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  • Protest IC Chipped Gaijin Cards Tues June 2 anytime between 9AM-12:30PM, Diet Building, Tokyo

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on May 30th, 2009

    Hi Blog.  Here’s your last chance to protest the proposed IC Chipped Gaijin Cards, before they go through the Diet and bring us one step closer to the surveillance society by race and nationality.  Suggest you do it if you have the time.  Courtesy of NUGW Nambu labor union.  Arudou Debito


    A sit-in will be held in front of the Diet Building on
    Tuesday, June 2, from 9:00-12:30 a.m., to protest the
    changes to immigration law which are being pushed through
    parliament with little debate, and no consultation with
    those directly affected by the laws.

    Shugiin Dai 2 Giinkaikan (Second Members Office Building of
    the House of Representatives)
    Kokkai gijido mae Station: (Marunouchi line, Chiyoda line)
    We will have banners and posters prepared. 
    You can come for any length of time, between 9 and 12:30. 

    For those who have never been at a sit-in at the Diet
    building before: this is a recognized form of political
    protest, and does not involve clashes with the police. 

    If you would like to observe the Diet Committee meeting
    held after the sit-in, please send us your name by noon on
    Monday, June 1. 

    Volunteers are needed to carry folding chairs and other
    gear from Nambu to the Diet building early on Tuesday
    morning. If you can help, please be at Nambu by 8:15 a.m.
    on Tuesday morning. 

    In solidarity,
    Catherine Campbell
    NUGW Tokyo Nambu


    4 Responses to “Protest IC Chipped Gaijin Cards Tues June 2 anytime between 9AM-12:30PM, Diet Building, Tokyo”

    1. Mark in Yayoi Says:

      I wish I could attend this — this is one of the most important issues to affect immigrants (I hate to keep using the word “foreigners”) in many years, and the Diet wants to pass it without listening to any dissent!

      Give those Dietmembers the hairy eyeball as they enter the building! Get the word out to any media who happen to be nearby! Don’t let them get away with this!

    2. Mumei Says:

      Finally made the Japanese news:

      『ICカード『携帯ノー』 入管法改正案 国会前外国人ら座り込み』
      東京新聞 2009年6月2日 夕刊


    3. Mark in Yayoi Says:

      Props to the writer at the Tokyo Shimbun who used 外国籍住民 (residents of foreign nationality). That’s a word that all media should adopt.

    4. AWK Says:

      I wish I was there but couldn`t make it. Anyway, I don`t believe 2 protests will change anything. Foreigners are foreigners without right in this country ENDS! Maybe when someone give some “hard yen” to right politicians (sponsor party is called…) then it might work. Corruption works in Japan, but not sure whether money from foreigners will do the job.

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