Arudou Debito's

These are sites which deal more with information access and dispersal than with entertainment.
Have a gander if you're interested.



Founded in September 1999, this site offers an archive of organizations, systems, and various social phenomena which explicitly or implicitly put non-Japanese residents at a disadvantage and actively diminish their domestic standard of living. Examples include NTT DoCoMo instituting (from April 1, 2002) a 30,000 yen deposit for all new non-Permanent Resident foreigners, advertising campaigns engendering fear of foreigners in order to hock their wares (Miwa Lock Co.), and police pamphlets profiling local foreign residents in ways both unrealistic and unfair (Shizuoka-ken Police HQ booklet entitled "
Rainichi Gaikokujin Hanzai no Tokuchou"--to help local shopkeeps racially profile). Have a look, even join us in our efforts, if interested.


Another internationalizing organization with which I am proud to associate, a sister organization of The Community above, UMJ (formerly United Front Japan) specializes in more macro, national-level issues.

See also http://www.debito.org/otarulawsuit.html

A Site on Children's Rights Issues In Japan

(excerpted from the site) Japan has not ratified the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Japan does not have laws which allow enforcement of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Japan does not enforce child custody orders from foreign countries. Parental kidnapping is not considered a crime in Japan. Japan does not honor extradition requests for crimes involving a non-custodial Japanese parent abducting their child back to Japan.

More information and documentation on: 

  1. Child Abductions to Japan. (General Discrimination Against Foreign Parents)
  2. Legal Abduction To Japan (Forced Retention of Children and Transport To Japan).
  3. Legal Domestic Abduction (Forced Retention of Children In Japan).
  4. Antiquated Child Custody Laws.
  5. Antiquated Child Visitation Laws.
  6. Unenforceable Child Visitation Laws.
  7. Physical and Emotional Child and Spouse Abuse Is Ignored as a Factor in Custody Decisions.
  8. Domestic Violence By A Japanese Spouse Is Supported In A Family With Children.
  9. Discrimination Against Helping Non-Japanese Locate Hidden Children.
  10. Discrimination Against Non-Japanese In Granting Child Custody.
  11. Discrimination Against Non-Japanese By Not Having A Visa Allowing Them To Remain In Japan Long Term To Be With Their Children.
  12. Discrimination Against Visas Allowing A Non-Japanese To Remain In Japan To Continue Legal Actions Against A Japanese Parent.
  13. Rights of Natural Parents Taken Away in Adoption and Changes of Custody Actions.

JUSTICE FOR NICK BAKER SITE (http://www.justicefornickbaker.org/)

(excerpted from the site) In 2002 Nick Baker, 32, traveled to Japan in advance of the World Cup. He was arrested at Tokyo's Narita Airport when ecstasy pills and cocaine were found in the false bottom of a suitcase. Nick protested he had been duped by a traveling companion, James Prunier, but Japanese police allowed Prunier to leave the country without questioning him. While Nick was spending some 10 months in solitary confinement for apparently "refusing to confess", it happened that Prunier was arrested in Belgium for allegedly tricking three other British travelers into smuggling drugs. Nick's defence attorney requested that the facts of the Belgian case be admitted as evidence, but presiding Judge Kenji Kadoya, who in more than a decade on the bench has never found a single defendant "not guilty", refused this motion at the request of the prosecution. Instead, in June 2003, Kadoya sentenced Nick to 14 years in prison with hard labour, largely on the basis of testimony Nick was made to sign (written in Japanese, a language he does not understand). Nick protested that the testimony was inaccurately translated, and is currently appealing the verdict, a process that could take up to one year. Nick's family and supporters have put this site up in the desperate hope that the Japanese authorities, aware that the world is watching, will admit relevant evidence and provide Nick with a proper hearing.

Mitsubishi Workplace Racial Discrimination Lawsuit


Kamal Sinha, an Indian citizen who lived and worked in Japan from 1989 to 1995, endured discriminatory treatment while working at Mitsubishi Electric. He sued them in Tokyo District Court for racial discrimination, one of the first such lawsuits in Japan. This website gives the details of the case. He has another site: MITSUBISHI: ECLIPSE OF ETHICS (http://www.mitsubishisucks.com), which deals with discrimination and slave labor issues of Mitsubishi.


Headed by Dr Chalmers Johnson, the authority on Japan's Industrial Policy, JPRI brings forth insightful viewpoints on the interactions between Japan, Asia, and the West which might not otherwise make it to the discussion table. Note: the web site is for information about the organization. Access to many (but not all) of the articles is for members only, but I encourage anyone with an interest in Japan to have a look and join. Want a writing sample? Read an essay I wrote for them on my Residents Page.


The largest association for language teachers in Japan, and a good place for the professional instructor and linguist to get materials and feedback.


Gotta love the acronym. Seriously, this is a select group of JALT Members who are concerned with professional and employment issues, particularly in the Japanese university system. In recent years, we have been documenting specific legal cases that will have long-term effects on the treatment of non-Japanese employees in a Journal of Professional Issues. Officially, "The PALE Journal of Professional Issues focuses on teachers, administrators, and communities for all education levels. Concerns include work conditions, legal issues, ethics, and research affecting language education." I just happened to be one of the editors of the Journal for several years, so again, if you can't get enough of my writings, check it out. We are saving many court cases from obscurity.


The JET Programme (official government info here, informal info from the JETs themselves here) is the largest international exchange program in the world. Sponsored by three Japanese ministries, it imports thousands of foreign educators annually to improve language and intercultural education nationwide in Japan's primary and secondary school system. Still, some provincial administrations in Japan refuse to follow government rules and abuse their foreign staff. Along the lines of the Blacklist of Japanese Universities, the JET BLACKLIST seeks to expose exactly the whos, whats, and wheres of any ill-treatment, giving the public the healthy whistle-blowing necessary to ensure that administrators keep their promises.



HIBA is a group of local non-Japanese (and some Japanese) businesspeople who share information about opportunities in Hokkaido. Who's of interest up here and what we do. I've been a member since 1991 and their Secretary 1993, and 1997-2000, so I can vouch for our experience and enthusiasm. Note that the site is not updated often, so it will provide sometimes outdated information on recent projects.

A network for information on Japan


Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese and English)

Nikkei Business (in Japanese and English)

Mainichi Shinbun (in Japanese and English)

Asahi Shinbun (in Japanese and English)

Japan Free Press (in English)


Japan's Government Sites (linked together by the PM's office, in Japanese)

Japan's Economic Planning Agency (in Japanese)

Japan's International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Japan's Overseas Development Assistance (with links to stats on Japan's exports, imports, and investment in Asia)

MIT's references on Japanese materials science and engineering

The Blacklist of Japanese Universities

American Automobile Manufacturers Association (AAMA)

Washington State Apple Growers' site

(click for info on why apples matter to US-Japan relations)

The Pentagon's Latest Projects


LA Times

CNN Interactive

Nautilus Institute Daily Press News (including Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean sources)

Archipelago (unusual tacks on recent Japan news stories)


The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (English and Japanese)

(click here for shady background info on Sasakawa and his foundation)


A list of my publications, ahem.

Find other sites you find that tickle you? Let me know!

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Last revised January 2006