Naturalized Japanese: foreigners no more

| Feb 1, 2011

Naturalized Japanese: foreigners no more

by Debito Arudou

In Dec. 28′s Japan Times, Charles Lewis wrote a respectful Zeit Gist column asking three fellow wise men (sumo wrestler Konishiki, musicologist Peter Barakan and Diet member Marutei Tsurunen) about their successful lives as “foreigners” in Japan. Despite their combined century of experience here, ...

Arudou's Alien Almanac: 2010

| Jan 4, 2011

Arudou's Alien Almanac: 2010

by Debito Arudou

No. 5: Renho joins Kan’s Cabinet Japanese politicians with international roots are few but not unprecedented. But Taiwanese- Japanese Diet member Renho’s ascension to the Cabinet as minister for administrative reforms has been historic. Requiring the bureaucrats to justify their budgets (famously asking last ...