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    Narita Customs Cannabis and Sniffer Dog Training part 2: Kyodo says it’s happened 160 times since last September

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 30th June 2008

    Updating older issue about Narita Customs lacing NJ bag with drugs to test their dogs. Kyodo reports:

    “Three customs officers have planted packages of cannabis resin in the luggage of travelers arriving at Narita International Airport outside Tokyo without notice a total of 160 times since last September to train drug sniffer dogs, Tokyo Customs said Monday.

    Disciplinary actions have been taken against the three officers and nine senior customs officials as such acts are banned under Tokyo Customs’ in-house rules.

    Among the three was a 38-year-old customs officer who planted cannabis resin in the luggage of a traveler from Hong Kong earlier this year…”

    Bonus irony: World’s Customs body has just elected their Japanese representative as their head…

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government | 11 Comments »

    Japan Times on dangerous precedents set by G8 Summit security overkill

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

    Japan Times article by Eric Johnston says what Debito.org has been saying all along–that security overkill sets dangerous precedents for everyone in Japan:

    “Their region having played host to three Group of Eight ministerial conferences over the past month, many in Kansai are breathing a sigh of relief and hoping the security measures that residents, and even summit participants, found excessive are now in the past.

    But human rights activists warn the heavy police presence and security checks seen in Kansai are setting a dangerous precedent for next month’s G8 summit in Hokkaido and future international events throughout Japan…

    Jun Yamamoto, secretary general of Asian Wide Cooperation Kyoto, an anti-G8 NGO, said it was clear both the June 10 arrest and the refusal to allow the South Korean activist into Japan were aimed at intimidating those the government fears, and warned the heavy security seen in Kansai this past month bodes ill.

    “The G8 summits have provided a dangerous pretext for the authorities to use preventing terrorism as an excuse to violate the constitutional rights of Japanese and the human rights of foreigners entering Japan. As bad as the security in Kansai was, it’s going to be worse at Hokkaido next month, ” Yamamoto said.

    Posted in Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Human Rights, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 8 Comments »

    Japan Timesコラム和訳:「魔のG8サミット接近中:7月のG8長談義は日本で悪いことばかり目立ち、ホスト北海道には何の利益もないだろう」

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

    私のジャパンタイムズの記事の翻訳:

    国際イベントというものは、日本に最悪なことをもたらす傾向がある。官僚主義的で何でもコントロールしなければ気がすまない性格を持ち合わせている日本は、世界が注目しているときになおさら、その傾向が数倍にも強まり、政府はここぞとばかり、“安全”を口実に、法律で処理しがたいほどの権力を発揮するのである。(中略)

    網を広げて、いわれのない人まで捕獲しようとしている。G8市民フォーラム北海道の越田清和事務局長によると、女性労働者の権利の主張者が、今年に入って日本への入国を拒否された。アジア女性協会の韓国の活動家キム・エシュウさんは、この団体の公式代表者として昨年日本に入国したが、今年になり、個人としてのみ入国を許可された。政府は、潜在的なトラブルメーカーとみなした人物を数ヶ月前から監視する動きがでている。

    ここにすでに書いたように、市民の自由はサミットを前に蝕まれている。洞爺湖やその周辺がサミット期間中に一般人の出入りを閉鎖するだけではない。警察の命令により、札幌市の3つの公園での集会を7月1日から11日まで規制する、昨年12月に札幌市は発表した。抗議の末、自粛に訂正されたが、結局は同じである。(中略)

    ポイントは、国際イベントは日本に悪い習慣をもたらす、ということである。それでは、2016年オリンピック開催の候補地に名乗りを上げている東京はどうなる? 一般市民を押さえつける、さらなる騒々しい公式の恐怖と取り締まりキャンペーンのきっかけになり、この幼稚な国家で最も得をするのは、警察なのだ。

    結論。政治システムの点から日本はこのようなイベントのホスト国としてはまだ十分成熟しているとはいえない、と私は思う。訪問するだけなのに日本以外の国が恐ろしいかのように日本社会を脅かして人々を煽るのをやめるために、メディアは言うまでもなく、行政の適切なチェックとバランスを日本は発達させなければならない。日本の役人にブレーキをかけ、未熟のままの市民社会で取り締まるという警察国家に日本が変わっていかないよう防ぐ必要がある。 (後略)

    Posted in Articles & Publications, History, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Registered overseas journalists being detained, refused entry into Japan due to Summit

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

    Kimura Kayoko of Nikkan Berita reports:

    Recently, as the eve of the G8 Summit approaches, we are seeing incident after incident of non-Japanese being stopped at airports.

    NJ who are coming here for G8 Summit activities (including reportage and convocations), without connections to governments or major press outlets, are apparently being subjected to background searches. 24-hour detentions are not unusual.

    Last night (June 27), three Hong Kong citizen journalists who have been registered with the Citizens’ Media Center (Sapporo) were detained by Immigration, and were on the verge of being deported.

    This morning, Susan George (ATTAC France) was stopped and questioned at the airport. Ms George is 74 years old, and her detention demonstrates a lack of humanity on the part of authorities.

    Similar measures on the part of Immigration are forecast to continue in this vein.

    Posted in Exclusionism, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese Government, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 11 Comments »

    サミットの関係で、外国人ジャーナリストが拘束、強制退去

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

    日刊ベリタの木村記者:G8サミットが目前に迫った昨今、外国人が空港で足止めされるという事態があいついでいます。

    政府関係者および大手メディア以外の目的で、G8関係の活動(取材、講演会を含む)のために訪れる外国人は事情聴取が必要で、24時間の拘束は珍しくないそうです。

    昨晩(6月27日)、市民メディアセンター(札幌)に登録済みの香港・市民ジャーナリスト3人が入管に拘束され、強制退去寸前という事態が発生しました。

    今朝は、スーザン・ジョージさん(ATTAC France)が空港で足止めされているとのことです。74歳のジョージさんを拘束するのは、人道上の配慮にも欠けていると思われます。

    今後もこのような入管措置は続くと予想されます。

    Posted in Exclusionism, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese Government, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | No Comments »

    World-famous company, Tohoku branch, refuses to employ Japanese kid expressly because he’s “half”–even retracts original job offer

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

    Summary: A world-famous company in northern Japan, with branches and products overseas for generations, refuses to employ a young Japanese (despite giving him a job offer)–expressly, despite being a citizen, because he’s “half”.

    This could have major repercussions in Japan if other Japanese with international roots get discriminated against similarly. Read on. More details to reporters if they want a story. I have the feeling we have a major lawsuit here.

    I’ve anonymized it for now because the family fears that the employer will refuse to employ the job candidate further if this article can be traced back to him. Read on:

    Posted in Exclusionism, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Labor issues | 38 Comments »

    国土交通省から全国のホテル宛の指令:「サミットのテロ対策」として「外国人宿泊客の旅券確認強化」Ministries order all hotels nationwide to target all “foreign guest” passports

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

    サミットの間で、道警外事課は「日本人や外国人に関係なく、必要なときは声掛けしている」と主張するが、6月4日付、国土交通省から全国のホテルへの指令によると、「外国人客」のみは全国のホテルでは「サミットの間のテロ対策」は本人確認と旅券コピーとなる。外国人は標的にされていないと未だに主張できるのか。

    Despite the Hokkaido Police only yesterday telling us bald-facedly that NJ were not being specially targeted for spot ID checks as potential terrorists, the ministries have sent out a directive to all hotels nationwide (not just near Summit areas) to check and photocopy passports of all “foreign guests” (not, as the law indicates, NJ without addresses in Japan) as a means to prevent Summit terrorism. Again, still want to make the argument that NJ aren’t being targeted?

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 23 Comments »

    Full report: Press conference goes well, but Hokkaido Police use every trick in the book to evade responsibility and press scrutiny.

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

    Full report on how the meeting went with the Hokkaido Police (they did everything they could to evade responsibility) and the press conference (all the major print and TV media were there, went fine). Third best press conference I’ve ever done–mp3 recording of the event included without cuts. Article after article in English and Japanese appearing in the comments section.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Speech materials, 日本語 | 48 Comments »

    Press Conference at Hokkaido Govt Press Club follows Letter of Protest to Hokkaido Police

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

    FYI, I will be giving a quick press conference tomorrow, Wednesday, June 25, 2008, after giving in a letter of protest regarding all the recent racial profiling happening during the G8 Summit anti-terrorism moves.

    Schedule as follows:

    10:45AM Gather at Hokkaido Police HQ (Kita 2 Nishi 7)
    11AM Formal presentation of Protest Letter (text in Japanese here) to Hokkaido Police
    11:45AM Short Press Conference at Hokkaido Government Building Press Club to give the media a better understanding of what’s going on

    All appointments have been made with the Hokkaido Police and the Hokkaido Government Press Club. All parties have received advance copies of the press release and letter. Download everything you need from this blog entry.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings | 5 Comments »

    サミット反テロ対策の改善を要請する抗議文(全文)Text of protest letter to Hokkaido Police

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

    6月25日のスケジュール

    ================================

    午前10:45 道警本部で集合
    午前11:00 道警本部に以下の抗議文を渡す(予約済み)
    午前11:45 記者会見 道庁記者クラブにて(予約済み)

    ================================

    抗議文
    北海道警察署本部 御中 
    警視庁 御中
    (報道局にも転送)

     冠省 私は北海道情報大学准教授の有道 出人(あるどう でびと)と申します。この度、サミット反テロ対策の改善を要請致します。

     2008年6月19日(木)午後3:12頃、私がJAL0599で新千歳空港着後、手荷物を取り、到着ロビーに出た途端、私服警官に呼び止められ、職務質問をされた。そのおかげで、私は列車に乗り遅れることとなった。

     私は20年以上北海道に住んでおり、約8年前に帰化した外見が白人だが日本人である。しかし幾度も「私は日本人です」と説明しても、それでも警官は何度も身分証の提示を要求し続け、不快極まりなかった。その時の私服警官はその航空便のアジア系と見える数十人の乗客の方たちには目もくれず、白人乗客4人のみを標的にしたのは明らかだった。(後略)

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Media, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    Protest letter to Hokkaido Police for Racial Profiling, presented Weds June 25, 11AM, Hokkaido Police HQ

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

    SPEAK OUT AGAINST HOKKAIDO POLICE REGARDING RACIAL PROFILING DURING G8 SUMMIT
    PRESENTING PROTEST LETTER TO HOKKAIDO POLICE HQ WEDS JUNE 25, 11AM

    In the wake of being treated like a suspected terrorist by Hokkaido Police, just for exiting Chitose Airport Baggage Claim while Caucasian on June 19, I will be handing in a protest letter to Dou Keisatsu Honbu (Sapporo Kita 2 Nishi 7) tomorrow asking for the cessation of the Hokkaido Police’s clear policy of racial profiling, targeting people as potential terrorists just because they look foreign…

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 15 Comments »

    「外人狩り」反テロ措置6月25日(水)午前10:45 道警本部で集合、改善要請の抗議文を提出

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

    道警察「外人狩り」反テロ措置の件
    6月25日(水) 午前10:45 道警本部で集合、有道 出人は改善要請の抗議文を提出

    皆様おはようございます。有道 出人です。いつもお世話になっております。

     さて、先日メールした件ですが、私は先週19日新千歳空港で「外国人に見えたから職務質問・身分証提示」を要求した私服警官の問題で、これからサミットの間の「外国人風」の人のみを標的にしている「テロ未然防止」の措置を改善する要請をして、抗議文を同警察本部に出頭して提出します。

     ご出頭、ご取材の方、どうぞ、6月25日(水)午前10:45、道警察のロビー(札幌市中央区北2条西7丁目)で集合下さい。午前11時に警察本部に抗議文を渡します。

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, 日本語 | No Comments »

    J Times: Radical GOJ immigration plan under discussion

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

    Japan Times: Foreigners will have a much better opportunity to move to, or continue to live in, Japan under a new immigration plan drafted by Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers to accept 10 million immigrants in the next 50 years.

    “The plan means (some politicians) are seriously thinking about Japan’s future,” said Debito Arudou, who is originally from the United States but has lived in Japan for 20 years and became a naturalized citizen in 2000. “While it is no surprise by global standards, it is a surprisingly big step forward for Japan.”

    The group of some 80 lawmakers, led by former LDP Secretary General Hidenao Nakagawa, finalized the plan on June 12 and aims to submit it to Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda later this week.

    The plan is “the most effective way to counter the labor shortage Japan is doomed to face amid a decreasing number of children,” Nakagawa said…

    Japan had 2.08 million foreign residents in 2006, accounting for 1.6 percent of the population of 128 million. Raising the total to 10 million, or close to 10 percent of the population, may sound bold but is actually modest considering that most European countries, not to mention the U.S., have already exceeded this proportion, Sakanaka said.

    Fukuda outlined in a policy speech in January his aim to raise the number of foreign students to 300,000 from the current 130,000, but without specifying a timetable.

    However, the immigration plan calls for the goal to be achieved soon and for the government to aim for 1 million foreign students by 2025. It also proposes accepting an annual 1,000 asylum seekers and other people who need protection for humanitarian reasons…

    Arudou, a foreigners’ rights activist, noted the importance of establishing a legal basis for specifically banning discrimination against non-Japanese.

    “Founding a legal basis is important because people do not become open just because the government opens the door,” he said…

    But wait, there’s even more to this excellent article:

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Good News, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, Labor issues | 9 Comments »

    Japan Times Eric Johnston speaks for HIBA Sapporo July 10 on G8 Summit aftermath

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

    Speech July 10 in Sapporo of interest, sponsored by the Hokkaido International Business Association:

    “G8 LEADERS’ SUMMIT WRAP-UP–WHAT’S NEXT?”
    By ERIC JOHNSTON, Deputy Editor, The Japan Times

    With the Group of Eight (G-8) Leaders’ Summit concluding on July 9th, the world is now asking what next for progress on a post Kyoto Protocol climate change treaty, aid for Africa, the price of oil, the food crisis, and other issues that G-8 leaders addressed. Did the Lake Toya Summit make any progress on these issues, or was it a waste of time and taxpayer money?

    At the same time, many in Hokkaido are anxiously wondering what, exactly, the effect of hosting the summit will have the region’s economic and social development. Hopes are high, but are they too high? Meanwhile, Japan’s English language media, seeing the sharp increase in international tourists to Hokkaido these last few years, are now wondering if the summit will lead to more foreingers visiting and moving to Hokkaido.

    Eric Johnston, deputy editor of The Japan Times, will address these summit-related questions in a presentation on July 10th, the day after the summit’s conclusion. A two-decade resident of the Kansai region, Eric covered the U.S. delegation at the Lake Toya summit. He has been a frequent visitor to Hokkaido since 2001, having visited the region over a dozen times. Eric is especially eager to meet HIBA members, and get their advice on how The Japan Times might better service the Hokkaido region.

    Posted in Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese Government, Media, Speech materials | 1 Comment »

    千歳空港で警察の反テロ「外人狩り」職務質問(録音と脚本)

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

    さて、G8サミットが迫って、「反テロ措置」もいよいよ多く実施されるようになってきました。しかし、その結果、「テロリスト」は「白人・外人」の外見だけで標的にされております。

     道内では、色々な警察署が発行した「警戒警備にご協力下さい」というポスターやチラシが現れてきました。

    5月から、札幌市内の地下鉄・JR駅や自動販売機の中で見られるポスターはここでご覧下さい。

    http://www.debito.org/?p=1721

    6月13日(金)サミットから700キロ以上離れている、単に外国人が多い六本木で麻生警察署に配布された「職務質問・検問の実施に、ご協力下さい」と載っているチラシはここでご覧下さい。

    http://www.debito.org/?p=1749

     しかし公表に留まっておりません。道内空港(少なくとも新千歳と女満別)では、外国人みたいな人のみが、飛行機からおりて荷物を受け取って「セキュリティー・ゾーン」から出ても、私服警官に呼び止められ職務質問と身分証明が要求されています。到着する人を出迎える外国人みたいな住民もそうなっているようです(千歳空港6月20日JAL3047、20時20分着)。

     私も、東京の帰り、6月19日(木)の午後3:12頃、新千歳空港で白人として、こういう目に遭いました。録音はこちらです。(およそ4分間)…

    Posted in Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment, 日本語 | 4 Comments »

    Hokkaido Police at Chitose Airport only stop non-Asian passengers for G8 Summit anti-terrorist ID Checks, ask me for ID three times. Voice recording as proof (UPDATED)

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

    When I was exiting baggage claim at Shin-Chitose Airport on June 19, 2007, plainclothes policemen pounced on me and other Caucasians for walking while White in a Japanese airport. A soundfile I made of the ID check and photos of the police hiding in plainclothes (available in this blog entry) confirm that 1) I was stopped because the policeman thought I looked like a foreigner, 2) my claims that I am a Japanese initially fell on deaf ears, 3) the police have no power to stop non-Asians when they say they are Japanese, 4) the police will continue to carry out these ID Checks until the end of the G8 Summit, and 5) they are hearing protests from people who dislike being treated like suspected terrorists.

    It’s a familiar refrain. But I got lucky: my interrogator, a Mr Ohtomo (Hokkaido Police Badge #522874) was a gentle and conscientious person–not like some police I’ve encountered in situations like these in the past… For once, however, I have audible proof of what goes on in these situations, so look, listen, and learn how to stand up for yourself.

    English transcript of the Japanese recording of our conversation now enclosed.

    Posted in Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 50 Comments »

    G8 Summit Security in Roppongi: Flyers asking NJ for cooperation “in carrying out security inspections and police checkups”

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

    Your taxes at work: New E/J flyers handed out last Friday June 13, 2008 advising people to “cooperate with the police in carrying out security inspections and police checkups”. No matter that the G8 Summit is hundreds of kilometers away. Or that Roppongi, where the notice was distributed (and nowhere else, AFAIK), is not exactly a high-risk security zone. Nope, it’s just seen as a gaijin enclave. Which is why you’d better steel them for being treated like criminals during the Summit. It is of a genre of oversecuritization and targeting NJ for terrorism… which even snagged me for an ID check at Chitose Airport yesterday for leaving baggage claim while White (more on that tomorrow).

    Posted in Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime, 日本語 | 17 Comments »

    Yomuiri: Japan’s universities scramble for foreign students

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

    Some very good articles in the Yomiuri on just how far behind Japan’s universities are in attracting foreign students. And how Japanese companies aren’t willing to hire them (We’ve discussed this briefly here before.) Plus how Japanese universities treat certain nationalities of students differently, and some signs of Japanese students’ exodus for education overseas. Good reading. Excerpt:

    Although prestigious universities like Tokyo, Waseda and Keio have made efforts to attract foreign students, Japanese universities in general struggle to attract students from abroad, many commentators say.

    David Satterwhite, the executive director of the Japan-United States Educational Commission, better known as the Fulbright Program, is one of those concerned.

    “The crisis is real,” Satterwhite said. “Japanese universities have traditionally been very slow to change… Traditional elements of Japanese education, such as the administration system, are hindering the internationalization.”…

    Japanese universities lag far behind internationally acclaimed U.S. and British colleges in global university rankings.

    In the 2007 Times Higher Education-Quacquarelli Symonds (THE-QS) World University Rankings, one of the most closely watched college league tables, Harvard University held onto top spot, with Cambridge, Oxford and Yale just behind.

    Far down the list, Japanese universities finally start appearing, with Tokyo University and Kyoto University ranked 17th and 25th, respectively…

    Posted in Education | 13 Comments »

    The Australian: PM Rudd spearheading “Asia-Pacific Union” like the EU, Japan “interested”

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

    The Australian: “Australian Prime Minister KEVIN Rudd wants to spearhead the creation of an Asia-Pacific Union similar to the European Union by 2020 and has appointed veteran diplomat Richard Woolcott – one of his mentors – as a special envoy to lobby regional leaders over the body.

    The Prime Minister said last night that the union, adding India to the 21-member APEC grouping, would encompass a regional free-trade agreement and provide a crucial venue for co-operation on issues such as terrorism and long-term energy and resource security.

    And he outlined his plans for his visits to Japan and Indonesia next week, saying he would explore greater defence co-operation between Australia, Japan and the US…

    Pundit: “If the US or China or Japan or some other big power were to suggest it, other nations might be apprehensive and back away. It’s better for a middle power like Australia to take the initiative…”

    According to the AAP, two former Ozzie PMs, Hawke and Keating, are opposed to the idea…

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Tangents | 11 Comments »

    American tarento Pakkun bullies eager language learners at G8 Summit Site

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 17th June 2008

    Saw Pakkun (American tarento) on NHK last night before bed and boy did I see red. Had him and his partner Makkun descend on the Toyako area before the Summit and bully the locals about their language ability. Telling volunteers that an English-language mistake would cause an “international incident” (not likely), uselessly teaching people ersatz German accents and telling them it’s Russian, and walking into onsen with slippers and towel on and trying to show earnest locals, who had spent years preparing for this event linguistically, that their efforts were essentially hopeless. Way to go, Pakkun. Japanese have glass jaws anyway when it comes to language ability, and your bullyragging was some of the most insensitive (and unfunny) television I’ve seen all year.

    Posted in Bad Social Science, Cultural Issue, Education, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008 | 17 Comments »

    JT/Kyodo: “Innocents” apprehended by police rise to 2.9%!

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 16th June 2008

    Japan Times/Kyodo: The Supreme Court said Monday that 2.9 percent of defendants who pleaded not guilty to criminal charges were found innocent at their initial trials in 2007, marking the highest level in a decade. Other data by the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office indicated that more district courts have declined to accept depositions, which show defendants’ confessions, as evidence. In several cases, the focus of dispute was whether the confessions were voluntary and/or credible…

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

    Friday, June 20th, 2008 Symposium “Migration in East Asia: Cases Studies from Japan, China and Taiwan”, Waseda University

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

    The Waseda University Doctoral Student Network (WUDSN), with the generous support of Waseda University’s Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration (GIARI) will hold a symposium on Friday, June 20th 2008, from 15:00 to 18:30. The symposium is entitled “Migration in East Asia: Cases Studies from Japan, China and Taiwan”.

    Posted in Education, Immigration & Assimilation | No Comments »

    2008年6月20日(金)15:00から18:30まで、“Migration in East Asia: Cases Studies from Japan, China and Taiwan”と題するシンポジウム(早大)

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

    早稲田大学博士課程学生ネットワークでは、早稲田大学グローバルCOEプログラム「アジア地域統合のための世界的人材育成拠点(GIARI)」からの全面的支援を得て、2008年6月20日(金)15:00から18:30まで、“Migration in East Asia: Cases Studies from Japan, China and Taiwan”と題するシンポジウムを開催する運びとなりました。

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

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 15, 2008

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

    TWO STEPS FORWARD
    GOJ Panel: Japan should welcome skilled foreign workers, also create Immigration Agency,
    and increase the NJ population to 10 million!
    Japan Immigration Policy Institute’s Sakanaka-san on Japan’s new immigration policy (Japanese)
    AFP: Once “homogeneous” Japan will finally recognize Ainu as distinct ethnic minority

    ONE STEP BACK
    Hokkaido Police G8 anti-terrorism measures: deputizing coke machines with scare posters, police checkpoints in Chitose Airport…
    NYT on free land in Hokkaido (yes, you read that right)–but in one place only to NJ with PR

    INTERESTING TOPICS AND TANGENTS
    Akihabara stabbing incident June 8, 2008–yet Akihabara knife shop with “Japanese Only” sign up
    Japan Times FYI on voting rights in Japan (including Zainichi & Newcomer NJ)
    LA Times: US giving liver transplants to Yakuza with FBI assistance
    Excellent Japan Times FYI column on the sex industry in Japan
    China bans terrorists during Olympics (Shanghai Daily)

    GATHERINGS OF INTEREST
    Speech June 20, 2008, Arudou and Goetz speak on G8 Summit and Sapporo’s internationalization
    Amnesty Int’l Public Seminar Shinjuku Sat June 21 on Beijing Olympics & crackdown on Journalists and Writers in China
    July 13 Tokyo Organizational meeting for Oyako Net, a nationwide network for realizing child visitation for both parents in Japan
    …and finally…

    Otaru Onsens Lawsuit 2002 Sapporo District Court decision translated into English

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    Otaru Onsens Lawsuit 2002 Sapporo District Court decision translated into English

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th June 2008

    “Hi Debito-san, I just wanted you to know that the [Otaru Onsens Lawsuit] Sapporo District Court decision of 11/11/02 is now available in English for the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal Vol 9:2. Please feel free to set up a link to the following url on your own website”: http://www.hawaii.edu/aplpj/articles/APLPJ_09.2_webster.pdf

    Posted in Lawsuits, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit | No Comments »

    外国人政策研究所 事務局 坂中英徳 著:「日本型移民政策の提言」

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on 14th June 2008

    Hi Blog. This is Japan Immigration Policy Institute’s Mr Sakanaka Hidenori’s proposal for a new immigration policy for Japan. Dated June 12, 2008, in Japanese:

    日本型移民政策の提言
    世界の若者が
    移住したいと憧れる国の構築に向けて
    =中間とりまとめ=
    Ⅰ 政策の理念
    1.移民立国で日本の活性化を図る
    2.日本文明の底力を活かす

    Ⅱ 日本型移民政策の骨格
    1.日本人口の10%を移民が占める「移民国家」へ
    2.「育成型」移民政策を推進する
    3.日本型移民政策の基盤整備
    4.社会統合・多民族共生のための施策
    5.人道的配慮を要する移民の受け入れ

    Ⅲ 直ちに取り組むべき事項

    2008.6.12

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, 日本語 | 5 Comments »

    LA Times: US giving liver transplants to Yakuza with FBI assistance

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

    LA Times: “UCLA Medical Center and its most accomplished liver surgeon provided a life-saving transplant to one of Japan’s most powerful gang bosses, law enforcement sources told The Times. In addition, the surgeon performed liver transplants at UCLA on three other men who are now barred from entering the United States because of their criminal records or suspected affiliation with Japanese organized crime groups…

    The most prominent transplant recipient, Tadamasa Goto, had been barred from entering the U.S. because of his criminal history, several current and former law enforcement officials said. Goto leads a gang called the Goto-gumi, which experts describe as vindictive and at times brutal. The FBI helped Goto obtain a visa to enter the United States in 2001 in exchange for leads on potentially illegal activity in this country by Japanese criminal gangs, said Jim Stern, retired chief of the FBI’s Asian criminal enterprise unit in Washington…”

    The FBI did not help Goto arrange his surgery with UCLA but did help him gain entry to this country, Stern said. The agency had long been frustrated by the reluctance of Japanese law enforcement to share information on yakuza members in the United States.

    …”For American law enforcement, it’s been like pulling teeth to get criminal intelligence from Japanese authorities,” said David Kaplan, a journalist who co-wrote the book “Yakuza: Japan’s Criminal Underworld,” published in 2003 by the University of California Press…

    Posted in Ironies & Hypocrisies | 2 Comments »

    NYT on free land in Hokkaido (yes, you read that right)–but in one place only for citizens and NJ with Permanent Residency

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

    “Land is cheap in Hokkaido,” said Akira Kanazawa, the mayor of Shibetsu, adding that many communities on the island were trying to attract new residents by offering rebates on land. “But free? That’s highly unusual.”

    Because of a hollowing out of Shibetsu’s main industries, dairy farming and fishing, the town’s population has fallen by more than 10 percent in the last decade, to 5,889 today. So in late 2006, the town announced that it would give away 28 parcels of land ranging from 4,300 square feet to 5,230 square feet each, very generous by Japanese standards. A third of the lots were reserved for locals, with the rest going to outsiders.

    The only stipulation was that the newcomers build a house on the lot within three years and move there officially.

    Town officials had expected a big response. “But it wasn’t as simple as that,” the mayor said. “After all, it’s a huge commitment to migrate here.”

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Tangents | 13 Comments »

    July 13 Tokyo Organizational meeting for Oyako Net, a nationwide network for realizing child visitation for both parents in Japan

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

    The Oyako Net–A nationwide network for realizing child visitation for both parents after divorce/separation in Japan, first organizational meeting in Tokyo
    Date: July 13th Time: 13:00~16:30 (Doors Open 12:30)
    Place: Bunkyokuritsu Academy Miyogadani Kaigishitsu A
    Station: Miyogadani (Marunouchi-sen)
    Cost: 1,000 yen
    Individuals to speak:
    1. Paul Wong
    2. Yuki Misuzu
    3. Mitsuru-san
    4. Tanase sensei (Lawyer)…

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    GOJ Panel: Japan should welcome skilled foreign workers, also create Immigration Agency, and increase the NJ population to 10 million!

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

    TOKYO, June 10 (Reuters) – Japan should open its doors to more skilled workers from abroad in order to boost economic growth, the government’s top advisory panel said on Tuesday.

    The council called on the government to come up with programmes by the end of this fiscal year to create a business and living environment that would attract highly skilled workers from around the globe.

    “It is impossible to achieve economic growth in the future if we do not press forward with the ‘open country’ policy,” the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy said in its annual growth plan, which was released on Tuesday.

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

    読売:移民、1000万人受け入れ提言…自民議連案

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

    読売:自民党の「外国人材交流推進議員連盟」(会長=中川秀直・元幹事長)がまとめた日本の移民政策に関する提言案が7日、明らかになった。
     人口減少社会において国力を伸ばすには、移民を大幅に受け入れる必要があるとし、「日本の総人口の10%(約1000万人)を移民が占める『多民族共生国家』を今後50年間で目指す」と明記した。

    Posted in Good News, Immigration & Assimilation, Japanese Government, 日本語 | 1 Comment »

    Speech June 20, 2008, on G8 Summit and Sapporo’s internationalization

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

    One of two speeches I’ve got coming up next week (the other is a speech to the Tochigi City Assembly next Wednesday morning, June 18, on racial discrimination in Japan). In Sapporo, Friday evening, June 20, 2008, in Japanese, on the G8 Summit and how internationalized Sapporo is.

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    6月20日(金)G8サミットと札幌の国際化について講演、かでる2.7ビルにて

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

    洞爺湖サミットが迫り、北海道と共に札幌にはどんな影響があるのか、をディスカッションするきっかけとなります。特に「反テロ警戒警備」のもと、在住外国人はどう感じるのか、どう待遇されるのか、は浮き彫りになると思います。

    よって、来週金曜日(20日)の夕方、私と友人ゲッツさんはこの件について講演します。日本語です。ご興味のある方はどうぞご出席下さい。案内ポスターはこのブログエントリーにあります。

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Speech materials, 日本語 | No Comments »

    Tangent: China bans terrorists during Olympics (Shanghai Daily)

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

    Every now and again we do need a reality check. I’ve been heavily critical of Japan’s paranoid rules about G8 Summitry and security. Well, let’s cross the pond and see how silly China comes of regarding security during their Olympics. From the Shanghai Daily: “Overseas visitors suspected of working in the sex trade, of smuggling drugs or belonging to a terrorist organization will not be allowed to enter China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics… Foreigners with mental or epidemic diseases, including tuberculosis and leprosy, will also not be issued visas to visit China, the Organizing Committee said in a circular published on its official Website. Entry would be banned to anyone with “subversive” intent upon arriving in China, according to the rule…” But wait, there’s more…

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Humor, Problematic Foreign Treatment, Sport, Tangents | 26 Comments »

    Amnesty Int’l Public Seminar Shinjuku Sat June 21 on Beijing Olympics & crackdown on Journalists and Writers in China

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

    **********************************************************
    Public Seminar on June 21
    Countdown to the Beijing Olympics
    BROKEN PROMISES
    - Increased crackdown of Journalists and Writers in China-
    **********************************************************

    Date: Saturday 21 June 2008
    Time: 14:30〜17:00
    Guest: Dr. Zhang Yu (Secretary-general of Writers in Prison Committee Independent Chinese PEN Center)
    At: Harmonic Hall (Shinjuku-ku, Nishi Shinjuku
    In English…

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    Akihabara stabbing incident June 8, 2008–yet Akihabara knife shop with “Japanese Only” sign up

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

    Japan Times article June 8, 2008, has a recount of the recent spate of stabbings in Japan, particularly the shocking incident the same day in Akihabara. But an irony I see in this horrible event is that a store in Akihabara–a knife and weapon shop, no less–has limited its customers to “Japanese Only”. Store called “MAD”. Photos in this blog entry.

    Are “the authorities” being cited in “MAD”‘s sign still going to make the case that non-Japanese customers are less safe than Japanese? The shopkeeps of “MAD” might. Let’s use this occasion to reflect a bit on how insanity and nationality are not linked. And my condolences to the families of the victims…

    Posted in Exclusionism, Ironies & Hypocrisies | 52 Comments »

    Hokkaido Police G8 anti-terrorism measures: deputizing coke machines with scare posters, police checkpoints in Chitose Airport…

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

    With less than a month to go before the G8 Summit comes to Hokkaido, here’s some information on how the public is being steeled for the event. I expect things are only going to get worse (like they did for the Sapporo leg of the 2002 World Cup), when walking while White in public is going to be cause for suspicion, with street corner ID checks by overtrained paranoid cops indulging in racial profiling. It’s already happening, according to Olaf Karthaus, in Chitose Airport…

    Eric Johnston and I have already talked about the oversecuritization for both the Debito.org blog and for the Japan Times.

    Here’s the first evidence of that: Deputized coke machines…

    Posted in Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 14 Comments »

    Fun Facts #10: Excellent Japan Times FYI column on the sex industry in Japan

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

    Excellent FYI Column in the Japan Times on the Sex Industry in Japan:

    “What law bans prostitution in Japan? The Prostitution Prevention Law, enacted in 1957, forbids the act of having “intercourse with an unspecified person in exchange for payment.”

    It also punishes acts including soliciting by prostitutes and organized prostitution, such as operating brothels. Legal experts say it is hard for police to crack down on prostitution because it is tricky to verify if a couple had consensual or compensated sex. The law meanwhile does not ban paid sex with a “specified person,” or someone who has become an acquaintance. It also defines sex exclusively as vaginal intercourse. Thus other paid sexual acts are not illegal…”

    Lots more interesting data within. I’m not going to comment more specifically on why I’m reposting it on Debito.org (because anything I say will just be misconstrued). It’s just a great article on a pervasive topic in Japan…

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Exclusionism, Fun Facts, Japanese Government, Tangents | 8 Comments »

    Japan Times FYI on voting rights in Japan (including Zainichi & Newcomer NJ)

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

    Yet another excellent FYI Column from the Japan Times. Along with information on issues of absentee balloting in Japan (and how the GOJ once denied this fundamental constitutional right to Japanese living overseas, until the Supreme Court finally ruled this action unconstitutional in 2005), something of concern to Debito.org:

    “Foreign nationals currently do not have the right to vote in Japan and the issue of giving foreign permanent residents that right for local-level elections is controversial.

    Permanent residents, mainly Korean descendants of those who lived in Japan before the war and were forced to take Japanese nationality at that time, have been fighting for local-level suffrage.

    Newcomers with permanent resident status from other countries and regions, including China, Brazil and the Philippines, are also part of this movement.

    Recently, DPJ members started work on a bill to grant them suffrage. New Komeito has also been active in this area.

    However, conservative lawmakers oppose granting foreigners suffrage, arguing such residents must become naturalized Japanese first. This is because the Constitution stipulates that sovereignty rests with the people, and people are defined as those who hold Japanese nationality, they say.”

    Posted in Exclusionism, Human Rights, Japanese Government | 6 Comments »

    AFP: Once “homogeneous” Japan will finally recognize Ainu as distinct ethnic minority

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

    I’m still blinking at this one. After all these generations maintaining the fiction of Japan as monocultural/monoethnic, we have finally broken yet another ideological logjam: The GOJ will finally recognize the Ainu as a real ethnic minority, entitled to cultural and financial assistance for helping to maintain its culture. Bravo!

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Good News, Japanese Government | 11 Comments »

    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER JUNE 6, 2008

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

    BIG SURPRISES:
    Japan’s Supreme Court rules Japan’s marriage requirement for Japanese nationality unconsitutional
    Chinese now outnumber Koreans as Japan’s largest NJ Minority
    Narita Customs spike HK passenger’s bag with cannabis
    Exclusive! Eric Johnston on extreme security at Kobe G8 Environmental Ministers Summit
    UN OHCHR Minority Update: Japan reviewed by Human Rights Council
    Highlights of UN OHCHR Universal Periodic Review of Japan’s Human Rights Record, May 14, 2008

    OTHER SURPRISES:
    Terrie’s Take 469: GOJ to sign Hague Convention on Child Abduction by 2010
    Japan Times’ Colin Jones on Japan’s offer to sign Hague Convention on Child Abductions by 2010
    Japan Times Community Page May 28, 2008 on Permanent Residency: “Bad PR for Japan”
    …and consequently… NYT on Japan’s dearth of NJ techies, scientists, and engineers
    …and even Japan’s first Caucasian Geisha got her application for PR rejected!

    GOOD NEWS:
    Kyodo/Japan Today on Anthony Bianchi’s moves as Inuyama City Councilor
    Daily Yomiuri May 30 2008 reviews HANDBOOK positively
    Jornal Tudo Bem interview, May 9 2008 (Portuguese)
    Bulgarian Kotooshuu wins first Sumo Tourney
    Debito.org “Japanese Only” T-Shirt appears in Italian SkyTG24 report on G8 Pre-Summit

    LUDICROUSIES
    Tony Laszlo, “Administrator of NGO Issho Kikaku”, in Asahi “Money” Section for his wife’s “Darling wa Gaikokujin” series
    Yahoo News/AP: Newest “Yokoso Japan” rep: Hello Kitty!
    Wired Magazine on 2-Channel’s Nishimura Hiroyuki

    GATHERINGS OF INTEREST:
    3rd Annual Tokyo Refugee Film Festival, June 20-27 2008, Sponsored by UNHCR
    SMJ Forum On NJ Rights and Living Standards, Sat June 14, Kawasaki
    Call for Presentations, Peace as a Global Language Conference 7 Sept 27-8, Tokyo

    …and finally… a tangent:
    Economist obit on Mildred Loving, defeater of US anti-miscegenation laws

    Posted in Newsletters | 1 Comment »

    GOJ: Chinese are largest NJ group in Japan as of end-2007

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

    Here’s a reversal of the Postwar NJ natural order of things: Japan Times/Kyodo: “Chinese became the largest group of foreign residents in Japan at the end of 2007, outnumbering Koreans, the Immigration Bureau said Tuesday. Of the 2.15 million registered foreigners in Japan, Chinese numbered 606,889, or 28.2 percent, while Koreans totaled 593,489, or 27.6 percent, the bureau said. They were followed by Brazilians, Filipinos and Peruvians…”

    Posted in Immigration & Assimilation | 1 Comment »

    Japan’s Supreme Court rules Japan’s marriage requirement for Japanese nationality unconstitutional

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

    Best news we’ll hear all year, I bet. Japan’s Supreme Court has just declared the insane system of “invalid nationality if postnatal paternity” (my term) unconstitutional, i.e. refusing to award Japanese citizenship to children born out of wedlock to NJ women if the J father acknowledges paternity AFTER the child is born. They awarded ten Japanese-Philippine children Japanese citizenship. Another very big step in favor of Japan’s internationalization and multiculturalization. Bravo!!

    Posted in Cultural Issue, Exclusionism, Good News, Human Rights, Immigration & Assimilation, Injustice, Japanese Government, Lawsuits, Problematic Foreign Treatment | 15 Comments »

    3rd Annual Tokyo Refugee Film Festival, June 20-27 2008, Sponsored by UNHCR

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

    In celebration of World Refugee Day on the 20th June 2008, UNHCR and Japan for UNHCR proudly present the 3rd Annual Tokyo Refugee Film Festival. This is a new collection of feature and documentary films on forced migration. June 20-27, 2008, Tokyo. For more information on the timetable and film program visit http://www.refugeefilm.org

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

    SMJ Forum On NJ Rights and Living Standards, Sat June 14, Kawasaki

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

    Solidarity With Migrant Workers Network Japan (SMJ) will hold its biannual national forum on Saturday June 14 (from noon) and Sunday June 15 (from 1pm) at the Kawasaki Kyoiku Bunka Kaikan, near Kawasaki Station. The host, Solidarity With Migrants Japan, has long tackled serious issues facing foreigners living in Japan, including discrimination, violence, visa issues, labor problems and the like. The forum will bring together dozens of groups that handle NJ issues from around the country and even some from other countries.

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

    Eric Johnston on extreme security at Kobe G8 Environmental Ministers Summit

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

    Eric Johnston on the recent mess that passed for G8 Environmental Ministers Kobe Summit: “Readers of this website are no doubt familiar with Debito’s warning about Sapporo and parts of Hokkaido becoming a virtual police state during the main Leaders’ Summit, which takes place at Lake Toya in early July. Here, I owe Debito something of an apology, as I originally thought he may have been a bit hyperbolic, as I often am, for dramatic effect in order to emphasize a larger truth. Surely things weren’t that bad? Unfortunately, after my experience at the G8 Environment Ministers’ conference, I’m wondering if he might not have been prophetic… Many readers of Debito.org will be in or around not only Hokkaido during the main G8 Leaders Summit in July, but also Tokyo, Kansai, and other areas of Japan where the lesser ministerial summits are taking place. The security of the Environment Ministers conference may foreshadow the kinds of security measures that will be seen around Japan over the next month, as we approach the Toyako Summit. More ominously, these may be the kind of security measures we may yet see for more “international conferences” following the Hokkaido summit, as the government and their police and media allies bray on and on about possible “terrorist attacks.” The second reason is to illustrate, in a small way, just what your tax money is buying -a stronger police state and a bureaucracy that is balkanized and increasingly unable, in my experience at least, to get the simple things done at these huge international conferences to the extent that they once could…”

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Ironies & Hypocrisies, Japanese Government, Japanese police/Foreign crime | 1 Comment »

    Japan Times’ Colin Jones on Japan’s offer to sign Hague Convention on Child Abductions by 2010

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

    Colin Jones in the Japan Times: “I feel like a bit of a wet blanket writing this. Make no mistake, it will be great if Japan actually does join the Hague Convention on Child Abductions. Whatever help Japanese authorities need in understanding and implementing the convention should be offered unstintingly. Anything which improves the situation of children abducted to Japan is to be applauded. And if joining the convention somehow leads to improvements for the many more Japanese children in strictly domestic cases who lose one parent through judicial action (or inaction), it would be almost revolutionary… It seems unlikely that Japan joining the convention alone would change this basic aspect of the country’s legal system, since it would involve the police (and prosecutors) in a vast new area of law enforcement family disputes when only a tiny fraction of such disputes would involve the Hague Convention. Perhaps some enforcement mechanism limited to convention cases will be developed, though it would be an odd (though not impossible) result if parents and children from abroad got a better deal in the Japanese legal system than those actually living in Japan. Furthermore, bureaucratic imperatives being at least as important as actual law in Japan, it is difficult to imagine how the police and prosecutors could ever find it in their interests to be arresting Japanese parents (more often than not mothers) in order to return Japanese children to foreigners.”

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Good News, Human Rights, Injustice, Japanese Government, Lawsuits | 5 Comments »

    Japan Times 4th JUST BE CAUSE column on “Good Grass Roots” June 3 2008

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

    GOOD NEWS FROM GRASS ROOTS
    JUST BE CAUSE COLUMN 4
    By Arudou Debito, Japan Times June 3, 2008
    Reader Rodney in Vancouver recently emailed: “I’ve often found your articles informative and useful, but they tend to take a tone of complaint. Please tell us about some face-to-face, grassroots efforts that have helped make Japanese more considerate and respectful of those who are different.”

    Thanks. Yes, my essays sound like “complaints” because I focus on ongoing issues that need redress. That doesn’t mean I don’t see the good news too. Here are 700 words to prove that…

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Articles & Publications, Good News, Human Rights, Labor issues, Otaru Onsen Lawsuit, Problematic Foreign Treatment, United Nations | No Comments »

    Protest NJ Fingerprinting: Pay your taxes in one yen coins

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

    From a friend’s site:” November 20th 2008 was a black day for human rights in Japan. All non-Japanese passport holders, with a few exceptions, were required to be fingerprinted and photographed at their point of entry into the country. Japan also included long term permanent residents in its fingerprinting and photgraphing dragnet. On May 23rd 2008, I submitted a polite, reasoned and clearly enunciated formal letter of protest to the mayor of the city in which I reside, and told him that I was “temporarily suspending payment of the residential Poll Tax (as I call it), until I am no longer subjected to the discrimination and racism of official Japan.” Having just received a third “Final Notice” for the residential “Poll Tax” yesterday, I have decided to go ahead and pay it anyway, in One Yen coins. I will wait for them to count it all, and then I’m going to ask (tongue in cheek) for a set of fingerprints and a photograph of the Section Chief, as a receipt. I’ll settle for the usual red stamp with the date on it. My hope is that EVERY member of the international resident community all across Japan could do this kind of thing every time tax is due…” Cheeky. I like it.

    Posted in Anti-discrimination templates/meetings, Fingerprinting, Targeting, Tracking NJ | 31 Comments »

    “Japanese Only” T-Shirt appears in Italian SkyTG24 report on G8 Pre-Summit

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

    Reporter Pio from Italian TV TG24 recently reported from the ecological G8 Pre-Summit in Kobe about subjects I couldn’t understand (it was in Italian)–but wearing a “Japanese Only” T-Shirt from Debito.org! Huzzah! Links to broadcast and to t-shirt info site here…

    Posted in Articles & Publications, Good News, Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit 2008, Media | 2 Comments »