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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. Note Debito does tell his readers that

    Note Debito does NOT tell his readers that

    Norik Says:
    May 8th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    http://www.debito.org/?p=8870#comment-248447

    I have encountered at least two cases, when I had to endure discrimination(nad not only me) because of other foreigners’s deeds.One was that famous murder case in Fukuoka, extremely hastily and poorly investigated by the police, when 4 Chinese students allegedly murdered (in very yakuza-like style, interesting why) a family of four, including 2 little children

    Yeah I remember the case.

    福岡一家4人殺害事件
    http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E7%A6%8F%E5%B2%A1%E4%B8%80%E5%AE%B64%E4%BA%BA%E6%AE%BA%E5%AE%B3%E4%BA%8B%E4%BB%B6
    They brutally murdered the families.

    福岡地裁で行われた魏巍被告人の公判では、中国公安当局が作成した王亮、楊寧両被告人の供述調書が日本の裁判で初めて証拠採用された

    The cases of 王亮、楊寧 were investigated by Chinese police.

    結果的には日本国内の反響の大きさに配慮した中国当局が積極的に協力した為、早期逮捕が実現したが、一方で他の事件では日中間の捜査協力が殆どなされていない実態や、アメリカ、韓国以外と犯罪人引渡し条約が結ばれていない現状も指摘され、国際化する犯罪に各国捜査当局の対応が遅れている点が浮き彫りとなった。

    Two Chinese escaped to China. The case brought to light the problem of extradition.

    Yes working hours for students are restricted.

    1週28時間以内を限度として勤務先や時間を特定することなく包括的な資格外活動許可が与えられます

    http://www.roudoukyoku.go.jp/soudan/q&a.html
    Foreign students are allowed to do part time job fewer than 28 hours per week.

    As side,in the United States

    Generally, immigration regulations are very strict with respect to working while carrying a student visa. F-1 status, which is the most common status for full-time international students, allows for part time, on-campus employment (fewer than 20 hours per week.
    http://www.internationalstudent.com/immigration/f1-student-visa.shtml

    But the incident had nothing to do with the restriction of student’s working hour.
    If you insist it “resulted in this famous restriction for foreign students to work only 28h/week”, back up your case with sources please.

    Another time when I encountered discrimination of the type “you’re all the same”was when I was looking for part-time job.Many places (like Tsutaya, for example) told me that they have had troubles with foreign part-timers before so they don’t accept foreigners anymore.Any further negotiation on how this is discriminative or illegal resulted in “sumimasen” and hang up.

    Yeah I remember the cases.

    But strangely I see lots of foreign students working at Matsuya, Jonathan, Lawson, , Hanamasa etc in Tokyo. Not every part-time student workers are from China. I talked to a guy working at Lawson100 . He was from Russia. If you like, I can recommend you to one of these shops. They seem to be desperately in need of part timers. In fact now the companies are aggressively looking for the foreign students who can speak Japanese and English.
    And keep in mind that the reason yoshinoya temporarily got in trouble was that many foreign part timer left for fear of radiation.

    That said, I think there might be cases where someone was rejected because they are foreigners.

    But in your case, I am not sure.

    http://www.debito.org/?p=7661#comment-208237
    Norik Says:
    October 27th, 2010 at 7:54 am
    Level3-san, when Japanese write “Japanese-native level” or “English -native level” they usually mean nationaliy, and this is the way to advertise their conditions without being accused of discrimination. I’ve been over this already, arguing with HR or 就職案内agencies.They always say that we foreigners don’t have the ability to understand all these 巧妙 なnuances and phrasing and stuff(that’s exactly what I was told ).

    Sorry but it is obvious you lack the ability to understand nuances.
    巧妙なnuances does not make sense, it is supposed be 微妙なニュアンス

    Norik Says: http://www.debito.org/?p=7661#comment-20882
    October 30th, 2010 at 10:22 am
    Here are some names. When I was still at school, and my schollarship was about to expire, I had to find some (any) part-time job to pay my expences until I graduate.So I was looking here and there, applying like any other university student.
    In Tsutaya, they told me directly they don’t hire foreigners.
    In Seijo Supermarket, they told me that seeing a gaijin お客様は引く。
    In Maruzen bookstore the HR pushed away the journals with my publications on Japanese literature and culture, which I brought to prove my Japanese language skills, and asked me “Do you understand me as I’m talking like this?”

    If he said that to you, it is probably that the way you speak make him want to ask that question.
    I can write a decent paper in English, but my proficiency in speaking and listening comprehension is terrible. At some shops in a English speaking country, I must admit an employer has a good reason to reject employing me. (Note in passing that in your case and in case of posters on Debito org, you guys are not even trying to write in Japanese in Japan!)

    The only thing that could be done is to shut up the media-right now its inflamatory articles turn the Japanese society against NJ.Petitions, official protests from foreign embassies,floods of protest letters and phone calls-and probably the media will begin thinking twice before publishing some NJ-bashing article.

    It is so kawaiso that you are still holding on to the hope Debito will do something.
    In your case above, did Debito do anything to help you? Your comment was “allowed”.Isn’t that all?
    Your comment is just a piece at Debito theater where Debito and some expats dream him as an imaginary human right activist.
    But more and more people realize that the comment section is filled with misinformation.

    Make friends with the Japanese. Or work with somebody else and set up a new site to help yourself and other foreigners. I’ll do what I can do to help. That’s what I’ve been saying. Don’t mislead people, misled by Debito org.

    Or you’ll be just a member of a hate blog in Nagoya from East Europe.

    Steve V. Says: http://www.debito.org/?p=8889#comment-248460
    May 8th, 2011 at 2:58 pm
    This survey, like a similar one I saw an NHK a day or so ago. fails to accurately reflect true facts because of a fallacy of composition.

    As I recall it, he NHK survey reported that 68% of the people hearing the tsunami warning actually tried to evacuate to higher ground while 32% who heard the warning decided to ignore it for a variety of reasons.

    It is not fallacy of composition, A fallacy of composition arises when one infers that something is true of the whole from the fact that it is true of some part of the whole.
    NHK does not infer from the data that it is true of those who are killed.
    NHK are just reporting the survey.

    You are just misinterpreting and misrepresenting what NHK said.

    Agreed. It’s just sad that flawed science seems to make its way through the domestic media when it disparages NJ, but not when it says something nice

    Interesting. The headline in question in Japanese says ” over 90% of foreigners in Japan want to stay in Japan and want to rebuild together with the Japanese people 9割超が「今後も日本で」 在日外国人、一緒に復興を” Is it not something nice?

    (To be exact the headline is not accurate —just as Nikkan gendai’s headline—because its content says otherwise;it is not about the foreigners in Japan but it is about the international students living in Japan.Is it overpraising NJ?)

    It’s nice to have voices that pick apart the data too. That’s all part of critical thinking. But you see little of that in the domestic media, either.

    Data please.

    As a side a quick google tells us lots of stories about foreigners who are contributing to Japanese society after the Great Disaster, without “scientific data”
    You can’t read them without tears.


    「私たちはここに残る」 外国人介護士・看護師 被災地で奮闘続く
    2011.3.29 0
    産経

     東日本大震災の被災地では、多くの医療関係者が昼夜を違わず活動を続けている。その中には、日本との経済連携協定(EPA)に基づく看護師・介護士候補者の派遣事業で滞日中のフィリピンやインドネシアの女性たちも含まれる。・・・・・


    第二の故郷 復興手助け …外国語指導助手ら

    「いわき、一番好きな場所」(2011年5月4日 読売新聞)

    津波被害で水につかった家屋から不要になった寝具を運ぶギラムさん(左から2人目)ら
     東日本大震災で約300人の死者が出たいわき市で、地元小中学校の外国語指導助手(ALT)らが、津波で浸水した家屋の片付けやがれきの撤去を続けている。中心となっているのは、同市に来て4年になるオーストラリア人、ピーター・ギラムさん(33)。福島第一原発の事故後、他の仲間が次々と福島を離れても、地元で被災者を勇気付けている。・・・・・


    「見捨てられない」 比の4人、老人ホームにとどまる‎
    河北新報 – 2011年4月14日

    福島第1原発事故で在日外国人の「日本脱出」が続く中、福島県白河市の「小峰苑」では、4人のフィリピン人介護士候補が「お … からは毎日のように「帰って来て」と電話がかかってくるというが、4人は「お年寄りがここにいる限り残る」と決めている。 ・・・・・

    東日本大震災:ボランティア奔走、仙台のALT アメリカ人の私が残った事実、勇気に
    毎日新聞 2011年4月23日 

    仙台市の県立高校で英語を教える米国人ALT(外国語指導助手)のグレッグ・レキチさん(31)は、被災地で英語教師ら約10人の仲間と家の片づけや泥かきのボランティア活動を続けている。「日本にはたくさんの友達や教え子がいる。住み慣れた街を離れようとは思いません」と話す
    ・・・・・

    Is it just sad that flawed science seems to make its way through the domestic media when it tells something nice about NJ?

  2. “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”

    I’m not concerned about this issue, but this statement is clearly false.

    All this means is that the rate of decrease is now greater than the rate of increase. It does not mean it has stopped. That should be obvious.

    Moreover, it’s been widely reported that radiation is still leaking from the plant.

    “we see reports about fallouts everyday.”

    I specified national TV. I asked when was the last time anyone saw this?

    What do we get here then?

    We get a single link to the JMA showing it displays the IAEA reports. Did they do this initially? No. In fact, initially they were supplying *foreign* sources with this information but not Japanese citizens. In other words, supplying foreigner bureaucrats with this information was more important than supplying it to Japanese citizens. I don’t remember who complained, but this became a minor scandal and now the reports are there. I remember that according to Kyodo news, Edano feigned surprise at the existence of such reports. (Which of course is bizarre, as one would think he would have had an interest in such reports.)

    At first the IAEA reports were were provided without any explanation by JMA. Now they are there with an explanation, but they are still hard to follow. The JMA is not providing information for consumers. It’s putting out these reports because they were orded to do so. The reports are not easy to follow.

    As far as the other links, they demonstrate two things:
    1. There is a serious interest in getting this information in Japan.
    2. But to get the information we have to rely on foreign sources.

    That is, all these links are to the *same* Japanese site, trying to offer an interpretation of what foreign sources are reporting.

    Where are the Japanese sites performing similar modeling and then putting it into an easy to follow graphical interface?

    People in Japan should at minimal be frustrated with this situation. But here it is being defended. Why, I have no idea.

    Also, note it’s very, very hard to get real time reporting of the level of radioactivity in one’s area. The government monitors this information, but they always report the information at least one day late.

  3. Also, note it’s very, very hard to get real time reporting of the level of radioactivity in one’s area. The government monitors this information, but they always report the information at least one day late.

    Depending on “one’s area,” some of that info is available here. Granted, some of the information isn’t as real time as one would like.

  4. “I’m not concerned about this issue, but this statement is clearly false”

    We are talking about what Ishikawa is saying, no?

    Watch the video 543 he clearly says it is decreasing at Iitate with the use of the graph. And I have no reason to doubt the graph is fake.


    All this means is that the rate of decrease is now greater than the rate of increase. It does not mean it has stopped. That should be obvious.
    Moreover, it’s been widely reported that radiation is still leaking from the plant.”

    Right and you are not in disagreement with Ishiakawa’

    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,

    I took the second sentence (volatile…)from your post.
    Did you forget writing it?

    And his conclusion, as I wrote, is,

    “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.”

    I think the context is clear enough to mean it stopped if not completely.

    I specified national TV. I asked when was the last time anyone saw this?
    What do we get here then?

    And I am saying you are asking a empty question.
    For instance, what would you expect the national TV to report in a country where it was raining every day in the same way? —nothing because there is nothing new to report.

    this became a minor scandal and now the reports are there

    True.

    I remember that according to Kyodo news, Edano feigned surprise at the existence of such reports.

    I don’t remeber Edano feigned surprise. I remember he ordered to show it to the public.

    1. There is a serious interest in getting this information in Japan.

    If there is interest in getting this information to such an extent that national TV needs to report everyday . Show me the case where any national TV in a country like Taiwan, Germany, etc is reporting this.

    And looking at the archive of monitors in Japan, specifically what do you want national TV to report? and what concerns you?

    That is, all these links are to the *same* Japanese site, trying to offer an interpretation of what foreign sources are reporting.

    I don’t think they are trying to interpret:they are just copying the animated maps from JMA and other countries.

    Other countries are using various color. Is that what you want ?

    Where are the Japanese sites performing similar modeling and then putting it into an easy to follow graphical interface?

    Do you mean like this?

    http://atmc.jp/

    (just scrawl down)

    And for other information, loot at the top of the page.

    I find this site useful and easy to understand.

    http://microsievert.net/

    People in Japan should at minimal be frustrated with this situation.

    Some Japanese people might be frustrated, I am not.I am curious why you are frustrated with this situation.

    Note the chart does not reflect the actual observation of radioactive substances. The calculations are based on the hypothetical
    condition by the International Atomic Energy Agency and therefore ”
    この結果は国内の対策には参考になりません。”
    http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/kokusai/eer_list.html

    Specifically what do you want to use it for?

    But here it is being defended. Why, I have no idea.

    What is being defended here?

    note it’s very, very hard to get real time reporting of the level of radioactivity in one’s area.

    I am not sure where you live in Japan, but I have no idea what’s worrying you.

    If you want the accuracy, radiation level differs depending on the the hight of measurement from the ground, whether you are indoor or not etc.If you are concerned that much, I suggest you to buy the Geiger counter.

    The government monitors this information, but they always report the information at least one day late

    Google Maps link

    They shows today’s monitor.
    for instance

    【神奈川県横須賀市】横須賀地区周辺・環境放射線モニタリングポスト・Yokosuka Environmental radiation monitoring post
    Updated Mar 19
    ■数値を見る(check data)■ 神奈川県の提供情報です。付近周辺に多数観測ポイントがあります。

  5. Check out his home page. Now he’s whinging about “internet trolls” “trying to control the debate”, and asking his readers to write in to the Japan Times and support his viewpoint.

    A bloo bloo bloo, Ideto!

  6. Hmm, wonder if he has any “editorial control” over who’s comments get through on the JT?

  7. Hmm apparently he gets a “preview” of the comments before they’re published. Might have some editorial control too. Shame.

  8. “trying to control the debate”?!?!??!

    Give that man the Pot and Kettle Award of the Week!

    But as usual, for someone using the Gish Gallop technique, quantity of bullshit takes priority over quality of data.

    Debunking bullshit claims takes more time, energy, and newspaper space than playing loose with the facts or just making shit up.

    Sure, if he gets 3 debitard letters, and only 2 critical letters are published, he’ll think he’s “won”. But of the few gaijin and Japanese who are aware of debito, the vast majority see him for what he is. An astroturf letter-campaign will only further that image – an irrelevant armchair activist with a small band of loyal followers (some of whom actually live in Japan) who can’t handle rational debate, censor opposing opinions, base their arguments on bad information, seem to be motivated by personal issues, and do nothing to solve the problems they claim to fight in their strange campaign of English-language echo-chamber anti-Japan propaganda.

    Does debito understand the silliness in devoting more of his “effort” to whining about people who are proving him wrong instead of moving on and reporting accurately on human rights issues in Japan?
    If your acitvity as an activist/pundit/whatever becomes more about YOU rather than the issues, it’s the beginning of the end.

    He only hurts himself, and his fans are just helping him drive off the cliff.
    Laughable.

  9. I wasn’t going to bother writing to JT about his latest article, but now I have. I wrote in as the webmaster for Tepido.org, so let’s see if I can get the URL into JT.

  10. How about we just pose a simple question to debito & co?

    What is the difference between a person with a legitimate difference of opinion from yours vs. an “internet troll”?

    Is anyone who thinks differently from you a “troll”?

  11. What, someone can hold a legitimate difference of opinion from him? Surely that’s impossible?

  12. Rereading Nikkan gedani Debito cited, I am sure it is not bashing NJ.

    http://www.debito.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Nikkan_Gendai.13Apr11-601×1024.jpg

    大新聞が書かない福島原発の破滅的真相

    Devastating truth Major newspapers don’t write about.

    外国人はみんな日本から逃げた

    All the foreigners fled.

    それは何を意味するのが軽々しく考えない方がいい。

    It is better not to take its significance lightly.

    Basically it is fueling fear.
    Since the foreigners are pessimistic why should not the Japanese be pessimistic? —we should be more pessimistic about the effect of nuclear accident.

    That is the point. Read the content.
    Many foreigners left. The sensational foreign media and their proficiency partially explain it. But that is not all. Some embassies advised to leave Kanto, considering the worst scenario. Why only Japanese are optimistic?

    The content makes it clear from the start that not every foreigners left. The rhetoric is to draw attention how serious the situations of nuclear plants are.

  13. {sent to the managing editor of the Japan Times}

    [RESPONSE REQUESTED-->] What’s your journalism ethics policy regarding Debito Arudou’s behavior here:

    http://www.debito.org/?p=8894

    Debito seems to be attempting to “stuff the ballot box”, so to speak. He is attempting to manufacture positive feedback in order to counteract negative feedback which arose organically.

    Much like an author writing a review for his own book or a chef rating his own restaurant, I believe this behavior is unethical for a newspaper.

    Does Japan Times permit this sort of digital “Astroturfing?” If it does, you should include a disclaimer mentioning that the positive feedback for Debito’s column was artificially solicited from his fans. To my knowledge, there is no organized letter write-in campaign to criticize Debito’s article.

    Ironically, his call for positive feedback may now increase negative feedback as well, as they too have read Debito’s call.

    In this interest of Journalistic integrity, it’d probably be best for Japan Times to not accept any community feedback, positive or negative, dated after May 8, 2011, and state the reason for doing so (astroturfing).

    If Japan Times does not print this disclaimer and allows the debito.org group to manufacture praise for Japan Times columnists, I think it should be the duty of other newspapers in Japan to call out Japan Times editorial behavior.

    [RESPONSE REQUESTED->] Debito Arudou, by the looks of his blog post, seems to have insight into what goes into the community feedback. What powers and/or influence does he or any other JT columnist have regarding the censorship and selection of reader feedback?

  14. Thanks for that, Eido. Please keep us posted with their reply.

    I just read Ideto’s call to pitchforks again and couldn’t help but roll my eyes hugely again. He calls people who disagree with him “bashers”, as in “Ideto-bashing”, but he goes into full-on rant mode when he reads the phrase “Japan-bashing”.

    NO YOU SEE, THEY DEFLECT ACTUAL PRODUCTIVE CRITICISM BY LABELLING IT BASHING, WE CAN’T LET THEM GET AWAY WITH THAT by the way anyone who disagrees with my opinion here is a “basher”


  15. Internet bullies are writing in and once again trying to reassert their control over the debate.”

    I don’ know whether and how many people were writing in Japan Times, but Debito controls the debate on his blog. So he admits he and the posters on Debito blog are an internet bullies, no?

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

    一応これについて記録を残しておきますと。

    毎日の放射線量が知りたい人は、現在NHKテレビの夕方6時50分頃の天気予報の前に、関東地方各地の放射線量の数値を発表しているので、参考にされてはどうだろうか。

    http://3050bill.seesaa.net/article/195819746.html

    なお、これは、2011年04月14日付けの投稿なので、現在はどうかわかりません。お知りになりたければ、どうかチェックしてみてください。

    http://www.news24.jp/articles/2011/04/06/07180224.html

    都内5か所の街頭ビジョンで放射線量を放映
    ブックマーク
     6日から東京都内の街頭ビジョンで、都内の大気中の放射線量の測定結果が放映されている。

     これは東京都が渋谷や新宿など都内5か所の街頭ビジョンで始めたもので、都の調査と文科省、民間の観測データも合わせ都内7か所の大気中の放射線量と健康への影響について放映している。

     東京都は放射線量について、すでに都のホームページで公表しているが、依然、都民からの問い合わせが多く、街頭ビジョンを活用したという。

    民間の観測データとあわせて、というところに注目しましょう。

    私はテレビをみないのでわかりませんが、全国新聞では、変わったことがあると、報道しております。

    ごく最近ーー本日付ーーーのものでは、

    大気の放射線量、4県で平常値超え続く

    2011年5月9日19時34分
    http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0509/TKY201105090383.html

    各地で観測された大気中の放射線量
     文部科学省は9日、大気の放射線量の調査結果を発表した。各地でわずかな増減が続き、宮城、福島、茨城、千葉の4県で依然、平常値を上回っている。

     福島第一原発から北西約30キロ地点では浪江町赤宇木で毎時20.1マイクロシーベルト(前日は19.3)と上がり、飯舘村長泥で15.3マイクロシーベルト(同15.9)、浪江町下津島で10.7マイクロシーベルト(同10.8)と下がった。

    http://fileman.blog94.fc2.com/blog-entry-1130.html
    この方のブログを利用させていただくと、過去でも

    大気中の放射線量、減少傾向続く 文部科学省

    文部科学省が4日に公表した大気中の放射線の測定結果によると、東北や関東の一部で放射線量が平常値を超えている。ただ、いずれも健康被害につながる水準より少なく減少傾向が続いている。一方、同省は東京電力福島第1原子力発電所周辺の大気中の累積放射線量も発表。原発から約30キロメートル離れた福島県浪江町の測定地点では3月下旬から3日までの累積が10.340ミリシーベルトに達した。

    文科省によると、4日午後4~5時時点で最も数値が高かったのは水戸市の毎時0.169マイクロ(マイクロは1000分の1ミリ)シーベルトで、同市の平常値の約4倍だった。

    福島県が文科省とは別に同原発から20キロメートル以上離れた12地点で測定したところ、午後8時時点での最高値は飯舘村の毎時6.00マイクロシーベルト。福島市は同2.21マイクロシーベルトで、同県でも減少傾向が続いている。

    文科省は同原発周辺地域の累積放射線量も発表。原発から約30キロメートル離れた浪江町の1地点が3月23日~4月3日の約11日間で10.340ミリシーベルトと最高値だった。浪江町の別の3地点と飯舘村の1地点が2.110~6.110ミリシーベルトで続いた。

    一般の人が浴びる放射線量の基準値は、自然の放射線や医療用X線などを除き年間1ミリシーベルト。実際に健康被害が生じるのは一度に浴びた場合でも100ミリシーベルト以上とされる。同省は浪江町などの累積放射線量は「屋内にいる時間も考慮すればただちに健康影響がでるレベルではない」としている。

    日本経済新聞 2011/4/5 0:23
    放射性物質:大気中放射線量 7都県で通常値超える

    文部科学省は9日、先月23日から8日までの累積放射線量が、福島第1原発から北西約30キロの福島県浪江町の国道399号沿いで13.4ミリシーベルト、北西約32キロの飯舘村で7.838ミリシーベルトになったと発表した。

    都道府県に設置する自動観測局は9日午後2時現在の1時間当たりの大気中放射線量が福島県で2.2マイクロシーベルトを検出したほか、午後5時現在6都県で通常値を超えた。

    原発から20~60キロ離れた福島県内47カ所の屋外で9日実施したモニタリングカーの調査では、1時間当たりの大気中放射線量は最大47.5マイクロシーベルトだった。

    8日採取の水道水1キログラム当たりでは、千葉県を除く関東6都県と新潟県で放射性ヨウ素0.53~4.8ベクレル、東京、埼玉、栃木の3都県で放射性セシウム0.48~4.0ベクレルを検出した。

    文科省は9日、累積放射線量について、これまで相馬市の数値として発表していたものは、南相馬市の数値だったと訂正した。また、大気中の環境放射線量水準調査結果の群馬、山梨、高知の3県の過去の通常値を訂正した。【和田武士】

    毎日新聞 2011年4月9日 23時12分

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  17. “If Japan Times does not print this disclaimer and allows the debito.org group to manufacture praise for Japan Times columnists, I think it should be the duty of other newspapers in Japan to call out Japan Times editorial behavior.”

    The practice of “Astroturfing” is similar to the problems of self-selected or “opt-in” responses to internet polls. Neither accurately reflects what the population might be thinking on an issue because the sample already exhibits a biased interest in the subject matter. And if the population doesn’t really care what the article argues without being encouraged to say something that speaks volumes to its overall importance on a political level.

    It’s interesting that Debito is now seeking to stack the deck in the name of “balance.” The practice is highly questionable at the very least, and probably unethical.

    I look forward to reading the reply from the Japan Times’ managing editor, but I suspect there won’t be one. Get ready to contact the Daily Yomiuri/Yomiuri, Nikkei, Asahi, Mainichi, and Sankei if that’s the case — one or more of their journalists might want to write a story about it.

  18. Meh. The best way to get Mr. Arimichi off Japan Times is to *not* click on links to his articles and *not* write letters-to-the-editor in regards to his articles. At the same time, spend time viewing the other columnists, and occasionally write thoughtful letters in response to those writers.

    When Japan Times sees a disproportionally low number of hits to Mr. Arimichi’s column, they’ll dump him. But so long as you guys keeping raising a stink, Japan Times gets numbers it can show to paying advertisers, which is all they’re really worried about.

    (And if you *really* want to read his verbal discharge, I’m pretty certain he posts it on his blog, thereby conveniently allowing you to self-flagellate without tipping off Japan Times.)

  19. @tmh

    I agree, but still shoot the JT an email letting them know that you are doing so and why.

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