Monthly Archives: June 2015

William Pesek: Julia Hamp conspiracy theorist

Much like the speeding driver who whines that police should be spending their time chasing bigger fish, William Pesek in Bloomberg posts a quite awful defense of Toyota’s newest (and soon to be ex-?) board member.

Japanese authorities could have chosen to confiscate the 57 pills sent to Hamp and schooled her on local regulations.

I’m sure if that had happened, we’d instead have complaints about “one law for the rich and well-connected”.

Instead, they decided to make an example of her in ways that could damage corporate Japan’s efforts to attract foreign talent and diversify its boardrooms.

Perhaps “efforts to attract foreign scofflaws” would be more appropriate here.

The coordinated raids smacked of retribution by the police for Toyoda’s standing by a foreigner over local authorities.

:roll:

But it’s safe to say the police wouldn’t even have told the media if a male Japanese Toyota executive were allegedly involved in similar lawbreaking. 

:roll:

Japanese law enforcement has never even attempted to arrest officials at Tokyo Electric Power Company for negligent oversight of nuclear reactors at Fukushima, or managers at Takata for selling the company’s faulty airbags.

:roll: There are ongoing investigations with Takata (I believe) and various cases against TEPCO have not gone anywhere. Does Mr Pesek believe in due process? Or only for people he does like?

filled with insinuating questions: What medical condition does Hamp have that requires pain medication? 

That seems like a perfectly fair question to me; is he reading “Is she a closet junkie?” into it?

Granted, whoever sent the oxycodone did Hamp no favors by appearing to hide it in a jewelry box.

At the time of publishing it had already been revealed that it was her father, and before that the news was saying she had posted it to herself.

Why would other prominent female executives come to Japan if they think a poor personal choice would make them a national scapegoat?

“Scapegoat” seems rather strong, but wouldn’t many countries cover a similar story prominently?

Having said all that, she has achieved sufficient notoriety to be the lead story on this week’s Shukanbunshun.

Well, that went downhill rapidly…

I was going to do two posts today, but I’ve decided to combine them. First up is the Japan Times’ Philip Brasor talking about immigration.

Takenobu, whose specialty is labor issues, explained that almost all the foreigners arrested in Japan are overstayers

Not much of a specialist, then.

The government is afraid of foreign workers settling down permanently because they think Japanese society doesn’t accept them

He links to another quality journalist, Richard Lloyd Parry in The Times (of London) who wrongly describes Ayako Sono as a (current) member of Abe’s education reform panel. I very strongly suspect Mr Brasor is aware of that fact, but chose to misrepresent it as it doesn’t fit in with his narrative.

I was going to go on more, but the Disqus thread has already gone down the drain, bringing me on to my second topic:

I was quite disappointed with the response to my review of the latest Just Be Cause, but I agree with the general feeling of “not the same old dross again!” Debito.org continues to be awful, and commenters get away with any old nonsense – there is the claim of not being racist, which I feel they justify by saying the Government is awful (fair enough), but as the Japanese population has not taken up proverbial arms thus silently assenting to government policies, they are to be pitied, not hated. The complaints about Japan Today being taken over by Japologists is hilarious, and of course some Japanese complain about JT being full of haters.

/r/bitcoin has /r/buttcoin and /r/conspiracy has /r/conspiratard, but sadly there is no /r/debito, and I have long since given up covering Debito.org in detail. There’s definitely a need somewhere for some positive spin (although given record tourist numbers every month recently, perhaps there isn’t really that much of need), but my government brown envelopes are not fat enough to do the necessary, so I suspect Japologism will be taking an extended holiday.

Perhaps I might be back in November for “Visible Minorities and Embedded Racism in Japan”?