Sadly, the government has announced a doubling of the gaijin dancing bear population.
Although I have it on good authority that the rewrite of the constitution to INTRODUCE CONSCRIPTION will also oblige these JETs to sign up as CANNON FODDER for the 4th ライヒ, so things aren’t really that bleak. Seriously, the real issue is that outsourcing is causing a lot of JETs to have illegal (or at least dubious) work contracts with the various dispatch companies. I’d like to see a tightening up in the policing of employment regulations to match the increased intake. UPDATE: Apparently I don’t know the difference between an ALT and a JET.
In other news, Colin Jones, who I don’t usually agree with but I respect his legal knowledge, had the following to say about protection from "No gaijin" renters:
The traditional view of a constitution is that it protects an individual against the government, but it doesn’t necessarily extend to discrimination by private individuals.
There is certainly an effort by the government to encourage people not to discriminate — it is almost badgering people and saying ‘discrimination is bad’ — but it has no teeth. There is no formal mechanism for challenging discrimination.
There are of course a number of cases where people have taken on The Man and won, but I think what is missing in Japan is not merely a statute, but the societal changes that would mean that such discrimination is promptly and publicly addressed.