Hi Blog. Got a call from friends Aly and Yumi yesterday, right after they attended the protest against the new proposed IC-Chipped Gaijin Cards, who told me the vibe was great and inspiring of future public action.
Here’s how it turned out in the Japan Times. It was the most read article this morning. If you see any more articles, please feel free to include them in the Comments section below with text and links. Thanks. Debito in Sapporo
Opponents of change to immigration law fear loss of privacy, other human rights violations
The Japan Times Monday, May 25, 2009 (excerpt)
By KAZUAKI NAGATA
More than 200 people rallied in Tokyo’s Shinbashi district Sunday to protest government-sponsored immigration bills they claim would violate the privacy of foreign residents and strengthen government control over them.
The protesters say the proposed system would allow the government to punish non-Japanese who fail to properly report their personal information, and could even make it possible for immigration authorities to arbitrarily revoke their visas.
The bills now before the Diet “would jeopardize the residency right and right of life (for foreign residents). Therefore, we strongly oppose the bills,” said Nobuyuki Sato of Research-Action Institute for the Koreans in Japan, one of the organizers of the protest rally and a meeting on the proposed legal changes…
Rest of the article at