Hi Blog. Just to let you know, two things:
1) Please keep an eye out tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2 (Wednesday in the ruralities) for my next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column.
Topic: How the GOJ and media avoid the very term “racial discrimination” in public debates for political reasons. Enjoy!
2) I’ll also be in Tokyo from Tuesday morning until Wednesday noon attending the German Institute for Japanese Studies three-day Tokyo symposium on Japan’s imploding population and demographic challenges. Not speaking or anything, however, so this will be a more relaxed trip. More at
Say hello if we bump into each other! And if you’d like a beer Weds or Thurs evening, please let me know. Sorry for short notice.
Not sure if this will make my blog updates slower in the interim, but I’ll try to keep up.
Arudou Debito in Sapporo