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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ivar

    You just made a pretty accurate description of psychopathic behaviour.

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

  • 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?