NONFICTION BOOK "JAPANESE ONLY"
(Akashi Shoten Inc. 2004, Updated 2006, Tenth Anniversary Edition eBook 2013)
(eBOOK TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION FOR KINDLE AND NOOK 2013 FOR US $9.99)
(Click here-- or on the Book Cover above --to page down to information, reviews, and ordering procedures for the English versions of JAPANESE ONLY)
版 pg 26 より）
「外国人お断り」という看板を 掲げた小樽市内の入浴施設が、一律に、外国人のような外見の人の入浴を拒否した。 これは人種差別ではないのか？ある外国人らはそう抗議を始め、この問題が世界的に 知り渡った。そして永年、市をはじめとする行政がこうした状態を放置したため、入 浴施設と小樽市を提訴し、現在は継続中。この問題の発端から現在までを原告一人、 有道出人が書いた本書は日本に鋭く問いかけるーー日本の真の国際化とは何か？日本 における人権とは何か？
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WITH NEW INTRODUCTION AND POSTSCRIPT BY THE AUTHOR
If you saw signs up in public places saying "No
Coloreds", what would you do? See them as relics of a
bygone era, a la US Segregation or South African Apartheid?
Not in Japan, where even today "Japanese Only" signs,
excluding people who look "foreign", may be found
nationwide, thanks to fear and opportunism arising from Japan's
internationalization and economic decline.
BOOK SUMMARY AND REVIEWS
If you saw signs up in public places saying
"No Coloreds", what would you do?
See them as relics of a bygone era, a la US segregationism or
South African apartheid? Not so in Japan, where today "Japanese
Only" signs, excluding people who "look foreign",
are proliferating nationwide--thanks to fear and opportunism
arising from Japan's inevitable internationalization.
2006 EDITION now includes 2005
Supreme Court decision text and INDEX for your research ease.
INDEX for 2004 edition of "JAPANESE ONLY" is available online here
"JAPANESE ONLY" becomes a RECOMMENDED NEW BOOK (November 2004) by Chalmers Johnson's JAPAN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE, and is listed on JPRI's RECOMMENDED LIBRARY ON JAPAN, under the "Politics" section.
"A reasoned and spirited denunciation of national prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry. It's not that the Japanese have all that much more of it than anyone else, but that they lack an interface to fight it. This lively accounting will help them find it." ---Donald Richie
"An important, trailblazing work that will go down in the annals of civil activist journals. It is, on the one hand, a gripping tale of one man's pursuit of justice and equal treatment ina foreign land, and on the o ther, an engaging primer on how to fight city hall in Japan. The detailed descriptions of how the opaque machinery of Japanese government bureaucracy and its legal systems work are in themselves worth the price of admission. Will be the book of reference on the subject for decades to come and should be required reading for anyone studying social protest." --Robert Whiting, author, The Meaning of Ichiro, You've Gotta have Wa, and Tokyo Underworld.
"Deftly capturing the devil of Japanese xenophobia in the details of simply getting a bath, Debito Arudou combines intellectual honesty, moral courage, and sheer physical perseverance with a wry sense of humor to show how difficult it is in Japan to mount and sustain a campaign to dismantle racially discriminating barriers that would be illegal and quickly laughed out of court in the US. Arudou's love of the Japanese people is proven by taking out citizenship, and by a fluency in writing and speaking the language that would put to shame most Western 'Japan Experts'. He treats us to a startling expose of the twisted logic employed by the defenders of discrimination, be they Japanese or resident foreign Uncle Toms. A powerful, poignant, and path-breaking docu-narrative." ---Ivan Hall, author, Cartels of the Mind and Bamboozled.
"People don't hear much about a Civil Rights movement in Japan, because there are no cops spraying protestors with fire hoses. But race prejudice does exist, and there are people --- like Arudou Debito --- who have continued to raise objections to it, and harry the perpetrators, with admirable tenacity and courage. After society changes for the better, the agents of that change are promptly forgotten. Perhaps a decade or so from now, the events in this book will be remembered merely as a curiosity; or perhaps not. But whether his efforts succeed or fail, no one can fault Mr. Arudou for trying to convince people of the evils of discrimination. Here, in his own words, he tells why it matters; and one cannot help but be moved by them." ---Mark Schreiber, Japan Times columnist and author, The Dark Side: Infamous Japanese Crimes and Criminals.
"Why do I like this book so much? Japanese Only is more than an account of a campaign.... Along the way he reproduces many of the arguments and counter arguments that come up in discussion (e.g. Don't businesses have the right to refuse obnoxious customers?) for the reader to mull. He describes some of the workings of local government and the courts in Japan. The experiences he relates and the lessons he learned on dealing with the media alone are, for any social activist, worth the cover price. ... It is almost like a college course on human rights and social activism, delivered by an avuncular professor... though, unlike most college courses, [you get] a strong feeling of optimism about the future of (t)his country, Japan..."--- Chris Pitts, Coordinator, Amnesty International Group 78, Tokyo, Japan (click here to read entire review)
"...[T]his is why JAPANESE ONLY is so important. In the midst of all the overblown rhetoric about foreign workers, whether it be from woolly-headed academics, plotting technocrats, major corporations looking only at the bottom line, well-meaning NGOs, or fascist politicians, Arudou's battle against the Otaru onsens shows us real Japanese struggling with real, practical issues of integration, assimulation, and human rights... In the process, Arudou reveals some ingrained attitudes that no government white paper, blue-ribbon panel of experts, or cadre of nervously smiling bureaucrats will be able to easily ignore. Twenty years from now, JAPANESE ONLY may well be one of the seminal studies on just how Japan did, or did not, deal with the integration of foreigners into its society."--Eric Johnston, Deputy Editor, The Japan Times. (read entire review)
"...Not only is JAPANESE ONLY clear, well-paced, balanced and informative, but the scrapbook style lends the described events a riveting sense of immediacy. Through it all, the author pulls no punches, but he refrains from the rants and tirades that must have been sorely tempting at times... Arudou's book is an excellent summary of events so far, and provides a lot of background information that may startle readers outside this country... Arudou's study of history has taught him "that rights--any rights--are rarely, if ever, granted unilaterally. People must fight for them. So it is not only our option, but our obligation as residents of Japan, to do something."--Tom Baker, Daily Yomiuri Book Review, January 16, 2005. (read entire review)
Debito Arudou... decided that confronting discrimination was important for his family, other foreigners and Japanese society. After reading this excellent account of his struggle against prejudice and racial discrimination, I think we are fortunate he did so... Readers get a personal and fascinating account of how this movement evolved, its consequences and how it affected those who participated in it. It is a very readable story that ranges from diary-like entries, to extensive quotes from the media, e-mails to his Internet site and court rulings."--Jeff Kingston, Japan Times Book Review, January 30, 2005 (read entire review)
"Whatever you may think about Debito as a person, [the Otaru Onsens Case] is a legacy, one to be proud of--and one which his book discusses more than adequately".--Dr Bern Mulvey, University of Idaho, and fellow member of the team which battled onsen discrimination in Japan. April 26, 2005 (read entire review)
"...worth a read for anyone anyone who has encountered discrimination in Japan, as it offers hope that things are changing for the better--with the help of people like Arudou, who are willing to stand up for what is right."--Patrick Rial, part of a mixed review in Japanzine, December 2005 (read entire review)
(More reviews as they come out.)
COMMENTS FROM GENERAL READERS: (email me here--I love feedback!)
"Enlightening and entertaining reading for any American interested in current Japanese affairs (since it is written from an American(-ish) viewpoint)"--Tom Stratton, student, University of Chicago, Physics Department (Dec 21, 2004)
"Arudo manages to rid himself of both the preconceptions and hackneyed cliches that pervades so much of writing on Japan, ...avoiding the bitter cynicism of outright Japan-bashing. In short, Arudo neither lionizes Japan nor does he write it off, and along the way shows the reader that tenacity, courage and self-belief are worthy opponents of bureacracy, prejudice and artificial social barriers..." --Steve King, ELT Consultant, Longman ELT Osaka Office (read entire comment)
"Single-minded, fiercely determined, fighting the good fight. Melodramatic maybe, but I think it sums up the struggle between Debito (and supporters) against the "Japanese Only" onsens and the wider issue of anti-foreigner discrimination in Japan, a country which many (myself included) love. I would like to recommend this book wholeheartedly for Japanese and non-Japanese alike and I fully support Debito in his efforts to improve an area of Japan's society which it should, frankly, be more ashamed of." --Richard Mort, of www.nativechecker.com (Feb 19, 2005)
"'Japanese Only' is a great read. Your presentation and style make for an instructive, step-by-step guide to social awareness and protest for foreigners in Japan. Having dealt with many of the same situations you and Issho Kikaku did in my 5 years in Japan, I could wholly empathize with your struggles. At the time (1991-1996) I felt rather isolated in those moments, and having the comraderie of such a group of like-minded individuals would have been reassuring. " --Scott Mund of Muskegon, Michigan USA, former Instructor, Yokohama City University (1994-1996), two time JET Program participant (1991-1992 & 2003-2004), and graduate student at The University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies (1993-1994). (March 18, 2006)
"I just finished reading your book, Japanese Only, and I the only thing I can say right now is that I was profoundly affected. The choice to sacrifice and endure years of often thankless hardship for the sake of human rights really is not a choice at all. Clearly, it is a calling." --Ben Snyder, formerly of Kanda Gaigo University, and the University of Rochester. (July 5, 2006).
NEWS ON "JAPANESE ONLY"
"JAPANESE ONLY" has its its world premiere at Caravan Books, Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Around forty people turn out, lead a lively discussion, and buy books! (Oct 31, 2004)
"JAPANESE ONLY" becomes a RECOMMENDED NEW BOOK on the JAPAN POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE website! (Nov 12, 2004)
Likewise, "JAPANESE ONLY" gets listed on JPRI's RECOMMENDED LIBRARY ON JAPAN, under the "Politics" section. (Nov 17, 2004)
Stores around Sapporo stock "JAPANESE ONLY" (New Day Books, Kinokuniya, Sanseidou, Asahiya Shoten), and have sold out of it in a few places around town and in Osaka (Maruzen and Kinokuniya). Kinokuniya Sapporo even put it next to Michael Moore and above Harry Potter! (see above photo above of Kinokuniya bookshelf taken by my keitai Nov 26, 2004). Quite an honor!
"JAPANESE ONLY" presentation at New Day Books (San'yuu Bldg 3F, Minami 2, Nishi 5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, ph 011-223-6819) (Nov 27, 2004)
"JAPANESE ONLY" spotted on sale in TOWER RECORDS SHIBUYA and SHIN-CHITOSE AIRPORT, Hokkaido. I might sound obsessive, but I have had trouble getting the book on store shelves for the oddest excuses. Some claim that foreign-book distributor Yohan won't let them stock it (yeah, right). Foreign bookshops in Haneda Airport said they lack shelf space. Even Tsutaya Books in Roppongi Hills begged off, saying it doesn't fit their overall "arty lifestyle" image. Thus I consider any bookstore stocking it to be a minor miracle. So if you're in Tokyo, go buy the book at TOWER RECORDS SHIBUYA 7F, where as of 2006 I know they have it in stock (see keitai photo at right, next to Tony Laszlo), in English and Japanese. Elsewhere in Japan, Kinokuniya and Maruzen have been reasonably reliable--Kinokuniya more so. Amazon.co.jp less so. (Dec 1-10, 2004, reconfirmed Feb 2006)
Positive book reviews of "JAPANESE ONLY" in the Daily Yomiuri on January 16, 2005, and in the Japan Times January 30, 2005.
JapanReview.net compares JAPANESE ONLY unfavorably with a comic book (Oguri Saori's "My Darling is a Foreigner", starring Tony Laszlo). Unfairly too, alas. Click here to read the whole review (sans footnotes) and my critique of it (February 11, 2005)
NEW! Index for first edition of "JAPANESE ONLY" now available online here (Feb 27, 2005)
New updated 2006 Version of "JAPANESE ONLY" (i.e. the second edition) will include the above index, and details of the March 2005 Supreme Court Decision and the new lawsuit against the national government. On sale now. (March 1, 2006)
For those who bought the first edition of the book: Download the additional chapter for the 2006 version of the book in Word format here. (July 5, 2006)
HOW TO GET A COPY OF "JAPANESE ONLY"
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(BOOK SYNOPSIS HERE)
Preview book and order directly from here:
http://www.amazon.co.jp/JAPANESE-ONLY-Springs-Discrimination-ebook/dp/B00C8UB6U8 (Amazon Japan) etc.
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/japanese-only-debito-arudou/1115061298 (Barnes & Noble)
DOMESTIC (i.e. within Japan)
You have three options:
(1) The English site of Akashi Shoten Inc. at http://www.akashi.co.jp
Or contact Akashi Shoten's Eigyoubu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (in Japan): 03-5818-1171, FAX: 03-5818-1174
The book will arrive C.O.D. (chaku barai) to your mailing address, meaning you pay cash to the delivery person for the book plus postage.
(2) Via internet bookseller Amazon.co.jp (Amazon Japan has the book blurb in Japanese, but pay no attention. As entitled, it is the English version, and you can still use the shopping cart and make your purchase in English.)
(The book is not available at Amazon.com, sorry)
(3) Any Japanese bookstore, especially those which sell English-language books (like Kinokuniya, Maruzen, etc.)
All they need is the ISBN. (which is, 4-7503-9018-6)
It's a book published in Japan, so theoretically there should be no problem. I have personally confirmed that Tower Records Shibuya 7F, Maruzen Osaka, and Kinokuniya Sapporo stock it.
If you can't find it, give the ISBN to the clerks at the counter, or click here to download an order form for shopkeeps to FAX the publisher. (updated version in pdf format here)
Recommend choice (2) for credit card users, and choice (3) for urban shoppers. Either option saves you postage.
While I'm at it: If you think your local foreign-books store should stock JAPANESE ONLY, could you please ask the management to order a few extra copies? People have often been buying the Japanese and English versions as a set (for their Japanese friends or spouse), so perhaps suggest they put them together in the foreign books (yousho) section?
I am visiting as many bookstores as possible to promote the book myself, but of course can't get everywhere. If you could help out, thanks: download some bilingual order forms here. All you have to do is give them the form and they will fax it to my publisher at their leisure. Reassure them if necessary that any books left unsold can be returned to the publisher at no cost to the bookstore. Thanks!
INTERNATIONAL (i.e. outside of Japan)
You have basically one option:
(1) Order via internet bookseller Amazon.co.jp (Amazon Japan has the book blurb in Japanese, but pay no attention. As entitled, it is the English version, and you can still use the shopping cart and make your purchase in English.)
Bulk orders (i.e. five or more copies), or if you are an overseas academic institution ordering this as a class textbook, please contact Akashi Shoten's Eigyoubu at email@example.com
Click on the buttons below to place and view your order (of up to five copies):
ENGLISH VERSION: 424 pages, 3500 yen, ISBN: 4-7503-9018-6
eBOOK Version 2013: US $9.99 or conversion equivalent (around 900 yen) on Amazons/B&N Worldwide
JAPANESE VERSION: 272 pages, 2500 yen, ISBN: 4-7503-9011-9
On sale now through these contact details.
on the Otaru Onsens Case and Lawsuit here)
Book reviews in Japanese of the Japanese version follow immediately below:
人権新聞（自由人権協会 （JCLU）発行）書評 2003年7月28日
民団新聞 2003年7月2日 pg 2
International Herald Tribune/Asahi Shinbun May 31-June 1, 2003, pg 30
産経新聞 「本・BOOK」欄 2003年5月11日
月刊誌「論座」2003年6月号 pg 314-5 鎌 田 慧氏 著
朝日新聞「読書」欄 2003年4月27日（朝）pg 8
毎 日新聞（2003年4月20日（朝）札幌版） pg 26
週刊金曜日 2003年4月18日号（No.456）pg 41
民団新聞 2003年7月2日 pg 2
Tribune/Asahi Shinbun May 31-June 1, 2003, pg 30
産経新聞「 本・BOOK」欄 2003年5月11日 より：
鎌田 慧氏 著
朝日新 聞「読書」欄 2003年4月27日（朝）より：
(03-5818-1171 営 業部)