| Apr 6, 2010

Japan, U.N. share blind spot on 'migrants'

by Debito Arudou

On March 23, I gave a speech to Jorge Bustamante, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, for NGO FRANCA regarding racial discrimination in Japan. Text follows: I wish to speak about the treatment of those of “foreign” origin and appearance ...

Meet Mr. James, gaijin clown

| Sep 1, 2009

Meet Mr. James, gaijin clown

by Debito Arudou

If you want to sell stuff, it helps to have a recognizable mascot representing your company. Disney has Mickey Mouse, Sanrio Hello Kitty, Studio Ghibli Totoro. These imaginary characters grace many a product and ad campaign. However, McDonald’s Japan dropped a clanger on Aug. ...

Cops crack down with 'I pee' checks

| Jul 7, 2009

Cops crack down with 'I pee' checks

by Debito Arudou

My blog has been getting periodic pings about rumblings in Roppongi: Tokyo cops cleaning out pesky foreign touts before Olympic inspectors see them; the U.S. Embassy warning Americans to stay away from the area after reports of drugged drinks and thefts. The latter was ...

| Jun 2, 2009

The issue that dares not speak its name

by Debito Arudou

A few columns ago (“Toadies, Vultures, and Zombie Debates,” March 3), I discussed how foreign apologists resuscitate dead-end discussions on racial discrimination. Promoting cultural relativity for their own ends, they peddle bigoted and obsolescent ideologies now impossible to justify in their societies of birth. ...