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TUJ Lecture Series: New World Law & Order

Recent political protests worldwide highlight the seemingly endless struggle between government interests in preventing crime, maintaining public order and protecting national security balanced against negatively impacting individual civil liberties and minority communities. Be sure to check out the upcoming Temple University, Japan Campus Lecture Series, New World Law & Order: Profile, Protest, and Social Justice hosted… Keep Reading

White Out

I recently came across this blog discussing racism and privilege in America, in particular, how both played a part in the Trayvon Martin murder and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman. The writer, pictured above, is from the same neighborhood as Martin, has this to say about her blog and about the case: Gone Agape is a… Keep Reading


Will Japan tackle slander on the Internet?

Japan’s Justice Ministry announced that Internet slander cases rose 23% in 2008. I have seen my fair share of “haters” flaming, spamming and spewing their rhetoric on various websites. As I said in my Japan Times interview, “Black Tokyo receives a fair amount of spam and occasional hate mail.” Another thing spread on the Internet are… Keep Reading


Japan's Justice Ministry clears path to same-sex marriage

The Japan Times reports that:  The Justice Ministry plans to clear the path for Japanese nationals overseas to marry same-sex partners who are citizens of countries where such unions are legal, ministry sources said Thursday. The ministry will issue certificates necessary for Japanese citizens to marry foreign citizens overseas, the sources said, adding the decision… Keep Reading

Japan Times Blogroll: Black Tokyo

Black Tokyo by RICARDO BILTON:  Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Eric L. Robinson found himself docking in Okinawa in 1981. For the past two decades, Robinson, a Marine Corps veteran, has traveled back and forth between between Japan and the United States, gaining experiences and insights from each culture that he now shares with the readers of… Keep Reading


Punishing foreigners, exonerating Japanese

THE ZEIT GIST – Debito Arudou sees growing evidence of judicial double standards!  Did you know?: Under the Foreign Registry Law (Article 18) only foreigners can be arrested, fined up to ¥200,000 and incarcerated for up to a year just for not carrying ID 24-7! Examine any justice system and patterns emerge. For example, consider how… Keep Reading

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