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JUST BE CAUSE

COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Apr 5, 2011
Letting radiation leak, but never information
March 2011 has shaken Japan to the core. The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incident in Fukushima have given the world cause to pause and reflect on the fragility and hubris of human existence. My condolences to the victims, and their families and friends.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Mar 1, 2011
Charisma Men, unite against the identity enforcers
English teachers in Japan get a bum rap. Not always taken seriously as professionals, and often denied advancement opportunities in the workplace, they are seen as people over here on a lark. They get accused of taking advantage of Japanese society to earn easy money, canoodle with the locals, then go home. They even get blamed (JBC, Sept. 7, 2010) for the low level of English in Japan.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Feb 1, 2011
Naturalized Japanese: foreigners no more
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, the article pointed out how they are still addressed at times like outsiders fresh off the boat.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jan 4, 2011
Arudou's Alien Almanac: 2010
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 January, "Why must we aim to develop the world's No. 1 supercomputer? What's wrong with being No. 2?"), she has been Japan's most vocal policy reformer.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Dec 7, 2010
MOFA gets E for effort in 'with or without U' farce
My Japanese passport expired last month, meaning I've been a citizen here for a full decade now. Hooray.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Nov 2, 2010
'Homogeneous,' 'unique' myths stunt discourse
Last month I attended an international lecture by one of Japanology's senior scholars. I'll call him Dr. Frink. Decorated by the Japanese government for his contributions to the field, he talked about Japan as a "unique" state that never really changes, even as it slips to third place behind China's economy.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Oct 5, 2010
Census blind to Japan's true diversity
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 representation. This of course includes non-Japanese (NJ) on visas of three months or longer. Get yours?
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Sep 7, 2010
Don't blame JET for Japan's poor English
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 raging over whether JET should be left as is, cut or abolished entirely.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Aug 3, 2010
The victim complex and Kim's killer con
It's fascinating whenever someone cons people out of pots of money — doubly so when someone cons a whole government. Take, for example, Japan's biggest news story two weeks ago: Kim Hyon Hui's four-day visit to Japan.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jul 6, 2010
Japan's hostile hosteling industry
As you may know, Japan has no national civil or criminal legislation outlawing and punishing racial discrimination, meaning businesses with "Japanese only" signs aren't doing anything illegal.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jun 1, 2010
Futenma is undermining Japanese democracy
Times are tough for the Hatoyama Cabinet. It's had to backtrack on several campaign promises. Its approval ratings have plummeted to around 20 percent. And that old bone of contention — what to do about American military bases on Japanese soil — has resurfaced again.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
May 4, 2010
Last gasps of Japan's dying demagogues
Tally ho! The hunt is on for "fake Japanese" in Japanese politics.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Apr 6, 2010
Japan, U.N. share blind spot on 'migrants'
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:
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Mar 2, 2010
Sumo body deserves mawashi wedgie for racist wrestler ruling
I've noticed how highly Japan regards sports. We love investing taxes in games and facilities, hosting international events and Olympics. Sports are even part of a government ministry, the one in charge of Japan's science, education and culture.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Feb 2, 2010
Non-Japanese suffrage and the racist element
On Jan. 17, Takeo Hiranuma made this statement about fellow Diet member Renho:
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jan 5, 2010
Human rights in Japan: a top 10 for '09
They say that human rights advances come in threes: two steps forward and one back.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Dec 1, 2009
A level playing field for immigrants
For the first time in Japan's postwar history, we have a viable opposition party in power — one that might stick around long enough to make some new policies stick. In my last column for 2009, let me suggest how the Democratic Party of Japan could make life easier for Japan's residents, regardless of nationality.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Nov 3, 2009
Demography vs. demagoguery: when politics, science collide
Last June, I attended a symposium sponsored by the German Institute of Japanese Studies. Themed "Imploding Populations: Global and Local Challenges of Demographic Change," I took in presentations about health care, international and domestic migration, and life in a geriatric society.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Nov 3, 2009
Demography vs. demagoguery: when politics, science collide
Last June, I attended a symposium sponsored by the German Institute of Japanese Studies. Themed "Imploding Populations: Global and Local Challenges of Demographic Change," I took in presentations about health care, international and domestic migration, and life in a geriatric society.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Oct 6, 2009
Savoie case shines spotlight on Japan's 'disappeared dads'
M aking international (and to a lesser extent, national) news recently has been the Savoie child abduction case. Briefly: After a couple divorced in America, ex-wife Noriko Savoie absconded with their children to Japan. Then ex-husband Christopher, who had been awarded custody in the U.S., came to Japan to take the kids back. On Sept. 28 he tried to get the children into the American Consulate in Fukuoka, but was barred entry and arrested by the Japanese police for kidnapping.

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