My next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column Jan 4: Ranks Top Ten issues affecting NJ in Japan for 2010 and 2000-2010. Probably my best yet.


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Hi Blog.  Just a quick word to let everyone know that my next Japan Times JUST BE CAUSE column will be coming out tomorrow, January 4, 2010.

For the third year since my JBC column started, I will once again be ranking the Top Ten human rights events that affected NJ in Japan for the year 2010.

Not only that, I’ll be ranking the Top Ten for the decade 2000-2010 as well.

I’m particularly proud of this one.  It ties together all that I have been researching and writing about for the JT this past decade (first article for them was in 2002).  I think it’s one of my best columns yet.

Particularly suggested is getting a hard copy.  The online version will get you the text, but we spent a long time laying out this page, and expert resident cartoonist Chris MacKenzie has been turned loose on the graphic design.  On newsstands tomorrow (Wednesday in the provinces).  I’m really looking forward to it.

Have a read in about twelve hours!  Arudou Debito


UPDATE:  Here it is.  It’s gorgeous!  I think it’s our best yet.

Download entire page as PDF (recommended) at

Download Top Ten for 2010 at

Download Top Ten for 2000-2010 at

I will have it up here for commentary tomorrow.

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