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36,000 don’t want ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc to drop in on Japan

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Now-internationally reviled misogynist “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc is supposed to be coming to Japan this month. On Monday, a petition signed by over 36,000 people opposing his entry into Japan was submitted to the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau, claiming that he is a criminal and shouldn’t be allowed into the country. Blanc was recently kicked out of Australia after the immigration minister canceled his visa.

Blanc is “an executive coach for Real Social Dynamics,” which charges men up to $3,000 for a chance to learn his secret dating tricks — including lying, psychological manipulation and choking. One of his videos, which was independently subtitled in Japanese and posted online on Sept. 17, raised ire in Japan and internationally. The video shows him bragging about physically grabbing Japanese women and footage of Blanc apparently sexually assaulting some of them.

After reading about Blanc, two women — a self-employed Japanese in her 20s and a longtime foreign Japan resident and DJ, 31 — put together a bilingual petition to stop Blanc from returning to Japan. Posted on Nov. 6 on Change.org., by 6 p.m. on Nov. 9, 32,588 people had signed.

Sources in law enforcement, including Customs, say there are valid reasons for denying entry. First, Blanc may have been working without a proper visa during his previous “seminar” in Tokyo. Second, the video shows him committing what appears to be forcible indecency (kyōsei waisetsu), a serious crime in Japan.

“While kyōsei waisetsu usually requires a criminal complaint from the victim, he could also be investigated for simple assault and/or obstruction of business, for grabbing a convenience store employee and forcibly kissing her and holding onto her,” said a police source.

The DJ, a stalking victim who asked that her real name not be used, said, “I hope that this petition will not only prevent him from entering Japan, but also send a strong message that misogyny, harassment/abuse and racism are things that the global community is increasingly realizing are unacceptable and that those who perpetuate these views and actions now have fewer and fewer places they can get away with it.

“Even if he is able to enter Japan after all of this, I think the campaigns against him have overall been successful enough that he will not be able to freely engage in this kind of behavior in many places anymore. The world is watching.”

Calls to Real Social Dynamics’ Japan office were not returned.

Jake Adelstein writes the monthly Dark Side of the Rising Sun column in The Japan Times on Sunday. Your comments: community@japantimes.co.jp

  • The Omega Man

    Fantastic news!

    Now Julien isn’t the only one on this Real Social Dynamics boys club. His co-workers need to also be added to the list. Right now, RSD (Real Social Dynamics) is taking a “non-response” stance on this matter as indicated on the RSD nation forum which was posted by RSD co-founder Owen Cook aka RSD Tyler so as to keep a low profile, yet future RSD seminars are still being planned and scheduled. Japan isn’t on the list and the seminar scheduled for November has been taken off (for now).

  • kayumochi

    RSD’s pick-up tactics are a huge step up from the usual my Japanese wife has had to endure in Japan: fondling and exposure of genitals.

    • Ned Watson

      This is the real story and everyone knows it. Why they give every pervert in this country a pass and focus on a guy who might show up for a week a year boggles the mind!

      • TokyoMommy

        Let’s hope it at least sends a big fat message to that group of people in general that this is WRONG! Fortunately we are finally getting this issue out in the open!

      • kayumochi

        Another gaijin who thinks she knows how Japanese should run things … Why not have RSD teach every Japanese man how to treat a woman? It would be an improvement over how things are now.

      • MichaelSammler

        Another onlooker that chooses to make fun of those making positive change instead of making the change they want themselves.
        Why not have RSD teach every Japanese man how to choke women because that would be an improvement? Really?

      • kayumochi

        “Onlooker?” You didn’t even read my initial post. My wife has been groper and flashed constantly by Japanese men. Did Japanese men learn these techniques from RSD?

      • MichaelSammler

        Yes, I read your posts. You are “Onlooking” when people are bonding together to do something instead of participating. And your excuse is, there are worse things that people could come together to help. So people should not fight cancer or heart disease because other people are homeless or have no food?
        You comments are hysterical (understandably so due to the things you and your wife have endured). But your comments do not make sense and are turning people away from what could be a good cause.
        Instead of complaining about what good people are doing here, why not keep the moment up and turn it toward the next big obstacle. Helping stop public groping and genital exposures. Something which is not limited to Japan and Japanese men, by the way.

      • kayumochi

        You want to “participate” and “bond” online and pretend you are fighting a good fight? Then go ahead – you have all the freedom in the world. I chose to go to the Japanese police instead. You might want to do the same. I guarantee you it will be an eye-opening experience.

      • MichaelSammler

        Going to the police about what? I have no crime to report. Your comments are angry and juvenile. You are against people coming together and making a difference, unless it is the way you want it to be? Like everyone else on this comment thread, when you are ready for a real adult conversation, let me know.

      • kayumochi

        You think “making a difference” is going after an insignificant white man who planned to teach a handful of losers how to get a date while Japanese women are harassed everyday in every way … and the police do nothing about it? Well, knock yourself out.

      • MichaelSammler

        I still am not sure what you think people should be doing to help reduce groping and mysonogy?

      • keihanshin

        Men everywhere do this. And the justice system of Japan, like any other country where it is illegal, prosecutes them when it can. You act like these kind of crimes (they are crimes, not “normal” to use your term, in Japan) are unique to or even more prevalent in one country.

      • Alex

        I like how you went directly for the female poster there, loser. What’s wrong? Scared to talk to another guy?

      • kayumochi

        I see quite clearly that I replied to Ned (a man) 16 hours ago. That was 11 hours before you replied to me. What’s wrong? Didn’t read my posts?

      • kayumochi

        Yes, it is the real story but not the one that gets anyone up in arms.

      • keihanshin

        Who got a pass that you’re talking about? Groping and genital exposure are crimes in Japan and are prosecuted whenever they can be. Are you thinking of (a) specific case(s) where people got away with it?

    • keihanshin

      Both of which are crimes in Japan (and regularly prosecuted), and both of which also happen regularly on the NYC subway. Take your nationalistic paternalism elsewhere.

  • Ahojanen

    >>“Even if he is able to enter Japan after all of this, I think the campaigns against him have overall been successful enough that he will not be able to freely engage in this kind of behavior in many places anymore. The world is watching.”

    This scenario seems more exciting … Japanese people would never fail to show him omotenashiおもてなし welcome gesture and hospitality upon his arrival. So how many rotten eggs are needed? :)

  • Seiji Kitano

    This is really great news. I hope the RSD office is closed for illegally operating a business within Japan. I am assuming they have no license. Also, I hope he is allowed entry only to be arrested, jailed, finger-printed and permanently banned from the country. This is 2014. No room for filth like Julien Blanc.

    • Telametoduro

      The funny thing is that most Japanese girls will let themselves be fondled and grabbed by any White guy but not by a non-white foreigner!! What’s the whole controversy here?? They would back out from w black guy ir Indian guy dong that. So basically, Japanese girls worship white males.

      • Minxy Minamoto

        Did you just blame the victims?! That’s pretty shocking. What is it you’re upset about?

        It seems that you think it’s OK for any man to grope a woman anytime and it’s her responsibility to stop him. If she doesn’t then it’s her fault. Reading over a few of your posts, it really looks like that you wish to get away with sexual assault of Japanese women like white guys do. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble …

        Sexual assault is always wrong. It’s not the victim’s fault – ever. The reason so many people are so enraged and active on this Julien Blanc issue is that they apparently think that there’s a bigger issue here than one guy and his creepy misogynistic seminars. Admittedly, I think his seminars are a bad thing for our society. I agree that they hurt both men and women. I believe his seminars promote rape culture and treat women as sexual objects.

        The fact that you seem to be arguing that is not fair for “Japanese girls will let themselves be fondled and grabbed by any White guy but not by a non-white foreigner”, to quote yourself, is disturbing.
        To borrow some more buzzwords from Gender Studies 101 – great course, by the way – it appears that you want “white male privilege” when you’re with Japanese women so that you can get away with what they do. Have you tried asking any Japanese women how they’d like to be treated? I’d also suggest that you talk with your non-Japanese female friends and family members about how men in general treat women. You might be surprised by the answers. In fact, I’d love to be surprised by the answers. Please keep us updated.

      • sddasasd

        Kill yourself.

  • Aww

    That’s cute.

  • J.P. Bunny

    Watched some of his videos. Still comes off as a cretin.

  • Alex

    Are you seriously going for that “blame the feminists” attitude, dude? Sorry, but there’s no way you can seriously defend this guy. People know how to use their eyes. There’s plenty of information out there to suggest that none of this is a joke to Julien Blanc–it’s his life mantra. And that is just sick, man.

  • And I’m Cute, Too

    …(a graphic about domestic violence posted on his Instagram, which was over the line in my opinion, but is still aligned with his sense of humor if you understand it)…

    A sense of humour involving domestic abuse? You want to know what my sense of humour is involving DV? I have none. And no one else should, either, because it’s not funny. If he was trying to make jokes about that, he’s a fool and no one should listen to him.

  • blondein_tokyo

    Your excuses for him just do not hold water. There is no context under which grabbing a woman’s head and pulling it to your crotch, or grabbing a store clerk and forcibly kissing her could be considered anything but sexual harassment. Even if this is just his own personal brand of dark humor (which in itself is pretty sick) did he stop to think that perhaps the people he interacts with don’t know that, and might actually take him seriously? Did he stop to think that the women in the videos might not understand the joke, and that it would scare them to be manhandled in this way?

    The fact is, most people ARE taking him seriously, including his followers, who are defending his tactics and talking on forums about how they use them. If what you say is true, and it’s all just a joke, then why doesn’t he step up and reveal the big joke and explain to everyone that sexually degrading women and crushing their self-confidence are NOT the best ways to treat women?

    You also show incredible cultural ignorance to suggest that giggling and ducking away meant those Japanese women enjoyed what was happening. In Japanese culture, people aren’t directly confrontational and they don’t want to draw attention to themselves, so even when something scary or painful happens their response is more muted than a western person’s would be. That convenience store clerk was so shocked she just froze, which is a normal response to fear. She also very likely couldn’t speak English, so had no idea what she could say to make him stop. She also had NO idea whether refusing him would make him try to hurt her, as sometimes happens when women resist sexual attackers.

    It’s also pretty clear that he chooses women carefully, and only tries this on the ones who seem shy and vulnerable, or who won’t fight back. I also have no doubt that if he gets a negative reaction, he simply edits it out so as to make his “techniques” seem like they are always successful.

    *shakes head* if you really think women will react positively to being
    grabbed, forcibly kissed, or having a hand put on their throat, then you really need to spend those RSD fees on a good therapist.

    • kayumochi

      All this over an insignificant white man giving a brief seminar to a handful of losers who can’t get a date while women are groped, flashed and degraded everyday in a society that just shrugs its shoulders with indifference?

      • blondein_tokyo

        Are you intimating that no one *really* cares about gropers and flashers? It’s all just pretend, or something?

        Are you saying that this man is simply teaching men how to socialize with women, and the fact that it involves manipulation, sexual degradation, and the tearing down of her confidence are mere “techniques” is nothing to get upset over?

        And finally, are you saying that activism isn’t important, or that people should not speak out?

        Because if you are saying that, then you’re really not a person who I would want to know. And if that is NOT what you are saying, then…what ARE you saying, exactly? Do you even have a point, or is your only purpose to spit on people who really care and want to make a difference?

      • kayumochi

        Am not saying any of that. You are putting words into my mouth. Is everything a travesty with you? You remind me of the gaijin woman I saw in Nikko who stood up in the monkey show and started shouting incoherently.

      • blondein_tokyo

        I did ask, “Are you saying…?” in order to confirm. And rather than correcting me, you instead chose to hurl insults.

        That said, I think we’re done here. It’s clear that you’re not interested in adult discussion and are just looking to butt heads.

        In other words? Troll.

        Don’t feed the troll.

      • Gordon Graham

        It’s pretty clear his issue is a white guy is getting called out for abhorrent behaviour while it’s Japanese guys he wants called out.

      • blondein_tokyo

        Oh, I see. Now that I read it again, I think you’re probably right, Gordon.

        Interesting, isn’t it? When an article appears that calls out sexual harassment by Japanese men, certain people called it “Japan bashing”, and when an article appears that calls out a white man, certain people complain that not enough attention is being put on Japanese men who grope.

        These people don’t seem to see the false dichotomy here: it’s not just one-or-the-other. We can, and do, call out ALL men who behave this way.

        I see this kind of argument constantly on JT. These people seem to think you can’t simultaneously criticize two things at once, or you need a multitude of disclaimers to make sure people understand that criticism of one thing doesn’t imply that the other thing is above criticism.

        The lack of common sense and lack of logical reasoning in that argument is just so incredibly maddening to me.

      • Gordon Graham

        I’m sure I’ve been guilty of the former. My issue is the piling on or guilt by association. In other words, I’m against the assertion that because there are perverted Japanese men who do reprehensible things Japanese men are perverts. Most certainly some are. I prefer people make their claims and accusations without sweeping generalizations that lead to prejudice and contempt. That said, when there’s a specific incident to be singled out as an example of inexcusable behaviour then it should be made clear that THAT deserves our condemnation. That holds true for the sexist, boorish behaviour of some chauvinistic politicians who think we’re still in an age where men can behave like shaved apes towards women as equally as it does for foreigners who think they’re being amusing and charming by accosting and assaulting women who are at a disadvantage about what to do about being violated in such a way as to seem benign when in fact they’re being sexually assaulted. Yes, there are equally or even worse things committed by some Japanese men out there. If there were any of those slimeballs holding seminars about it, I’m pretty confident we’d hear about it. Again, it’s clear that the above poster is disappointed that he didn’t get his daily dose of Japan bashing and he’s irritated as a result.

      • kayumochi

        Once, at a monkey show in Nikko, a white woman stood up and started shrieking in English something about animal abuse. The Japanese audience (and me) turned their heads to stare at her in amazement. You are that woman.

      • kayumochi

        Go to the Japanese police and find out for yourself how they *really* care about gropers and flashers. Don’t take my word for it.

    • Bonnie LeClair

      Are you kidding me… Do you know what a Sociopath is?

      This group is lead by nothing but Sociopaths. Let me tell you 10 Signs of a Sociopath… Then ask yourself if you can say yes to any of these Facts David Heusser. I am confident you will be in the top ten list for sure. And if you are I would suggest you get yourself some very serious therapy… Choking hand forcefully teaching men to put a woman’s face towards a mans crotch, is not teaching a man anything other then Chauvinistic attitudes, which are resulting in hate crimes towards woman!

      After reviewing some of this man’s video and topics in his seminar’s I truly believe Julien Blanc and others of RSD Group and as well as David Heusser are all “Sociopath’s”

      #1) Sociopaths are charming. Sociopaths have high charisma and tend to attract a following just because people want to be around them. They have a “glow” about them that attracts people who typically seek guidance or direction. They often appear to be sexy or have a strong sexual attraction. Not all sexy people are sociopaths, obviously, but watch out for over-the-top sexual appetites and weird fetishes.

      #2) Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than other people. They tend to do bizarre, sometimes erratic things that most regular people wouldn’t do. They are unbound by normal social contracts. Their behavior often seems irrational or extremely risky.

      #3) Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse. Their brains simply lack the circuitry to process such emotions. This allows them to betray people, threaten people or harm people without giving it a second thought. They pursue any action that serves their own self interest even if it seriously harms others. This is why you will find many very “successful” sociopaths in high levels of government, in any nation.

      #4) Sociopaths invent outrageous lies about their experiences. They wildly exaggerate things to the point of absurdity, but when they describe it to you in a storytelling format, for some reason it sounds believable at the time.

      #5) Sociopaths seek to dominate others and “win” at all costs. They hate to lose any argument or fight and will viciously defend their web of lies, even to the point of logical absurdity.

      #6) Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent, but they use their brainpower to deceive others rather than empower them. Their high IQs often makes them dangerous. This is why many of the best-known serial killers who successfully evaded law enforcement were sociopaths.

      #7) Sociopaths are incapable of love and are entirely self-serving. They may feign love or compassion in order to get what they want, but they don’t actually FEEL love in the way that you or I do.

      #8) Sociopaths speak poetically. They are master wordsmiths, able to deliver a running “stream of consciousness” monologue that is both intriguing and hypnotic. They are expert storytellers and even poets. As a great example of this in action, watch interview”s of Charles Manson on YouTube.

      #9) Sociopaths never apologize. They are never wrong. They never feel guilt. They can never apologize. Even if shown proof that they were wrong, they will refuse to apologize and instead go on the attack

      #10) Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say becomes truth merely because they say it! Charles Manson, the sociopathic murderer, is famous for saying, “I’ve never killed anyone! I don’t need to kill anyone! I THINK it! I have it HERE! (Pointing to his temple.) I don’t need to live in this physical realm…”

      So, here we have 10 signs how to spot a Sociopath, and from what I have seen and heard this Man/Group is definitely on the top of the list.

      We would question the intentions of a person who had sociopath sign’s coming to Canada from Iraq? As most Terrorists are considered Sociopath/Psychopaths; so, why would we allow a man/Group into our Country to try to teach others how to become Sociopaths?

      Keep this man out of our Country. He belongs locked up in an institution where he cannot harm anyone.

      Or do we have wait until he kills a woman? The power of suggestion to kill or use violence upon another is considered accessory to crime as well.
      Such as Charles Manson did?

    • Children Of Nephilim

      The guy posting this is fake. If you look at other articles about Julien Blanc on other sites, you would see the exact same comment. This is obviously someone who works at RSD trying to cover their ass..

  • Ivar

    You just made a pretty accurate description of psychopathic behaviour.

    (And threw in some complete failures at understanding emotional responses.)

    • Children Of Nephilim

      The guy posting this is fake. If you look at other articles about Julien Blanc on other sites, you would see the exact same comment. This is obviously someone who works at RSD trying to cover their ass.

      • Ivar

        Very likely true, which only makes it all the more fun that he completely fails to paint a positive picture and instead describes a textbook psychopathic case – someone who may very well understand other people’s reactions at an intellectual level, but has absolutely no sympathy or interest in their feelings and merely sees their emotions as weaknesses to be exploited for personal gain in the most efficient manner possible. Explicitly women, implicitly men attending classes.

        Exemplified by “(i)f she doesn’t like it, he will always back off and switch to a more casual conversation. That’s called calibration.” Commendable of course, to back off if people don’t like your advances – but not when you use it as a conscious strategy to start out as aggressively as you can in order to skip as much actual human engagement as possible before reaching your target.

  • ann

    David Lucado of Los Angeles is also a PUA. He even taught classes and how he landed “10” Britney Spears. Not sure if he does the “choke hold” like Julien in his GAME but all of these guys read from same book “The Game” and share info online. Looks like same playbook on Japanese girls as targets as he’s said he’s headed there in Dec. Watch out ladies of Japan!

  • Telametoduro

    It’s the Japanese girls’ fault!! The funny thing is that most Japanese girls will let themselves be fondled and grabbed by any White guy but not by a non-white foreigner!! What’s the whole controversy here??

  • Children Of Nephilim

    The guy posting this is fake. If you look at other articles about Julien Blanc on other sites, you would see the exact same comment. This is obviously someone who works at RSD trying to cover their ass…

  • Children Of Nephilim

    The guy posting this is fake. If you look at other articles about Julien Blanc on other sites, you would see the exact same comment. This is obviously someone who works at RSD trying to cover their ass…

    Edit: This might be a****** himself (Julien “the loser” blanc) if you take a look at this account feed, you’ll see he’s spamming the same comments everywhere, and not just using Disqus. Also, this account is from someone residing in Switzerland, the birthplace of Julien Blanc.

  • Children Of Nephilim

    lol, the jerks on this site deleted my comment! why are they protecting him? David is in fact Julien Blanc or someone from RSD. Take a look at his comment history, also you’ll find that this same “David” is commenting on every site associated with Julien and RSD (outside of using Disqus), plus the fact that this Disqus user supposedly comes from Switzerland just like Julien.

  • MichaelSammler

    How did this all turn out?