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 ...

| Oct 5, 2010

Census blind to Japan's true diversity

by Debito Arudou

It’s that time of the decade again. By now, all households in Japan should have received and submitted Japan’s National Census (kokusei chosa), a survey taken every five years expressly to assist in policymaking, drawing up electoral districts and other matters of taxation and ...

| Sep 7, 2010

Don't blame JET for Japan's poor English

by Debito Arudou

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, touted as the world’s largest cultural exchange scheme, has brought thousands of non-Japanese into the country to teach at local boards of education. These days, with many government programs being told to justify their existence, a debate is ...