Hmm, what can we do here?
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what’s all this then?
Wot? No smilies?
And here I was thinking the terrorists had won.
The sometimes poster ‘Unimpressed’ on what was formerly known as tepid.org at your service.
It’s great to see that my suggestions for a site rebranding and a lesser (I hope) focus on a certain other blogger being implemented here. This is exactly what I wanted to see. Thanks.
To VK: See? You see? This is all I was asking for. And now we got it.
FIRST POAST!!!11!!1one!!!1!!!exclamation mark
Just wanted to be a piece of history.
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Just a quick note – yes, I will be updating with all the smilies and doo-das from Tepdio.
Unimpressed: I’m impressed by your comment! Let’s see how this place develops; in my soon-to-be-posted manifesto I’ll be outlining the ground rules, and one of them will be “no links to debito.org”!
I have my first real post all ready to go too, so just wait until I finish all my housework!
O hai guise what’s going on in h
They are back!
Huh huh, huh, your web address sounds like jism.
This is definitely a change for the better.
Aww… I liked the other theme with the pretty photos and such — completely different from Tepido.
But the smilies are back!
I’m so conflicted.
Glad to see this grow, though. The NJ community needs a leader and an activist to carry the torch and bring forward, to the masses, the message that: Uh, we’re doing okay, actually. Thanks.
“NJ community needs a leader and an activist”
ummm..not really… I know it’s not on purpose, but such phrases make me think of those people of decreasing relevance who join together proudly under the “Let’s ghetto-ize ourselves!” banner while disingenuously whining “I don’t have any Japanese friends”.
I’m a gaijin, and I don’t feel any void in my life that needs to be filled by a “leader” and I doubt Ken is aiming at that either.
Irony is lost in the writing, I guess.
In addition, I think Ken should write a groundbreaking yet whimsical book about a foreigner’s perspective on Japan. And we should form a band.
Dammit, you fooled me!
I think Ken should draw up an informative guide on the few remaining foods that are safe to eat in Japan. Gotta inform the FOTB noobs and any tourists foolish enough to come here and support the racist system as to how we avoid radiation poisoning!
Nah, they deserve to die anyway. Sheep.
@iago: The pretty photos would clog up all of my wee screen on my netbook, so they had to go!
I guess we’ll just have to imagine the green tea and onsens then…
Not sure what you were planning to cover on the new site, but going over the details of the new immigration policies might be worth a post or two.
I’ve been too busy to read through the manual that was sent to my place the other day, but it would be interesting to clear up some of the confusion.
@George: I’m still not sure either… But, it might be useful to look at these sorts of things too without all the bile.
Talking of that, did people read 仮住民票 as “fake juminhyo” or “draft juminhyo”, and do you expect to get a non-仮 one once the system starts next month.
I visited the city hall to update my visa the day after those draft juminhyos were sent out. The woman at the counter made it very clear that the purpose of the document was for me to verify that the information was correct.
In my case, since I had just renewed my visa, she told me that the draft would not reflect the change, and that when the *real* juminhyou was sent out in July that my status would be up-to-date.
And sorry, by update my visa, I mean update the visa status on my 外国人登録証明書.
@[No longer] Unimpressed:
I’m glad you like the change. I hope you feel able to contribute from hereon in.
>did people read 仮住民票 as “fake juminhyo” or “draft juminhyo”, and do you expect to get a non-仮 one once the system starts next month.
My take is that it is “仮” because it has not been officially issued yet, but this is what it will look like when it is.
I doubt the non-“仮” version will be posted to everyone once it becomes official in July, but if you go downtown and ask for your juminhyou, that is what you will get.
Instead, she made two detectives in plain clothes on a Saturday afternoon drive across Tokyo (perhaps an hour by car) from Setagaya ward to Odaiba in Tokyo Bay to protect her from an alleged stalker. Moments after the tournament’s awards ceremony on center court, the detectives intimidated and harassed an accredited photographer in front of translators, event organizers and journalists on deadline. Using hostile and threatening language, they demanded the journalist “confess” to various crimes. They showed no evidence to support their accusations, and they did not ask for this reporter’s ID. They would also not allow me to call a lawyer, consular officer or my Japanese partner of the past 8 years. I saw their badges and wrote down their names, which my partner and I later reported to police.
The detectives, who didn’t speak English, said Stucky has been coming to their station in west Tokyo for two years to file complaints about me. I told them that the situation was in reverse, and that my family and I had been victims of harassment for two years by Adelstein and others. The detectives said they would not arrest or even question Stucky on allegations of stalking, harassment and obstruction of justice, including attempts to fabricate evidence and mislead and misuse police officers. Over the next days, police continued to bother this reporter and his longtime Japanese partner at home, including a phone call at 9 am on a Sunday morning.
It was the latest incident in a two-year harassment campaign involving Adelstein, Stucky and others.
While I was outside of Japan for most of 2012, Tokyo police repeatedly called my Japanese partner, disturbing her work and personal life and bothering her on the day our dog died. They sent her a notification in writing about Stucky’s claims that I was somehow “stalking” her, though I had been out of the country for months and had not contacted her in any way. (I did not find out about this until much later, because my partner wanted to protect me from their abuse.)
More than a year later, Stucky tweeted on May 8 this year about meeting Google mid-level manager Eido Inoue (nee Adrian Havill from Langley, Virginia), at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. At that time, Inoue and Adelstein were continuing their campaign to harass and discredit this reporter. Their photo was clearly aimed in my direction to intimidate me. Stucky referred to me as a “cockroach”, and said she would go to “pest control” — in other words, the police.
I have no idea what’s been happening in Stucky’s personal life since she emailed me in March 2012, telling me I should get out of Japan immediately. Frightened by her letters and a harassment campaign involving many others, I did leave Japan, and spent most of 2012 in Canada and Europe. I suspect that Adelstein and Stucky are trying to hound me out of Japan again.
Adelstein, after sending several vicious letters threatening me and my family, last week demanded I “cease and desist” from any potential response to his repeated threats over the past two years. In a bizarre act of twisted logic, Adelstein said any reply to his mails would “therefore” prove his charges and serve as an “admission of guilt”. He said he wanted to involve my Japanese partner and family members in the US and Canada. He demanded to know our home address in Tokyo, which would put us at risk of retribution from Adelstein, Stucky or their driver, a convicted criminal with underworld connections.
The threats and actions of Stucky and Adelstein have done considerable harm to my Japanese partner, a popular musician with no interest in the English-language media scene in Japan. We have sought consular assistance and protection from criminals. An official at Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised me to consider leaving Japan immediately. But I’m also afraid of leaving my Japanese partner alone in a vulnerable position. We’re seriously concerned that Adelstein, given his wild claims about his underworld connections, will harm us.
Adelstein has a long history of violent conduct, dubious claims and seeking legal action against perceived threats. Adelstein told BoingBoing in 2010 that he used a golf club to break a man’s knee in a real estate office in Tokyo in April 2008. (http://boingboing.net/2010/03/09/meet-jake-adelstein.html) He tried to sue an award-winning National Geographic TV director in a Washington, DC area court in 2011, and his friends wrote articles about the director. Adelstein’s 23-page court filing contains several dubious claims, without verifiable evidence, that the director’s alleged actions could have resulted in Japanese gangsters murdering TV crew members and their families. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2011/05/06/Yakuza.pdf)
The New Yorker magazine assigned China-based writer Peter Hessler to write a feature about his former high school classmate Adelstein. Hessler reported that Adelstein’s father, a pathologist at a Missouri hospital, asked a major US network and the FBI to investigate a nurse for allegedly killing 42 patients — which would have been the worst serial killing in US history. Though found not guilty in court, the nurse moved to another state to begin a new life away from an accuser who smeared the nurse’s name and career reputation. It’s not known who, if anybody, killed 42 patients at the hospital, or why Dr. Adelstein targeted the nurse.
Adelstein claims to be an expert on Japan’s underworld and hentai sex industry. He claims he works with the US-based Polaris Project to investigate trafficking of minors in the sex industry. He has employed a number of attractive young women as his assistants in Tokyo, including Michiel Brandt, an American who moved to Japan at age 22 and died last year at age 30. In his controversial book Tokyo Vice, Adelstein claimed that his lover, a foreign-born prostitute, was murdered in Tokyo. (No other publication reported her murder.) Adelstein also claimed for three years that he was dying of liver cancer and undergoing treatments to stay alive. He has claimed since 2005 that alleged gang boss Tadamasa Goto has been threatening to kill him. Adelstein has often told reporters that Kitazawa police go to his home for “daily checks” to protect him from gangsters. Kitazawa police have told this reporter that Adelstein’s claims are not true.
I have reason to believe that Adelstein has ordered or advised Stucky to use Kitazawa police to intimidate me. It’s hard to imagine Stucky acting on her own, without Adelstein’s knowledge or involvement.
Stucky and Adelstein are both members of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. For almost two years, FCCJ’s elected executives did not reply to requests seeking comment about the actions of Adelstein and Stucky. Instead of replying directly, George Baumgartner, FCCJ president at that time, forwarded to Adelstein letters addressed to Baumgartner, and he told Adelstein that he would not do anything because, in his view, it had nothing to do with the club. Adelstein then sent the letters back to this reporter. Baumgartner apparently took no disciplinary action involving his Swiss compatriot Stucky, who he allowed to join the club despite dubious credentials and no media experience in Japan at that time.
Newly-elected FCCJ leaders have also tried to avoid taking actions regarding the behavior of Adelstein and Stucky, who has used the club as her official work address and as a platform to try to legitimize herself as a professional “journalist”. FCCJ member Michael Penn, an American academic who founded the Shingetsu News agency in Japan, says he employed Stucky “for about a week” before realizing that she lacked formal training, credentials and ability to do the journalism worked he required for his clients, which include Iranian state TV. Earlier this year, Penn appointed Stucky to the FCCJ’s press freedom committee, which he oversees. He said he was trying to help her because the FCCJ lacks youthful, enthusiastic female members, and he did not realize she was involved in a dispute concerning plagiarism, defamation, blackmail and other charges. He said he spoke with Stucky about allegations involving her, and he decided to allow her to stay on the committee.
Penn said he discussed the matter with FCCJ president Lucy Birmingham, who has worked for years with Schaufele at NHK. Penn said that he and Birmingham agreed they would take no disciplinary action against Stucky, Adelstein or others. Penn said that he believes people are innocent until proven guilty, and he wouldn’t take disciplinary action until guilt is proven in court. He said the club can only deal with actions initiated by fellow club members, not outsiders, even if they are veteran professional journalists. He urged this reporter to take police and court action against Stucky and Adelstein, and said he would comply with any court decision, such as a restraining order barring Adelstein and Stucky from press conferences at the club. He said he should not have to accept any responsibility for the actions of Stucky, though he did in fact appoint her to a press freedom sub-committee, which she chairs. He said that the club has a number of “dysfunctional” members with various issues, and he’s trying his best to build up the club’s reputation and take action to protect journalists in Japan from abuses.
Birmingham did not reply for weeks to messages left for her at the FCCJ reception. Birmingham, Penn, Baumgartner and others have been involved in a number of legal issues, including a case, filed at Tokyo District Court on August 24, 2012, regarding former FCCJ employees who lost their jobs. A number of past FCCJ presidents, including Karel van Wolferen, Anthony Rowley, and Gregory Clark, have been involved in a dispute with FCCJ board members.
(http://fccj-needs-reform.com/) and (https://www.facebook.com/SosFccj#_=_.)
Birmingham and I enjoyed pleasant relations when we worked with a team of Japanese radio journalists at NHK in 2007. Birmingham, like many other FCCJ members, seemingly has no experience working full-time in a newsroom outside of Japan. After graduating in 1978 from George Washington University in Washington, DC, she found work in Kyoto in 1980 as a hostess and English teacher for two years, according to a story about her in the FCCJ magazine. After travels around Asia, became a freelance photographer for Gamma Presse through FCCJ member Kaku Kurita. She married a wealthy Japanese executive with a Harvard MBA, changed her name to Lucy Fujii, and gained work with NHK and Metropolis magazine. Her work in the past few years has appeared in Bloomberg, TIME magazine, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and various art publications, as well as with corporate clients including VISA and Kanebo. She authored Strong in the Rain, along with NHK co-worker David McNeill, an Irish-born university professor and freelance writer in Tokyo. Birmingham has been an FCCJ member since the 1980s, and she once asked the club to suspend a member for allegedly harassing her in the club library, according to several club members.
Answering the phone at the FCCJ in late October, Birmingham said at first that she did not know about this case, and then later admitted that she had indeed discussed it with Penn. She then repeatedly demanded to know “who are you taking legal action against.” Before hearing a comprehensive answer, she got angry and hung up the phone. A person who later answered the phone at FCCJ reception said the FCCJ had no person in charge of legal matters. They asked me to try calling Birmingham again at a later date.
It’s not known if Birmingham and Stucky have a working relationship outside the FCCJ. Stucky has claimed she’s associated with a “Mr. Tsuya” at NHK, and she said that everybody at NHK knew about Schaufele’s doctored video. It’s not known if this would include longtime NHK workers Birmingham and McNeill.
Adelstein enjoys close ties with Birmingham and McNeill. McNeill and Adelstein co-wrote articles together. Birmingham has publicly praised Adelstein on social media for his glowing review of her book.
So apparently there’s free booze in the gaijin gulag, but wireless too?
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