Slag off Zainichi, get blackballed by Osaka TV stations?

As I have a Google Alert set up to catch any mention of foreigners in Japanese news, I caught this interesting gossip article entitled 在日外国人批判で大阪のTV干された? フィフィ「言い残すことも未練も無い」意味深発言. Fifi is apparently an Egyptian woman, and her Wikipedia page has more gory details of a Twitter flame war she seems to have got involved in.

Interestingly, her stance is that she too is a Zainichi Gaikokujin, and there seems to be something to do with her criticising the Korean Zainichi and their social security and preferential treatment for the North Korean schools compared to other foreigner schools. The Koreans she was arguing with tried to pull rank and say they were a minority, while she was just an immigrant.

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  1. So what they’re saying is that they’re denizens and she is more of a FOB, correct?

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  2. @havill: Heh, I was thinking about that and whether I should weave it into the article.

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  3. I wonder how much the rent is on her apartment, that might be a good indicator.

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  4. She’s got a Wikipedia page! That must make her a notable person. Not everyone can get one of those, you know.

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  5. The comments the Japs left on that page are priceless.

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  6. Johnny, could you please not use that term, it’s offensive. Thank you.

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  7. @Andrew in Ezo:

    Are you referring to the word ‘priceless’? Okay fair enough, I won’t use Japs, I’ll use Jappos from here on.

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  8. @Johnny:

    Stay classy.

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  9. @Ketsuro Ou: That assumes that Johnny was classy in the first place. :lol:

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  10. @iago:

    Speaking of fame.
    I tried using the Akinator with some (in)famous gaijin in mind. Although some questions can be eerily close, Akinator kept getting it wrong no matter how many times I let it continue. Just an endless string of foreign singers I’ve never heard of or the message that calls you a faker clicking random buttons.

    It must be broken.

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  11. At the risk of sounding ignurrnt, I was under the assumption that the chief difference between zainichi Koreans and me is the fact that most of them were born here, and I wasn’t. Am I missing something?

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  12. Look up 特別永住権 for a more detailed explanation, but in short, from ‘annexation’ to the end of the war, Koreans were subjects of the Japanese empire, with all the obligations, but a few of the rights that entailed.

    Once Korea had independence, Koreans were no longer Japanese citizens, and were given opportunities to repatriate, or stay under the Special Permanent Resident category.

    Regarding this issue, despite support for Fifi on 2ch, many commenters point out that her 15mins were just up, and that she shouldn’t have assumed she could cash it in forever.

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  13. @The 2-Belo: Fifi’s argument appears to be “So what? Why are the North Korean schools getting grants for teaching an unofficial curriculum when other foreign schools get no financial support?” I would bet there are a number of second-generation children in Indian schools in Kobe, for instance.

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  14. this deserves a mention for being fucking stupid http://metropolis.co.jp/dining/local-flavors/seoul-food/ though, this being metropolis, I guess it’s not anywhere out of the ordinary for them…also, cj is back at it again…

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  15. @Dfmoss: Yup, I saw that too. Their web site his here:

    http://thesoulofseoul.info/dm/dm.html

    As for CJ, I’m not interested in him any more.

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  16. Yeah, I’ve been burned out in recent weeks, too

    Also have been re-reading spike’s archives (along with a lot of the crap anti-nuke press is throwing out) and still have not found a more concise argument for nuclear power than this one*: http://spikejapan.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/kashiwazaki-turkish-culture-village-and-the-psychology-of-nuclear-power-3/

    *granted, it’s spike, so OF COURSE it’s worthwhile reading anyways

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  17. Haha the actual website is troll-worthy idiocy… “Water is CRYSTAL GEYSER” from USA”

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  18. @Dfmoss: At least their icons say No Radioactive Caesium rather than No Radioactivity. They say they measure their food with a geiger counter, but that won’t tell you the radiation source. Of course, it could just be a casual use of the term, but the BELTHON brand also doesn’t show up on Google. :???:

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  19. Elsewhere, I offer this, without comment:

    “Donald Keene, a prominent scholar of Japanese literature who last year became a Japanese citizen, has adopted the shamisen player Seiki Uehara as his son, Keene revealed on Monday in a talk he gave in Niigata”.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/01/national/keene-adopts-shamisen-player-as-son/

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  20. I wonder what a certain Japan-based journo will think of this….

    EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Radcliffe is set to star in Tokyo Vice, a thriller that music video and commercials director Anthony Mandler will direct from a script by playwright JT Rogers. Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing, and production will start early 2014. Radcliffe will play American reporter Jake Adelstein who, while working at the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper in Tokyo, covered the crime beat and locked horns with yakuza boss Tadamasa Goto, called the “John Gotti of Japan. The film is based on Adelstein’s memoir detailing how the journalist’s investigating and finally exposing the notorious gangster exacted a high personal cost and sacrifice which included death threats. Adelstein, who will be working with Rogers on the story, is still an investigative reporter who writes for The Daily Beast, The Japan Times, The Atlantic Wire, and is an advisor to Polaris Japan, a non-profit group that combats human trafficking. His second book, The Last Yakuza, will be published next year by Pantheon.

    http://movies.yahoo.com/news/daniel-radcliffe-star-crime-saga-tokyo-vice-192820848.html

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  21. KEN-YN it is common for Japanese to be black balled by unpatriotic korean friendly organizations such as fujitv [14.9% owned by korean conglomerates]and its affiliates if they offend koreans.

    This unfortunately happened to actor of battle-royale fame takaoka sousuke.

    His questioning regarding the saturation of cosmetically altered auto-tuned korean kpop and kdrama trash on twitter caused his agency drop him, get banned from all fuji affiliated programing and his wife left him….

    This zainichi korean Osaka-tv controversy highlights the double standards koreans use to manipulate the media..

    But The resilient Japanese DO NOT give in to koreans easily! OSAKA based patriots TEAM-KANSAI チーム関西 didn’t take any crap from korean criminals who used a north korean Chongryon school illegally as a front to launder money back to North korea.

    I have great respect these patriotic heroes who stand up and protect their land!

    There is a 6 part dailymotion video of the stand off translated into English…

    http://www.dailymotion.com/playlist/x21hpo_49893814970a_about-time-somebody-took-action/

    the ‘school’ was eventually closed!

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  22. @S. Urista: He appears to be not impressed…

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  23. Hey, Take. Thanks. This thread is now interesting. Honestly, what took so long. Please don’t be a psuedonym… please be real…

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  24. Lisa McLelland

    First a Pullitzer, then a movie deal with Danial Radcliffe and a director already attached.

    This must be surreal for him. Anything he investigates turns to gold, for his victim. Ken, has anyone from the MacArthur Foundation or Nobel committee called you recently?

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  25. “it is common for Japanese to be black balled by unpatriotic korean friendly organizations such as fujitv [14.9% owned by korean conglomerates]and its affiliates if they offend koreans”

    Yes, clearly the koreans must be ‘manipulating’ the media, because a Japan-controlled media would never punish a third-rate actor for making blatently racist comments in public. :roll:

    I guess I didn’t realize zainichi had it so easy – what discrimination? Who cares if they can’t vote? Not a problem! They can still control and ‘manipulate’ the media with only 14% control of a company! Wow – somebody better alert the boards of directors at NTV (19.9% controlled by foreigners), NTT (23%) and definitely JAL & Sony (both around 40%).

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  26. @Lisa McLelland: No, but I’ve had a call from Playgirl. :lol:

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  27. @S. Urista: Heh! I saw his last film, The Woman in Black, and he was just too squeaky clean for a 1930’s lawyer’s clerk, so goodness only knows how he will pull off a hard-drinking chain-smoking (that’s my image of newspaper hacks anyway!) Yak-socialising reporter. I think he’d be more suited to playing Jake’s lovable sidekick, Frank Spencer. :facepalm:

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  28. @take shima: Could you and Johnny get a room somewhere? Two “men” enter, one “man” exits kind of thing?

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  29. @Lisa McLelland:

    Someone else here said checking the tweets makes them feel dirty after. Same here, but had to look just this time. :headdesk:

    Well, I think you got cause and effect backwards there. It’s when people do well, tell the truth, get things right, become popular, show signs of a successful life and career..that they get “investigated”.

    Still the irony works whichever way you look at it. Bonus, the jealous bitterness of foes only makes success taste even sweeter. ;)

    Guess Jake will get to go on the Daily Show

    ..again.

    and a 3/5 star book review is apparently “cyber-bullying”?

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  30. @Ken Y-N:

    I’m not sure Kenny that I really want to be lumped in with Mr Dokdo.

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  31. iLikedolphins

    I watched Mr Adelweiss’s appearance on the Daily Show. He was a mumbling fool. He wouldn’t even be allowed to sit in the green room these days. I thought it was a great example of reality shining a sudden and harsh light on a typical ‘gaijin celebrity’. He hardly knew how to express himself, mumbling something about anime and shifting uneasily in his seat. I don’t think he knows many yakuza at all. He knows a lot of policemen. He wrote a neato book and now they are making a movie that will most likely be like Ramen Girl with gangsters and people smoking cigarettes.

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  32. @iLikedolphins:

    That actually sounds like a pretty interesting movie. I’d watch it.

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  33. I remember seeing that TDS segment also and thought it was great that foreigner in Japan made the jump to the A leagues so to speak and then saw the interview.

    “If you write about this, we’ll erase you and your family. He threatened to kill me again, it’s like a battered marriage between us.” Jon Stewart replies: “I think your sense of scale may be off.”

    Ouch! A bit disappointing.

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