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Embedded Racism: Japan's Visible Minorities and Racial Discrimination

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  • Idubor Case: Complete letters from prison, written specially for (part 2)

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on January 31st, 2008

    PART TWO, PAGES 131 TO 165…
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    4 Responses to “Idubor Case: Complete letters from prison, written specially for (part 2)”

    1. TJJ Says:

      Thanks for posting these Debito, I’m getting a better idea of what happened. Eagerly awaiting the rest of the notes after page 165.

    2. Global Voices Online » Japan: Letters from the Prision Says:

      […] Debito posted letters from Osayuwamen Idubor, written in jail. The Nigerian was sentenced last December to three years for rape despite no physical evidence and flawed accuser testimony. Part I and Part II. Share This […]

    3. jim Says:

      i hope that the dna test will get his realease asap since they surely dont have any hard evidence against this man, good luck and god bless you.

    4. Larry Fordyce Says:

      I was not being insensitive. I was just trying to make a point. At this moment it is “ALLEGED”. But yet we jump on the pile. “Leadership being sensitive this time”, you are correct but I ensure you it is directed by the State Department. Military has rules and SOFA being one, a Commander does what is outlined in that document. We blame these folks for being insensitive? Sorry even JN’s follow the letter of law as it is written and never waiver from it. People get fired if they do not so why do expect more out of the commanders? The point I was making was there is an agreement and if the locals don’t like it ask the forces to leave or see if they can revise it. The SOFA is in place to prevent things like the “Idubor Case” happening to service members. By the way I was neither supporting the act or commending it. I am outraged at the fact this 38 year old Marine got into this situation, he knew better but also outraged that he is judged already without going through the process. Until the facts are out it is all hear say. As the reason this news was posted was to point out how fast the media jumped on it before the facts were out.

      “Johnson is today best known as a sharp critic of what he sees as American imperialism.” ” It is possible that, at some future moment, the U.S. military could actually take over the government and declare a dictatorship (though its commanders would undoubtedly find a gentler, more user-friendly name for it).” Anyone would love this guy if you believe everything is a conspiracy. But least he lived in Japan for over a year in 1950’s unlike most proclaimed experts. I am pretty sure he is very objective on how he used these numbers. Being in marketing; I know I can take numbers and make them look anyway you want. Sir, you believe yours and I will believe mine.

      “As we know, the American forces in Okinawa have done nothing concrete to protect Japan’s security in the 50 years since the end of the occupation. Scholars, of whom Chalmers Johnson is representative, are dismissive of claims that the presence of American troops in Okinawa has in any way enhanced the security of the region. Reasoned arguments against this point are, of course, welcome. However, the widespread belief among American service people that “sons and daughters were protecting a region other than your own” does not automatically make this so.”

      Two words. Sea Lanes! Which just happens to be Japan’s life line. For the past fifty years they have been open and it was not the JMSDF doing escorts for their oil tankers, chasing pirates from their flagged carriers and ensuring the lanes stayed open every time someone claims a larger territory than is allowed by international law. Even a few living up north may have experienced the Soviets buzzing Hokkaido and Misawa with their “Bear” bombers. Well, they were being escorted. Sorry many more can be listed that (1) I would overwelm you (2) probably be arrested for giving away to much information. I am not claiming Mr. Johnson is an idiot and I have read some of his works. He often has brilliant points but then again seems to bend the truth to his liking. It does sell many books and good for him. Nice little paper that describes the benefit both countries have gotten from the treaty.

      Again there are two sides to this story and your choice to which one you wish to believe. There is no need for a link war because both have their argument depends on who you believe. I choose the latter since I just happen to be one of those folks who experienced some of these issues instead of sitting behind a desk and reading and writing about it.

      Oh yea…these thugs from Okinawa have been responsible for disaster relief in the Pacific for the past few years and are still there. I know it has nothing to with Japan’s defense but it nice to have a mobile force to evacuate and provide assistant in a hurry.

      So the real question. Is this man guilty of rape in your eyes even before the facts are out?

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