The Corbett Report interview on the new RFID Gaijin Cards


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Hi Blog. Turning the keyboard over to James Corbett, with whom I interviewed on August 30, 2009.  Comment follows embedded video.  Arudou Debito in Sapporo


September 19, 2009 1:15:41 PM JST
Debito, thank you once again for taking time out of your day in Okayama to talk with me about the fingerprinting and IC card issues. The documentary itself is of course still in production, but I have extracted a few minutes from our interview and put it on YouTube. You can watch the video directly here:

Also, I’ve written an article that incorporates that video and some of your comments on the IC chip-enabled ID issue. That article is available from the “Articles” tab of the homepage and the direct link is:

Thank you again for sharing your insights on these issues. As far as the documentary goes, I have been trying to get an interview with someone from the Immigration Bureau regarding this practice, but have had no luck whatsoever getting anyone from the Ministry. If you could be of any assistance at all in this regard it would be very much appreciated, whether you can help to set up an interview or even provide some contacts or suggestions for getting in touch with someone who might be able to arrange something like that.

James Corbett
corbett AT corbettreport DOT com

(NB follows embedded video below:)

NB:  I’m not as articulate about the issue in this interview as I would have liked to have been; I wasn’t sufficiently aware in advance what we would be talking about, so my facts and figures are coming off the top of my head.  For my points articulated more clearly, see:

The Japan Times May 19, 2009, Zeit Gist column:
“IC you: bugging the alien”

Updates as RFID technology develops and police avail themselves of it., July 30, 2009


4 comments on “The Corbett Report interview on the new RFID Gaijin Cards

  • Just heard here in Korea that the Korean govt is going to jump on the fingerprinting bandwagon again. Given the constant expressions of insecurity by the people and system here about the Japanese and how Korea is ‘better’ I am assuming the Korean government will adopt all the measures Japan did.

    Unlike Japan, however, Korea seems to attract too many foreigners who are content to be further subjected to prejudicial measures. Surfing the net (I am not a member of any forum because of the irrationality of some of the pro Korean posters, usually [people] from North America whose parents or grandparents are/were Koreans)I was interested to see just how the frog in the well attitude in Korea rubs off on many foreigners.

    These foreigners are content to be fingerprinted again (Korea too used to do that and then stopped) and have biometric data taken. Looks like we will get what is coming to us because of this lack of intelligence and ability to see beyond ‘Well the US does it so it’s okay for us foreigners in Korea’.

    Sadly they cannot see the connection between this renewed surveillance and the general xenophobia that exists deeply in Korea. Submitting like sheep to everything will do nothing to make even a slight dent in Korea’s many issues [laundry list deleted because unrelated to this blog entry].

  • A good interview.

    Thought I’d wait a couple days to post on this topic.

    Checked out the Corbett Report site and podcast a bit, and I encourage others to do so, too. Check the list of podcast titles and judge for yourselves.

    Conspiracy theorists do have their uses (providing links to useful info about RFID chips, publicizing violations of Constitutional rights by our governments, recording lies and flip-flops by our politicians and such) because they often base their theories on facts and can rarely be accused of bias in favor of any politician. But they also tend to ignore other facts that disprove their wilder theories and then run off the deep end talking about the ever-imminent Enslavement Of Us All by the New World Order or The Matrix or something. So, you have to take all info they provide with a huge grain of salt.

    It seems like he’s a 9/11 Truther (silly but harmless) and part of the anti-vaccination movement (responsible for convincing a growing chunk of the public to stop vaccinating their children, eroding herd immunity and leading to more people, usually children, dying of things like whooping cough. That’s not silly nor harmless. It’s intolerable, and that’s why I feel a need to point it out).

    So check out his RFID and surveillance stuff, but keep those salt shakers handy.

  • Debito, I happened on this today, and in the light of all the RFID-ing going on ‘to assist’ the NJ community by the powers that be, I thought you’d like to see this. It’s a little kooky, but WTH if it works, why not? Positive steps to end discrimination, on a micro-chip level. Every little bit helps.

    “How to make a Faraday Cage Wallet. You already have your tin foil hat, and you’re pretty sure no one can find you on ‘the Google.’ However, there’s one detail you may not have thought of, and that’s those pesky RFID chips.

    RFID tags identifying who and — gasp! —- where you are can be found in passports, ATM cards, credit cards and some state-issued ID cards. The same technology will possibly even be used in paper money in the near future.

    With the right equipment, these chips can be read from afar by data snoops or your friendly government and NPA official. A Faraday cage is sufficient for blocking such eavesdropping.

    Here’s how to hide yourself from both the baddies and ‘The Man.’”


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