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Hi Blog.  On a personal note, it’s been the busiest semester for me ever, teaching 19.5 college credits and around 250 students.  Consequently, updating has been slow since I’ve been devoting all my energies to creating lectures, lecturing, grading, and sleep.  Repeat cycle for sixteen weeks.  Just coming out of it now.  I’ll try to do better, since there’s plenty to comment about (and Readers have been doing an excellent job in the Comments sections of each post; thanks!).  But for the first time ever, I didn’t immediately blog my most recent SNA column!  I’ll get to it.  Thanks very much to everyone for reading and commenting to  Debito Arudou, Ph.D.

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7 comments on “BLOG BIZ: Coming out of the busiest semester I’ve ever had; will try to update more.

  • Q. When is Permanent Residency not permanent?
    A. When a hugely unpopular PM is trying to distract the population from crushing inflation, plummeting spending power, and massive acceptance of NJ temporary workers (coz you HAVE to feed the right wing xenophobic narrative you’ve been stoking for decades).

    So Biden was right the week before last;
    Biden: Japan is xenophobic.
    Japan: (outrage!)
    Also Japan: let’s revoke PR visas with a law that we can expand for ever coz, ‘tough on foreigners!’🙄

    • The most hilarious thing is that they responded by saying that Biden doesn’t understand Japan’s immigration policy, but 2 weeks later they try to kick out a huge chunk of PR holders. I think Biden understands their immigration policy very well (this is probably the first time I praised Biden for something, but everyone is right at least once in their life I guess).

      They’re also trying a new visa scheme to attract “trainees” to work as truck, bus and train drivers now. Like I said in my previous comment, how are you going to attract new immigrants, sorry “trainees”, if you’re kicking out current PR holders? This is just another prove that PR is useless. Covid proved it once and it looks like the LDP wants to further prove it to everyone. Everyone knows that Japan is racist now, even “allies” like the US and UK are saying the quiet part out loud now. Even the hardcore Japanophiles don’t want to come anymore after the covid fiasco.

      Good luck kicking out PR holders, let’s hear more about it when India overtakes Japan as 4th largest economy soon.

  • So a human life is worth only around 10k USD?

    The fact that the government even challenged the first judgment is a joke. And their argument is an even bigger one “During the trial, the government argued that the response by the officials, who had no medical knowledge, was not inappropriate.”

    This just can’t be real. 10 years spent in court over literal government sponsored murder, only to get awarded 10k USD by the court. I can’t even imagine how the family feels. There is just 0 justice for foreigners in Japan.

    • I would understand this if the cat statues were not only displayed but also owned by the temple, but according to the article the tourists buy the statues. So how does the temple even think they have the right to dictate what people can and can‘t do with stuff they bought? If I bought it, I can do whatever I want with it. What the hell is currently happening with all the „gaijin“ policing? First we have Shibuya banning Halloween, then we have Kyoto banning all tourists (I still wonder if this applies only to „foreign looking“ tourists and how it will be enforced) from the Gion district, then we have a town literally blocking the view of Mount Fuji and now this.

      When covid started and Japan closed its borders, I predicted here on that Japan will be one of the last countries to open for tourism and that the racism will increase tenfold. But even I‘m surprised at all these recent developments. They are literally inventing rules and customs that don‘t even exist and now people can‘t even write onto items they bought with their own money. Japan is really becoming more problemstic than China when it comes to tourism.

  • In other news, the Nagoya District Court orders the GoJ to grant refugee status to a Syrian applicant who had refused to be drafted into his nation’s military / シリア国籍男性の難民不認定、取り消し命じる判決 名古屋地裁

    From the article:

    The government had argued that in Syria, there is no unjustifiably heavy or arbitrary punishment for evading conscription.

    But the ruling said that “evading military service is a crime in Syria and is likely to be regarded as a political or anti-government act by the Syrian government.”

    The court concluded that the man’s situation falls under the category of “refugee” because “circumstances were found that would lead to the fear that the Syrian government might infringe on his life or physical liberty, or oppress him.”

    I guess we have Nagoya District Court to thank for setting the GoJ straight w/r/t how Syrian draft-dodgers are dealt with!


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