GREENLIST
OF JAPANESE UNIVERSITIES

The reader of this list is hereby advised that denoted institutions or departments have a progressive attitude towards hiring non-Japanese (some of the institutions below could also qualifiy as an online university). As opposed to institutions on the BLACKLIST (click here to go to it), where full-time foreign nationals are treated as part-time staff, GREENLISTers grant tenure regardless of nationality to qualified candidates. We recommend that you as a job applicant apply to these institutions if there is a job opening. Experience dictates that only in places like these will you more likely be treated as equals and colleagues with your Japanese academic counterparts, enjoy more academic freedom (meaning no fear of firing should you speak your mind), and receive the same economic stability as your fellow native contributors to Japanese society.

--Arudou Debito (debito@debito.org)

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THE GREENLIST
(click on the university name to scroll down to the reasons why said institution qualifies)


  1. AICHI UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION (Kyouiku Daigaku) (National)
  2. AIZU, UNIVERSITY OF (Public)
  3. AOYAMA GAKUIN UNIVERSITY (Private)
  4. CHITOSE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (Chitose Kagaku Gijutsu Daigaku) (Private)
  5. CHUO UNIVERSITY, Law Faculty (Private)
  6. DAITO BUNKA UNIVERSITY (Private)
  7. DOSHISHA UNIVERSITY (Private)
  8. GAKUSHUIN UNIVERSITY, Foreign Langauge Teaching and Research Centre (Private)
  9. HIROSAKI UNIVERSITY (National)
  10. HIROSHIMA UNIVERSITY (National)
  11. HIROSHIMA CITY UNIVERSITY (Public)
  12. HIROSHIMA SHUDO UNIVERSITY (Private)
  13. HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY Grad School of Science (National)
  14. HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY Research Institute for Electronic Science (National)
  15. HOKKAIDO INFORMATION UNIVERSITY (Private)
  16. HOKKAIDO TOKAI UNIVERSITY, School of International Cultural Relations (Private)
  17. HOKUSEI GAKUEN UNIVERSITY Faculty of Social Welfare (Private)
  18. INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (Private)
  19. KANAZAWA UNIVERSITY Exchange Student Center (National)
  20. KEIO UNIVERSITY Faculty of Business and Commerce (Private)
  21. KEIWA COLLEGE (GAKUEN) (Private)
  22. KITAKYUSHU UNIVERSITY (Public)
  23. KUMAMOTO GAKUEN UNIVERSITY (Private)
  24. KYUSHU TOKAI UNIVERITY (Private)
  25. MAEBASHI INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (Public)
  26. MIYAGI GAKUIN WOMEN'S COLLEGE (Joshi Daigaku) (Private)
  27. NAGOYA UNIVERSITY (National)
  28. NANZAN UNIVERSITY, Department of British and American Studies (Private)
  29. RIKKYO UNIVERSITY, Department of Economics (Keizai Gakubu) (Private)
  30. SAITAMA UNIVERSITY (National)
  31. SAPPORO INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY (Kokusai Daigaku) (Private)
  32. SAPPORO INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY JUNIOR COLLEGE (Private)
  33. TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES, Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (Tokyo Gaikoku Daigaku, Ajia-Afurika Gengo Bunka Kenkyuujou) (National)
  34. TOYO UNIVERSITY (Private)
  35. WASEDA UNIVERSITY School of Literature (Private)
  36. YAMAGUCHI UNIVERSITY (National)

GREENLISTING DETAILS:

NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Aichi University of Education (Kyouiku Daigaku) (National)
LOCATION: Igayacho Hirosawa 1, Kariya City, Aichi Prefecture
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Currently (2007) six out of seven non-Japanese staff are tenured (without tenure review) with exactly the same duties and salary as Japanese. Five out of the six tenured non-Japanese have had tenure from the first day of their contract.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Oliver Mayer, Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages at Aichi University of Education
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION: Aichi University of Education is also on the University Blacklist. Click here to see why.


UNIVERSITY: University of Aizu (Public)
LOCATION: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima 965-8580 Japan
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE:  "Under our new system (began April 1, 2006), plans are to have tenure awarded after one year of employment (for both foreign and Japanese employees).  The specific criteria are not yet in place, and the time factor may change, but we pride ourselves in treating all faculty alike, as far as national and international laws allow.  The only way to create a genuinely first-class university is to offer equal access and benefits to all faculty, irrespective of race or nationality.   All of our positions (Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor; Dean;  Director; Chair; and President) are open to anyone -- with English or Japanese translation/interpretation support provided to eliminate any discrimination that may be caused by requiring mastery of Japanese or English.  The only requirement is expertise in the professional skills required for the job. Nearly all of our jobs are tenure-track.  We only hire part-timers to cover highly specialized courses we decide to offer or to fill in while we are in the process of recruiting a full-time tenure-track employee. All who have been here more than one year (currently about 34 out of 35 foreign employees out of 97 total -- according to my rough count from the latest faculty directory)"--Thomas Orr.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Job advertisement of September 2006, and email from Thomas Orr, representative of the university.


NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Aoyama Gakuin University (Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku) (Private)
LOCATION:
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers tenured posts to non-Japanese.
 SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
JALT's The Language Teacher magazine advertisement in the Job Information Section Column, August 2000, page
NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Chitose Institute of Science and Technology (Chitose Kagaku Gijutsu Daigaku) (Private)
LOCATION: Bibi 65-758, 066-8655 Chitose city, Hokkaido
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "Six permanently employed foreigners; 2 Associate Professors and 1 Lecturer in the language departement and 1 Research Associate, 1 Lecturer and 1 Associate Professor in the Photonics departments. Number of Japanese researchers/teachers: 37. That means that nearly 20 percent of permanently employed academic staff are foreigners. Three of the foreigners are employed for more than 4 years (the university was founded 5 years ago). Duties and benefits are the same for each employee, and independent of nationality." University homepage: http://www.chitose.ac.jp
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Prof. Dr. Olaf Karthaus, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology

UNIVERSITY: Chuo University, Law Faculty (Private)
LOCATION: Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers "tenure-track" job positions to non-Japanese educators in its job announcements (Let List Monitor know if this turns out to be bogus)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: September 2001 job announcement from the university in JALT's The Language Teacher Journal.

NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Daito Bunka University (Private)
LOCATION: 560 Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama-shi, Saitama-ken. Part of Gakko Hojin Daito Bunka Gakuen
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "To the best of my knowledge, all current full-time staff are hired on the same basis as Japanese staff. I believe we number over a dozen, so I don't think it could be called tokenism. We also can be found in, I think, all faculties. I was hired after I replied to a public recruitment advert (kobo) which was printed in Japanese and circulated to universities around the country. The advert said that while nationality was no concern, a working knowledge of Japanese was required (nihongo noryoku ga jubun, I believe, was the wording). This, I believe, is eminently reasonable. I had no contacts at Daito Bunka, so I believe that I was hired simply because I was the most suitable candidate - certainly, no favours or patronage were involved as far as I know."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Steve McCabe, faculty member at Daito Bunka University
NOTE FROM LIST MONITORCAUTION: Daito Bunka University also contracts foreigners. Please see Blacklist entry for Daito Bunka University here.

NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Doshisha University (Private)
LOCATION: Kyoto
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "...Doshisha University has a very long history (going back over a century) of granting tenure to foreign professors, and has numerous tenured foreign professors at the present time. [Also], in the Graduate School of American Studies, we currently have two American citizens (one of whom is me) who are in tenured positions or in positions that have comparable job security. In 1996, the university advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education, seeking applicants for two permanent, tenured positions in the Graduate School, regardless of nationality (I was hired for one of these positions, while another went to a Japanese citizen and US permanent resident who had been working in the US for the past decade). [Furthermore], the Graduate School has gone so far at to appoint me as an Associate Dean, even though I am a US citizen and don't even know Japanese!"
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Taylor Dark, Associate Dean, Graduate School of American Studies, Doshisha University
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION: Doshisha University is also on the University Blacklist. Click here to see why.

UNIVERSITY: Gakushuin University, Foreign Language and Teaching Department (Private)
LOCATION: Mejiro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers tenured job positions to non-Japanese educators in its job announcements (Let List Monitor know if this turns out to be bogus)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: May 2001 job announcement from the university in JALT's The Language Teacher Journal.

UNIVERSITY: Hirosaki University (National)
LOCATION: Bunkyo-cho 1, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Japan 036-8560
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "At least 7 full-time foreign faculty members, all fully tenured, without tenure review. Newly hired foreign faculty given full tenure from the beginning of their employment. One foreign faculty member was appointed Principal of the Kindergarten Attached to the Faculty of Education in April 2006 (a first for national universities). At least 1 faculty offering its lone gaikokujin kyoshi a permanent position; the other faculty with gaikokujin kyoshi (2) is very likely to follow this example."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: James Westerhoven, Professor of American Literature, Faculty of Education, Hirosaki University (email address withheld upon request)
UNIVERSITY: Hiroshima University, Koutou Kyouiku Kaihatsu Center (unsure of the English translation) (National)
LOCATION: Hiroshima City
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Has a job position which seems to treat Japanese and non-Japanese candidates equally, with apparent tenure for both if the non-Japanese is proficient in Japanese. (Let List Monitor know if this is not the case)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: October 2000 job announcement from the university in Japanese from NACSIS.

UNIVERSITY: Hiroshima City University (Public)
LOCATION: Hiroshima City
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "Has a number of foreigners with tenure"
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Robyn Lim, Professor of International Relations, Hiroshima Shudo Dai


UNIVERSITY: Hiroshima Shudo University (Private)
LOCATION:
Hiroshima City
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Eight non-Japanese employed with tenure. " In fact, one (Richard Hoskings) is leaving today after about 20 years. On full pension, he has also been made Professor Emeritus."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Robyn Lim, Professor of International Relations, Hiroshima Shudo Dai, and an emailed job announcement from faculty member Richard Parker dated June 2000.
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: this university has a history of firing troublemaking Japanese tenured faculty (apparently because they were ideologically left-leaning). I don't know what this means for the efficacy of tenure at this institution, but as they are in fact tenuring non-Japanese, by Greenlist criteria this university qualifies for inclusion.
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION: HIROSHIMA SHUDO UNIVERSITY IS ALSO BLACKLISTED. Click here to see why.


UNIVERSITY: Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Science (National)
LOCATION: Kita-ku, Sapporo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "In April 1998 a previously contracted Associate Professor (jokyouju) (Chinese, in Hokudai after 6 (?) years) was tenured. Before that date, this was not allowed by the University regulations. Thus I presume that the University regulations have been changed."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Olaf Karthaus, former Hokudai Joshu


UNIVERSITY: Hokkaido University, Research Institute for Electronic Science (National)
LOCATION: Kita-ku, Sapporo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: 1992-99 tenured Research Associate (joshu)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Olaf Karthaus, the former Hokudai Joshu


UNIVERSITY: Hokkaido Information University (Private)
LOCATION:
Ebetsu City, Hokkaido
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE:  Two non-Japanese as full-time faculty, all with tenure.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION: Arudou Debito/Dave Aldwinckle, former non-Japanese tenured associate professor, and Simon Thollar and Charles McLarty, tenured associate professors.


UNIVERSITY: Hokkaido Tokai University, School of International Cultural Relations (Private)
LOCATION: Sapporo, Hokkaido
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers "tenure-track" positions to non-Japanese educators in its job announcements. (Let List Monitor know if this turns out to be bogus)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: May 2001 job announcement from the university in JALT's The Language Teacher Magazine.

UNIVERSITY: Hokusei Gakuen University, Faculty of Social Welfare (Fukushi Gakubu) (Private)
LOCATION: Sapporo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Does not distinguish between faculty in terms of nationality. Four extranationals on staff, all tenured.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Tom Goetz, tenured assistant professor, Hokusei Gakuen
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION: HOKUSEI GAKUEN UNIVERSITY IS ALSO BLACKLISTED. Click here to see why.


NAME OF UNIVERSITY: International Christian University (Kokusai Kirisuto Kyou Daigaku) (Private)
LOCATION: Mitaka, near Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Has many tenured Non-Japanese faculty, and also a functional tenure review process for those full-timers on contracts to eventually become tenured faculty.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: A personal on-site investigation by the Blacklist Moderator, Arudou Debito, who met with several ICU faculty and Dean William Steele in April 2007, who substantiated the above.  NOTE:  ICU was for many years on the Blacklist, but has become the first university in the decade-long history of the Blacklist to not only be Greenlisted, but be permanently removed from the Blacklist as well.  Congratulations, and thanks for your cooperation. 


UNIVERSITY: Kanazawa University (National)
LOCATION: Kanazawa, middle Japan-Seaside Honshu
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Despite age cap at 35, university's Exchange Student Center offers a job position which seems to treat Japanese and non-Japanese candidates equally, with apparent tenure for both if the non-Japanese is communicative in English and Japanese. (Let List Monitor know if this is not the case)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: September 2000 job announcement from the university in Japanese from NACSIS.

UNIVERSITY: Keio University, Faculty of Business and Commerce (Private)
LOCATION: Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers tenured positions to foreigners at entry level.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: May 1999 job announcement from the university


NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Keiwa College (Gakuen) (Private)
LOCATION: Tomizuka, Shibata City, Niigata Prefecture
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "We have four full-time (hired in the same way as Japanese faculty) foreign professors at our school, including one Chinese woman who specialty is economics (not Chinese language)."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: James B. Brown, Keiwa College, International Affairs
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION: KEIWA COLLEGE IS ALSO BLACKLISTED. Click here.


NAME OF UNIVERSITY: Kitakyushu University (Public)
LOCATION
: Kokura, Kitakyushu City, northern Kyushu
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE:
"We have ten or so foreign tenured full-time foreign faculty."

SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Stephanie Houghton, (non-tenured) Kitakyushu University foreign faculty member.
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION: THIS UNIVERSITY IS ALSO BLACKLISTED. Click here.


UNIVERSITY: Kumamoto Gakuen University (Private)
LOCATION: Oe, Kumamoto City, Kyushu
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Does not distinguish between faculty in terms of nationality. 5+ Western and 10+ Korean and Chinese nationals are tenured.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Joseph Tomei, tenured assistant professor, Kumamoto Gakuen Daigaku


UNIVERSITY: Kyushu Tokai University (Private)
LOCATION: Kumamoto, Kyushu
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Has a job position which seems to treat Japanese and non-Japanese candidates equally, with apparent tenure for both if the non-Japanese is proficient in Japanese. (Let List Monitor know if this is not the case)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: September 2000 job announcement from the university in Japanese from NACSIS.

UNIVERSITY: Maebashi Institute of Technology, Undergraduate and Graduate Schools (Public)
LOCATION: Maebashi, Gunma, between Osaka and Nagoya
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "We have three tenured professors, myself and two Chinese professors. Excellent environment, large multicultural community in Maebashi/Isezaki area."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Sean Reedy, at Maebashi Institute of Technology.

UNIVERSITY: Miyagi Gakuin Women's College (Joshi Daigaku) (Private)
LOCATION: Sendai
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "Since the mid-90's, it has granted tenure to three foreign English teachers (2 US, 1 UK), one Australian Japanese Culture specialist and one Chinese economist. The Australian was elected department chair this year. The foreigners have the same rights and responsibilities as Japanese. Several have also served as union officers. Note: In the early 90's, like at so many schools, there was a move to get rid of foreigners after a few years. We negotiated and won. (Don't get mad. Organize.)"
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Marc Helgesen, tenured professor, Department of Intercultural Studies, Miyagi Gakuin Women's College.

UNIVERSITY:  Nagoya University (National)
LOCATION:  Nagoya
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE:  Has non-contracted permanentlyK tenured employment for 36 non-Japanese faculty.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION:  Professor Takamatsu Michio of Nagoya University, met July 31, 2007 at Tokyo University speech regarding the Blacklist, who presented me with evidence scanned here (Japanese).
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION. Nagoya University also contracts non-Japanese faculty with no clear tenure review system. Please see Blacklist entry for Nagoya University here.
UNIVERSITY: Nanzan University, Department of British and American Studies (unsure of the English translation) (Private)
LOCATION: Shouwa-ku, Nagoya
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers"tenure-track" job positions to non-Japanese educators in its job announcements (Let List Monitor know if this turns out to be bogus)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: December 2001 job announcement from the university in JALT's The Language Teacher Journal.
NOTE FROM LIST MONITOR: CAUTION. This school also contracts non-Japanese faculty. Please see Blacklist entry for Nanzan University here.

UNIVERSITY: Rikkyo University, Department of Economics (Keizai Gakubu) (Private)
LOCATION: Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: "Rikkyo Economics tenures foreigners not only to teach English but also other subject areas (the teaching being in Japanese)... I have permanent employment in the economics department teaching public finance."
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Andrew DeWit, tenured faculty member, Rikkyo University.

UNIVERSITY: Saitama University (National)
LOCATION: Urawa, Saitama Prefecture, inland of Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Has a job position which seems to treat Japanese and non-Japanese candidates equally, with apparent tenure for both if the non-Japanese is proficient in Japanese. (Let List Monitor know if this is not the case)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: October 2000 job announcement from the university in Japanese from NACSIS.

UNIVERSITY: Sapporo International University (Kokusai Daigaku) (Private)
LOCATION: Kiyota-ku, Sapporo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: 8 out of 8 foreign faculty are tenured with same pay, benefits and responsibilities as Japanese staff. Foreigners on staff are from US, Canada, Latvia, Poland, France and China. Longest serving foreigner is at 9 years and counting. One foreigner with PhD was hired as full professor.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Jerry Halvorsen of SIU


UNIVERSITY: Sapporo International University Junior College (Tanki Daigaku) (Private)
LOCATION: Kiyota-ku, Sapporo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: 8 out of 8 foreign faculty are tenured with same pay, benefits and responsibilities as Japanese staff. Foreigners on staff are from U.S., Canada, Latvia, Poland, France and China. Longest serving foreigner is at 9 years and counting. One foreigner with PhD was hired as full professor
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Jerry Halvorsen of SIU


UNIVERSITY: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Institute for the Study of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (Tokyo Gaikoku Daigaku, Ajia-Afurika Gengo Bunka Kenkyuujou) (National)
LOCATION: Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Department has 3 tenured non-Japanese faculty.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: Jim Breen, of Tokyo Gaidai and Monash University, Australia
NOTE: University also has non-tenured contracted posts for non-Japanese as well. See Blacklist entry here.

UNIVERSITY: Toyo University (Private)
LOCATION: Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Has a job position which seems to treat Japanese and non-Japanese candidates equally, with apparent tenure for both if the non-Japanese is proficient in Japanese. (Let List Monitor know if this is not the case)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: October 2000 job announcement from the university in Japanese from NACSIS.

UNIVERSITY: Waseda University, School of Literature (Private)
LOCATION: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Offers tenured faculty positions to non-Japanese, and has taken steps to eliminate all gaikokujin kyouin positions within the institution.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: JALT's The Language Teacher magazine advertisement in the Job Information Section Column, December 2000, page 55, and a February 2001 email from Victoria Muehleisen, a faculty member there.

UNIVERSITY: Yamaguchi University (National)
LOCATION: Yamaguchi City, western Honshu
GOOD EMPLOYMENT PRACTICE: Has a job position which seems to treat Japanese and non-Japanese candidates equally, with apparent tenure for both if the non-Japanese is proficient in Japanese. (Let List Monitor know if this is not the case)
SOURCE OF INFORMATION: September 2000 job announcement from the university in Japanese from NACSIS.

Additions to this admittedly short list are more than welcome. Applications available here. We would prefer not to list universities or departments which tenure people for ambiguous reasons while keeping in practice both the gaikokujin kyoushi and gaikokujin kyouin positions (which are, respectively, one- and three-year contracted, not tenured, posts set aside specially for foreigners), since by law it is not necessary for them to institute that anymore.

Again, we request that BLACKLISTed universities do the following:

1) Abolish BOTH the gaikokujin kyoushi and gaikokujin kyouin systems at your school. Even though the systems differ in terms of duration of contract (one and three years, respectively), the fact is that both systems HAVE contracts, denying non-citizens job security, attendance rights at the school kyouin kaigi, and nearly always tenure review. Employing non-citizens as part-timers (hijoukin) is understandable, as Japanese are also employed under that status. However, the distinction between Japanese and non-Japanese employees on the basis of nationality must be stopped, because it is by definition discriminatory, not to mention a remnant of the fukoku kyouhei Meiji Era (click here for substantiation), where foreigners were hired, leeched upon for information, and sent "home".

2) Establish a clear system of tenure review for non-citizen faculty, with a clear time period and objective evaluative criteria on paper (not via, say, patronage or sychophancy of the gakuchou). Recommended is an "up-or-out" system, where after five to seven years, the candidate is told clearly whether or not s/he will be granted tenure at the institution. This may be a double-edged sword, but it is far preferable to perpetual contract renewal and summary dismissal of said employee after decades of service--the common practice these days.

3) Grant tenure to current non-Japanese upon first hiring, or retroactive to current service. Quite simply, universities with non-Japanese faculty should hire them the same as regular Japanese faculty. Tenure them. You will be blacklisted until you do.


In sum, the choice of under what status to employ non-citizens is up to the universities. The GREENLISTed universities have made their choice clear.

GREENLISTers, thank you for showing concern for the welfare of your non-Japanese employees by not setting up employment systems which segregate them. In the end, it will be your universities which stand to benefit from having long-term, dedicated teachers.

If you're still doubting the veracity of the information on the Blacklist or Greenlist of Japanese Universities, please visit some links to some information websites, completely independent of this site, and check out recent job conditions for yourself. You might have to dig around a bit.

(Last updated August 2007)

(Sorry for any delay. The Monitor's hands are full with
many other projects.)