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  • Media Updates: Big Daikon interview & JapanZine’s “Japan on the Web” listing of Debito.org

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on March 28th, 2007

    Hello Blog. Two things came out today that might interest you:

    1) Interview with Steven of BigDaikon

    Had a chat by Skype over the weekend with Steven, a JET out northern-Japanways. He turned it into a podcast interview, available at
    http://www.bigdaikonpodcast.info/debitointerview25mar07.mp3

    Talking about recent issues. Apologies for the sound quality, but the media is still pretty fledgling at this time. Keep listening–one gets used to it.

    There’s also an ongoing discussion of the interview amongst the JETs on BigDaikon, FWIW, here at http://bigdaikon.org/board/viewtopic.php?t=92487 I’m actually a fan of the JET Programme (see why briefly in the interview), even if the feeling sometimes isn’t mutual. :)

    2) Debito.org listed as notable source of info in JapanZine

    We get a special mention from JapanZine, Carter Witt Media’s monthly free magazine in the Aichi region, in their March 2007 issue’s “JAPAN ON THE WEB” assessment. Their writeup of what this means as follows:

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    Japan on the Web
    by James Hadfield

    It’s been nearly ten years now since Japanzine’s first “Japan on the Web” issue, our survey of the most essential websites for people living the dream in the Land of the Rising Sun. Back then, the World Wide Web was largely the domain of geeks, freaks and folks with way too much time on their hands – and, well, that’s pretty much how it looks today. But the internet has gone from being a marginal concern to an integral part of most people’s lives: imagine a world with no e-mail, Google, Wikipedia or puerile YouTube videos… makes you shudder, doesn’t it?

    The following guide is intended to help you get the most out of the web while you’re here in Japan. It’s by no means definitive but, hey, there’s only so much web surfing a guy can manage before he starts to get a weird tingling sensation around the back of his eyes and a mild sense of nausea. While you’ll probably be familiar with some of these sites, we hope you’ll run into a few new faces, too. Oh, and if you already know all of them, maybe you should consider going outside and reminding yourself what the sun looks like, eh?…

    Special Interest
    Debito Arudou was all over the papers again last month, kicking up a stink over the controversial Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu mook. His website, Debito.org, is a mine of information for social activists and Average Joe foreigners living in Japan. His step-by-step guide to handling random ID checks by the police is a time-worn classic.
    http://www.seekjapan.jp/article-1/866/Japan+on+the+Web
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    Thanks very much for the writeup, James and JZ! Glad you find the stuff up here useful. Hope people enjoy the interview too. Debito in Sapporo

    One Response to “Media Updates: Big Daikon interview & JapanZine’s “Japan on the Web” listing of Debito.org”

    1. Turner Says:

      Actually I’m glad you got into a little bit of preaching at the end – very enlightening. Despite the fact we all may be posting our opinions from time to time, and those link back to our blogs, these words should be taken with a grain of salt, because no one can completely pin down our politics or morals based on a few choice sentences attached to one news story.

      “Write responsibly and write seriously.”
      Debito-san

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      –THANKS TURNER. GLAD YOU TOOK MY SUGGESTIONS POSITIVELY. I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR THE JET PROGRAMME (NOT THE LEAST BECAUSE IT GETS PEOPLE OVER HERE THAT MAY SERIOUSLY CONSIDER STAYING ON AND MAKING JAPAN A BETTER PLACE). BUT TO DO THAT, PEOPLE HAVE GOT TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THEMSELVES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES–FOR BEING PART OF THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY IS PRECISELY WHAT THEY ARE HIRED FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE.

      I OFFER SOME MORE ADVICE (IF YOU WANT IT) IN AN ANCIENT SPEECH I GAVE TO THE HOKKAIDO JETS WAY BACK WHEN (1999!), FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: “SURVIVAL STRATEGIES, AND HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN JAPAN”.

      http://www.debito.org/HAJETspeech.html

      ENJOY. DEBITO

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