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Arudou was born in California in 1965.
first visited Japan as a tourist on invitation from his pen pal (and future wife),
for a few weeks in 1986. In 1989, they married followed by Arudou's move to Japan.


解放新聞埼玉 2002年12月15日 有道 出人



Racist Banner Looks Frayed

Gregory Clark (Vice President, Akita International University)
Understanding Japan and the Japanese was never meant to be easy. This is especially true for the Japanese attitude to foreigners -- at times exclusivist and at other times extremely open. There is an answer to the seeming contradiction, but it requires outsiders to accept that the Japanese might have a value system just as valid as their own -- something many find hard to accept.

Back in the 1970s, when Canberra was determinedly trying to understand the nation that was suddenly supporting Australia's economy with large food and raw materials purchases, it gave the well-known author Hal Porter a generous cultural grant to travel around Japan and discover its people.

In his subsequent book, "The Actors," Porter describes the Japanese as a robotic people quite incapable of expressing genuine sentiment a surprising conclusion for anyone who has seen the animated faces of the Japanese crowds as they head home from work on a Friday evening.

Porter went on to write a nasty short story, "Mr. Butterfry," about a former Australian soldier who had stayed on from the Occupation days, married a Japanese woman and had two daughters. Porter met them and decided that these mixed-blood children, and their father, would have no future in exclusivist Japan.

If Porter were still alive, he would have discovered that one of the daughters had married an heir to the Bridgestone Tire family fortunes. The other married the politician Kunio Hatoyama, grandson of a former prime minister. And the ex-sergeant had gone on to a happy old age, fussed over by his family and others in Japan's elite.

Soon after, the Europeans weighed in with a famous report claiming the Japanese were a nation of workaholics living in rabbit hutches. Then, during the trade frictions of the 1980s, it was the turn of the Americans to bash Japan.

Perhaps the worst example was a Washington Post report claiming that a Tokyo store selling Sambo dolls proved that racist Japanese attitudes toward black people existed. It triggered a strong anti-Japan campaign in the United States -- until someone discovered that the offending dolls had come from the U.S. and were on sale there, too.

The Post went on to discover, back in the days when Japan was prospering and the U.S. economy was in trouble, that the Japanese had invented the term "bubei," or contempt for America. It even splashed the ideographs on its front page, which is just as well because we could not find them being used in Japan.

The newspaper USA Today followed up with a report from a Tokyo-based journalist saying the Roppongi fleshpots were riddled with "No Foreigner" and "Japanese Only" signs. Once again, no visible proof could be provided. When I checked with the author of the report, he complained how his copy had been deliberately changed by U.S. editors determined to believe such signs existed.

With the trade frictions largely ended, the banner has been passed to ultrasensitive foreigners here in Japan. They too complain of a rash of "No Foreigner" signs. What's more, they are determined to take legal action against the "racist" offenders. But when one checks out the claims, invariably it is a situation where some unfortunate Japanese proprietor has suffered severe damage or loss at the hands of foreigners, and does not want to see a repetition.

The landmark case almost a decade ago involved a jewelry shop owner in Hamamatsu, where many underprivileged Brazilians now live thanks to Japan's policy of allowing the kin of former Japanese migrants abroad to come and work in Japan. His display counters had become a favorite window-shopping target. There was also some shoplifting.

Eventually he felt he had no choice but to put up a sign saying "No Brazilians," only to be dragged through the courts, and heavily fined, by some of those ultrasensitive foreigners claiming he had violated a Tokyo-ratified U.N. convention banning racial discrimination.

Now we have the problems in Otaru, a Hokkaido port regularly visited by small rust-bucket Russian ships. A bathhouse that had suffered severe property destruction at the hands of drunken Russian seamen had felt it had no alternative but to put up a "No Foreigner" sign. It too was hit with a suit claiming it had violated the U.N. convention.

The litigious foreigners involved have now published a book, detailing their fight against yet another example of Japan's alleged racial discrimination (for a review, see the Jan. 30 article "Bathhouse pushes a foreigner into the doghouse").

Yet to anyone who visits Otaru and speaks to the seamen, as I have done, it should be obvious that, while these are very likable people, it is most unlikely that they would be able to respect the rituals and atmosphere of the Japanese bathhouse, even when sober. Japanese customers would begin to fade away. The owner would feel obliged to protect his business.

The failure of some foreigners here to realize that the Japanese, too, have their sensitivities seems alarming.

(This article appeared in the February 17, 2005 issue of The Japan Times)

I am a Caucasian, USA citizen,

somewhat overweight, and I have visited Japan
many times. I have been to many spas there, large and small, and was never
refused admittance because I was a foreigner.

debito on kokohen tonight ここがヘンだよ日本人に出演


ISSHO Kikaku
2001年2月22日 午前3:22

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日付: 21 Feb 2001 10:15:04 -0800
ローカル: 2001年2月22日(木) 午前3:15
件名: issho V1 #1276 (fwd)

issho Wednesday, February 21 2001 Volume 01 : Number 1276

One may subscribe to the ISSHO Digest
by sending email to majord...@ml.gol.com
with "subscribe issho" (without the
quotes) in the body of the note.

Please visit our website for more information:

We look forward to your participation.

ISSHO Digest

subjects of the messages sent today:
[ISSHO] Appeal on behalf of Foreign Teachers at the PUK
[ISSHO] NOTICE: Benci I, Benci II Financial Report

Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 00:43:26 +0900
From: Kirk Masden <mas...@kumagaku.ac.jp>
Subject: [ISSHO] Appeal on behalf of Foreign Teachers at the PUK

Dear Issho subscribers:

On several occasions in the past, I have mentioned the struggle to win
justice for the beleaguered foreign teachers at the Prefectural University
of Kumamoto. As the following letter from Masanori Hanada indicates, we
may now be approaching a final resolution. If you have not done so
already, please help us by joining the 9,000 others who have lent their
names to our appeal.

Kirk Masden

Appeal on behalf of Foreign Teachers at the Prefectural University of
Kumamoto, Japan

Since 1998, around 9,000 people from Kumamoto, Japan and all around the
world have signed appeals and petitions on behalf of a group of teachers at
the Prefectural University of Kumamoto (PUK) on the island of Kyushu in
southern Japan. The original appeal was sponsored by a group of leading
academics and professionals headed by Professor Masazumi Harada,
known for his work on Minamata disease.

The appeal was about to be presented on March 30, 1999 when a provisional
settlement was reached allowing for the reemployment of the final two
teachers, Dr. Cynthia Worthington and Ms. Sandra Mitchell. We had hoped
that the provisional settlement would lead to a permanent and mutually
satisfactory one. Unfortunately, however, the Prefectural University of
Kumamoto chose not to negotiate in good faith but instead unilaterally
terminated the employment of Dr. Worthington and Ms. Mitchell. This action
led to a legal battle that is still in progress. With the upcoming APEC
meetings to be held in Kyushu, the support group for the teachers would
like to focus attention on this issue by submitting over 10,000 names and
addresses of persons who support the petition. If you support the
petition, which calls upon the Prefectural government and PUK to work
actively toward a mutually satisfactory resolution, please add your name
and address to this petition.

The support group plans to deliver the appeal and petitions to the new
Governor of Kumamoto and to the President of the PUK in the near future. We
are sure that your signature on this appeal will play an important role in
persuading the authorities to soften their stance. We would be deeply
grateful if you could add your name and address to the bottom of the
accompanying letter and return it immediately to this e-mail address

Please feel free to forward this message to others whom you believe may be
interested in our cause. Also, if you have friends or acquaintances who
would like to sign the appeal but do not have access to the Internet,
please go to the following address, print out a copy of the appeal (which
is in Japanese) using one of the URLs shown below, and then mail the signed
document(s) to us at the postal address shown below.


(this can be viewed on any browser but is of compromised visual quality)

It should be noted that this e-mail message is a summary, not an exact
translation, of the original Japanese appeal, which may be viewed at either
of the URLs shown above.

We plan to submit our appeal on April 5 at the earliest. All names and
addresses received by that date will be presented to the Governor and

Yours sincerely,

Masanori Hanada
Chair, Coalition Against Discrimination by the Prefectural University of
Professor, Kumamoto Gakuen University
Oe 2-5-1, Kumamoto-shi 862-8680
FAX: 81-96-372-0702

P.S. More information about this issue can be found at the following address:

This web page also contains the text of an earlier petition.


Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2001 00:04:13 +0900 (JST)
From: ISSHO Kikaku <i...@gol.com>
Subject: [ISSHO] NOTICE: Benci I, Benci II Financial Report

During 2000, many people sent contributions to
support the Benci (I) Project. We very much
appreciate those financial contributions, as
well as the immeasurable non-financial support
that has been given to us from people within
ISSHO network; without this support, none of
what we have accomplished would have been

We take this opportunity to present the financial
records of the Benci I Project and thus the current
financial status of the Benci II Project.

Benci's total assets before 11/7/00: 85,000 yen (donations from the ISSHO network)

Olaf Karthaus expenses <1>: 15,266 yen

David Alwinckle expenses <2>: 23,100 yen

no other declared expenses <3>

Total expenses: 38,366 yen

Assets after payment <4>: 46,634 yen

<1> Olaf Karthaus expenses (breakdown):
9/19/99 (First Onsen trip),Kotoni to Otaru round trip, 650 x 2 = 1300 yen

1/3/00 (Kakunin trip to Otaru onsens to take photos of the signs with
newspaper)Kotoni to Otaru round trip, 650 x 2 = 1300 yen

1/31/00 (Funatsu Conference) Kotoni to Otaru round trip, 650 x 2 = 1300 yen

2/26/00 (Otaru Kazemakase) Kotoni to Otaru round trip, 650 x 2 = 1300 yen

3/1/00 (round Table with Otaru city) Kotoni to Otaru round trip, 650 x 2
= 1300 yen

4/8-9/00 (Trip to Wakkanai) gasoline: 8766 yen

grand total: 15266

<2> David Aldwinckle expenses (breakdown):

These are all JR Expenses (which do not require receipts--JR doesn't usually
issue them and most Japanese institutions--my school included--simply notes
them as established-price koutsuuhi and pays up):

Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
11/24/00 (Meeting with Funatsu on Benci Business--re the Forum)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
1/3/00 (Kakunin trip to Otaru onsens to take photos of the signs with
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
1/13/00 (Press Conference)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
1/31/00 (Funatsu Conference)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
2/9/00 (Roundtable with Canadian Ambassador)
Nopporo to Sapporo round trip, 350 x 2 = 700 yen
2/14/00 (Roundtable with American Consulate)
Nopporo to Sapporo round trip, 350 x 2, plus subway 240 x 2 = 1180 yen
2/9/00 (Roundtable with Russian Consulate)
Nopporo to Sapporo round trip, 350 x 2 = 700 yen
2/26/00 (Otaru Kazemakase)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
4/15/00 (Sapporo Kazemakase II)
Nopporo to Sapporo round trip, 350 x 2 = 700 yen
4/16/00 (Chinjou Submission to Hokkaido Chiji et al)
Nopporo to Sapporo round trip, 350 x 2 = 700 yen
4/24/00 (Lobbying Otaru Assembly I)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
4/26/00 (Lobbying Otaru Assembly II)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen
5/7/00 (Doshin Debate between Takeuchi and myself, after a Sapporo coffee
shop interview 4/29/00, countable because Issho was mentioned as my (David)
affiliation in the article)
Nopporo to Sapporo round trip, 350 x 2 = 700 yen
6/7/00 (Seitou Chousa delivered to Otaru and Dogikai political parties)
Nopporo to Otaru round trip, 1050 x 2 = 2100 yen, plus Nopporo to Sapporo
round trip, 350 x 2 = 700 yen, total of these two trips that day equals 2800

Grand total : 23,100 yen.

<3> With the consent of Benci members, I (Tony Laszlo)
spent 4,500 yen to pay for a PR-related service on
April 20. In addition, he spent several thousand
yen during the period before and after the 4/20
Diet program, most of that being tel/fax charges
incurred while contacting Diet members and the press.

However, in consideration of the fact that the two
Benci members who made donations did not to declare
expenses themselves though they incurred expenses,
and because the 4/20-related expenditures were also
in ISSHO's long-term interests, I decided that
the 4/20-related expenses should be allocated from
ISSHO's funds rather than from those of the Benci

End of issho V1 #1276

Asians on edge after Virginia deaths

12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, April 26, 2007
The Asian American Journalists Association put out a media advisory stating that race should be
used as an identifier in stories only when it is pertinent. After the advisory was issued,
the group's national office received more than 100 e-mails, letters and calls ?
most of them negative, according to Janice Lee, the association's deputy executive director.

"Some accused us of being racists," she said.(中略)

A few Korean churches have reported receiving threatening e-mails.

Reports of Asian students receiving threatening messages, being spat upon or having their car tires
slashed are trickling in from different parts of the country.
One Asian student in Alabama was badly beaten last week, but it's not clear whether that attack
was related to the Virginia Tech shootings.

"It may be difficult to track these hate crimes, much less link them to what happened at Virginia
Tech," said Ms. Lee of the Asian journalists group. "Many of these reports are just beginning to
surface." There is a tendency among Asians not to go public or report such crimes.

Seething in Syracuse

last April 11, a group of mostly Japanese and Asian American Syracuse University students
went to eat in the early morning hours at the Denny's restaurant on Erie Boulevard East just outside of campus.
The students charge that they were denied seating, asked to leave the restaurant,
and then were attacked by a gang of white patrons shouting anti-Asian epithets in the restaurant's parking lot.
According to the students, the incident began when their group was forced to wait for nearly a half-hour.
After watching white patrons who arrived after them be seated first, one of the students,
Li Chiu, went to complain to the hostess about the discriminatory treatment. She replied, "Don't even go there!"
A manager then asked the students to leave, and they were escorted outside by two armed security guards who were also off-duty deputy sheriffs,
pushing and shoving two of the students, Derrick Lizardo and his white friend Sean Dugan, in the process.
Outside the restaurant as they were approaching their cars to leave, the students say
a group of white men who had been eating inside the restaurant came outside yelling racial slurs and, without provocation,
attacked Yuya Hasegawa. As Lizardo and Dugan tried to come to their friend's aid, they too were attacked. Meanwhile, they charge,
the two security guards watched without intervening as the attack continued.
They also charge that one of the guards used pepper spray against Lizardo during the attack and threatened to use it against some of the others as well.
"I stood by and watched as two armed and uniformed security guards began shoving my friends for no apparent reason
But what was even worse, when we were attacked by a large group of white males, clearly outnumbered and out-muscled, the security guards did absolutely nothing to stop the attack," Yoshika Kusada tearfully told reporters at a press conference last month at the offices of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New York-based advocacy group that is representing the students. "I begged the security guards for help--'Do something, why aren't you doing anything?'--over and over."

Kusada said she was knocked unconscious after trying to pull an attacker off of one of her friends. She said the fight only stopped when two black students,
who were in a separate party, intervened to end the fight.
Kyoko Hiraoka, one of the Japanese students, said, "I think that in this country there is no justice. I'm so disappointed that this report didn't tell the truth.
I now have to live in fear of being attacked again because they're free."
The district attorney's report contradicted the findings of a report by a federal Civil Rights Monitor who recommended that the manager who ordered the students to leave the restaurant be fired
and the hostess be suspended without pay. The monitor also recommended that the deputies, who are no longer Denny's employees, not be rehired. The monitor found that
the employees had not received necessary nondiscrimination training and recommended that Denny's develop a new video-based training program.

Federal Investigation Finds Fault at Denny's

Victims of racial attack file suit against Syracuse restaurant


A federal Civil Rights Monitor has found that employees of a Denny's restaurant discriminated against a group of Japanese and Asian American students who were beaten in an alleged racial attack after being denied service.
Following last week's decision, lawyers for the group this week filed a civil lawsuit against Denny's and employees involved in the incident.

Two members of the group were beaten into unconsciousness during the April 11 incident at a Denny's restaurant in upstate Syracuse, N.Y.

The group of three Japanese, three Asian Americans, and their Caucasian companion--all students at nearby Syracuse University--placed their names on the waiting list after waiting for several minutes inside the restaurant without being attended to. Noticing that empty tables were available and observing that groups of white males who arrived after they did were being seated immediately while their party continued to wait, the students complained. They were then asked to leave the restaurant and escorted out by two Denny's security guards.

According to a complaint filed by the students after the incident, once outside one of the guards pushed one of the students. At that moment, a gang of about 20 white males came out of the restaurant shouting racial epithets and attacked Yuya Hasegawa, an international student from Japan.

"I couldn't eat where I wanted to," Hasegawa said in the complaint. "I was beaten by whoever wanted to beat me. I am not welcomed here."

As his friends attempted to come to his aid, they were also attacked. Despite pleas from the students to intervene, the security guards, who are also deputy sheriffs with the Onondaga Sheriff's Department, stood by and watched as the fight continued. Finally, two African American students who had also been waiting to be seated finally stepped in and pulled the whites away.

By the end of the melee two of the Asian American students were beaten into unconsciousness and two others were injured.

After an investigation, Sharon Lybeck Hartmann, a third-party Civil Rights Monitor, recommended in a decision issued last Wednesday that the manager who ordered the students to leave the restaurant after they complained about the unfair treatment be fired and the security guards, who are no longer employed by Denny's, should not be rehired. The monitor also said that the hostess who initially ignored the group should be suspended without pay and reprimanded.

Lawsuits filed after complaints of racial discrimination toward African American customers at Denny's franchises in California and Maryland resulted in legal settlements made in 1994 that require Denny's to report any allegations of racial discrimination to an independent Civil Rights Monitor selected by the Justice Department.

In addition, the settlements require that all Denny's corporate and franchise employees receive nondiscrimination training. The Civil Rights Monitor found that the employees at the Syracuse franchise had not received the necessary training and recommended that the restaurant develop a video-based nondiscrimination training program.

"The Civil Rights Monitor's decision sends a strong message. Corporations must be liable for the discriminatory conduct of their employees and take actions to correct it," said Elizabeth OuYang, an attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund who is representing the students involved in the incident.

Li Chiu, one of the students, said he was pleased with the findings of the investigation.

"I truly hope that the call for action will bring about noticeable improvements to the sensitivities of Denny's and its employees," Chiu said. "I hope someday I would feel like I could return to Denny's, but unfortunately I don't feel that way right now."

In a statement released after the Civil Rights Monitor's decision, John Romandetti, president of Denny's, said the company would follow the monitor's recommendations.

"We deeply regret and condemn the act of violence and treatment the Syracuse University students experienced," Romandetti said. "All of the monitor's recommendations will be followed to ensure a tragic incident like this will never occur again at any Denny's. Denny's has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind, under any circumstance."

Romandetti added that he had sent a letter of apology to each of the students.

NDI Foods, which operates the Erie Boulevard franchise where the incident occurred, did not return phone calls. Denny's Inc. recently signed an agreement to purchase all of its Denny's restaurants, Romandetti said.

Last Thursday the students filed a civil lawsuit against Denny's Inc., NDI Foods, Onondaga County, the two security guards, and the manager of the restaurant. The suit seeks damages and a clarification of Denny's policy of hiring off-duty sheriffs as security guards.

"We want to know what the procedure will be in regards to hiring sheriffs in the future," said OuYang. "That wasn't addressed by the Civil Rights Monitor, who only said that the particular guards involved not be rehired.

"There has to be a policy in place. The public perceives them to be peace officers and they are saying that they weren't trained to be that. We're concerned about that."

The guards have maintained that they were reluctant to intervene in the melee, which involved about 30 people, because they feared causing injury to themselves or others.

Instead, they said, they called police, who arrived on the scene after the attackers had already dispersed.

A group of African American students who also charge they were denied service at Denny's the night of the incident will also join in the suit, said their attorney, Thomas C. Hardsall. The African American students said they witnessed the incident. They later intervened to break up the fight.

A criminal complaint filed after the incident is still being investigated by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. A spokesperson for the district attorney said no arrests have been made yet in the case.

A spokesperson for the Onondaga Sheriff's Department said this week that the department had no comment on the suit. Last May, the department maintained that the security guards, who were off-duty at the time of the incident, had acted properly by not intervening in the fight.

"They saw a disturbance involving a large group of people and determined that if they had intervened it would have involved a considerable use of force which would have resulted in injuries--so they called for police backup instead," said Bob Burns, spokesman for the Onondaga Sheriff's Department, after the incident. "With a group of 25 to 30 people, you can't just yell and say 'stop.'"

By the time police arrived at the scene, the fight had already ended and the group of whites had left the scene, Burns said.

Yuya Hasegawa, a Japanese student who was beaten into unconsciousness during the assault said he was happy with the monitor's findings, but was concerned about the slow pace of the criminal investigation.

"This decision makes me feel better because I should be allowed to eat anywhere I want to," Hasegawa said. "But I'm still worried to go back to Syracuse because it is a small town and no one has been arrested yet for beating me."