UPDATE: It turned out to be 初 .
BTW, is that a dwarfist cartoon? Let’s run down the list:
11. A link to his character assassination of Marutei Tsurunen.
10. and 9. Two deaths of people connected to Japan, but hardly current human rights issues-related. Note, if you replace these two with Donald Keene not being dead, you get a nice round ten – I wonder if his editor had a word with him?
8. and 7. Another two links to past JBCs.
6. I’d call it conceit rather than xenophobia, but who is this Hidehiko Nishiyama? The New York Times article he references (why no hyperlink to a sister paper?) does indeed call him deputy director at the environment ministry, but Google tells me he (or someone with the same name) is an ex-“successful career bureaucrat at the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry” who was ex-ed in 2011 for allegedly shagging a underling. Looking at Japanese Wikipedia, he was at that point “環境省水・大気環境局福島除染推進チーム次長”, which seems to me to be deputy team leader, not as implied second-in-command of the whole of the environment ministry.
5. More references to his own articles, but no links though. However, I take exception to this:
fiddling with definitions of “domestic violence” to include acts that don’t involve physical contact
I think most people agree that domestic violence need not be physical – Wikipedia says:
Domestic violence and abuse is not limited to obvious physical violence. Domestic violence can also mean endangerment, criminal coercion, kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, trespassing, harassment, and stalking.
4. Yet more links and references.
3. He gets the Miki Dezaki story all wrong. Mr Dezaki published his video after his tenure with JET finished, and in an interview he does not associate going to a Buddhist retreat with the abuse he suffered.
2. More self-references! Furthermore, I think he gets the “ethnic nationalist” label wrong – that is the bad kind of nationalist; it is civic nationalism that is soft and cuddly. Interestingly, in a recent article Eido Inoue states that it is actually the left in Japan who are ethnicaly nationalist, so perhaps Mr Arudou got confused?
1. No links to his own articles, so it must be an important point! I am of the suspicion that the new Secrets law is not particularly better or worse than the UK’s Official Secrets Act, for instance, and I await someone to do a reasoned comparative review of the Japanese statute. Mr Arudou also says:
Moreover, this law expands “conspiracy” beyond act and into thought.
Whatever next, people calling for a law to expand “racism” beyond act and into thought? Oh, and isn’t a conspiracy by definition a thought? I will note, however, that US federal and some state laws require an act as well for prosecution.