I’m so vain, you bet I think this column’s about me


I see in Mr Arudou’s preview to tomorrow’s Just Be Cause he says:

I think some people might find this view refreshing and cathartic, given the increasing sociopathy I’m feeling within the already-disenfranchised NJ as they bully their own.

Hey, I resemble that remark!

BTW, I’m writing this from the Excelsior Caffe beside Nankin-machi (Chinatown) opposite Daimaru in Kobe, where you can pick up the wi-fi from the hotel above. :lol:

UPDATE: The article is on Japan Times here. I don’t usually swear in blog posts, but the article could be summed up by "Fuck the lot of you, I’m out of here!"

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  1. So, we need a violin smiley now?
    “Sociopathy”? “Bully?”
    Is there a “pot calling the kettle black” smiley?

  2. No smiley, but a handy kanji pair: 出人

  3. Interesting that he often leaves a word count. It’s a bit like undergraduate students who expect to be rewarded for writing really long essays.

  4. I’ve often wondered about that word count too – perhaps I should check if it is exactly 1,400 words. It reminds me of his 12 minutes and 58.9 second presentation to Dr Bust-a-move.

  5. “I ask the question:  “So what if many NJ did leave Japan?  Do you think Japan thus far has been all that encouraging of them to stay?””

    So totally original too. Why not take almost any Japan immigration story in the last five years and slap: “EARTHQUAKE!!!!” on it?

  6. I don’t know, has Japan tried to “bribe” them to leave yet?

  7. beneaththewheel

    The phrase “bully their own” really bugs me. It’s as if we have some moral obligation to give preferencial treatment to foreigners in Japan and if we don’t we’re “bullying our own”.

    Should we save the bullying for the evil Japanese who are oppressing us?

  8. Ideto might do well to make use of the mental health care that was offered to foreigners in the Japan Times the other day. He’s lost it, he really has. Anyway.

    Not connected to my previous point:
    >So let me counterbalance “fly-jin” by coining a word too: “sheeple.”
    Umm, “sheeple” has been around for years and years, Ideto… You didn’t “coin” anything.

  9. BTW… I’m not feeling disenfranchised yet. Is there something wrong with me?

  10. Yes, but it has nothing to do with disenfranchisement. :mrgreen:

  11. 1950′s if you want to trust Wikipedia


  12. The new post has arrived, and it is a doozy. As in, “He’s so vain, he probably thinks this country’s about him:”

    “(Why did you choose the fiction novel format?)

    “Because no single non-fiction case would capture the complicated dynamics of this issue properly. Besides, In Appropriate is about more than just divorce: I wanted to describe how a person would find a fascination in Japan and Japanese people, come over during Japan’s Bubble Era to see Japan ripe with opportunity, and find how Japan went sour as an economy over the past two decades. It was wonderful for me to recount this as a Bubble Era veteran—when in the late 1980s Japan looked poised to take over the world, was even challenging notions of how capitalism worked. Then see how, step-by-step, Japanese society would be squeezed and squeezed, convinced that recovery was right around the corner, just like Godot.

    “How a person could become an immigrant to Japan—assimilating himself to the point of founding his own company, becoming bilingual in Japanese, even taking Japanese citizenship, yet be blindsided by events that were nearly always beyond his control. In Appropriate is much more than just a story of divorce—it’s a time capsule charting Japan’s descent into mediocrity and comparative international irrelevance. That’s best portrayed in a novel format.”

  13. “descent into mediocrity and comparative international irrelevance.”

    Sound like anyone you know?

  14. Oh dear. It is worse than I thought. Debito’s head has finally exploded. This paragraph alone is filled with paranoid fantasies:

    “The point is that Japan made a mistake with its nuclear policy, and will pay for it in land, lives and reputation. Yet the past two months have demonstrated that NJ — ever weaker and disenfranchised — are being scapegoated to draw attention away from those truly responsible for this mess: the inept, cosseted Japanese nuclear industry, perpetually in bed with a bureaucracy that turns a blind eye to safety standards and abets coverups.”

    Yes of course. Foreigners have been portrayed by the Japanese media as responsible for the recent crisis. Right.

    There is one man who is responsible for the crisis that is Debito’s life, and for a good few years now he has not been an “NJ”.

  15. ..and debito not only ticks another box on the “I’m a conspiracy nut” checklist by using the term “sheeple”, but he invents a completely new item for the list, implying he is the original conspiracy nut by claiming he invented the word?!?!

    :facepalm: :headdesk: :facepalm: :headdesk:

    I think I know why he went for 1400 words. There’s so much bullshit, deliberate misinterpretation of Japanese media, and basic factual errors (as well as not being able to stay on topic) that thoroughly disproving his entire column would take several dozen pages of letters to the editor. (Editors who apparently don’t bother fact-checking debito’s articles, but we already knew that.)

    This checks yet another conspiracy nut box, he’s using the “Gish Gallop”.
    To make your point in a debate, you just spout a huge list of bullshit. Since it always takes longer to explain why the bullshit is wrong, the debunker has no hope of countering everything the bullshitter keeps spewing up given the same amount of time or column-inches.

    Though going for the easy BS that nobody even needs to look up – debito claims to be coining the word “sheeple” – is a good start.
    Bravo, Simon.

    Others such as the BS that Japan building nuke plants in the 60′s was a response to the 73/74 oil shock. When it is obvious that they needed the electricity to power the time machine built from recovered UFO technology that gave them this foreknowledge. DON’T YOU SEE?!?!

    And debito has the gall to say
    “Rarely are NJ residents praised for the good they do for Japan”
    Yeah, when it comes to specific examples of gaijin who are successful in Japan (Konishiki, Barakan, Tsurunen, and most recently Keene), if they don’t follow the debito lifestyle playbook and fail to use his NJ-PC Newspeak, debito jealously half-criticizes them for daring to be both different from, and more happy and successful than, debito himself.

  16. Wow…just wow…So now I’m one of the “sheeple” for not panicking, staying in Chiba, and even going and volunteering. Thanks for the support Debito!

  17. :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk:

    Just about every paragraph should be followed by the ubiquitous:

    –Source, please

    And even those that actually do have “sources,” they could be considered questionable at best. And going back to 1999 for an example of Japanese “racism”? Why not go all the way back to 1634 and Dejima FFS?

    You really do get the feeling he wasn’t here during the whole shaking by out and out lying about foreigners not being praised for remaining behind. STOP THE LIES DEBITO!

    He keeps going off his own message. At one point, he is screaming and yelling that all of Japan’s problems will be solved by pouring foreign immigrants into the country and the next telling immigrants they did the right thing in leaving and they really shouldn’t bother coming back because they are going to be treated like crap anyway. Which is it Debito? One or the other? Do you want immigrants here or do you think they are better off not coming?

  18. He also apparently STILL has a reading comprehension problem. That new post is entitled “Review of my book IN APPROPRIATE and interview at JETAA-NY’s Examiner.com”

    I read the whole damn thing (lord help me) but nowhere is there ANY sort of review of the crap he has thrown together. Does he not what “review” means? There is a (mis-linked) pointer to his own site where he has cherry picked the reviews (including the one from Ms. Beamer) but apparently doesn’t have the balls to link to the more accurate ones on Lulu.com (even the self-rated one. :roll: )

  19. chuckers,

    There is no contradiction, though. Just hypocrisy.

    Debito WANTS immigrants from the Third World to pick strawberries and clean up old folks’ diapers, while somehow miraculously getting more job security, pay and benefits than the millions of poor Japanese guys who serve debito his Chicken McNuggets or Venti Cafe Lattes.

    Debito DOESN’T want English-speaking 20-somethings coming to Japan, competing for his eikaiwa job, or driving down eikaiwa salaries.

    It’s textbook racial activism. You offer verbal “support” for people at the bottom who are not a threat to your position. But people who might compete directly against you for work, women, or social status? That’s another story. Go home, gaijin!
    And those who actually manage to rise from the bottom (and to debito, that seems to mean anyone without a Ivy League diploma) to threaten your social status? They’re Uncle Toms! The worst of the bunch. :roll:

  20. Ken,

    Here is something that you might find interesting.

    Debito posts an interview by a former JET English teacher who “covers Japan-related goings on in the Big Apple and beyond.”

    The interviewer asks, “What has response been like to the book so far from the expat and Japanese community?”

    Debito responds, “Very positive. See some reviews at http://www.debito.org/inappropriate.html.”


    Is he lying, deluded, or simply poorly informed about all the negative reviews on the Lulu website, the lack of reviews in newspapers, and the bashing his novel received in various internet forums?

  21. Is he lying, deluded, or simply poorly informed about all the negative reviews on the Lulu website, the lack of reviews in newspapers, and the bashing his novel received in various internet forums?


  22. If these sheeple had had their way, Japan’s nuclear industry’s standard operating procedure of disinformation and coverup would have continued after Fukushima, as it did after previous nuclear accidents in Tokai and Kashiwazaki.


    He should have just said, “Everyone that disagrees with me wanted TEPCO to withhold information from the public.”

    Better yet, “Every individual that posts on Tepido.org with the intent of debunking my theories on how the world should work is a government pawn and isn’t interested in change of any kind.”

    I’m actually amazed. I never thought the rabbit hole that is his deluded mind could go much deeper, but it looks like we’ve only scratched the surface.

  23. The most ridiculous thing about that comment is that there has actually been very, very little about flyjin, and that that has appeared has been relegated to the inside pages. Mr Arudou would like people to think that the headlines every day is “More gaijins run away like little girls!!!1!eleventy-one!!”

  24. I think he adds the “Review of my book” bit in order to try to get ahead of me in Google for “in appropriate review” – I’m second (the first is irrelevant) and he’s nowhere on the first two pages of Google. Mind you, last month I only had four hits from people using that to search for Debito’s book, and only 27 hits for “appropriate” in total.

    BTW, if you look at the Lulu page, you now have Ms Beamer claiming I didn’t read the book. :roll: If she would like to test me out by asking me to name the nth word on the yth row of the zth page, I can easily demonstrate I have the book, or at least have access to the book. Or, even better, I can email her a copy of my receipt – in fact, I think I’ll forward the receipt to Mr Arudou… Indeed she insults “R Watkins”, who to me give the most honest, unbiased review of the lot.

    Anyway, it’s interesting that most people rating the book highly don’t really review the book, but instead review the child kidnapping issue and slag off us low raters.

    Oh, and I’ve just had an interesting thought – surely Ms Beamer isn’t Zeke/Chibi-dwarf? :lol: (No she’s not, but her comment just reminded me of him…)

  25. Ken, the only logical explanation, based on what I read in you review and Ms. Beamer’s own logic:

    -Your review is a personal attack on Debito.

    -You critique Gary in your review.

    -Debito = Gary

  26. No, sending the receipt is a pretty pointless action. It’s obvious from my review that I have read the bool.

  27. > :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk: :headdesk:

    I am beginning to wonder if my greatest contribution to Japanese society and culture is this icon. What a stupendous honour! :grin:

  28. I think we need an :sarcasm: one now.
    (I may have exceeded my ability to express self deprecating irony through GIF files)

  29. @The American

    You nailed it. Mr. Arudou created a strawman with his “Sheeple” caricature. To him, everything is about not trusting The Man (or in Gary-speak, “The Eye”). We’re all government mouthpieces, apologists, sheeple. It’d be offensive if it wasn’t so obviously defensive and reactionary — his lashing out at those who he thinks wronged “his group”.

    What it really was about, though, was the horrendous reporting done by the overseas press. The main reason he can’t and doesn’t want to talk about this because it hits a little too close to home for his core followers: they can’t understand Japanese well enough or fast enough or in enough volume to trust Japanese news sources.

    This is an extremely uncomfortable topic for a “Japan activist,” who almost exclusively communicates in English, to discuss. Debito.org needs followers to understand English only or understand just enough Japanese to Make Them Dangerous (that is, they think they understand but they still have a long way to go and misunderstand a lot).

    This keeps Debito.org in control and the center of authority for its followers.

    Not understanding something goes hand-in-hand with fear and distrust. The less Japanese (or any other foreign language; this principle is not exclusive to Japan) you understand, the more likely you are to be afraid or not trust non-trivial concepts, customs, or things that are explained in that non-native language. This is why most Flyjin fled: they trust information in their native language, and the people that speak it, more than they trust information in a foreign language.

    By the way, the more I read the debito.org comments the more I am convinced that 空 is on to something: the prime candidates for debito.org followers are westerners near the end of their first to the start of their 3rd year in Japan, when they have a little bit of Japanese under their belt, enough to make them overconfident, and are beginning the well-known “culture shock” cycle. If those followers leave Japan with a scar (ex. failure to fulfill a life-goal, like succeeding in a foreign country with a foreign job/career, or the failure of a relationship with a Japanese), there’s a good chance they will become long-term followers of debito.org. If they manage to successfully leave the in Japan virtual (internet) or physical (English language school/workplace or “gaijin bar”) “English sphere” and successfully integrate (meaning they primarily communicate with Japanese people in Japanese for most of the day) into society, they outgrow debito.org.

    Mr. Arudou wasn’t in Japan at the height of the disaster so he couldn’t fully see how amiss things were: that is, the poor quality of the world reporting vs the Japanese reporting. So he made a mistake: he picked the foreign press (and anonymous blog comment posters) as the reliable source for Japanese real-time information during a life-or-death disaster.

    He picked wrong. He doesn’t want to talk about this because the foreign press’ performance during this crisis was mediocre at best, and indefensible at worst.

    He wants you to forget that he took the wrong side by re-writing history in his column: “we” are attacking Debito Arudou The Flyjin not because he The Flyjin was unable to properly vet information during a crisis (which is why many, including myself, criticized Mr. Arudou). Rather Mr. Arudou wants his readers to think that “we” are attacking him The Flyjin because we are apologists “sheeple”, mouthpieces of the government and TEPCO and all that is Evil and Oppressive to the disenfranchised non-Japanese.

    Another reason he doesn’t want his readers to not know that he picked the foreign press as the one to trust* for Japan news is because it either calls into question where he was during the crisis when he was dispensing advice and opinion about the crisis as well as his ability (or willingness) to comprehend Japanese news. In other words, it puts his credibility on the line.

    * Yet Another Disclaimer: trust is relative. Do I trust everything the Japanese press or government or TEPCO says? Of course not. Do I trust them to do a better and more thorough and more balanced job reporting about Japan and serving the best interests of its residents, especially during a crisis, than the overseas press? Yes, I do.

  30. @Inoue-san

    Very well put. I’m sure I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but I’ll say my piece anyway.

    I don’t think too many individuals trust their governments 100% (most have some amount of professional skepticism), but the majority of people also have the common sense to not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

    Both the GOJ and Debito have their own agendas. The government is supposed to protect its citizens in a time of crisis and disseminate information that will help people remain free from harm. They also want to save face and prevent civil unrest, so again it is in their interest to do the best they can to keep people safe. It is also against their best interest to royally screw over their entire citizenry. Do shady things happen? Yes. Absolutely. However, as I said before, the GOJ (any government) will act in its best interest, and in this instance I believe the protection of citizens, guests, tourists, and the image and future of Japan is at stake. The issue is much too important to ignore. They may downplay the severity of the accident to keep people from panicking, but I am hard-pressed to believe they are going to lie to the world and their citizens to the extent that people get hurt.

    Debito has positioned himself as a “champion of human (NJ) rights,” which has expressly involved hunting down any leads that pertain to mistreatment of NJ (white people like him). It is in his best interest to attack the GOJ in every way possible so that he can say “See? I was right! They’re out to get you.” He’s made it perfectly clear (see debito.org) that he’s content with being a one trick pony, so everything that comes out of his mouth is going to be extremely biased from the outset. This is, I believe, all due to his personal choices in life. More on that in a bit.

    Who to believe? An entity whose job it is to make sure a significant portion of its population doesn’t perish in a nuclear meltdown, or a sad, loud-mouthed, middle-aged man who has heavy emotional baggage and a generally hostile attitude towards all things Japan? Let me think about that for a second. :roll:

    The culture shock cycle you described was dead on as well. In the end it’s all about the choices you make and how you deal with the consequences of those choices. This is just a fact of life.

    Some people never get past the “Critical Phase.” These individuals hate their lives in Japan, their family, their in-laws, etc. Why? I’m not a trained psychologist, but IMHO it’s because they hate themselves (or some part of themselves). They probably couldn’t function well in their own society, much less a foreign one. I actually once had a guy tell me to quietly leave the country and forget everything about Japan because my relationship with my fiancee (now wife) would end in nothing but failure and tears. Talk about projection. Guess what? He hated his wife said she was using his daughter to keep him in the country. Did he take the time to learn Japanese? No. He couldn’t keep a job (he admitted his in-laws helped him but he disliked them as well), so he just got drunk and ogled women. Sounds like a real catch. I’m no saint, but I don’t think this guy (who was twice my age) had it all together when it came to being the man of the house.

    But why do people project? So they can say “I’m not the only one. They’ll get you too.” In other words, misery loves company.

    In this sense I don’t think Debito is any different. This is a guy who filed for divorce, but it’s the government’s [parent's, in-law's, wife's] fault he can’t see his kids. Screw how it impacts anyone else’s lives. It was all about him. “I should be able to have my cake and eat it too.” He did take personal responsibility, to some degree, but to a larger extent he has taken great pains to appear victimized.

    I know it sounds like I’m “attacking” the man and not his actions. The truth is I don’t personally know Debito. Like many people all I have to go on is what he puts out there on the net for us to see. But when you get down to brass tacks, it is a personal issue. It’s a matter of credibility and character. It is especially relevant when you command an audience, so matter how great or small.

    People do look up to Debito and seek his advice. Most people appreciate the concept of giving NJ in Japan a greater voice. No rational person denies that more things could be done. Unfortunately he has hijacked this idea and tries to use it to justify everything he does. When Debito says his role-model (someone he tries to model his life and actions after) is MLK, all I can do is :roll:

    I wish he could clean up his act. He’s put himself in a position to be of some real help to people struggling to make a life in Japan. He was in pretty good shape himself once. Unfortunately, I think the old Debito, the one that appeared to be truly interested in helping and promoting the success of others, is long gone. I guess time will tell.

  31. ”So let me counterbalance “fly-jin” by coining a word too: “sheeple.” By this, I mean people who timidly follow the herd even when it hurts them as a whole.”

    Do you mean people who timidly follow the herd on Debito org even when it hurts them as a whole?

    Specifically who are they?


    “– I don’t think this attitude of tarring all members of a group for the behaviors of one should be something one condones, or even acquiesces to, especially in this forum here on Debito.org. Criticize Jonholmes as an individual, please”

    Yes please name the individual.

  32. “Mr. Arudou wasn’t in Japan at the height of the disaster so he couldn’t fully see how amiss things were: that is, the poor quality of the world reporting vs the Japanese reporting.”

    I don’t think that’s true. I’m overseas and it was instantly clear to me when I switched from the NHK I’d been watching for two days how bad the foreign reports were.

  33. @Sniffer: point taken. I was trying to be nice and give him the benefit of the doubt. :razz:

    So I guess that leaves my remaining charge: his ability or willingness to comprehend Japanese news is called into question. As I don’t believe that Mr. Arudou’s Japanese ability is that poor, I lean towards the problem being his “willingness” rather than his ability.

  34. Matt D. Says:
    May 5th, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Note there is no comment from Debito.

    James Annan Says:
    May 5th, 2011 at 11:03 am
    Matt D,

    Nothing in your link substantiates “substantial fallout” in the Tokyo area, and nothing substantiates any significant chance of real effects on health. Which is not surprising, because such risk did not exist. The 50 mile zone was already based on the possibility of a worst case scenario (as the article makes clear).

    – I’ll allow this comment, but bear in mind that we are not here merely to debate the nuclear data. We are here to talk about the societal fallout. Please refer to this as well in future postings, thanks.

    But Debito posted a commenton the comment which is closer to the truth, saying “I’ll allow” :headdesk:

    The first one is misleading at best fear-mongering at worst.


    What Ishiakawa says is that his assumption is that almost all the rods melted (he later admitted that nobody knew for sure), whatever extent they melted, it is certain that they melted.
    On the other hand, radiation level at Iitate has been decreasing, which means it is safe to assume that radiation leaks from the plants stopped, mostly if not completely and volatile gas has almost all escaped from the reactor by now, which in turn means that the water inside the reactor is highly contaminated with radiation to such an extent that we have never experienced before.

    This conclusion actually refutes Matt’s claim that “the worst case assessment by the US government proven true” The assumption of the No. 2 reactor being disrupted completely with its core dispersing radiation continuously for 16 hours or so into the air has not been proved to be true.
    Radiation dispersed into air to some extent but if Ishikawa is right, radiation stopped dispersing into air and now it is in the water inside the plants.
    Note also that Ishikawa later says people don’t have to evacuate from 20 mSV/year zone.

    when was the last time you saw reports about Fukushima Daiichi fallout on national TV

    we see reports about fallouts everyday.




    On the whole, radiation level is getting back to the normal.
    I don’t why it should be reported on national TV. There is nothing new. radiation level throughout Japan on the whole is getting back to the normal.

    And here are forecasts.





    | ノルウェー気象局

    | 台湾気象局

    I am not sure why he gives the forecast without warning that “ATTENTION: These products are highly uncertain based on limited information for the source terms.”

    **Foreigners have a hard time in Japan. We’re called gaijin and we’re treated like outsiders. We try to make inroads, but it’s a lot of hard work. Now up and comes this big earthquake, and this fairly minor nuclear accident, then suddenly, a bunch of dumb foreigners are panicking and running out of Japan. Now, we’ll all look bad. Their behavior will reflect on all of us. It will now be all that much harder to gain acceptance in Japanese society. How I hate those stupid flyjin. Not only do they run away like cowards making gaijin look bad, but how about all those who needed help? How about instead of buying a plane ticket, sending that $1000++ to *real* victims of the earthquake? How about showing Japanese we really do care, by trying to go out there and help the people of Japan? We need to show we belong and demonstrate our commitment to this country! Not runaway like cowards in Japan’s time of need.**

    That’s how I read it anyway

    Let’s follow Debito’s warning.

    “– I don’t think this attitude of tarring all members of a group for the behaviors of one should be something one condones, or even acquiesces to, especially in this forum here on Debito.org. ”

    Please criticize the bully as an individual as Debito says.

    I am very sympathetic with “Flyijin” on Debito org.
    Debito org has been a source of dema with full of misleading, fear-mongering, hate-mongering commetns, Debito suppressing corrections. No wonder that frighted by Debito org , some of them become fly-jin. After all, that’s the blog’s agenda, isn’t it?

    Lastly I wonder why they don’t send complaint letters to the Japanese media if they think what they claim is true.

    Here is my hypothesis;they should if they are who they claim to be they are, but if they sent the letters, it would become clear that they misread the Japanese articles and are under delusion and moreover, they can’t write in Japanese, that is why they don’t.

  35. I encourage you to post this full comment on Matt Dioguardi’s blog. Debito.org might not allow it for obvious reasons, but I suspect that Mr. Dioquardi will allow it in the interest of feedback and constructive criticism.

    His blog is Anarchy Japan. The URL is:


    His May 5 blog entry “Debito writes about the flyjin controversy” is a re-posting of his original Facebook comments. Good luck and maybe you can report back Mr. Dioguardi’s rejoinder, if any.

  36. Thanks.
    I posted the link to the comment above on his blog.

  37. I don’t see anything. Is it awaiting moderation?

  38. http://www.debito.org/?p=8665

    Thanks very much, Christopher. Debito 

    Thanking a man who was making a speech just like Japanese news articles? He even used the epithet “flyijin”

    Japanese residential real estate after March 11, 2011


    Things are not clearly as bad as they look in international media
    The vast majority of Tokyo residents are staying put.
    In the two weeks after March they estimated 11 1/4 of a million expats left Japan
    The departure of so called flyjin is also going to make it hard for expats to get mortgages here.

    Is he bashing NJ, relying on piecemeal sources , talking about the expats who have left Japan and its economic impact on Japan ?

  39. @Greg

    I guess so.

  40. I’m being Tillie Technical here, but Debito didn’t coin the word “sheeple” either.

  41. Rachel Says:
    May 6th, 2011 at 6:15 pm
    Debito, this may interest you as a case study that highlights two things:
    1, not all NJs have ‘fled’;
    and 2, some NJs are actually right there with the Japanese to help with relief efforts.

    That is right, and that’s what Japanese media has been saying.

    You didn’t even read comments on Debito org?

    Norik Says:
    May 5th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    there are many reports(mostly on TV), who praise foreigners who go and help in Tohoku, and these positive reports outnumber the negative “We’ve been betrayed” reports.For example only yesterday I saw on TBS around noon a report about a group of foreigners who went to do help clean the debris in Tohoku, praising them for their hard work.Next, around 6 I saw a report of Chinese students who went to prepare delicious Chinese food for the evacuees (Asahi TV, news Yu+), and finally at 10PM on Hodo Station, again on Asahi, they showed a report of Vietnamese, who came to help by preparing Vietnamese food for the evacuees in Saitama, showing the gratitude of the evacuees. So not everything is flyjin-bashing in the Japanese media right now. I hope you wont ignore this.

    – I never said everything was. I’m saying that bashing exists and it’s unwarranted.


    I’ll give a credit to Norik for being fair;though, I’m not sure if it is appropriate to call the stories about the fact that many NJ left and its impact on Japan such as Christopher Dillon’s NJ basing.

    Rachel, you are a living example how Debito’s posts are misleading people who don’t read nor watch Japanese media.

    Don’t mislead people, Rachel, otherwise people like Caroline Pover, who left Japan, will find it hard to come back to Japan, .


    Rachel, これもいいお名前ですね。

  42. The departure of so called flyjin is also going to make it hard for expats to get mortgages here.

    Isn’t that just the same kind of racism-promoting shit (wasn’t it just “racist shit” earlier?) that Mr Arudou was condemning? However, no-one directly posted that link to Debito.org, so he’s in the clear this time.

    BTW, I agree with “Joe” that building managers suffering losses, and the estate agents working for these managers, are going to be less keen on leasing, but have people actually defaulted on mortgages? At least they have the property itself as collatoral.

  43. Wait wait wait just a second. Now are you trying to say that Dave building managers/owners/etc. should be allowed to use their past experience to make broad sweeping generalizations about the Japanese foreigners just because of the actions of a few policemen, 1 bathhouse owner, and some shops your wife would rather you didn’t go into foreigners who didn’t pay their bills or honor their contracts?

    You racist shill you! :lol:

  44. Ferdinand Says: http://www.debito.org/?p=8870#comment-248316
    May 7th, 2011 at 12:14 am
    What about all of the Japanese who scattered like ants from the disaster areas in Southeast Asia when the earthquake and tsunami hit in 2004?

    Source please.

    And who’s the hell allow the comment like “Japanese scattered like ants?
    No comment from “a human right activist” “Japan Times columnist?”

    Why didn’t they stay and help rebuild,en masse, rather than fleeing the strickened areas? I suppose that doesn’t count.

    Who’s the hell blaming gaijin who didn’t stay and didn’t help rebuild ?
    See、 this is how Debito’s article mislead people.

    Jazz2020 Says: http://www.debito.org/?p=8870#comment-248368
    May 7th, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    Many Temporary workers are not even covered by medical insurance

    Haven’t you read the handbook for newcomers? Or it does not tell you how medical insurance works?

    National Health Insurance
    You might not be insured by Employees’ Health Insurance, but everyone is insured by National Health Insurance–you need to be enrolled.

    or other social security benefits

    It depends on contracts.

    and have to face bleak prospects in the future anyway.

    It depends on individuals.

    The Companies who outsource a vital part of their daily operations to Temporary workers, without taking any responsibility towards their welfare should not be complaining, as they are continuing to enjoy the benefits of exploitative contracts anyway.

    True, but specifically which company? and specifically what has Debito’s organization done to improve the situation?

    But the truth is that any actual activism is not important.
    What is important is propaganda, misinformation that fuels hatred and that promotes Debito as a hero among the expats, no?

  45. James Grey Says:
    May 8th, 2011 at 2:36 am

    I used to mokusatu the comments on Debito org because most of them were so stupid that few people would take them seriously. I was wrong. So I’ll comment on them.

    I think many NJ who stayed are attempting to ostracize ‘flyjin’”

    Specifically who are they?

    the (false) belief that Japanese will see them as being somehow more worthy than the ‘flyjin’ because they stayed.”

    I personally appreciate people, Japanese or non-Japanese, who have been helping rebuild the stricken community. People stayed for various reasons:some stayed because there is no sufficient risk to leave, others because they felt strong connection to Japan,still others because there was no other place to go etc..On the whole I appreciate them. At the same time it is not entirely irrational to have temporarily left Japan or say Tokyo, especially for foreigners who had children :risks were actually low but indeterminate and the information was confusing.

    Note Debito does tell his readers that Japanese media also cover the stories about Japanese families who left Tokyo.
    And he does not tell his readers either that Japanese government is making efforts to invite the students who left Japan back to Japan.

    震災で帰国、留学生の再来日費用支援 文科省


    The deliberate omissions misled some of his readers into believing that the Japanese are bashing people who left Tokyo, or Japan.

    There are problems for the companies in which many foreign employees quit jobs and left out of fear of radiation;Some shops had to close, and others are in trouble for the shortage of employees . Japanese articles he picked up are the part of bigger stories that the media is covering these days. The factories in tohoku were destroyed;as an consequence, other factories are in trouble. The tourists have decreased. There is a shortage of electricity, and that is also influencing the economy.

    Debito are not catching up with Japanese news or he is deliberately misleading his readers.

    Japanese no more believe the JGov or TEPCO to tell the truth than the ‘flyjin’ did?”


    he’s basically falling into the ancient bad habit (a la Lafcadio Hearn’s day) of treating the Japanese people as monolithic.


    Some Japanese don’t believe the government and Tepco;others trust them still others listen to what they say critically.
    That is what people all over the world are doing, no?

    “the idea that even though the Japanese didn’t believe the situation was safe, they carried on as normal because they felt there was nothing else they could do. “

    Did Debito say that? is he that stupid?

    (As a side, it is not the case that it is safe or it is not safe. The risks are decreasing but the danger is potentially there on the Fukushima plants. Yet even on the worst scenario, the risks at a place far away from fukushima like tokyo is low.)

    “In addition to Debitos analysis, I would offer the very culture specific explanation of 黙殺 (mokusatsu; to ignore deliberately). Simply put, the Japanese just chose to pretend to carry on as normal rather than face the potential reality of nuclear disaster simply because they didn’t want to have to think about it”

    It is you guys who deliberately ignore the reality.

    My wife uses mokusatsu when she sees someone spitting in the street, or a chikan on the train,or when her boss makes her (illegally) do overtime for free.”

    It might be a matter of time that your wife will mokusatsu you.

  46. The problem is, it seems (after a short search) that this article has come out in English only

    Here is still another proof that Debito is not catching up with Japanese news.

    After a short search—it took less than a minute—you’ll find

    9割超が「今後も日本で」 在日外国人、一緒に復興を






    — there is no link to the “original Japanese story” like many Mainichi articles have.

    Because the original article is not by Mainichi but by Kyodo, no? .

    He is not even familiar with Japanese journalism.

  47. But debito also said
    “Or it may be available on Kyodo wire services (but again, not in Japanese for Mainichi readers).”

    Another “cover my ass” statement. Lazy instead of research. If he thought it might be on Kyodo, why not search Kyodo? He could surely find it if he spent 2 minutes searching! BTW, How does debito do his “short” searches in Japanese anyway? Does he just google.jp the English phrases and hope something bilingual pops up on the first page :?:

    Maybe he added that sentence after your helpful post 空? Was it there originally?

    But that would be worse! Because it means he KNOWS there is a Kyodo article (the one you found) but he still only says “may be available” and doesn’t provide a link.

    Or maybe he will be kind enough to provide the link once he (re)reads your post.

    But, knowing debito and his clique, they’ll just find something negative to say anyway. Sour grapes. Not good enough. etc. Maybe something like, “There was no Mainichi link, so it’s a deliberate campaign to withhold information about good NJ behaviour from a segment of the Japanese public (who cares if the largest wire service in Japan has the article). More proof of flyjin-bashing!”

    But, I’ll be perfectly happy to be proven wrong on that point.

  48. If you search “9割超が「今後も日本で」 在日外国人、一緒に復興を” you’ll find that the article is distributed to lots of Japanese media

    I am not sure if it was on mainichi, but even Sankei distributed it.

    He is not catching up with Japanese news.

    I found out, while searching the article , that even Fuji TV takes up a story about the foreigners who are contributing to Japanese society.



    But sorry debito neither reports debunk the fact that
    NJ deserted Japan .

    Even you admit it.

    For the record, I don’t doubt that NJ have left Japan due to the Tohoku Disasters.

    What Debito needs to show is the Japanese articles he picked up are blaming NJ who left in the way Debito misled his readers into believing.

    @Level 3

    Maybe he added that sentence after your helpful post 空? Was it there originally?

    I didn’t notice it;it might have been originally on the post though.

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