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  • DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER MARCH 30, 2007

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on March 30th, 2007

    Hello Blog. Sending you the last newsletter of the fiscal year:

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    1) SAKANAKA ESSAY ON NEW FRAMEWORK FOR J IMMIGRATION POLICIES
    2) KEIDANREN WANTS MORE FOREIGNERS
    3) NIIGATA PREF CITY TO ABOLISH “NATIONALITY CLAUSE”
    4) TOKYO GOVERNORSHIP RACE HEATS UP:
    ASANO DECRIES ISHIHARA’S XENOPHOBIA

    5) PM ABE: “OK OK, I APOLOGIZE FOR THE ‘COMFORT WOMEN’ ALREADY”. KINDA.
    6) FOREIGN MINISTER ASO: DIPLOMACY AS A MATTER OF HAIR AND EYE COLOR
    7) MANUAL: BEWARE FOREIGN P*NISES! WITH CHART OF SIZES

    8) DEBITO.ORG UPDATES: KARA KIKAN, NATURALIZATION, APARTMENT “SHIKIKIN” REFUND
    9) MEDIA UPDATES: JET INTERVIEW, DEBITO.ORG MAKES JAPANZINE’S BEST FOR 2007
    10) 2-CHANNEL UPDATE: NISHIMURA WILL PAY FINES “ONLY ON PAIN OF DEATH”
    11) CONCLUDING GAIJIN HANZAI ISSUE WITH JT AND J FOCUS ARTICLES

    and finally…JAPANESE ONLY T-SHIRTS ALSO ON SALE IN FRONT OF JR TOKYO STATION
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    By Arudou Debito (debito@debito.org, http://www.debito.org)
    March 30, 2007 Freely Forwardable

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    1) SAKANAKA ESSAY ON NEW FRAMEWORK FOR J IMMIGRATION POLICIES

    Debito.org is proud to premiere an important essay on the future of immigration to Japan. To tell you just how important, I turn the keyboard over to Eric Johnston, deputy editor for the Japan Times Osaka:

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    A New Framework for Japan’s Immigration Policies
    By Hidenori Sakanaka,
    Director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute
    Former head of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau

    Introduction by Eric Johnston (excerpt):

    …For the past decade, the debate about how to adjust to an aging society with fewer children has largely been conducted behind closed doors, with different ministries putting out different proposals to keep Japan economically competitive while politically influential academics slay entire forests as they propose a variety of solutions. T he endless sub-committees, blue ribbon panels, white papers, “wise-men” advisory boards, and special project teams have all gone out of their way to stress the importance of raising the retirement age and providing retraining opportunities for older people, ensuring that younger Japanese are integrated into the work-force as full-time employees not as “freeters”, and making use of more robot technology to replace the ever-dwindling number of human workers.

    …But given the politically explosive nature of the subject, few members of the official debate want to talk about what Japan might look like with millions and millions of foreigners [as workers and residents].

    A notable, and praiseworthy, exception is Hidenori Sakanaka. Two years ago, his book “Nyukan Senki” caused a sensation among those following the official debate over immigration. A former head of the Tokyo Immigration Bureau, Sakanaka was a consummate insider, an elite bureaucrat who has the ear of senior bureaucrats and business leaders, and the very few ruling party politicians, like the LDP’s Taro Kono, who are thinking seriously about the future of foreigners in Japan.

    In his book, Sakanaka outlined a vision of Japan in 2050, and stated what was obvious but what nobody in power dared address: Japan fundamentally faces two choices, whether to remain a “big” country by bringing in millions of foreigners or become a “small” country and admit very few….
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    Now go on to read Sakanaka’s essay and Johnston’s full intro at:
    http://www.debito.org/sakanakaonimmigration.htm

    However, one major player in the policy arena certainly wants a foreign influx. As long as they just come in as workers with no impact, as usual…

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    2) KEIDANREN WANTS MORE FOREIGNERS

    Excerpting from Terrie’s Take Issue 413, March 19, 2007:
    http://www.japaninc.com/terries_take

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    RELAXED ENGINEER VISAS: The Japanese Business Federation, Keidanren, has recommended to the government that the immigration requirements for foreign engineers’ visas be relaxed, to encourage a larger number of people to come work here, particularly in IT. They suggest that engineers coming in under the experience category be allowed in after just 4 years of relevant work experience, versus the current 10 years. But before you think that Keidanren is going soft, they are also looking at recommending Japanese-language requirements on future worker intakes, to alleviate problems typically associated with a surge of foreign workers.

    COMMENT FROM TERRIE LLOYD:Hmmm, we doubt that they’ve thought this through too much. Imposing Japanese language skills will add at least 3-5 years on to the supply curve, and given the choice of English or Japanese, most Chinese and Indian engineers are going to pick the global language. Japan needs to understand that internationalizing may in fact mean accepting English as a second language, as has already happened in Europe and in most of the rest of Asia. This is not heresy, just pragmatism. (Source: TT commentary from nikkei.co.jp, Mar 18, 2007)
    http://www.nni.nikkei.co.jp/AC/TNKS/Nni20070317
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    I’ll just add that Keidanren is displaying the typical work-unit mentality one finds in any organization only thinking of the bottom line, not the welfare of their workers. With that undercurrent, the policy will create more social problems than you think. Hasn’t Keidanren learned anything from its problematic Researcher and Trainee Visa experiments from 1990? Oh, yeah–now let’s just make the foreigner pass a language test. That’ll fix everything. Right.

    Related posting from Tony Keyes, courtesy of The Community list:

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    Further to the discussion at the beginning of this month about the ultimate powers of the immigration office, Sunday’s Nikkei Shimbun tells us that they are going to be more transparent in their deliberations.
    http://www.nikkei.co.jp/news/main/20070318AT3S1700K17032007.html

    “The Justice Ministry has announced on March 17th that it has decided to publish guidelines to clarify the requirements for extension and change of visa status for foreigners residing in Japan. Decisions on whether to allow extensions or not are in reality made by regional immigration bureaux authorised by the minister and based on the content of individual cases. This has been criticised by applicants and the economic world as being not transparent. The guidelines will include objective standards which should be easier to understand for foreigners and others. Publication is intended for FY 2007.” (Translation Tony)
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    Similar article with a surprisingly good discussion at Japantoday.com:
    http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/401306

    Meanwhile, some local governments are taking internationalization into their own hands:

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    3) NIIGATA PREF CITY TO ABOLISH “NATIONALITY CLAUSE”

    Good news. Local newspaper Niigata Nippou reports that another city government, Jouetsu, SW Niigata Prefecture, intends to abolish the “Nationality Clause” (kokuseki joukou). This guideline, enforced by many local, regional, and national government agencies, maintains that only citizens may hold administrative positions (kanrishoku) in the Japanese civil service. Translating:

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    JOUETSU CITY TO COMPLETELY ABOLISH THE NATIONALITY CLAUSE
    Niigata Nippou March 28, 2007

    http://www.niigata-nippo.co.jp/pref/index.asp?cateNo=3&newsNo=231718
    (Japanese original) or
    http://www.debito.org/?p=295

    The City Government of Jouetsu made clear on March 27 its aims to completely abolish the Nationality Clause for its 2008 employee hires…

    Jouetsu City removed the Nationality Clause for employment in the Arts and Child Care in 1995, and from Welfare employees in 2003. From 2008, it will remove the restriction from all city government employment, including civil engineers and construction…

    The City of Minami Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture also abolished the Nationality Clause for civil-service entrance exams in 2007. The City of Niigata has also indicated that it is considering a similar abolition.
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    Why this matters: Non-Japanese, even those born in Japan with Japanese as their first language (as generational diaspora of former citizens of empire–the Zainichis), have been systematically excluded from even qualifying to sit examinations for Japan’s bureaucracy. Moreover, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005, in defiance of Article 14 barring discrimination, that excluding a Zainichi Korean named Chong Hyang Gyun from sitting her admin exam for the Tokyo Government was constitutional!

    Proponents of the Nationality Clause say inter alia that it is for security reasons, as you apparently cannot allow untrustworthy foreigners (especially those apparently shifty North Koreans) to hold jobs in, for example, firefighting and civil-service food preparation. Hell, you can’t trust a foreigner with a fire ax, since they might inflict damage to our Japanese property (meaning alleged insurance problems and international incidents). And what if they poisoned us during a busy lunchtime and took over?! Or if proponents can’t be bothered to overthink the situation, they just punt and say that if anyone seriously wants to become a bureaucrat, they should naturalize, as many other countries require nationality for their civil-service jobs.

    These types of arguments overgeneralize and misrepresent the situation, as opponents point out. Namely, that if Japan had nationality laws like its fellow developed countries, there wouldn’t be more than a quarter of a million “Zainichis” lying in legal limbo for five generations now. They would be citizens already and eligible to take the exams anyway.

    So the Nationality Clause is being slowly been done away with in municipalities (except those with bunker mentalities towards internationalization, such as Tokyo Met). Can’t be done soon enough, in my view.

    REFERENTIAL WEBSITES:
    OTHER MOVES BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ABOLISH THE NATIONALITY CLAUSE
    (Kobe, Kochi, Osaka, Kawasaki)
    http://www.debito.org/ninkiseiupdate1hiring.html

    MORE ON CHONG HYANG GYUN CASE
    ZNet February 4, 2005
    http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=17&ItemID=7178
    More historical links (1995) from:
    http://www.debito.org/ninkiseiupdate1hiring.html
    In her own words at Debito.org (Japanese):
    http://www.debito.org/chongsanessay.html

    AN APPRAISAL OF JAPAN’S ASSIMILATION POLICIES, MENTIONING THE NATIONALITY CLAUSEPASSIM (Japan Focus, January 12, 2006) http://www.debito.org/japanfocus011206.html

    LIKEWISE PROBLEMS WITH JAPAN’S TREATMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RESIDENTS, AND PROPOSED SOLUTIONS (again passim) http://www.debito.org/handout.html

    Meanwhile, not quite a campaign issue in Japan’s upcoming April 8 elections yet (drowned out under all the “yoroshiku”s), the “foreign” question is still something a thoughtful candidate will bring up if the audience is foreign:

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    4) TOKYO GOVERNORSHIP RACE HEATS UP:
    ASANO DECRIES ISHIHARA’S XENOPHOBIA

    More good news. We have a rival for Ishihara’s job who explicitly sees his foreigner bashing as a campaign issue, and is willing to offer an alternative. He’s even making our arguments! Excellent! Get out the vote if you and yours are voters in Tokyo!

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    ASANO WAXES FRIENDLY, SLAMS ISHIHARA’S SLURS
    The Japan Times, March 20, 2007

    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20070320a3.html

    Shiro Asano, a candidate in next month’s Tokyo gubernatorial election, promises that if elected, he will work to make the capital a place that is friendly to the elderly, children, disabled–and even foreigners.

    At a press conference Monday at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan in Tokyo, Asano criticized the incumbent, Shintaro Ishihara, for his repeated discriminatory remarks against people of different nationalities, particularly Chinese and Koreans.

    “It’s a big problem that the governor of Tokyo pointed the finger at specific nationalities and (suggested) the majority of them are criminals,” said Asano, a former Miyagi governor.

    “Many foreign nationals live in Tokyo because they love Japan. They also pay taxes here, and we shouldn’t ignore that,” he said. “What will be important is to come up with ways in which we can provide opportunities for them to make full use of their strength for Tokyo and Japan.”…
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    A quick digression, from Japundit.com March 28, 2007:

    ANARCHY IN THE YOU TUBE:
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    Probably one of the most hilarious things I have seen in Japanese politics: a candidate in Tokyo gubernatorial elections topped YouTube’s most viewed videos of Monday 26th March! The video got 44 honors including the 8th top rated video of the day, and the 1st top rated Japanese video this month. This bald fellow, called Kouichi Toyama, is a pure anarchist who promises to overthrow the system if he gets elected.
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    http://japundit.com/archives/2007/03/28/5478/

    COMMENT: Yes, it’s a hilarious video (love the ending), but my “Spidey Sense” is tingling here for some reason–and it’s not because of any xenophobic sentiment (Toyama is just anti-establishment, not explicitly anti-foreign). The Internet is causing huge leaks in the more tidy cartelized media worldwide. And given this guy is getting a lot of exposure from the 2-Channel-troll sector of the public (there are several parodies of his video already online), I have the feeling this guy is going to get a lot of spoiler votes–not enough to get him elected, but more than we might anticipate. Given that voter apathy can easily turn into anger anywhere, I suggest we look at his results on April 8 as a bellwether of just how deep the anger goes in Japan.

    Have the feeling we’ll be seeing more of this guy. Especially since it’s business as usual in the highest echelons of government…

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    5) PM ABE: “OK OK, I APOLOGIZE FOR THE ‘COMFORT WOMEN’ ALREADY”. KINDA.

    In a regular pattern seen as “smoothing things over for the time being”:

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    ABE APOLOGIZES TO SEX SLAVES
    March 26, 2007. Mainichi Shinbun

    http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/national/news/20070326p2a00m0na030000c.html

    http://www.debito.org/?p=293
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, under fire for denying that Japan forced women to work as sex slaves during World War II, offered a new apology Monday for the front line military brothels.

    “I apologize here and now as prime minister,” Abe told a parliamentary committee, according to his spokesman Hiroshi Suzuki….
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    COMMENT: Soooo… let’s trace the Arc of Abe. From denial to hair-splitting to no comment to deflection to apology–er, through his cabinet.

    However, belated apologies like this (just by simple human nature, apologies tend to mean less when they come after being demanded, especially over a long duration) will have the irony of a similar debate:

    Just how much “coercion” was there behind Abe’s apology? And how does this affect the sincerity of the act?

    Anyway, it’s a step in the right direction (was there any other direction realistically to step?) More commentary on this development and articles from the Mainichi and Washington Post (which apparently elicited this new Abe response) archived at:
    http://www.debito.org/?p=293

    Trace the whole Arc of Abe yourself at
    http://www.debito.org/?s=Comfort+Women

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    6) ASO: DIPLOMACY AS A MATTER OF HAIR AND EYE COLOR

    More Japanese-elite social science at work. Foreign Minister Aso offers his well-thunked-out theories as to why Japanese would do better than Westerners in the Middle East diplomatically:

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    JAPAN’S FOREIGN MINISTER: JAPAN DOING WHAT THE US CAN’T
    Associated Press, THE JERUSALEM POST Mar. 22, 2007

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1173879146662&pagename=JPost%2FJP Article%2FShowFull

    Japan’s outspoken foreign minister said “blue-eyed, blond” Westerners probably would not be as successful as the Japanese in Middle East diplomacy, media reported Thursday.

    Taro Aso made the remarks Wednesday during a speech in southwestern Japan, business daily Nikkei reported. National newspaper Mainichi carried a similar report. [NB: Couldn't find either article online in Japanese.]

    “Japan is doing what the Americans can’t do. The Japanese are trusted. It’s probably no good with blue eyes and blond hair,” he was quoted as saying by the papers, referring to projects in Jordan River Rift Valley initiated by Japan.

    “Luckily, we have yellow faces. We have no history of exploitation there or fired a machine gun for once,” Aso said, according to the reports…
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    COMMENT: Wonder how much the matter of phenotype affects how well Japan gets along in parts of Asia diplomatically? Oh yeah, must be the color of Japanese eyes and hair getting in the way. Race and trust are linked, you see.

    Archive of several articles with commentary on this at
    http://www.debito.org/?p=290

    Followed by an article from the FCCJ website last June talking about Aso’s lack of a lack of a past himself (his Brahmin background, and ancestral wartime involvement in making Asia less diplomatic towards Japan). Plus a NYT Editorial of Feb 13, 2006 demonstrating his lack of diplomatic tact.

    All this thunking couldn’t be due to the shape of his mouth, now could it? It might, if you follow Aso Logic…

    Speaking of body parts:

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    7) MANUAL: BEWARE FOREIGN P*NISES! WITH CHART OF SIZES

    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. Available at Amazon Japan. Information courtesy Michael H. Fox (thanks).

    Still in print, this manual compares not only compares foreign p*nis 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 pertinent pages (Arabs are apparently the most well-endowed) scanned at
    http://www.debito.org/joseidarakumanual.html
    (It’s now the second-most accessed site on Debito.org–2-Channellers love it at face value.)

    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, no doubt.

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    8) DEBITO.ORG UPDATES: KARA KIKAN, NATURALIZATION, APARTMENT “SHIKIKIN” REFUND

    Since the demise of the Issho.org website by Tony Laszlo (the cutie-pie character in manga “My Darling is a Foreigner”–see how fame changes everything at http://www.debito.org/?cat=25), several authors have had trouble with their past work winking out of existence.

    So Debito.org is proud to resurrect an important essay on “Kara Kikan”–how your employment experience (in Japan or abroad) counts towards pensions in Japan. By Steve van Dresser and Stephanie Houghton (written 2002).
    http://www.debito.org/whattodoif.html#academicjob

    Also resurrected from Steve van Dresser:
    “The Employment Rights of Repeatedly Renewed Private Sector Contract Workers”
    http://www.debito.org/rightsofrepeatedlyrenewed.htm

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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 of articles at debito@debito.org

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    “SHIKIKIN” SCAMS BY JAPAN’S LANDLORDS:

    Adapted from mails by Kirk Masden and Joe Tomei:
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kumamoto-i/message/4899

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    TOKYO TO CLEAN UP ACT OF DIRTY LANDLORDS
    The Asahi Shimbun February 7, 2004

    http://www.asahi.com/english/politics/TKY200402070165.html
    For tenants tired of kissing their maintenance deposits goodbye, the Tokyo metropolitan government plans sweeping changes to the shabby system exploited by greedy landlords. There are no clear rules on how much of the costs to clean or repair apartments should be covered by tenants’ deposits.
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    “Actually, the last sentence is not exactly right. The government has published guidelines:
    http://www.mlit.go.jp/jutakukentiku/house/torikumi/genzyokaifukugaido.pdf
    but the pdf file is 118 pages long. Here’s a couple more in Japanese, from a quick google
    http://www.heyasagase.com/guide/trouble/sikikin/k_02.html
    http://hccweb5.bai.ne.jp/~hea14901/library/link.htm
    http://www.zentaku.or.jp/223/index.htm (issues 12-14, I think)

    “The guidelines (in Japanese) focus on the concept of “genjo kaifuku” (restoration to original condition). According to the guidelines, you are NOT responsible for normal wear and tear. You are only responsible for damage that you did to the apartment beyond normal wear and tear. The guidelines help you figure out what should be considered to be normal wear and tear….”

    More at
    http://www.debito.org/whattodoif.html#deposit

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    9) MEDIA UPDATES: JET INTERVIEW, DEBITO.ORG MAKES JAPANZINE’S BEST FOR 2007

    Had a chat by Skype over the weekend with Steven, a Miyagi JET. He turned it into a podcast interview, available at
    http://www.bigdaikonpodcast.info/debitointerview25mar07.mp3
    Apologies for the sound quality, but the media is still pretty fledgling at this time. Keep listening–one gets used to it. Discussion of the interview amongst the JETs on BigDaikon at http://bigdaikon.org/board/viewtopic.php?t=92487

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    Debito.org gets a mention in JapanZine, the monthly free magazine in the Aichi region, in their March 2007 issue’s “JAPAN ON THE WEB” assessment:

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    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… The following guide is intended to help you get the most out of the web while you’re here in Japan…

    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 (http://www.debito.org/activistspage.html#checkpoints) 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, JapanZine! Glad you find the stuff up there useful.

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    10) 2-CHANNEL UPDATE: NISHIMURA WILL PAY FINES “ONLY ON PAIN OF DEATH”

    2-Channel’s Admin Nishimura Hiroyuki, now millions of dollars in the hole in terms of court penalties, just keeps the ball right on rolling. According to March 20’s Yomiuri, he won’t follow court orders unless there’s the threat of execution:

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    “I’LL PAY IF SENTENCED TO DEATH”
    2-CHANNEL BBS ADMIN, REFUSING TO PAY COURT PENALITIES
    Yomiuri Shinbun, March 20, 2007
    (translation by Arudou Debito)

    Nishimura Hiroyuki, 30, administrator of 2-Channel Internet BBS, appeared in Tokyo District Court on March 19 for a civil case against him. His site has been the scene of many malicious email posters, and Nishimura has lost successive lawsuits for libel.

    After the hearing, when asked for comment by a media contingent regarding his unpaid court penalities, he said: “If I would be put to death for not paying, I would. But nothing’s going to happen to me if I don’t pay, so I won’t.” He made very clear his intention not to pay in future.

    Nishimura has up to now been the defendant in more than 50 civil suits nationwide, and the great majority of them have been losses for him. Unpaid damages and penalties assessed for not following injunctions and court rulings have now amassed to around 5 million dollars US.

    However, Nishimura has hardly ever paid up. Justifying this, Nishimura said, “If you turn deadbeat, nobody’s going to make you pay. With rules as stupid as this country has, it would be idiotic to pay up.”
    http://www.debito.org/?p=280
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    Er, I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again:
    Huh?

    Is this a case of celebrity-status-induced insanity, or is this guy just a child when it comes to social responsibility? In any case, his court fines, according to the March 6, 2007 Yomiuri (http://www.debito.org/?p=252), are 88 man yen per day–or about the equivalent of one lawsuit loss against me every 36 hours! Clearly this is not sustainable.

    More info on how this issue connects with me at
    http://www.debito.org/?cat=21
    http://www.debito.org/2channelsojou.html

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    11) CONCLUDING GAIJIN HANZAI ISSUE WITH JT AND J FOCUS ARTICLES

    The Japan Times piece (March 20, 2007) offers a journalistic take on the issue, wrapping it up for posterity at 1500 words (full of images and links at Debito.org).

    DEMISE OF CRIME MAGAZINE HISTORIC
    Gaijin Hanzai’s withdrawal from the market showed real power of ‘newcomers’ for the first time”
    http://www.debito.org/japantimes032007.html

    The Japan Focus piece (also March 20, 2007) is an academic overview for those who came in late at 6000 words.
    “GAIJIN HANZAI MAGAZINE AND HATE SPEECH IN JAPAN:
    The newfound power of Japan’s international residents”

    http://japanfocus.org/products/details/2386

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    and finally…

    JAPANESE ONLY T-SHIRTS ALSO ON SALE IN FRONT OF JR TOKYO STATION

    For those who don’t want to fuss with Paypal or bank transfers, one of my friends is kindly selling my “JAPANESE ONLY” T-shirts from his office right in front of JR Tokyo Station.

    Information on the T-shirts at
    http://www.debito.org/tshirts.html

    For information on where his office is, please contact me at debito@debito.org (he’s a bit gun-shy after too many spam attacks). Thanks.

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    Thanks for reading. Seacrest… er… Debito out!
    Arudou Debito in Sapporo, Japan
    debito@debito.org
    http://www.debito.org
    DEBITO.ORG NEWSLETTER OF MARCH 30, 2007 ENDS

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      [...] Debito Arudou provided a partial English translation of the story in a recent newsletter–the gist of it is that Joetsu, a major city in Niigata Prefecture on the north coast of Japan, is abolishing nationality requirements for all municipal employees effective 2008. [...]

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