ICJS Lecture Seriese: "Japanese Only" by Arudou Debito

March 10, 2005, Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 206 (access)
This lecture is free and open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required: seating is on a first come, first served basis.

"Japanese Only" signs, excluding people who "look foreign", are proliferating nationwide--thanks to fear and opportunism arising from Japan's inevitable internationalization.

Naturalized Japanese citizen ARUDOU Debito, formerly Dave Aldwinckle, offers this first-person narrative account of his experiences dealing with exclusionary onsen bathhouses in Otaru City, Hokkaido, Japan.

As the case transforms from an international issue into a domestic policy push, Arudou charts the obstacles--interpersonal, ideological, journalistic, governmental, and judicial--which he and his friends encounter in their quest for justice and equal protection of the law.

For more information about Arudou, and the focus of his activism, see http://www.debito.org/japaneseonly.html

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