Next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column Tues Nov 2: How the “Cult of Japan’s Uniqueness and Homogeneity” interferes with good scholarship on Japan


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Hi Blog.  This is just to advise you that on this coming Tuesday, November 2 (in print Wednesday November 3 in the Boonies), my next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column will be coming out.

Topic:  I attended an international conference last month, where a senior scholar of some renown gave a lecture on Japan’s uniqueness, saying that Japan is still the most homogeneous society in the world.  Homogeneity he defined as the number of foreigners in Japanese society.

Armed with Google (we had Internet access in the lecture hall), I raised my hand and an issue with the claim…

And that starts the column.  Have a read on Tuesday.  Arudou Debito

UPDATE:  Here it is:

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