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  • PRESS RELEASE for Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants

    Posted by arudou debito on March 5th, 2008

    For the record… released March 4, 2008:
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    NEW BOOK
    “HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS AND IMMIGRANTS TO JAPAN”
    ON SALE FROM MARCH 15, 2008
    AUTHOR ARUDOU DEBITO’S NATIONWIDE BOOK TOUR MARCH 15 TO APRIL 1

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    Akashi Shoten Inc, Japan’s biggest human rights publisher, will sell “HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, AND IMMIGRANTS TO JAPAN”, by Administrative Solicitor HIGUCHI Akira and author ARUDOU Debito from March 15. Details in brief:

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    “HANDBOOK FOR NEWCOMERS, MIGRANTS, AND IMMIGRANTS TO JAPAN”
    ISBN: 978-4-7503-2741-9
    Authors: HIGUCHI Akira and ARUDOU Debito
    Languages: English and Japanese (on corresponding pages)
    Publisher: Akashi Shoten Inc., Tokyo (http://www.akashi.co.jp)
    372 Pages. Price: 2300 yen (2415 yen after tax)
    Goal: To help non-Japanese entrants become residents and immigrants
    Topics: Securing stable visas, Establishing businesses and secure jobs, Resolving legal problems, Planning for the future from entry into Japan to death.
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    BOOK SYNOPSIS:
    Interested in living in Japan? Not visiting. Actually living here, perhaps permanently? In recent years, hundreds of thousands of Non-Japanese residents have come here for good. However, there is often insufficient information on how to make your life more secure. HANDBOOK will help–offering advice on topics like stabilizing your visa and employment, establishing your own business, dealing with frequent social problems, writing your Will, even working with Japan’s Civil Society. Buy this book and start planning your future in this wonderful country!

    Ordering details at http://www.debito.org/?page_id=582

    Further Information follows:
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    ADVANCE BOOK REVIEWS
    BOOK TOUR FROM SENDAI TO FUKUOKA STARTING MARCH 15
    (including the FCCJ, Good Day Books, and Amnesty International)
    TABLE OF CONTENTS
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    Advance book reviews (excerpts):
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    “Higuchi and Arudou’s HANDBOOK promises to be the second passport for foreigners in Japan. It provides a map to navigate the legal, economic, and social mazes of contemporary Japanese life. Practical and affordable, clear and concise, the Handbook should contribute not only to a better life for newcomers to Japan but also to a more humane society in Japan.”

    –Dr John Lie, Dean of International and Area Studies, University of California Berkeley, and author of MULTIETHNIC JAPAN.

    “Finally, the book I always wished I had, explaining in clear and precise language the legal labyrinths that make life interesting and sometimes treacherous for non-Japanese trying to find their way in Japan. This is the A-Z what to watch out for and how to do it guide that will help all non-Japanese living in Japan… I can think of no other book that comes close in promoting mutual understanding, one that is grounded in the law and brimming with practical advice.”

    –Dr Jeff Kingston, Director of Asian Studies, Temple University Japan, and author of JAPAN’S QUIET TRANSFORMATION

    “If there weren’t an Arudou Debito, we would have had to invent one… Arudou and Higuchi’s Handbook is an indispensable reference for all outsiders who live here for any length of time.”

    –Alex Kerr, author, DOGS AND DEMONS and LOST JAPAN
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    BOOK TOUR
    (specific details on locales and times at http://www.debito.org/?page_id=582)

    Sat March 15 Sendai FRANCA
    Sun March 16 NUGW Tokyo Nambu, Shinbashi
    Mon March 17 Roppongi Bar Association
    Tues March 18 Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Tokyo
    Weds March 19 Amnesty International Tokyo
    Fri March 21 Kamesei Ryokan, Nagano
    Sat March 22 Kamesei Ryokan, Nagano,
    Sun March 23 Good Day Books Tokyo Ebisu
    Tues March 25 Osaka FRANCA
    Thurs March 27 Shiga University
    Fri March 28 JALT Kobe
    Sat March 29 JALT Wakayama
    Sat March 29 JALT Osaka
    Sun March 30 JALT Okayama
    Tues April 1 Fukuoka General Union

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS AND PREFACE (excerpts)

    Migration of labor is an unignorable reality in this globalizing world. Japan is no exception. In recent years, Japan has had record numbers of registered foreigners, international marriages, and people receiving permanent residency. This guidebook is designed to help non-Japanese settle in Japan, and become more secure residents and contributors to Japanese society.

    Japan is one of the richest societies in the world, with an extremely high standard of living. People will want to come here. They are doing so. Japan, by the way, wants foreigners too. Prime Ministerial cabinet reports, business federations, and the United Nations have advised more immigration to Japan to offset its aging society, low birthrate, labor shortages, and shrinking tax base. Unfortunately, the attitude of the Japanese government towards immigration has generally been one of neglect. Newcomers are not given sufficient guidance to help them settle down in Japan as residents with stable jobs and lifestyles. HANDBOOK wishes to fill that gap….

    Chapter One: ARRIVING IN JAPAN
    1 – Understanding the structure of the Japanese Visa System (the difference between “Visa”, “Status of Residence” (SOR) and “Certificate of Eligibility” (COE))
    2 – Procedures for coming to Japan
    - Acquiring SOR from outside Japan
    - Changing or acquiring SOR from inside Japan
    - Chart summarizing Visa, COE, and SOR
    3 – Procedures after you came to Japan
    - Bringing your family over to Japan
    - Leaving Japan temporarily
    - Extending your stay in Japan
    - Changing jobs in Japan
    - Changing SOR so you can work
    - Chart summarizing Immigration procedures
    4 – What kinds of Status of Residence are there?
    - Chart outlining all 27 possible SOR
    - Recommendations for specific jobs
    - Requirements for select Statuses of Residence
    5 – What if you overstay or work without proper status?
    - Recent changes to Immigration law
    - Examples of unintended violations
    - Our advice if you overstay your SOR
    6 – Getting Permanent Residency and Japanese Nationality
    - Chart summarizing the requirements and differences between the two
    7 – Conclusions and final advice on how to make your SOR stable

    Chapter Two: STABILIZING EMPLOYMENT AND LIFESTYLES
    1 – Characteristics of Japanese labor environment
    2 – Labor law
    3 – Labor contract
    4 – Salary system
    5 – Deduction and Taxes
    6 – Labor insurance and Social Insurance for workers
    7 – Summary

    Chapter Three: STARTING A BUSINESS
    1 Why start a business?
    2 Sole Proprietorship (kojin jigyou) or Corporation (houjin jigyou)?
    3 Type of corporations
    4 Other forms of business (NPO, LLP)
    5 Procedures for starting a business by setting up a kabushiki gaisha
    6 Business license
    7 Periodical procedures to keep your business going
    8 Advice for a successful business
    9 Terminology

    Chapter Four: WHAT TO DO IF RESOLVING PROBLEMS
    LIFESTYLE:
    (These are frequently asked questions about overcoming obstacles and improving your lifestyle in Japan.)
    if you want to study Japanese
    if you want to open a bank account (and get an inkan seal)
    if you want a credit card
    if you want insurance (auto, life, property)
    if you want a driver license
    if you want to buy a car
    if you are involved in a traffic accident
    if you want Permanent Residency (eijuuken)
    if you want to buy property
    if you want to sell your property, apartment or house
    if you need counseling or psychiatric help
    if you want to take Japanese citizenship (kika)

    POLICING:
    if you are asked for a passport or ID (“Gaijin Card”) check by police
    if you are asked for a passport or Gaijin Card check by anyone else
    if you are arrested or taken into custody by the police
    if you are a victim of a crime

    DISCRIMINATION:
    (What we mean by “discrimination”, pg ##)
    if you are refused entry to a business
    if you are refused entry to a hotel
    if you are refused an apartment
    if you have a problem with your landlord, or are threatened with eviction
    if you are refused a loan
    if you want to protest something you feel is discriminatory

    GOING TO COURT:
    if you want legal advice, or need to find a lawyer
    if you want to go to court
    if you want to go to small-claims court (for fraud, broken business contracts, etc.)

    WORKPLACE DISPUTES:
    if you want government support for labor dispute negotiations
    if you want to join or form a labor union
    if you want to find another job

    FAMILY MATTERS:
    if you want to get married
    if you want to register your children in Japanese schools
    if you want to register your newborn Japanese children with non-Japanese names
    if you have a problem (such as ijime bullying) in your children’s schools
    if you want to change your children’s schools
    if you suffer from Domestic Violence
    if you want to get divorced
    if you are having visitation, child custody, or child support problems
    if you are a pregnant out of wedlock by a Japanese man

    Chapter Five: RETIREMENT AND PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
    1 FINANCIALLY PREPARING FOR OLD AGE
    - Corporate Retirement Benefits (taishokukin)
    - Pension (nenkin)
    - Private annuity (kojin nenkin)
    - Long-term investment
    2 LIFESTYLE AND HEALTHCARE
    - Elderly care and Nursing Care Insurance (kaigo hoken)
    - Medical care and Medical services for the aged (roujin hoken)
    - Guardian for adults (seinen kouken)
    3 INHERITANCE AND WILL
    - Inheritance (souzoku) and taxes
    - Last Will and Testament (yuigon, igon)
    - Japanese rules regarding family inheritance
    4- POSTHUMOUS CARE
    - Culturally-sensitive funerals (osoushiki)
    - Japanese cremation rules
    - Repatriating a body for ceremonies overseas
    - Maintaining a funeral plot in Japan

    Chapter Six: GIVING SOMETHING BACK: DEVELOPING THE CIVIL SOCIETY
    1. How to find a group
    2. Starting your own group
    3. Formalizing your group (NGOs etc.)
    4. Making activism more than just a hobby.
    5. Running for elected office
    6. Staying positive when people claim “Japan will never change”
    7. Conclusions

    Chapter Seven: CONCLUSIONS: SUMMARIZING WHAT WE THINK YOU SHOULD DO TO CREATE STRONGER ROOTS IN JAPANESE SOCIETY

    INDEX

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    One Response to “PRESS RELEASE for Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants”

    1. Anon. Says:

      Debito,

      Congratulations!
      I’ve been looking forward to the book for a while.
      I plan on getting a copy as soon as it hits the shelves.
      Not sure yet, but I’ll try to make it to one of your book signings.

      Shibuya, Tōkyō
      (Probably at the Shibuya Tower Records as you previously recommended.)

      –Thanks very much! Shibuya Tower Records has always been very helpful with selling my books (they have always stocked JAPANESE ONLY). I’ll see they get some copies of HANDBOOK on their shelves as soon as I get to Tokyo. Debito

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