Hi Blog. Been beavering away this evening getting some updates to Debito.org out of the way. To wit:
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).
Will web more as I find them. Others are welcome to notify me at email@example.com
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).
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
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
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…
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
Quick-and-dirty Japan Times version at
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
That should do for now. I’m pretty much all written out for one day.
G’night. Debito in Sapporo