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JUST BE CAUSE

Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Sep 1, 2009
Meet Mr. James, gaijin clown
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.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Aug 4, 2009
Unlike humans, swine flu is indiscriminate
The biggest news a few months ago, now affecting every prefecture in Japan, has blipped off our radar screens. For the time being.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jul 7, 2009
Cops crack down with 'I pee' checks
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.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jun 2, 2009
The issue that dares not speak its name
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.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
May 5, 2009
Fujimori gets his; Japan left shamed
News item: Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison by a Peruvian court for connections to death squads.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Apr 7, 2009
'Golden parachutes' mark failure of race-based policy
Japan's employment situation has gotten pretty dire, especially for non-Japanese workers. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry reports that between last November and January, more than 9,000 foreigners asked the Hello Work unemployment agency for assistance — 11 times the figure for the same period a year earlier.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Mar 3, 2009
Of toadies, vultures and zombie debates
If there's one thing execrable in the marketplace of ideas, it's "zombie debates" — discussions long dead, exhumed by Dr. Frankensteins posing as serious debaters.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Feb 3, 2009
2channel: the bullies' forum
Bullying in Japan is a big problem. The victims have limited recourse. Too often they are told to suck it up and self-reflect. Or if they fight back, they get criticized for lashing out. It's a destructive dynamic, causing much misery and many a suicide.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jan 6, 2009
Japan makes progress in 2009
As we start 2009, let's recharge the batteries by reviewing last year's good news. Here is my list of top human rights advancements for Japan in 2009, in ascending order:
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Dec 2, 2008
Hailing the tail end of Bush
Regarding Barack Obama's election as U.S. president, I welcome the groundswell of hope. It's about time. The past eight years have been, well, awkward for Americans overseas.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Nov 4, 2008
Truth: a delicate matter of give and take
Every activist and essayist must deal with a singular phenomenon when addressing the public: just how "truthful" one should be.
Japan Times
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Oct 7, 2008
'Gaijin' mind-set is killing rural Japan
Allow me to conclude my trilogy of columns regarding the word "gaijin" this month by talking about the damage the concept does to Japanese society. That's right — damage to Japanese society.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Sep 2, 2008
The 'gaijin' debate: Arudou responds
Last month's column (Aug. 5) was on the word "gaijin." I made the case that it is a racist word, one that reinforces an "us-and-them" rubric toward foreigners and their children in Japan. It generated a lot of debate. Good. Thanks for your time.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Aug 5, 2008
Once a 'gaijin,' always a 'gaijin'
Gaijin. It seems we hear the word every day. For some, it's merely harmless shorthand for "gaikokujin" (foreigner). Even Wikipedia (that online wall for intellectual graffiti artists) had a section on "political correctness" that claimed illiterate and oversensitive Westerners had misunderstood the Japanese word.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jul 1, 2008
July forecast: rough, with ID checks mainly in the north
I have suggested before (Zeit Gist, Dec. 18, 2007) that Japan shouldn't host major international events. Unfettered police power and insufficient media scrutiny create a virtual police state, inconveniencing everyone.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Jun 3, 2008
Good news from grass roots
Reader Rodney in Vancouver recently e-mailed: "I've often found your articles informative and useful, but they tend to take a tone of complaint. Please tell us about some face-to-face, grassroots efforts that have helped make Japanese more considerate and respectful of those who are different."
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
May 6, 2008
Activism vs. academia
Back in January, I was a panelist at Waseda University's Global Institute for Asian Regional Integration, invited to give an "activist's perspective" to an academic crowd.
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Apr 1, 2008
Public forums, spinning wheels
A friend sent me a Yomiuri article (Feb. 10) about a neighborhood forum in Kanazawa. Its title: "Citizens consider how to live together with foreigners."
COMMUNITY / Issues / JUST BE CAUSE
Mar 4, 2008
Dusting off the A-word
Causes are what activists take up as a matter of course. But in Japan, just doing that is a challenge, given the general aversion towards activism here.

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At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation