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Table of Contents:
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OLYMPICS ISSUES
1) Wash Post: South Korea’s naturalized athletes in the PyeongChang Olympics; beyond treated as mercenaries?
2) Wash Post: “NBC apologizes to Koreans for Olympics coverage praising Japan’s brutal occupation”, rightly so

GOOD STATS AT LAST
3) Kyodo: Official stats on NJ “Trainee” work deaths & accidents; 2x higher than J worker deaths, and likely understated
4) JT: “Japan’s NJ workers reach record 1.28 million with labor crunch”; more grist for the grinder

BAD STATS AS USUAL
5) JT: “Coming of age: 1 in 8 new adults in Tokyo are not Japanese”; underanalyzed stats posing as media peg
6) Hawaii’s false alarm missile attack of Jan 13, 2018. JT reports: “Hawaii residents spooked but Japanese sanguine”. Poor reporting and social science.

FIGHTING BACK
7) Asahi: Japanese living abroad plan unprecedented lawsuit demanding dual citizenship. Bravo!
8 ) New Years Eve 2017 TV Blackface Debate in Japan (again): Referential Links

… and finally…

9) A Top Ten for 2017: Debito’s Japan Times JBC 110: “In 2017, Japan woke up to the issue of discrimination”
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By Debito Arudou Ph.D. (debito@debito.org, www.debito.org, Twitter @arudoudebito)
The Debito.org Newsletter is as always Freely Forwardable

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OLYMPICS ISSUES
1) Wash Post: South Korea’s naturalized athletes in the PyeongChang Olympics; beyond treated as mercenaries?

WaPo: In a bid to upgrade its hockey program in fast-forward, one of the world’s most homogenous countries has created one of the most foreign-heavy Olympic teams of all time. Among 25 players on the South Korean men’s hockey team in PyeongChang, seven were born in other countries, including six in Canada. South Korea has 19 foreign-born athletes competing for it in these Olympics, most of any country, with hockey accounting for the largest share. […] The imported men’s players are less mercenaries than converts, granted naturalized Korean citizenship even though they have no Korean blood. To get that opportunity, they had to play at least two seasons for Korean clubs in a pan-Asian hockey league. And then meet with national hockey officials. And then national Olympic officials. And then the country’s Ministry of Justice.

Oh, and then they had to take a test and sing the national anthem. “Then, you find out if you pass or not,” said Eric Regan, a defenseman from Ontario, who naturalized in 2016. “I was with Matt Dalton, the goalie, at the time. We went through the process together and we both passed along with, I think, two other biathletes that day — both Russians. A month later we’re playing in the world championships for Team Korea. It was wild.”

COMMENT: Although breaking down blood-determined national borders in the name of sports participation is a positive development, it is unclear at this point how much of a dent these naturalized athletes will make on the national self-image of what it means “to be a Korean”. If they don’t win (which, sadly, they won’t), then it’s doubtful they will be anything more than an unsuccessful means to an end, an asterisk in the annals of Korean sports.

But if they are accepted nevertheless as “true Koreans” (as opposed to mercenaries; and there is a positive precedent with naturalized citizen Lee Charm/Bernhard Quandt becoming South Korea’s National Tourism Organization leader in 2009) Debito.org will be among the first to cheer.

Japan too has made “instant Japanese” for the purpose of strengthening Japan’s international sports showings, and the fielding of athletes of international roots who didn’t make teams overseas. And there have been some wins on their part. But the outlook is not good: Beyond someone like the (legendary but nasty) baseball player Oh Sadaharu, and some famous Sumo wrestlers (who nowadays aren’t even officially counted as “Japanese” anyway), who remembers them?

http://www.debito.org/?p=14891

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2) Wash Post: “NBC apologizes to Koreans for Olympics coverage praising Japan’s brutal occupation”, rightly so

It’s Olympics time again, and, as long-time readers know, I’m a fan of the athleticism but not the nationalism (and inevitable comparisons of strengths and weaknesses along national lines) that is endemic to bordered sports. Too many people compete for glory as representatives of whole societies, not for individual bests, and that particularly takes a toll on Japan’s athletes.

I’ve been a relentless critic of Japan’s sports commentary, but now that I’m watching it in the US, fair game. I was quite incandescent with rage at times listening to NBC’s stupid, overgeneralizing, and often borderline racist commentary of the Opening Ceremonies. Fortunately, I was not alone, and Korea protested not only the overgeneralizations, but also the ahistorical comments that were ill-considered. Fortunately, NBC apologized (and told the press that the offending commentator’s “assignment is over”), which is better than I’ve ever seen NHK do for its nasty coverage. Here’s the Washington Post on the issue.

WaPo: [NBC’s network’s analyst, Joshua Cooper] Ramo’s commentary amounted to bland trivia about Asia “seemingly plucked from hastily written social studies reports” — such as his observation that white and blue flags stood for North and South Korean unity. Variety compared his commentary to a Wikipedia article.

But Ramo’s big misstep came when he noticed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan in the crowd and offered what he knew about the country’s history with Korea. Japan was “a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945,” Ramo said, correctly (though he did not mention that historians say the Japanese army forced tens of thousands of Koreans into sex slavery.) “But,” Ramo continued, “every Korean will tell you that Japan as a cultural and technological and economic example has been so important to their own transformation.” This was definitely not correct.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14893

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GOOD STATS AT LAST
3) Kyodo: Official stats on NJ “Trainee” work deaths & accidents; 2x higher than J worker deaths, and likely understated

Finally, a quarter-century into the horrible government-sponsored NJ “Trainee” program, the GOJ is now releasing actual hard statistics about the people it is killing. And you can see why it took so long–the numbers are shameful enough to warrant a cover-up: Between 2014 and 2017, 22 NJ died (almost all due to workplace accidents, but at least one was probably being worked to death). This is more than twice the on-job fatality rate for J workers. There were also 475 cases of serious accidents to NJ “Trainees”, and, as activists point out below, this figure is probably understated.

A contrarian might argue that NJ are just accident-prone. But as the article describes below, working conditions are simply awful, not to mention generally illegal. And as as Debito.org has pointed out repeatedly over the decades, “the program is rife with abuse: exploitation under sweatshop conditions, restrictions on movement, unsafe workplaces, uncompensated work and work-site injuries, bullying and violence, physical and mental abuse, sexual harassment, death from overwork and suicide — even slavery and murder. Things have not improved in recent years. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry announced that about 70 percent of some 5,200 companies that accepted trainees in 2015 violated laws, and in 2016 a record 4,004 employers engaged in illegal activities. The program is so rotten that even the United Nations demanded Japan scrap it.” (From Japan Times, Jan. 3, 2018, Item 4)

Anyway, let’s celebrate that we have some official statistics at last, for without them, it’s easy to see why this program can keep going for a quarter-century with little political traction to improve it.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14864

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4) JT: “Japan’s NJ workers reach record 1.28 million with labor crunch”; more grist for the grinder

Kyodo reports that there are more NJ laborers in Japan than ever (1.28 million, of the 2.3 million total NJ registered), and this is largely due to the temporary NJ “Trainees” being brought in under Japan’s “no unskilled labor” unskilled-labor visa policy.

The big news is that Chinese and now Vietnamese are the two biggest foreign worker nationalities in Japan (I assume the 338,950 Zainichi Korean Special Permanent Residents were not counted as “foreign workers” here), followed by Filipinos and Brazilians (yes, they’re coming again) and Nepalese.

So all the official transgressions against NJ laborers a decade ago are forgotten, and ever more victims of Japan’s revolving-door visa market are arriving to be exploited and sent home. Seems NJ never learn, but this new crop will find out soon enough.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14879

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BAD STATS AS USUAL
5) JT: “Coming of age: 1 in 8 new adults in Tokyo are not Japanese”; underanalyzed stats posing as media peg

JT: [T]his year more than 1 in every 8 new adults in Tokyo’s 23 wards are not Japanese citizens, figures compiled by The Japan Times show. According to data provided by the 23 ward offices, 10,959 new non-Japanese adults live in central Tokyo, or 13 percent of the 83,764 new adults living in the city. […] Experts attributed Tokyo’s recent surge in the number of young non-Japanese to a flood of foreign residents coming with student and training visas. […] Those with dual citizenship of Japan and another country are counted as Japanese citizens.

COMMENT: This is a positive development, but not something all that headline-grabbing as a bellwether. After all, the article barely mentions the NJs’ visa status. Are these Permanent Residents who can stay here forever, and make a difference without fearing the loss of their visa? Or are they on something shorter and thus sweepable (or bribable) with the thud of a bureaucratic stamp of “nonrenewal”? (The article mentions the uptick in student and “trainee” visas; precisely my point. This is not immigration; it’s a reflection of stopgap labor movement.)

And the true measure of internationalization — international Japanese citizens (i.e., Japanese children of international roots) — are not counted at all, once again showing the “embedded racism” of the process (by deliberately reducing Japan’s level of “foreignness” to more comfortable levels by only counting “pure” foreigners in isolation). Then what is a more newsworthy stat? How about the record numbers each year of NJ residents with Permanent Residency? That never seem to make much news blip. No wonder. That would actually mean something IS changing.

Instead, we get soft stats in soft newspaper articles like these. Again, fine, but we Old Japan Hands are getting rather sick of hearing prematurely how “Japan is changing” in the media, and getting our hopes up unnecessarily.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14860

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6) Hawaii’s false alarm missile attack of Jan 13, 2018. JT reports: “Hawaii residents spooked but Japanese sanguine”. Poor reporting and social science.

Making news recently was the alert on January 13 sent throughout Hawaii that the islands were under nuclear attack. And there were a number of reports of final messages to loved ones and otherwise panicked behavior as people tried to make use of their final moments. Fortunately, it turned out to be a false alarm, but the local government kept us in suspense for 38 minutes. That is where the news is — the incompetence of local authorities coupled with international tensions fanned by an incompetent president.

But leave it to the Japan Times to try to draw sociocultural lines around the event. With the smarmy title, “False-alarm missile alert spooks Hawaii residents but Japanese sanguine,” it tried to paint Japanese as preternaturally calm while Americans were panicked. Drawing from a humongous sample size of three — yes, three — “Japanese”, the JT reported juicy quotes such as this:

“[Megumi] Gong, [a housewife and college student from Shizuoka Prefecture who has lived in Honolulu for the last three years], characterized the differences between how Americans and Japanese reacted as ‘fascinating.’ ‘I don’t know if it is a sense of crisis or an obsession with life, or whether one is more accustomed to emergency situations, but the difference in the responses is fascinating,’ she said. Japanese, Gong said, ‘are afraid’ but ‘aren’t panicked’ — a kind of ‘it cannot be helped’ attitude. ‘We don’t call our family to say I love you. We still go to work,’ she said. ‘Also, we give up fast,’ as if we ‘will die if the missile’ comes. We ‘can’t do anything.’”

COMMENT: Such is the blindness of transplant diaspora, who act, without any apparent social science training, as Cultural Representative of All Japan, wheeled out to represent an entire society of more than 100 million as a “we” monolith, and taken seriously by media merely by dint of her having Japanese background. And in contrast, at least one of my contacts in Hokkaido (which also had a DPRK missile alert (for real) over Oshima Hantou and Erimo last September) would disagree with the lack of local panic.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14868

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FIGHTING BACK
7) Asahi: Japanese living abroad plan unprecedented lawsuit demanding dual citizenship. Bravo!

Here’s something interesting and something to support if you are a Japanese living abroad — the maintenance of your legal identity in the form of dual nationality.

The Asahi reports that several Japanese citizens in Europe unprecedentedly plan to sue the government to abolish the law forcing Japanese to pick one nationality if they take another. Some emigres also want to undo the damage and restore their Japanese nationality.

Naturally, Debito.org wholeheartedly supports this effort. For too long the embedded binary of “you’re either Japanese or you’re not” (an Ichi-ro or a Ze-ro) has done untold social damage to people of multiple ethnicities and identities. Nobody in power has ever really listened to them, so now it’s time for the monoethnic Japanese abroad, who want inclusivity for their newfound diversity, to take up the charge.

Here’s hoping they get heard. Because others who have championed this sort of thing (such as MP Kouno Taro nearly a decade ago) got nowhere even in their own ruling political party. Enough Japanese already have dual. Let’s have the law reflect reality (and not institutionalize identity policing) at last.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14900

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8 ) New Years Eve 2017 TV Blackface Debate in Japan (again): Referential Links

With the recent broadcast of an “Eddie Murphy homage” (with Japanese tarento Hamada Masatoshi doing blackface) on one of the most-watched shows in Japan all year, Debito.org feels a need at least to mention that there is a hot debate going on about whether Blackface is appropriate in other societies (such as Japan) with a different history of race relations.

My opinion is that doing Blackface is almost always a bad thing, due to its historical connotation regardless of context. And I add the caveat of “almost always” while struggling to think of any exception, except for purposes of historical grounding behind the issue. (And it’s not limited to blackface: Debito.org has covered racialized media in Japan, broadcast without input from the minorities affected, many times in the past, including here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

But that’s all I’ll say. I think Baye McNeil has a lock on the issue, and I’ll just refer Debito.org Readers to his most recent Japan Times column, at https://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2018/01/10/our-lives/time-japan-scrub-off-blackface-good/

Even better is a YouTube panel discussion sponsored by The Japan Times that involves McNeil, Anthropologist Dr. John G. Russell of Gifudai, and YouTuber Aoki Yuta.

Dr. Russell’s comments about Japan’s history with Blackface (there is in fact a history, despite the narrative that Japan is ignorant therefore innocent) are particularly salient. Watch if you want a definitive conclusion to the issue of Blackface in Japan for yourself.

http://www.debito.org/?p=14854

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… and finally…

9) A Top Ten for 2017: Debito’s Japan Times JBC 110: “In 2017, Japan woke up to the issue of discrimination”

As is tradition, here is JBC’s annual countdown of the top 10 human rights events as they affected non-Japanese (NJ) residents of Japan over the past year. In ascending order:

10) As Japan’s population falls, NJ residents hit record
Figures released in 2017 indicated that Japan’s society is not just continuing to age and depopulate, but that the trends are accelerating. Annual births fell under 1 million — a record low — while deaths reached a record high. The segment of the population aged 65 or older also accounted for a record 27 percent of the total. In contrast, after four years (2010-2013) of net outflow, the NJ resident influx set new records. A registered 2.38 million now make up 1.86 percent of Japan’s total population, somewhat offsetting the overall decline. Alas, that didn’t matter. Japanese media as usual tended to report “Japan’s population” not in terms of people living in Japan, but rather Nihonjin (Japanese citizens), indicating once again that NJ residents simply don’t count.

9) ‘Hair police’ issue attracts attention with lawsuit…

http://www.debito.org/?p=14847

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That’s all for this month. Thanks as always for reading!
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15 comments on “DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MARCH 7, 2018

  • Jim Di Griz says:

    Here’s an interesting headline from Japan Times;

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/11/national/crime-legal/hawaii-woman-charged-sexual-assaults-japanese-exchange-student-care/

    Hawaii woman charged with sexually assaulting Japanese exchange student.

    Fear of the ‘other’ right there! Perverted NJ taking advantage of innocent Japanese, right? Wrong. The ‘Hawaii woman’ in question is a Rika Shimizu. Hmm. They don’t call her an ‘American woman’ so is it the case that her nationality is Japanese?
    And in any case, when Japan is anxious to scoop up and claim Nobel winners of Japanese heritage but NJ nationality, why not this Shimizu?
    Ah, but she did something bad, right?
    Well what about Peru’s Fujimori? He was an evil piece of work, but Japan supported his human rights abuses and claimed him as one of their own too! So why not Shimizu?
    Because her victim was Japanese. Fujimori’s victims were ‘gaijin’.

    Reply
  • Dr. Arudō,

    I’ve recently had run-ins with both Hello Work and city office officials asking for my gaijin card, and per your instructions about who is allowed to ask for it, I was under the impression only immigration officials or police were able to.

    However, I’ve taken a wee bit of time to look up the relevant laws, and it would seem other government officials (including Hello Work and city hall personnel dealing with jūminhyō) are also legally authorized to demand it. (See the law here: http://elaws.e-gov.go.jp/search/elawsSearch/elaws_search/lsg0500/detail?lawId=356M50000010054#495)

    I understand there is an ongoing problem with private businesses attempting to demand it, which appears to be in conflict with the law, but unless I am mistaken, other government officials would seem to be legally entitled to demand the gaijin card. Would you please double-check me, and if necessary, update the relevant sections on your Website? I can’t imagine I’m the only one who relies heavily on the information found here.

    Thanks as always for your continued work.

    Reply
    • Well,

      #1. Why would you even admit to Hello Work that their illegal assumption about your nationality is correct?

      A public worker making a guess about nationality based on racial appearance is violating the Constitution of Japan.

      And a Hello Work public worker need not be even thinking about your nationality in the first place. They can demand Identification from people applying for benefits, such as Drivers’ License, Kokuho Kaado, My Number Card, etc., and they can NOT suddenly demand that certain racial appearances allow them to suddenly limit the identification options to one particular form of I.D.

      Meaning, as soon as the words “Gaikokujin” or “Zairyuu Kaado” are brought up you should be immediately taking the strong stance of putting the spotlight on THEM for the illegal action THEY just committed: assuming, based on racial appearance, that you are a “foreigner” in the first place.

      While showing your Kokuho Kaado (which of course does NOT reveal your nationality, because it should of course have your name in 100% Kanji, Kanji which you picked yourself and made official long ago) you should say:

      “Nippon no kenpo ni yori, Nippon no saiban ni yori, Nippon no Koan Iinkai ni yori, Haroo Waaku no Koumuiin wa hito no Jinshu ni tsuite KUBETSU-NA-KOUDOU wa ihou, soshite JINSHU ni tsuite KUBETSU-NA-HANASHI demo ihou desu soshite Nippon no Koan Iinkai wa chodo saki no anata san no Jinshu ni tsuite no yutta koto wa yurusanai yo.

      Nippon no Kenpo ni yori, Hakujin Jinshu na Nipponjin ga iru, Kokujin Jinshu na Nipponjin ga iru, Haafu Jinshu na Nipponjin ga iru, Amerika Umare Amerika Sodate Nipponjin ga iru, desu no de, Haroo Waaku no Koumuiin wa hito no jinshu o mite “Omae wa gaikokujin darou” na bunshou nante dekinai. “Gaikokujin desu ka” na shitsumon demo ihou desu.

      Koumuiin wa minnasan ni mattaku onaji bunshou tsukawanakucha. “Honnin no kakunin onegai shimasu. Menkyou demo ii, Kokuho Kaado demo ii. Mai Nambaa Kaado demo ii.”

      #2. Please translate into English the specific law sentence which you are claiming somehow gives Hello Work the legal right to demand a person who appears racially “foreign” to suddenly show the Zairyuu Kaado. Thank you.

      #3. And regardless, back to point number one, why would Hello Work be thinking about Nationality in the first place, and why would you stupidly admit, “Yes, I’m a foreigner” in the first place? Perhaps you are a naturalized Japanese citizen? Who knows? Why was your racial appearance used as a reason to start making DEMANDS about showing proof of NATIONALITY?

      Reply
    • @HJ –

      Police officers WANT to check if people (of all races) are illegally carrying certain things.

      But police officers can NOT legally say, “Let us search you or you can not continue walking freely, we will arrest you for not allowing us to do a search.”

      Police officers WANT to check if people who appear “racially non-Japanese” are illegally overstaying.

      But Police can NOT legally say, “Let us see your Zairyuu Kaado or you can not continue walking freely, we will arrest you for not allowing us to do an overstay check.”

      Both for the “illegal items check” and the “illegal overstayer check” the police FIRST need reasonable grounds to suspect a person of a particular crime (“Mazu nanika tsumi ni tsuite utagau ni tariru soutou na riyuu ga hitsuyou”) BEFORE they can legally even initiate the voluntary police questioning.

      Only in the ultra rare case where the officer HAS reasonable grounds to suspect you of a crime, that is the only time the law requires you to show your Zairyuu Kaado, because in that rare case the officer is actually obeying the police duties law, and yes one needs to show the Zairyuu Kaado in that specific case: when the officer is actually “acting within the confines of the police duties law which requires reasonable grounds to suspect a person of a crime before initiating police questioning of any individual.”

      Hello Work public workers WANT to check if people who appear “racially non-Japanese” are illegally overstaying.

      But Hello Work public workers can NOT legally say, “Let us see your Zairyuu Kaado or you can not receive unemployment benefits, we will refuse you unemployment benefits for not allowing us to do an overstay check.”

      Kodomo Teate public workers WANT to check if people who appear “racially non-Japanese” are illegally overstaying.

      But Kodomo Teate public workers can NOT legally say, “Let us see your Zairyuu Kaado and Passport or you can not receive Kodomo Teate, we will refuse you Kodomo Teate for not allowing us to do an overstay check.”

      Juuminhyou public workers WANT to check if people who appear “racially non-Japanese” are illegally overstaying.

      But Juuminhyou public workers can NOT legally say, “Let us see your Zairyuu Kaado and Passport or you can not receive a print of your Juuminhyou, we will refuse you a print of your Juuminhyou for not allowing us to do an overstay check.”

      Are you starting to see the pattern here?

      Stop being so quick to “confirm our (racial-appearance-based) assumption that you are a foreigner”.

      Stop being so quick to “bend over and prove you aren’t an overstayer by showing your Zairyuu Kaado”.

      Say, “The Ombudsman (Koan iinkai) does NOT forgive public workers who make demands based on racial appearance, because that is illegal according to Japan’s Constitution. It is possible that MAYBE I am NOT a foreigner. It is possible that I COULD be a nationalized-Japanese-citizen. It is possible that I COULD even be a Japanese-citizen-from-birth thanks to both white/black parents POSSIBLY having already become nationalized-Japanese-citizens before I was born. It is illegal for public workers to make demands based on racial appearance. Police officers must obey the Police Duties Law which requires reasonable grounds to suspect a person has committed a crime BEFORE stopping an individual. Stopping individuals based on racial appearance is NOT acting within the confines of Police Duties Law thus is ILLEGAL Questioning (IHOU na Shokumu Shitsumon.) And City Hall / Juuminhyou / Kodomo Teate / Hello Worker public workers too must treat all residents exactly the same, by saying the same thing to every resident: “Honnin no kakunin onegai shimasu” while pointing to the official list which shows ALL the official ID options “Unten Menkyou demo ii, Kokuho Kaado demo ii, Mai Nambaa Kaado demo ii, nado nado.” Public workers must obey the constitution of Japan by using the exact same speech and actions to ALL residents in Japan REGARDLESS of racial appearance. Lose the racism and complete the transaction.”

      Reply
  • Jim Di Griz says:

    NJ inmates at detention center go on hunger strike after suspicious 14th detainee death since 2006.
    Kazuyuki Tokui, who oversees the centres, told Reuters ‘his ministry did not recognise any problem at the facilities’.
    Read that again slowly; deaths of NJ is no problem.

    At least this story of Japanese famous Omotenashikunai made BBC;
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43794909

    Reply
  • Jim Di Griz says:

    More Vietnamese ‘trainees’ made to clean up radioactive debris in Fukushima only weeks after the last incident of the same prompted the government to ‘ensure it wouldn’t happen’. Pathetic.
    NJ workers need to hear stories like this and take their services to other countries.

    Maybe if the cleanup in Fukushima wasn’t being contracted out to Yakuza front-companies skimming off the top, the pay rate would be high enough to attract Japanese workers?

    https://japantoday.com/category/national/more-vietnamese-trainees-made-to-join-fukushima-decontamination-work

    Reply
    • Jim Di Griz says:

      P.S. Immigration investigation of this event decided that there were ‘no problems’ with the actions of immigration staff.
      Literally a license to kill, these guys.

      Reply
  • Anonymous says:

    In my opinion, Eido Inoue is once again knowingly publishing false statements about Debito.org, and thus maliciously attempting to damage Debito’s ability to earn a living:

    http://archive.is/lXMVW

    “Debito.org is a fountain of Nihonjin-ron.”

    Some of the millions of http://www.reddit.com/r/japan readers who potentially were fooled by that false statement might cancel an employment offer or a book purchase.

    Remember, Eido Inoue recently used his Bonesdawg account to publish his opinion that the Begin Walking Tour and ALL businesses open to the public have a LEGAL RIGHT to refuse service based on nationality or race:

    http://archive.is/YXxTO

    This is the same Race-Based-Exclusion-Apologist who claims Japan shouldn’t allow more immigrants, calls protesters ringleaders, and strangely recently claimed to be “ex-military”:

    http://archive.is/trVCi (Ctrl F: Syrian) ~ Eido Inoue
    http://archive.is/LACcY (Ctrl F: Syrian) ~ Bonesupren
    http://archive.is/vEaOX (Ctrl F: ringleader) ~ Bonesupren
    http://archive.is/0pEjo (Ctrl F: ringleader) ~ Bonesdawg
    http://archive.is/RSpQ0 (Ctrl F: ex-military) ~ Bonesdawg

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  • Jim Di Griz says:

    Okinawa already wants NJ who rent cars to have an ‘NJ driver’ sticker, not they are normalizing the denial of hire car rental because international driving licenses may be ‘forged’.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/08/national/okinawa-car-rental-agencies-wary-chinese-tourists-improperly-obtained-licenses/

    It’s not the rental employees’ responsibility to presuppose a crime has been committed simply because they have no proof that it hasn’t.

    Reply

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