My speech at Otaru Shoudai Dec 6, 2010, “The Otaru Onsens Case 10 years on”, now on YouTube in six parts


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Hi Blog. I gave a series of speeches over the past week, the latest one at Otaru University of Commerce, on “The Otaru Onsens Case Ten Years On”. It’s in English (as it is a lecture series in English sponsored by the university for language students and exchange students), and available for view in several parts at the Otaru Shoudai Channel on YouTube. Have a look. Links to parts one through six below.  Enjoy.  Arudou Debito

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Part Four:

Part Five:

Part Six:


8 comments on “My speech at Otaru Shoudai Dec 6, 2010, “The Otaru Onsens Case 10 years on”, now on YouTube in six parts

  • Very good. Haters will hate, deny and defend, but that should set them straight.

    — Probably not. Haters by definition will never be straight because they simply hate. But for those who will listen without prejudice, I hope this makes our case well. Thanks.

  • Thanks for the reply, it was an enjoyable watch. I asked if there was more because I thought I remembered something on this site about the Japanese Supreme Court later ruling that the courts had to legislate to bring laws inline with UN treaties. It might have had something to do with overseas voting rights.

  • Watched it, liked it, thanks for doing it and thanks for sharing it.

    (It’s funny about us humans, when we disagree with someone about a tiny point, we often invest a relatively LARGE amount of energy correcting them, but when we agree or are satisfied with someone’s work, we invest a relatively SMALL amount of energy giving compliments, or we don’t even bother to compliment them at all.)

    Compliments to the chef: Well done! 🙂

  • Very good lecture. Made me feel as if I was there. I wonder if any other schools might ask you to come and lecture? It would be a shame to let this only be heard once.

    — Thanks. I’ll speak at any educational institution that invites me. Have done at lots so far.

  • I wonder if anybody told you this, but Russian sign says “Foreign citizens are asked not to enter the premises”. You could have brought this up in court =)

  • Thank you for a follow up. I am currently writing my B.A. thesis about this case and am using your book as source. So thanks for even more information and the update. 🙂


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