Hi Blog. A review from Japan Visitor Blog on documentary SOUR STRAWBERRIES.
“…I attended a meeting in Tokyo at the end of last month, part of a 10-day tour of the Kanto and Kansai regions by Arudou Debito, where he promoted the documentary Sour Strawberries – Japan’s hidden guest workers.
Sour Strawberries is a 60-minute film shot in Tokyo in March 2008 by a German-Japanese film crew that focuses on the issue of discrimination in Japan, mainly as it affects foreign workers from other Asian countries.
Numerous interviews in the film reveal the blatancy of discrimination in Japan, with foreign workers treated very much like slaves, most notably the workers who inspired the film’s title: strawberry pickers from China who worked days of at least 12 hours, 365 days a year, and whose passports were taken from them by their employer.
Union activism in defense of victims of discrimination in Japan is also liberally documented, the most startling example being the story told by a Japanese union activist, Torii Ippei of the Zentôitsu Workers Union, who, in response to his efforts in one case involving foreign workers, was doused in gasoline and set alight by the infuriated employer….”
Go check out the site. There’s even an awful picture of me. The things I do to show off “Japanese Only” T-shirts…
If you’d like a showing in your area like the one mentioned above, be in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Planning another nationwide tour between late August and early September.
THURS APRIL 23, 2009. 7PM
Sapporo L-Plaza for Hokkaido International Business Association (HIBA)
Sapporo Chuo-ku Kita 8 Nishi 3
(just off JR Sapporo Station’s North Exit (kitaguchi), follow the underground exits to the very end).
Arudou Debito in Sapporo