I commented elsewhere on the site that I was losing interest in Debito.org, so now I must admit to having the same feelings about his JT column. Someone might have something more interesting to say on it, but for me it is tortured metaphors – check; thesaurus abuse – check; lack of anything positive – check. In a little more detail:
America has a Green Card as a well-known denizen (even uglier word than gaijin!) indicator but I cannot think of an equivalent in the UK. I would guess most Japanese assume we have always had a juminhyo.
If you’re planning on living in Japan indefinitely, I suggest you get your neighbors warmed up to the fact that you as a non-Japanese (let’s at least avoid the dislocated, transient trappings of the generic word “foreigner”) are not merely gaikokujin. And as of 2012, most of you now have a jūminhyō (residency certificate) to prove it.
If people are planning on staying long-term, I’d certainly hope they would have advanced from talking in English to the neighbours. So, we should call ourselves 非日本人?
Then spread the word through the grass roots, such as they are. Upgrade your status and mollify the binary.
Are we supposed to carry our juminhyo and wave it at people at the least provocation? And WTF is "mollify the binary"?