日本語 | No Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JANUARY 15, 2008

    Posted by arudou debito on 15th January 2008

    SPECIAL ISSUE: STARING DOWN THE DISCRIMINATORS IN JAPAN
    1) STARING DOWN AN EXCLUSIONARY BALLET SCHOOL IN TOKYO
    2) STARING DOWN AN EXCLUSIONARY NEWSPAPER OUTLET IN ISHIKAWA PREF
    3) STARING DOWN AN EXCLUSIONARY LANDLORD IN YAMAGATA
    4) GOING TOO FAR IN THE OTHER DIRECTION: CHEST HAIR AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT!?
    …and finally, just for fun…
    5) HUMOR: LETTER TO THE EDITOR REGARDING GOJ “UFO INVASION” SCENARIO

    Posted in Newsletters | 4 Comments »

    “Human Rights” when enforced in Japan: Chest hair equals “sexual harassment”

    Posted by arudou debito on 14th January 2008

    Iwate festival produces “offensive” festival poster with exposed chest hair, banned by JR East as “sexual harassment”. Now let’s see if they’ll do the same with broadcasts of Sumo on their premises… The concept of human rights in this society are mechakucha indeed, and it’s situations like these that make it all the more difficult for people to take human rights activists seriously!

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Media | 2 Comments »

    Ryan Hagglund on how he successfully dealt with an exclusionary landlord

    Posted by arudou debito on 13th January 2008

    Ryan Hagglund on how he successfully dealt with a very common problem in Japan–dealing with exclusionary landlords. Lessons: 1) be as polite as possible while being clear that you will not accept a denial based on being foreign, and 2) audio record everything just in case you have to go to court. (Covert recordings are also admissible in court.)

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Exclusionism, Good News, Human Rights | 6 Comments »

    Letter from jail from Mr Idubor, Nigerian sentenced without any material evidence

    Posted by arudou debito on 12th January 2008

    Osayuwamen Idubor, the Nigerian sentenced to three years for an alleged rape (despite no material evidence, and inconsistencies in the accuser’s testimony), sends a letter specially to Debito.org expressing his thanks and maintaining his innocence.

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

    Mark Mino-Thompson on “updated” Hotel Laws: Refusal OK if “unreasonable/unrational burden”

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th January 2008

    Mark Mino-Thompson reports below on his discovery of new “amendments” to the Ryokan Gyouhou (Hotel Management Law), created in English and Japanese legalese and in generic format (meaning written by somebody else) for use in hotels nationwide. They are vague enough to make it seem as though a hotel could refuse a NJ lodging if the lodger poses an “unreasonable/unrational burden” (such as speaking a foreign language or offering beds instead of futons?).

    Posted in Exclusionism, Japanese Government | 13 Comments »

    Permanent Resident protests US Embassy’s inaction towards protecting human rights of own citizens

    Posted by arudou debito on 11th January 2008

    Got this letter last night from a friend who’s gotten disgusted with the US Embassy’s inaction towards protecting the human rights of its citizens. Myself, I think the USG has long forgotten it’s primary duty to its taxpayers/citizens, and sees its main duty as selling weapons and maintaining military bases and regional interests. Even though it has plenty of wherewithal (especially vis-a-vis Japan) to take on issues that affect the NJ residents here under their purview. The Canadian Govt. does, what with the Murray Wood Case, for one example. They even commented personally during the Otaru Onsens Case. (The USG did comment on its Country Reports on Human Rights, which I appreciate very much, but it was essentially too little, too late) Here’s the letter.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 10 Comments »

    Jeff on Japanese police documenting neighborhood residents

    Posted by arudou debito on 10th January 2008

    Is this happening to you? Cops coming to your door assiduously to find out who’s living there? Asking you to write down very personal details on a special card for keeping at the local police station? Are places with NJ residents being singled out? I open this topic to comments to see if there is any kind of national campaign going on, since this has never happened to me in all my twenty plus years in Japan, either as a Japanese or as a NJ. And if it did, I doubt I am under any legal compulsion to cooperate.

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 22 Comments »

    Economist Leader makes the case why immigration is a good thing

    Posted by arudou debito on 9th January 2008

    Economist (London) on Immigration: “Above all, perspective is needed. The vast population movements of the past four decades have not brought the social strife the scaremongers predicted. On the contrary, they have offered a better life for millions of migrants and enriched the receiving countries both culturally and materially. But to preserve these great benefits in the future, politicians need the courage not only to speak up against the populist tide in favour of the gains immigration can bring, but also to deal honestly with the problems it can sometimes cause.”

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues | 8 Comments »

    石川県の北國新聞のセールズ:「外国人購読拒否」

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th January 2008

    (前略)下請けの販売所担当の桜井氏の言い分は、松田さんはきちんと契約をしなかったから契約をキャンセルをしました。外国人だからではなく、契約にとって色々な問題が発生するからと。私は「それなら、違う人を顧客の自宅まで送って再契約すればどうでしょうか?なぜ2ヶ月経過してから何も動きはなかったですか。わざわざ顧客の自宅まで訪れて、契約して、そして解約するですか。ハガキは『外国人だから拒否』は明確にあるのに、間違いなくそうなんじゃないでしょうか。私はここでクレームをしなかったら、そのまま解約と顧客精神苦痛はあるのでは?」と問いました。が、桜井氏は「松田はそういうハガキを書いたのかは知らなかった。」(後略)

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Exclusionism, Media, 日本語 | No Comments »

    “Japanese Only” Newspaper Outlet: Hokkoku Shinbun in Ishikawa Pref (UPDATED)

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th January 2008

    Here’s something weird. A newspaper refusing a NJ a subscription (paid in advance), even though reps from the paper came to his door and sold him a contract! What are they afraid of, that the foreigner might be able to read? It’s not the threat of nonpayment, or cultural misunderstandings, or anything that could be stretchably plausable in any other situation I’ve ever encountered. Scans of the contract and the notice of refusal blogged here. Update with responses from Hokkoku Shinbun et al. now also included.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Exclusionism, Media | 18 Comments »

    Yomiuri: DPJ pushing bill for NJ voting rights in local elections

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th January 2008

    Yomiuri: “Lawmakers in the Democratic Party of Japan are stepping up efforts to resubmit a bill that would grant permanent foreign residents the right to vote in local elections, according to sources. With New Komeito also strongly demanding local suffrage for permanent foreign residents, DPJ lawmakers hope in the upcoming Diet session “to split the ruling camp by submitting the bill to the House of Councillors and call on New Komeito to endorse it,” according to one of the sources…” Wouldn’t it be interesting if what finally toppled the LDP from power was issues of immigration and assimilation?

    Posted in Good News, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics | 5 Comments »

    読売:外国人の地方参政権法案、民主内で再提出の動き

    Posted by arudou debito on 8th January 2008

    読売:外国人の地方参政権法案、民主内で再提出の動き、永住外国人に地方参政権を付与する法案を巡り、民主党内で次期通常国会に再提出を目指す動きが活発化してきた。

    Posted in Good News, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Humor: Charles Kowalski letter to Yomiuri on Ishiba’s UFO fears

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th January 2008

    This is so good I couldn’t just let it languish within the comments section of this blog. It deserves an entry all its own. Charles Kowalski sent this letter to the Yomiuri when Defense Minister Hashiba (inter alia) was getting all nerdy about defenses against a theoretical UFO invasion late last year. Charles takes the issue and runs with it. The Yomiuri, predictably, wouldn’t publish it. So I will.

    Posted in Humor, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | 6 Comments »

    NYT: Losing an Edge, Japanese Envy India’s Schools

    Posted by arudou debito on 7th January 2008

    Hi Blog. Ironic article, given many eikaiwa won’t hire Subcontinental Indians because they don’t look the part or speak “gaijin” English… Then again, as the author admits, the following is just one of those fads, and fads fade. And when I sent this to an education list I’m a member of, they doubted many of […]

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Education | 8 Comments »

    Asahi: NPA Survey: 25% of hotels not following NPA demands to check “foreign guest” passports. Toyoko Inn not one of them.

    Posted by arudou debito on 6th January 2008

    A survey reported in the Asahi indicates that a quarter of all hotels nationwide sampled have qualms about asking NJ for their passports, and a third of them refused to copy them. (No wonder–they can’t. By law they can only ask NJ who have no addresses in Japan–meaning foreign tourists.) But you wouldn’t know that if you read the English translation of the article, which renders the targets of this anti-terrorist move as “foreign guests”. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Meanwhile, after a month, no reply from Toyoko Inn regarding their racial profiling last November. Recommend you take your business to hotels that are more concerned about customer relations for NJ and handicapped guests.

    Posted in Human Rights, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 9 Comments »

    Japan Focus: Michael H. Fox translates Justice Minister Hatoyama interview re capital punishment

    Posted by arudou debito on 5th January 2008

    Translation of a Shuukan Asahi interview on screwball Justice Minister “my friend of a friend is in al-Qaeda” Hatoyama Kunio, on capital punishment. And a window not only into how screwed up the Japanese justice system is, but also into the people who run it.

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Japanese Politics | No Comments »

    J Times’ Philip Brasor on Sasebo Shooting: “Japan faces up to a world of gun crime”

    Posted by arudou debito on 4th January 2008

    More on the Sasebo Sports Club Shooting (where the media rampantly speculated a gaijin dunnit just because the shooter was tall). Seems according to Philip Brasor of the Japan Times, the willful exceptionalism that Japan practices as part of its national narrative (“Gun crimes are a foreign problem, not something that happens in our peaceful society”–alluded to by PM Fukuda shortly afterwards) has made it quite blind to just how deep gun control problems go here. Excellent investigative journalism sorely lacking in the vernacular media, and the media treatment of the issues proves it.

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Media | 6 Comments »

    読売:活動家入国阻止、洞爺湖サミットにフーリガン条項適用へ

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd January 2008

    読売:来年7月の北海道洞爺湖サミット(主要国首脳会議)の警備強化に備え、法務省は、「反グローバリズム活動家」の入国を阻止するため、出入国管理・難民認定法(入管法)の「フーリガン条項」を適用する準備に着手した。

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Yomiuri: GOJ shutting out ‘hooligans’ (i.e. antiglobalization activists) from Hokkaido G-8 summit

    Posted by arudou debito on 3rd January 2008

    The latest permutation of the NJ Fingerprinting Law: Yomiuri: The Justice Ministry has begun preparations to put into force a hooligan provision of the immigration law to prevent antiglobalization activists from entering the country to protest the Group of Eight summit meeting to be held in Hokkaido in July. Policy creep. SITYS.

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 9 Comments »

    Patricia Aliperti & Catherine Makino on NJ Sexual Slavery/Human Trafficking in Japan

    Posted by arudou debito on 2nd January 2008

    Hi Blog. Here is a situation covered only infrequently by the media and by the likes of Debito.org (mainly because there is so little public information out there, and it’s a topic I’m not at liberty to research myself)–how sex trafficking, particularly that involving non-Japanese, is a flourishing business. And how Japan is one of […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment, United Nations | 5 Comments »

    Gyaku on upcoming GOJ regulations of the Internet: Online content, keitai, and file sharing

    Posted by arudou debito on 1st January 2008

    Happy New Year, everyone. Let’s kick off the new year with a post on our future as bloggers here: Internet info site Gyaku on Japan’s future regulation of the Internet. If enacted, we’re going to see widespread regulation of online content, cellphone use, and file sharing in Japan. Have to admit–places like 2-Channel (with whom I have an unrequited libel lawsuit victory against) have brought this down upon all of us.

    Posted in 2ちゃんねる, Japanese Government, Media | 1 Comment »