Speaking in California August 2008, then Honshu first half of September


Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants to Japan\Foreign Residents and Naturalized Citizens Association forming NGO\「ジャパニーズ・オンリー 小樽入浴拒否問題と人種差別」(明石書店)JAPANESE ONLY:  The Otaru Hot Springs Case and Racial Discrimination in Japan

Hello All. Debito here. Just to let you know: I’ll be in California all August (working at UC Santa Cruz, then visiting San Francisco Bay Area for a couple of weeks), and then Honshu Japan for the first half of September.

Want me to come speak anywhere I’m nearby? Fairly firm schedule:

//////////////////////////////////////////////////Sat or Sun, Aug 23 or 24, speech in San Francisco or Berkeley for local human rights group (BEING FINALIZED)
Weds Aug 27, 2008, Noon, University of California Berkeley, Center for Japanese Studies (CONFIRMED)

Sun Sept 1, 7PM, Speech for JALT Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (BEING FINALIZED)

Thurs Sept 4, 2008, 7PM, Lecture on “The Japanese Legal System–Cognitive Dissonances to Consider”, for Kansai Attorneys Registered Abroad, Osaka (CONFIRMED)

Sat Sept 6, 2008, 7PM Speech for Osaka Forming NGO FRANCA, at Osaka OCAT Building (BEING FINALIZED)

Fri Sept 12, Speech in Saitama (TBD)
Sat Sept 13, 2008, Speech in Nagano (TBD)
Sun Sept 14, 2008, Speech for Sendai Forming NGO FRANCA
, 14.00-16.00, atSendai Chuo Shimin Centre Kaigi Shitsu(http://www.stks.city.sendai.jp/citizen/WebPages/chuo/index.html(CONFIRMED)

Mon Sept 15, 2008, Afternoon Speech in Kitakami, Iwate Pref. (BEING FINALIZED)

Thurs Nov 27, 2008, Speech in Iwate (TBD)
Fri Nov 28, 2008, Speech in Iwate (TBD)
Sat Nov 29, 2008, Speech in Iwate (TBD)


Updates to schedule in real time at

Anyone else interested in a speech? Let me know at debito@debito.org. I’ll be in the area anyway, so travel expenses will be minimized. I’m currently negotiating with Monterey as well, so drop me a line.

Speak on what? You decide. On Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants? Racial discrimination in Japan? Something else? Topics (and media) for all my speeches over the past fifteen years are at
Information on Handbook at

In September, I have two weeks fallow before school starts. Tentative schedule to fill:
September 1-5 Western Japan
Sept 7-10, teaching intensive course on Japanese media at Nagoya University (definite)
Sept 11-16 Eastern Japan, negotiating dates in Sendai (Sept 14 definite), Morioka, and Hirosaki

Thanks for reading! And I hope sometime soon meeting you!
Arudou Debito, Sapporo, Japan

2 comments on “Speaking in California August 2008, then Honshu first half of September

  • I’ve been leaving a ton of comments recently, but this is an important one, Debito-san. I’ve read in your other posts that you have no trouble going through American immigration as a white guy with a Japanese passport, but how about getting an American visa? I’m not sure what the visa rules are between America and Japan, or if you even need a visa, but I’m just curious about the process you go through when traveling back to the States on your J passport. I ask because I myself am thinking of naturalizing here in my country of residence (requires giving up my American citizenship) and I’m interested in your experience. Care to shed any light?

    –Happy to. I’ve never had to get a visa because I was always going to the US on short stays (three months or less). Under those circumstances, Japanese don’t need visas. Simple as that. Hope that helps, Debito

  • good to hear that your making a trip back to osaka in september, im looking forward to your visit. if you need any help in the meantime then please let me know…


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