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    Posted by arudou debito on March 21st, 2007

    Hi Blog. Been beavering away this evening getting some updates to Debito.org out of the way. To wit:

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    NATURALIZATION UPDATE

    To ground things in more context, I’ve taken the liberty to start archiving articles dealing with how other countries (not just the US and Japan) deal with the aspect of citizenship and naturalization.

    Just included some articles on issues cropping up in Canada and Holland (where people are deprived of their citizenship due to technicalities), Austria and the Caribbean (where citizenship is for sale), and Moldova and Rumania (where history has created historical entitlement to emigration and citizenship in the latter).

    http://www.debito.org/naturalization.html#othercountries

    Will web more as I find them. Others are welcome to notify me at debito@debito.org
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    WHAT TO DO IF… SITE

    Also added is an important essay (which unfortunately winked out of existence when the Issho Kikaku website was rendered defunct) resurrected by the authors on Debito.org:

    How your employment experience (in Japan or abroad) counts towards pensions in Japan (kara kikan), by Steve van Dresser and Stephanie Houghton (written 2002, but still applicable).

    http://www.debito.org/whattodoif.html#academicjob
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    BEWARE OF FOREIGNERS–AND THEIR PENISES!

    Okay, thought that title would get you reading this post…

    ADVICE TO WOMEN ON WHAT TO AVOID IN RELATIONSHIPS
    INCLUDING FOREIGNERS

    courtesy
    JOSHI GAKUSEI DARAKU MANYUARU
    (“Manual for Women Students Regarding Depravity”)

    Published by Hikou Mondai Kenkyuukai (“Research Institute on the Delinquency Problem”) December 1995, particularly pages 72-75. Available at Amazon Japan. Information courtesy of Michael H. Fox (thanks).

    Still in print, this manual compares not only compares foreign penis sizes, it warns its intended Japanese female audience that having relations with foreigners is problematic because inter alia “they don’t have money”, “their temperament is too strong”, “they want a lot of sex”, and “there are a lot of junkies”.

    See all the scanned pages (Arabs are apparently the most well-endowed) at
    http://www.debito.org/joseidarakumanual.html

    Courtesy of your unfettered guarantee of freedom of speech in Japan (and the lack of any constraints generally associated with social science, or the Scientific Method). More to come…

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    One more for now…

    JAPAN TIMES AND JAPAN FOCUS ON GAIJIN HANZAI MAGAZINE

    The first is a journalistic take on the issue, wrapping it up for posterity at 1500 words (full of images and links too), the second an academic overview for those who came in late at 6000 words.

    Anyway, readers of this blog will want the Cliff’s Notes version no doubt, so here it is:

    DEMISE OF CRIME MAGAZINE HISTORIC
    Gaijin Hanzai’s withdrawal from the market showed real power of ‘newcomers’ for the first time”

    By Arudou Debito
    Column 35 for the Japan Times Community Page
    Published March 20, 2007

    “DIRECTOR’S CUT”, annotated, with links to sources at
    http://www.debito.org/japantimes032007.html

    Quick-and-dirty Japan Times version at
    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fl20070320zg.html

    The deluxe academic version:
    “GAIJIN HANZAI MAGAZINE AND HATE SPEECH IN JAPAN: The newfound power of Japan’s international residents” (March 20, 2007) is available at Japan Focus
    http://japanfocus.org/products/details/2386

    That should do for now. I’m pretty much all written out for one day.
    G’night. Debito in Sapporo

    2 Responses to “Debito.org updates: Naturalization, kara kikan, foreign penises, and JT/Japan Focus to conclude GAIJIN HANZAI issue”

    1. Garrett Says:

      Oh heartbreak! We didn’t make the Japan Times cut in the list of blogs that talked about Gaijin Hanzai. (sniffle)

      Oh well. Good article, Debito. I was surprised at the support the boycott got and the attention the issue got abroad.

      YEAH, I NOTICED THAT. SORRY. IT’S A COLD, HARD WORLD OUT THERE IN PRINT JOURNALISM… FRANKLY, I WAS SO PUSHED FOR SPACE (CUTTING 6000 WORDS TO 1500 IS A VERY HUMBLING PROCESS) I WAS SUPRISED THE LIST OF BLOGS SURVIVED AT ALL. ANYWAY, THE DIRECTOR’S CUT STILL SURVES ON DEBITO.ORG. I FEEL LIKE A REMIXER OF DEPECHE MODE SONGS: GH ESSAY JT SINGLE CUT, GT ESSAY JF EXTENDED MIX, GT ESSAY DEBITO.ORG REMIX… DEBITO

    2. debito Says:

      Addition from Olaf Karthaus regarding the GAIJIN HANZAI Mag claim that the heinous crimes (the murder of an entire family, rendered in manga form) committed by the Chinese were perhaps because they were Chinese.

      Not to put too fine a point on it, but this article from the Japan Times makes obvious the stupidity of such a statement. Debito

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      Codefendant also sentenced to hang for 2002 Mabuchi robbery-murders
      The Japan Times: Friday, March 23, 2007

      http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20070323a9.html

      CHIBA (Kyodo) The Chiba District Court sentenced a second man to death Thursday for the murders of the wife and daughter of the chairman of Mabuchi Motor Co. and two others in 2002, following the same verdict handed to his codefendant in December.

      Presiding Judge Wataru Nemoto found Tetsuo Odajima, 63, guilty of all counts of murder, robbery, arson and trespassing involving the three separate robbery-murder cases.

      On Dec. 19, Odajima’s accomplice, Katsumi Morita, 56, was also sentenced to hang by the same court. He has appealed the sentence to the Tokyo High Court.

      While pleading guilty, Odajima had sought leniency.

      Prosecutors had demanded the gallows.

      Odajima and Morita conspired to break into the home of then Mabuchi Motor President Takaichi Mabuchi in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Aug. 5, 2002, and strangled Mabuchi’s wife, Etsuko, 66, and daughter, Yuka, 40, before stealing hundreds of thousands of yen in cash and jewelry worth about 9.7 million yen and setting fire to the house, the court said.

      Odajima also conspired with Morita in the killing of dentist Fumio Aoyagi, 71, in Tokyo on Sept. 24, 2002, and Kimie Oshima, 65, wife of a discount-ticket shop owner in Chiba Prefecture on Nov. 21 the same year for money and jewelry, according to the court.

      The Japan Times: Friday, March 23, 2007
      ENDS

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