A Korean apologist speaks!

Looking at the annual "Gaijin (or whatever the Korean for it is), slag off the Japanese, win a cash prize" competition, I happened to notice in the sidebar an article entitled "‘Koreans are not racist’", but I hope I don’t sound like the apologising interviewee… It features some interesting comments like:

Koreans can be close-minded to issues of race and culture, but they know it and they want to learn

Racism is usually based on hate — Korea is nothing like that

Japan doesn’t count, obviously. :roll:

However, the comment I found the most interesting was this:

Despite his work with multicultural schools such as the Amerasian Christian Academy in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province, Yang believes segregated education is not a long-term solution.

What? Are Korean "multicultural" schools different from what we know in Japan as international schools? Indeed, looking at the Amerasian Christian Academy’s enrollment page it says:

Students wanting to enroll at ACA must be an international student (one or both parents must be a foreigner).

Is this common in Korea? Do such restrictions exist in Japan? I thought they welcomed anyone with a fat-enough wallet?

Anyway, I think English-language speakers in Korea are really lucky to have such a source of balanced views on Japan, and such wonderful photo montages. :headdesk:

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  1. Students wanting to enroll at ACA must be an international student (one or both parents must be a foreigner).

    Do such restrictions exist in Japan? I thought they welcomed anyone with a fat enough wallet?

    On paper (websites) those restrictions exist in Japan. However, as you say, 地獄の沙汰はお金しだい。

  2. Hell’s Bells!

    As described in our photo essay on the front page of the weekend edition, Noda reminds Koreans of Imperial Army Gen. Hideki Tojo, who led Japan in the Pacific War during World War II. By extension, Noda may be comparable to Adolf Hitler, leader of Nazi Germany.

    Is there some kind of Godwin milk formula given to babies over there?

  3. Speaking for the one our kid goes to, priority for open slots goes to kids with one or more foreign parent, or who have grown up overseas, then full Japanese kids whose parents are likely to be transferred overseas, then everyone else. When we started there, roughly 25-35% of the kids had two Japanese parents.

    After 3/11, though, there were slots available for anyone who wanted to enroll (don’t try to tell me that ‘flyjin’ was a Japanese fabrication; a good quarter of the families took off after the quake, and the school had to replace about a third of their teachers, many of whom didn’t even wait for the end of the school year). Now the numbers for new enrollments are near the pre-quake level.

  4. Ken, you don’t sound like the Korean apologist at all. “Segregated education is not a long-term solution”: since when was it a short-term solution? That article is genuine apologism: Debito’s mindless-insult-flinging minions ought to read it for calibration.

    There was a survey cited of all places on debito.org about who you would not want as a neighbour. While Japan was in the “someone of a different race” second tier 10-15%, along with large parts of Western Europe (UK, US, were 5-10%) Korea was a regional standout at 40%.

    I get his desire for Korea to be acknowledged its improvements, but “not racist”? As far as its meaningful for a society to be described like that, that’s a real stretch.

  5. On the reverse side of things, MoFA sponsors “Japanese supplementary schools” throughout America (and probably other places in the world) — subsidized by Japanese taxpayers so the children of Japanese families assigned mid to long-term overseas won’t fall behind in Japanese or mathematics (they are Saturday morning schools, and only teach two helpings of 国語 and 数学 with MEXT approved textbooks) when they eventually return.

    One curious thing about the admission policies of many of the schools:

    they accept students of any race or nationality, but they have to speak Japanese natively.

    I guess this is to keep the parents out the want their kids to learn JFL (Japanese as a foreign language).

    There’s Japan and that discriminatory “Japanese Only” language discrimination again! And they’re not even in Japan!

    Debito.org should list every single one of those schools in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Rogues Gallery! :cool:


  6. FightBack has outdone himself this month.
    I’m Impressed.

  7. I was just thinking the exact same thing!

  8. Good lord, that’s so beautiful I just had to upvote it.

    I picture Deb as Don Corleone, sitting in a darkened room with a cat on his lap, waiting for someone to come kiss his ring.

  9. Fightback could be Debs pseudonym. Who better to have as your resident enforcer/cheerleader?

  10. @Greg: No, he’s not.

  11. @Ken Y-N: Like you aren’t really Gen Mainwairing. :lol: :roll: :facepalm:

    It really doesn’t look good for a “journalist” to post unsupported claims. Even on JT.

  12. @chuckers: Captain, Captain – I’ve he’s not had a promotion.

  13. It really doesn’t look good for a journalist to appear to be seriously and gratuitously violating his own newspaper’s privacy policy. I assume he was just guessing, but it looks to innocent passers-by like the Japan Times can’t be trusted with personal data, especially when it comes to critics of the paper. Quite what made him think it’s OK for an employee of the newspaper to behave like that I just don’t know. I mean, he went to J-school and everything.

  14. @VK:

    >I mean, he went to J-school and everything.

    Yes, but has he been in any wars?!

  15. @Sixth Sense:

    Maybe CJ is a pseudonym of Ben Stubbings. Does anyone know if Stubbings can manage a sustained Australian accent?.

  16. With apologies to Mario Puzo, and posted here in case JT rejects it.

    Don Debito: We have known each other many years, but this is the first time you’ve come to me for counsel or for help. I can’t remember the last time you invited me to your house for a cup of tea. But let’s be frank here. You never wanted my friendship. And you feared to be in my debt.

    Tsurunera: I didn’t want to get into trouble.

    Don Debito: I understand. You found paradise in Japan. You had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. So you didn’t need a friend like me. Now you come and say “Don Debito, give me advice.” But you don’t ask with respect. You don’t offer friendship. You don’t even think to call me “Godfather.”

    Tsurunera: I ask you for advice.

    Don Debito: There is no advice to give. Your campaign is over.

    Tsurunera: Let them suffer then, as I suffer.

    Don Debito: Tsurunera, Tsurunera, what have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you’d come to me in friendship, this scum who ruined your campaign would be suffering this very day. And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you.

    Tsurunera: Be my friend… Godfather.

    [the Don at first shrugs, but upon hearing the title he lifts his hand, and a humbled Tsuranera kisses the ring on it]

    Don Debito: Good.

    [He places his hand around Tsuranera in a paternal gesture]

    Don Debito: Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, consider this advice a gift.

  17. @sublight: Is someone going to wake up with a dolphin’s head in their bed?

  18. @VK:

    Stubbings is British, not Australian.

    Source: Mainichi Daily News (funny, the Japan Times missed this scoop):

    “Japan Times reporter arrested for attacking bar owner.”

  19. @havill:

    I know he’s British: But can he do Australian? He’ll have grown up on a diet of Neighbours and Home & Away.

    And then there’s the drink problem you just linked to. The connections with the finest journalist Japan has to offer get thicker still.

    Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen Ben Stubbings and Debito Arudou in the same room together?

    Oh yes. Yes they have…

  20. Actually I have no idea if they have. Eido says on twitter there’s a FRANCA connection.

  21. @VK:

    To be fair, as FRANCA was basically been in a semi coma since birth, almost everybody who has a connection (including yours truly) has a really loose, distant connection.

    “Oh yeah, I think I put my name on something or clicked Like years ago.”

  22. @sublight:


  23. Whoops. I just noticed that havill references using “like” in the post immediately above mine.

    sublight, I wasn’t being sarcastic. That was great.

  24. Credit where it’s due: I just took the quote from imdb.com and replaced names and a couple of key words, it’s Deb and Fight Back who make the comedy.

  25. Fight Back just gets better and better. Would love to see him meet the Dolphins character; think they’d get on really well.

    Also, looks like my monthly schadenfreude will come to an end http://www.japantimes.co.jp/2013/08/07/press-release/new-pricing-plans-for-the-japan-times-international-new-york-times/#.UgM1LxaoWXv
    I think paying to watch a car crash is a little too far even for me.
    Can’t believe this will work well for them.

  26. @Impressed:

    Surely we can just C&P JBC and say courtesy of the Japan Times without breaking any copyright rules, can’t we? Isn’t that how it works?

  27. @VK: No, no, copy’n’pasting of the JT is forbidden because they pay Mr Arudou’s wages. :roll:

  28. @Impressed: Oooh, they are going the NY Times way, 5 or 20 free views per month. I wonder if Mr Arudou will change his policy of not copy’n’pasting the JT?

    I could understand the move for the New York Times with a large reporting staff, but the JT news is mostly wire services or thinly-disguised opinion pieces.

  29. The Chrysanthemum Sniffer

    So the JT goes from being the “world’s window on Japan” to being its peepshow.

  30. @The Chrysanthemum Sniffer: What a boon for Japan Today.

  31. @Greg: Indeed! They already have the benefit of almost no personnel overhead – just a few moderators and one person watching the TV news and writing a story based on what they think they heard. :roll:

  32. @Ken Y-N: What? There’s a moderator? I thought they just had a profanity filter and anything else goes.

  33. Apropos of nothing, really:

    Came across an interesting map of countries that are most welcoming to foreigners. Japan colours fairly high on the more welcoming end whereas Korea is on the “sod off” end of the spectrum.


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