Hello All. Am pretty fried getting prepared for next week’s speeches, so will keep this short in lieu of a real newsletter.
Just finished roughing out my powerpoint presentation and my handout for the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan (FCCJ) speech on Monday on Racial Discrimination in Japan, with UN’s Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene. Download details below Only two more to really get ready for. Details as follows:
SUN FEB 25 Attending Amnesty International Group 78 Film Night in Shimokitazawa.
See http://www.aig78.org/ for what’s playing.
Anyone want to join me for a beer?
MON FEB 26 NOON
Luncheon at FCCJ with UN Special Rapporteur Doudou Diene
“Racial Discrimination in Japan: Is Anything Changing?”
Download rough powerpoint presentation at
Download press handout of what I will be submitting to Dr Diene at
Writeup on event included below.
TUES FEB 27 7PM
Speech for Amnesty International Group 78
“2 Channel and Freedom of Speech” Kanda Koen Kuminkan
Writeup on event included below.
WEDS FEB 28
Speech 1:30-3PM at New International School. Grades 8 & 9, 1 hour
Speech 7:30-9;30 PM for Roppongi Bar Association
“Foreign Residents and the Japanese Legal System”. More information at
Writeup on event included below.
FRI MARCH 2 Afternoon interview TransPacific Radio
Gotta sleep. Here are the writeups from the sponsors: Arudou Debito in Sapporo
THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENTS CLUB OF JAPAN PRESENTS:
“Racism In Japan – Is Anything Changing?”
Time: 2007 Feb 26 12:00 – 14:00
The speech and Q & A will be in English.
Two years ago Doudou Diene, a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia, submitted a report in which he said that racism in Japan is deep and profound, and that government did not recognize the depth of the problem.
In a speech at the FCCJ he suggested Japan introduce new legislation to combat discrimination. Has anything changed since then? How has Japan reacted to the fast-growing “multicultural dawn”? There are already 2 million foreign residents officially registered and some reports say that for Japan to survive, it must look to what was once — and to many still is — unthinkable: mass immigration.
Judging from a recent event, not much has changed. A couple of weeks ago, many convenience stores and bookstores were selling a magazine by Eichi Publishing called “Gaijin Hanzai Ura Fairu,” which contained what many considered racist content.
We contacted the editor and the publisher of the magazine, but while the editor believed discussion was necessary, his proposed appearance at the club was vetoed by the publisher.
While the magazine has sold out — and apparently became a collector’s item — the issue is still there. Is Japan a racist country? Is Japanese “racism” somehow “different”?
We will hear from Doudou Diene, who is back in Japan on a lecture tour hosted by the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, and the Centre for Asia Pacific Partnership (CAPP) of Osaka University of Economics and Law. He will be joined by human rights and anti-discrimination campaigner Debito Arudou.
FCCJ members and their guests please reserve in advance: at the Front Desk (3211-3161) or online.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GROUP 78 TOKYO PRESENTS
2-Channel BBS and Freedom of Speech
7PM Kanda Koen Kuminkan, Kanda, Tokyo
2-Channel is the world’s largest Internet Bulletin Board (BBS). After losing several lawsuits for libel, 2ch’s administrator, Nishimura Hiroyuki, has made headlines for his refusal to acknowledge any legal problem or follow any court rulings. Arudou, plaintiff in one successful lawsuit against 2ch, will discuss what happened in his case, and what Nishimura’s actions mean vis-a-vis freedom of speech in this era of instantaneous, anonymous electronic media.
More information on the case at https://www.debito.org/2channelsojou.html
Directions to Kanda Koen Kuminkan at http://www.aig78.org/
The Roppongi Bar Association proudly presents a discussion on
FOREIGN RESIDENTS AND THE JAPANESE LEGAL SYSTEM
Notes from the author and Human Rights activist, Debito Arudou
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. @ WDI’s Private Club – Century Court
JPY 3,000 for RBA Members
JPY 4,000 for non-members
(Buffet dinner included, cash bar)
ROI Building, 10th Floor
5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku, Tokyo 106-8522
(Five minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya and Oedo lines)
The RBA Executive Board is very pleased to host the prolific author and noted human rights activist Debito Arudou at our February speaker event! Debito, an Associate Professor at a private university in Hokkaido, came to the notice of many in Japan as a plaintiff in the renowned “Otaru Onsen Discrimination Case”, instituted in 2001, in which Debito, German Olaf Karthaus and American Ken Sutherland took an onsen (hot spring) in Otaru and the City of Otaru to court for, respectively, racial discrimination, and negligence under the Constitution and UN treaty due to the onsen’s banning of foreign persons in violation of their Human Rights. In the ensuing years, Debito and his fellow plaintiffs continued the case and raising the awareness of racial discrimination issues in Japan, in particular Japan’s status, in his words, as “the only developed country without any form of law banning racial discrimination”.
Debito is a naturalized Japanese citizen and is very familiar with immigration laws and naturalization issues for non-citizens in Japan as well as the Japanese legal and regulatory system. During the meeting, he will provide his unique insights into the Japanese laws and regulations that particularly impact non-Japanese and non-citizen residents here in Japan, the current status of human rights and related legislation in Japan, individual’s rights when interacting with the Japanese legal system (or the police!) as well as his personal experiences here in Japan.
*THIS EVENT QUALIFIES FOR 1 HOUR OF CLE CREDIT!
CLE is available through the kind cooperation of our friends at Temple University School of Law, Japan Campus. Please direct any CLE inquiries to the RBA Board when you RSVP.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Feb. 23rd.
5 comments on “Upcoming Tokyo Speeches: FCCJ, Tokyo Bar, Amnesty…”
Hi Debito, different topic
Did u see the news on HODO station asahi 10pm news; Friday feb23..
It looks they are finally coming to realize the Ambiguity of their foreigner Visa Law.
Hop u post on that
–HI SAM. COULD YOU PLEASE ELABORATE ON WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT FOREIGNER VISA LAW? THERE ARE LOTS OF FOREIGNERS AND LOTS OF TYPES OF VISAS. THANKS FOR LETTING US KNOW. DEBITO
I wanted to email you but couldn’t find a “Contact Me” link anywhere on the blog or the main site. I just had a quick query about the Herman case which I first read about today: assuming the land which was the subject of and collateral for the loan was in Japan, what relevance was the guy’s residence or lack thereof? If he did leave the country couldn’t the bank simply claim the land? Like I said, I first saw the case today and I haven’t read the decision or the appeal but this point kind of jumped out at me.
Good luck with the speeches and I hope you can find the time to reply when your busy spell is over
Thanks for the link. I’m looking forward to meeting you this weekend. Good lukc with your speeches and panel appearances.
– Garrett from TPR
Apparently, the Education Minister compared human rights to butter and claims that too much human rights would be bad.
(He used the Japanese-English term for obesity “metabolic syndrome” but basically, he implied that too much human rights were bad.)
Read it here:
Here’s a blog posting about it: