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Debito Arudou

Debito is the Just Be Cause columnist for the Community Page and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 2002. Author of seven books, including “Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants and Immigrants” (2nd Ed.), “Japanese Only” and the novel “In Appropriate,” he has been a naturalized Japanese citizen since 2000. His daily blog and archive is at www.debito.org.

For Debito Arudou's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Media redraw battle lines in bid for global reach

| Jul 5, 2015

Media redraw battle lines in bid for global reach

Something significant happened in April that attracted only desultory press coverage, so let’s give it some more. GPlus Media Co., which operates English-language websites Japan Today and GaijinPot, was sold to Fuji TV-Lab, a subsidiary of Fuji Media Holdings Inc. The Fuji Media group ...

Viewed through a religious lens, Japan makes more sense

| Apr 5, 2015

Viewed through a religious lens, Japan makes more sense

Ever noticed how Japan — and in particular, its ruling elite — keeps getting away with astonishing bigotry? Recently Ayako Sono, a former adviser of the current Shinzo Abe government, sang the praises of a segregated South Africa, effectively advocating a system where people ...