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    Kyodo says foreign crime down in 2007, yet NPA stresses need for further crackdown (UPDATED)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 29th February 2008

    Check out the NPA’s latest wheeze to claim that even a drop in NJ crime is a rise: Shift the goalposts:Kyodo: “The number of crimes committed by foreigners visiting Japan dropped for the second straight year to 35,800 last year, down 10.8 percent from the previous year, after hitting a peak in 2005, the National Police Agency said Thursday. However, the number of crimes detected by police during the five-year period from 2003 to 2007 increased some 70 percent from the period of with an NPA official stressing the need for further crackdown on them…” Wait, this conclusion doesn’t follow… And neither does the translation. Shame on Kyodo. Get better translators and stop swallowing NPA announcements without analysis.

    Posted in Bad Social Science, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media | 8 Comments »

    Terrie’s Take on GOJ crackdown on dual nationality

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 28th February 2008

    Terrie’s Take: “We end by saying that this is a crazy situation. On the one hand, we have a possible crack down on hundreds of thousands of people and a deliberate policy of alienating (pun intended) all these potential citizens. On the other hand, we have a government panel that advised back in December the government should spend up to JPY2.44trn (US$22bn) on measures to help counter the declining birth rate!

    Since the number of people likely to lose their citizenship amounts to 5%-10% of the birth rate, we suggest that part of that JPY2.44trn outlay be spent on making a phone call to the Justice Ministry to prepare legislation allowing Japanese to do what many have practiced for generations — become law-abiding citizens of the countries of both of their parents.” Although Terrie’s Take this week (yet another excellent essay) concentrates more on J citizens abroad taking NJ citizenships, there is also good mention and argument about J children in international marriages and the pressures upon them to conform to single nationality. As Terrie rightfully points out, this is ludicrous in a country which needs citizens; it shouldn’t be taking this degree of trouble just to put people off possibly maintaining a J passport just in the name of some odd nationality purity. And dual nationality in itself would resolve many problems… I personally know several long-term NJ (and even some Zainichi) who would be happy to become Japanese citizens if it didn’t mean the sacrifice of one’s identity to having to choose. If you are a product of two cultures, why not have the legal status to back that up? Not half, but double. That’s what I would call the real Yokoso Japan.

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | 16 Comments »

    ABC News (USA) finally breaks the story about Japan as haven for child abductions

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 27th February 2008

    Here’s a magnificent article from ABC News (USA) about how Japan remains a haven for child abduction after a Japanese-NJ marriage breaks up. Long-overdue attention to one of Japan’s worst-kept secrets–how NJ have essentially no parental or custody rights in Japan, and how Japan refuses to take any measure to safeguard the access of both parents or the welfare of the child under the Hague Convention (which it refuses to sign). Article: “Not a single American child kidnapped to Japan has ever been returned to the United States through legal or diplomatic means, according to the State Department.”

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Good News, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 25 Comments »

    Aly Rustom compares treatment of NJ as crime suspect with crime victim

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 26th February 2008

    A crie du coeur from Aly Rustom, comparing the treatment of NJ as suspect and as victim of crime: “The most basic right- the right not to be murdered- and the most basic justice- punishing a killer, is denied to foreigners in Japan. The American military took some steps to try and avoid such instances in the future and the head of the armed forces in Japan bowed and apologized. For the murder of 3 young foreigners in Japan, cut down in their prime for absolutely no good reason, what have we got? We can’t even get justice for these people. Not even a conviction, let alone an apology. Is this a civilized government?”

    Posted in Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 36 Comments »

    “Foreign crime” in reverse: The Miura Kazuyoshi Case

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 26th February 2008

    Of tangental interest to Debito.org is the case of Miura Kazuyoshi. Here is a person convicted of killing his wife in a lower Japanese court unusually vindicated by a higher court. Then he gets arrested in US territory (which avoids double jeopardy) for the same crime nearly 25 years later. Wouldn’t it be yet another black eye for the Japanese judiciary if the US convicts him instead? We won’t know for a little while (but it will take definitely less time than the Japanese judiciary; hey, it took Miura four years for his High Court verdict, and Asahara has been on trial for more than a decade now…) Is this guy the Japanese O.J. Simpson or what? Instead of using the race card, he uses the “foreign crime” card…

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 25 Comments »

    Letters from Mr Idubor part 4, with his answers to respondents on Debito.org

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 25th February 2008

    Hi Blog. Here are more letters from Osayuwamen “Yuyu” Idubor, written in jail and passed to me over the past couple of weeks through his wife. 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 gives us his view […]

    Posted in Human Rights, Injustice, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 5 Comments »

    LA Times: Okinawa, alleged rape, and “outrage for show”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 24th February 2008

    LA Times: In light of recent allegations of an indecent assault, Japanese officials privately acknowledge that their recent criticisms of US military conduct in Okinawa are motivated, in part, by the need to assuage Okinawa public opinion, especially at a time when Washington and Tokyo are seeking to relocate a major Marine air base in the face of strong local opposition. “It’s all a performance,” said Kantoku Teruya, an Okinawa lawmaker in the upper house of Japan’s parliament.

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime, Japanese Politics, Media | 33 Comments »

    Yomiuri: Govt to help NJ primary- and secondary-ed students learn Japanese

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 23rd February 2008

    Yomiuri: The Education, Science and Technology Ministry will launch a program to help the increasing number of foreign students at public primary, middle and high schools to acquire Japanese language skills. Currently, local governments handle Japanese language education for foreign students at public schools. The ministry plans to provide financial and other support to the local governments to employ part-time instructors, who are proficient both in Japanese and a foreign language, with the goal of enhancing students’ understanding in classes and Japanese lessons.

    Posted in Education, Good News, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government | 10 Comments »

    SAYUKI, Japan’s first Occidental NJ certified Geisha, offers special party rate to large groups of NJ clients

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 22nd February 2008

    Hi All. SAYUKI, Japan’s first Occidental NJ certified Geisha, is offering special party rates to large groups of NJ clientele. This is a special deal, so if you’d like a glimpse into the Geisha artisan circles (and want to see what the cultural fuss is all about), book a group rate at a very special […]

    Posted in Cultural Issue | 14 Comments »

    NUGW Tokyo Nambu “March in March” Mar 9, 2008 Shibuya

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 21st February 2008

    Hi Blog. Word from Louis Carlet on the annual labor union march to demonstrate that NJ workers have rights and needs too. And the will to petition for them. I’ve been to two of these before; they are excellent and well worth your time. Do consider attending. You’ll be convinced that Japan is in fact […]

    Posted in Labor issues | 5 Comments »

    Interesting forthcoming book: “Another Japan is Possible”, citing Tony Laszlo of long-defunct “Issho Kikaku”

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 20th February 2008

    Hi Blog. Speaking of books… We have another book on Japan’s internationalization coming out. Press release below. It looks to be a serious and interesting study of the forces of minority voices in Japan. Well done Professor Chan. There is one thing I found odd. Chapter 42 below reads: 42. Issho Kikaku Tony Laszlo Ethnic […]

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Bad Social Science, Human Rights, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Issho.org/Tony Laszlo | 15 Comments »

    Terrie’s Take 456 on Immigration’s looming crackdown on NJ residents

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 19th February 2008

    Terrie’s Take: “Over the last 2 years, there have been a number of legislatory submissions and trial PR balloons floated that indicate that the government is intending to significantly increase its control over foreigners living here. Given that many other countries also impose strict tracking and controls on foreign residents who are not migrants, this wouldn’t necessarily be such a bad thing providing that there was some upside offered such as by those other countries. In particular, Japan needs to make laws and apply the proper enforcement of UN human rights to foreign residents. Rights such as anti-discrimination, right to impartial justice, fair treatment of refugees, proper criminalization of human trafficking, and rights of children are all severely lacking. But these unfortunately don’t seem to be part of the agenda at this time.”

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues | 22 Comments »

    MOFA Feb 12, 2008 Press Conference on language requirement for NJ Visas

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 18th February 2008

    MOJ Press Conference Feb 12, 2008, with Deputy Press Secretary Tomohiko Taniguchi, on Japanese Language requirement for NJ visas, and terrorism: “The Japanese Ministry of Justice already started to require bio ID when non-Japanese visitors enter Japan – you probably have gone through the same procedure, like fingerprinting or face photo. The idea of that initiative, of course, was to check the inflow of people so that any dubious potentially terrorist sort of people could not come into Japan. So that is more to do with preventing those people from entering Japan. But the linguistic part, the language initiative, is rather to incentivize people not only to come to Japan, but also to feel more relaxed in their working conditions and environment. The two initiatives are totally different from one another.” The Japan Foundation also stands to profiteer…

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues | 38 Comments »

    Advance reviews for forthcoming HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, AND IMMIGRANTS, by Akira Higuchi and Arudou Debito

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 15th February 2008

    Advance word about the forthcoming HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, AND IMMIGRANTS TO JAPAN (Akashi Shoten, on sale March 15, 2008). Book cover, advance review, book tour schedule, and link to contents of the book on this blog entry.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Articles & Publications, Good News, Handbook for Newcomers, Immigration & Assimilation, Speech materials | 6 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 14, 2008

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 15th February 2008

    JUSTICE SERVED, JUSTICE DENIED

    1) Moharekar Case: Parents raise questions about baby’s death to Sapporo’s Tenshi Hospital
    2) Matthew Lacey Case: Fukuoka police dismiss NJ death by blow to the head as “dehydration” (Yomiuri & Japan Times)
    3) Mainichi: Chinese Trainees wage successful back-wage lawsuit against strawberry farm
    4) Sankei compares NJ computer operators with toxic Chinese gyouza
    5) Update on Valentine Lawsuit High Court Appeal
    6) Idubor Case: A conversation with Mrs Idubor about life in Japan, and letters from Mr Idubor from prison specially for Debito.org

    ISSUES OF BORDERS AND EFFECTS OF FOREIGN INFLUX

    7) Asahi on how the GOJ doesn’t recognize NJ schools for tax funding, and why they should
    8) Kyodo on USG pressure on Japan to do more fingerprinting
    9) “Japanese Only” sign in Tsukiji Fish Market
    10) Japan Times on Tsukiji’s tamping down on tourism
    11) Alex Kerr on being a “Yokoso Ambassador” for the GOJ
    12) DPJ at odds with itself over NJ voting rights

    SPEECHES, PODCASTS, TV SPOTS, AND A BOOK TOUR

    13) Italian TV SKY TG 24 on the Sapporo Snow Festival… and racial discrimination in Japan
    14) January 22, 2008 speech to Waseda’s Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration, podcast and soundfiles in full
    15) HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS on sale March 15, Japan Book Tour March 15 to April 1…

    Posted in Newsletters | No Comments »

    Idubor Case: Complete letters from prison, written specially for Debito.org (part 3)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th February 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 three of three)

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

    Moharekar Case: Parents raise questions about baby’s death to Sapporo’s Tenshi Hospital

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 13th February 2008

    Two Indian doctorate researchers at Hokudai, Drs Moharekar, were to have a baby at Tenshi Hospital, Sapporo. However, in August 2007 the baby was stillborn, due to a long-undiagnosed congenital heart defect (which somehow escaped the notice of one doctor, but not another and a doctor back in India). Asking for an explanation, the Moharekars say the hospital said the hospital treated them badly, refused to listen to “complaints”, harassed them linguistically, did not avail them of their allegedly misdiagnosing doctor, and even charged them money to meet with the hospital director for an explanation. The Moharekars hope to get a fuller explanation in writing, so that “this kind of mental harassment and problems will not happen in future again with anybody” at Tenshi Hospital, Sapporo.

    Posted in Human Rights, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Tangents | 6 Comments »

    January 22, 2008 Waseda speech podcast downloadable in full

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 13th February 2008

    Hi Blog. I spoke at Waseda University’s Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration (GIARI) on January 22, 2008. Speech topic here. I was joined by Kawakami Sonoko, of Amnesty International Japan, and Katsuma Yasushi, Associate Professor at Waseda specializing in international human rights. The sound files (two were podcasts) are available below in four parts. […]

    Posted in Podcasts, Speech materials | 2 Comments »

    Mainichi: Chinese Trainees awarded big after taking exploitative strawberry farm to court

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th February 2008

    Mainichi: “A group of strawberry farmers will have to pay a combined 30 million yen in unpaid and overtime wages, and reinstate five Chinese trainees who were unfairly dismissed after losing a class action suit brought against them by their employees.” Great precedent set against exploitation of NJ “guest labor”.

    Posted in Good News, Labor issues, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 5 Comments »

    毎日:イチゴ農園が解決金3000万円 栃木

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 12th February 2008

    毎日:栃木県のイチゴ農園が不作を理由に中国人技能実習生を解雇し、トラブルになっていた問題は、農家7軒が約3000万円の解決金を実習生計15人に支払うことで合意した。農家側は謝罪し、解雇を撤回した。

    Posted in Good News, Labor issues, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Italian TV SKY TG24 on Sapporo Yuki Matsuri… and racial discrimination in Japan

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 11th February 2008

    Italian channel SKY TG24 interviewed me regarding the Otaru Lawsuit, racial discrimination, and life in Japan as a naturalized Japanese citizen, with the 59th Sapporo Snow Festival as a backdrop. Broadcast nationwide in Italy on February 9, 2008, transcript by Emanuele Granatello.

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Human Rights, Media, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit | 1 Comment »

    朝日:外国人研修生、ブローカー介在禁止に 法務省 MOJ: Brokers to be banned for NJ Trainees

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 10th February 2008

    朝日:外国人に日本の企業で知識や技術を身につけてもらう外国人研修・技能実習制度について、法務省は、受け入れ機関などに対して示している運用の指針を初めて改定する。制度は、安上がりな労働力の確保に利用されるなど、本来の狙いからかけ離れた運用が横行しているのが実情。このため、ブローカーを介在した受け入れを明確に禁止するなど改善を図る。

    Posted in Good News, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Next Valentine Lawsuit Hearing Feb 12, 2008 1:30PM

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 9th February 2008

    Mr. Valentine, a Nigerian national, is defending himself against the Tokyo Metropolitan Government after a police beating incident which took place in Shinjuku almost 4 years ago. This is an appeal, as the District Court not only exonerated the NPA for refusing him medical treatment for his broken leg for the duration of his interrogation (which resulted him in becoming crippled for life), but also did so on such spurious grounds as ignoring expert medical testimony of the degree of injury, and dismissed testimony because it came from a black person. Come see his High Court appeal Tues Feb 12, 2008, 1:30PM.

    Posted in Japanese police/Foreign crime, Lawsuits | 2 Comments »

    バレンタイン氏の国賠訴訟控訴証人喚問2月12日開催

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 9th February 2008

    2月12日、裁判傍聴に来てください!ナイジェリア国籍のバレンタインさんは、新宿歌舞伎町で私服警察官に不当な暴力を振るわれ、障害が残るほどの怪我を負いました。バレンタインさんは東京都に対し国賠訴訟を起こしましたが、昨年3月「歌舞伎町黒人コミュニティーの仲間である同国人の証人証言を、そのまま信用することは到底できない。」などの理由により敗訴。また、東京警察病院は「受診カルテを紛失した」とし、初診の際のカルテを開示しませんでした…

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

    Japan Today/Kyodo on US pressure re Japan’s NJ fingerprinting

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 8th February 2008

    Kyodo: “A U.S. Homeland Security Department official voiced hope Tuesday that the Japanese government will start sometime in the future to take the fingerprints of all 10 fingers of each foreign visitor to step up accuracy of the screening system at immigration.” Why is the US so concerned about how other countries fingerprint, especially since Japan’s already doing far more biometric border control than average? Lobbying for Accenture?

    Posted in Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ, Immigration & Assimilation, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | 7 Comments »

    Speaking of Tsukiji and tourism… Japan Times on new rules to limit tourists

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 7th February 2008

    Japan Times: “The Tsukiji Fish Market, one of the capital’s most popular and well-known tourist draws, adopted rules urging visitors to voluntarily “refrain from coming,” because of sanitation concerns and the disruptions they pose to the auction business…. The plan is to reduce — but not cut off — the number of onlookers. After being promoted in recent years as a tourist site, Tsukiji now finds itself the victim of its own success: So many visitors flock to the gigantic fish market each day that they are endangering its sanitation and interfering with business…”

    Posted in Tangents | 10 Comments »

    “Japanese Only” sign in Tsukiji Fish Market

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 6th February 2008

    Here’s a sign I received a couple of weeks ago (sans address) from a friend in the Kansai. “JAPANESE PeoPle ONLY” outside a Tsukiji restaurant, along with a litany (in Japanese) of what kind of food appreciation they expect from their customers. How urusai. Problem is, by just flat-out refusing NJ customers, the restaurant wound up insinuating that NJ cannot have this degree of food appreciation, or can follow the rules. My putting this sign up without calling the restaurant to confirm (heck, I didn’t know where it was, and asked for help) caused ruction in the blogosphere, when posters accused me of “covering up” information because I didn’t translate the Japanese on the sign (as if Japanese is some kind of secret code). They also somehow reasoned that the rules in Japanese somehow mitigated the blanket exclusion of NJ indicated in English (culture, foreigners are guests, yada yada yada). They tracked down the restaurant (ironically refusing to divulge its whereabouts to Debito.org, speaking of cover-ups), and wound up, they say, getting the sign down. Anyway, bravo. Let’s hope they’re this active towards the next exclusionary sign…

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Exclusionism | 48 Comments »

    川崎いじめ訴訟で100万円の賠償命令–Ethnically-diverse Japanese bullied in school wins lawsuit

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 5th February 2008

    朝日など:小学生時代のいじめが原因でPTSD=心的外傷後ストレス傷害になったとして生徒と両親がいじめた側に損害賠償を求めた裁判の判決で横浜地裁川崎支部はいじめた同級生の両親に100万円の支払いを命じました。

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Good News, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 7 Comments »

    Sankei snipes at Chinese workers, comparing Pension System temp inputters with toxic gyouza

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th February 2008

    Get a load of this. The Sankei trowels on the insinuations–by comparing the Chinese gyouza poisonings with Chinese temporary workers inputting data into the troubled Japanese pension system. As if letting in Chinese workers to do a Japanese’s work is like letting in toxic gyouza. Whatta headline. True colors disguised as wry humor by the good ol’ Sankei Shinbun. Somebody reel in the editor…

    Posted in Bad Social Science, Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues, Media | 13 Comments »

    産經:ギョーザだけじゃない?年金記録転記ミスは外国人のせい?

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 4th February 2008

    産經:「年金記録紛失問題で、オンラインシステムに未入力の「旧台帳」と呼ばれる手書き台帳記録約1466万件について、手書きデータをコンピューター入力用紙に転記する際に、中国人などの派遣労働者が漢字を読み間違い、誤記するトラブルが発生していたことが29日、民主党の厚生労働・総務部門会議で明らかになった。」

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Labor issues, Media, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Alex Kerr on being a “Yokoso Ambassador” for the GOJ

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 3rd February 2008

    Based upon the Japan Times article immediately below, Alex Kerr, author of DOGS AND DEMONS and famous social commentator, has been chosen as a GOJ tourism representative. The Community interest group questioned whether one of Japan’s fiercest social critics of devastating porkbarrel and GOJ excess had in some way “sold out”. Alex was kind enough to answer them specially for Debito.org…

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Japanese Government | 21 Comments »

    Asahi Watashi no Shiten: Schools for NJ children deserve GOJ support

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 2nd February 2008

    Asahi: Since most schools of [NJ] newcomers are not even recognized as kakushu gakko but are treated as “private juku,” they are not even eligible for subsidies from local governments.

    Some local governments have eased authorization standards for kakushu gakko. But in Gunma, Saitama and other prefectures that apply strict standards for authorization, it is difficult for most schools for newcomers to meet the requirements. Many of them rent small factories that went out of business and split them into six to nine classrooms to give lessons. Such schools do not even have gymnasiums or schoolyards.

    Japanese children are guaranteed free compulsory education at public elementary and junior high schools. Accredited private schools also receive generous government subsidies. However, when parents of foreign nationality enroll their children at foreign schools because they want them to learn the languages and cultures of their homelands, they are not eligible for public support measures.

    Posted in Education, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 5 Comments »

    Matthew Lacey Case: Fukuoka police dismiss NJ death by blow to the head as “dehydration” (Yomiuri & Japan Times)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st February 2008

    Hi Blog. Here are two articles about a mysterious death of a NJ, found dead in his apartment 3 1/2 years ago, deemed not a product of foul play by Fukuoka police (with no autopsy performed). An autopsy overseas reveals the cause of death to be a blow to the head. The Japan Times took […]

    Posted in Injustice, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 4 Comments »

    読売:検視は「病死」、解剖で「脳挫傷」判明…急死の米男性

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st February 2008

    読売:福岡市中央区の自宅マンションで2004年、急死した米国男性の死因について、福岡県警中央署が側頭部にこぶがあったのに当初は司法解剖せず、検視だけで「病死」と判断し、遺族の要望による解剖で「頭部打撲による脳挫傷」と判明したことがわかった。解剖を受けて、県警は「転倒による事故死」と判断を変更。遺族は納得せず、解剖鑑定書などを見せた法医学者から「他殺の疑いがある」との回答も得て、30日に県警本部を訪れて再捜査を求める。大相撲・時津風部屋の力士急死事件などでも問題となった検視・解剖のあり方がまた問われそうだ。

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

    Mainichi: Wage dispute between Chinese Trainees and Tochigi strawberry farm

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st February 2008

    Mainichi: “A dispute has erupted between a group of Chinese apprentices and strawberry farms in Japan after one farm sacked a group of students and tried to force them to leave the country… The strawberry farms, located in the Tochigi Prefecture towns of Tsuga, Haga and Ninomiya, paid the apprentices only 500 yen an hour, which was below the prefecture’s minimum hourly wage of about 670 yen. The workers union is demanding that the unpaid wages be given to the students and that the five who were sacked be reinstated.”

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 5 Comments »

    毎日:イチゴ農家:中国人実習生と雇用めぐりトラブル

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 1st February 2008

    毎日: 栃木県都賀(つが)町のイチゴ農園「長苺(ちょうぼ)園」が昨年12月、「不作で仕事がなくなった」との理由で中国人実習生5人を解雇し無りやり帰国させようとしたところ、「栃園(とちえん)会事業協同組合」(江田一之理事長)に加入する長苺園などイチゴ農家7軒(都賀、芳賀(はが)、二宮の3町)の実習生計15人が逃げ出し、逆に、過去3年の未払い賃金として計約5225万円分の支払いを求めるトラブルになっている。

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Labor issues, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »