Hi Blog. I find it pretty amazing how myths persist. The media helps. Not only do we have “Darling wa Gaikokujin” cartoon character slash “Writer” Tony Laszlo appearing as himself (in one of the most frightening photos I’ve ever seen of him) in the “Money” Section of the Asahi (May 17, 2008), he still has the byline of “Administrator of NGO ISSHO Kikaku”.
That’s odd for a number of reasons, but we’ll stick to the facts, that a) ISSHO Kikaku’s website (www.issho.org), containing years of work by other NJ activists, has been offline for 2 1/2 years, and has even recently mutated to plain gibberish (today’s download):
and then b) there is NO NGO registered as “ISSHO Kikaku” at websites recording NGOs registered in Japan. I guess the reporter didn’t fact check before publication.
Never mind. He’s being portrayed as a doting father. Good, but that’s neither “Money” nor news. And it may be the only thing factual in this Asahi article. See it after the next paragraph.
Why do I have it in for this guy? Because he’s a person who erases the historical record of NJ “Newcomers” in Japan, and threatens to sue people who want to maintain it. Start here for substantiation. More on the Debito.org Blog about this character here.
Arudou Debito in Sapporo