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Each party’s manifesto on foreigner issues

I found this page linked to everyone’s manifesto (the Happiness Realisation Party doesn’t have a link – I suspect that means if you have to ask you won’t want to vote for them), so I decided to try to find how each stands on immigration and the like.

Democratic Party of Japan

The only mention of foreigners directly is in increasing the number of visitors to Japan to 18 million by 2016, by promoting eco-tourism, easing visa restrictions, Cool Japan TV programs to promote Japanese culture, etc. However, in the human rights section there is vague wording about ratifying international protocols, which could include the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, and explicitly mentions the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Incidentally, 9 out of 10 for their web presence. A rather dull front page, but it has links to the PDF (with full searchable text), a text version, and an audio version.

Liberal Democratic Party

On their rather over-designed manifesto page there is talk of introducing a lecturer internship program to train (Japanese) global leaders, which perhaps might imply more temporary foreign lecturers? However, apart from some Cool Japan nonsense, barely a thing on internationalisation in any form.

2 out of 10 for their web presence. A CSS/HTML 5 flashy presentation, but all graphical and not searchable, then a tiny link to the PDF, which has no searchable text either.

Nippon Future Party

They are pro joint custody for children of divorcees, and they explicitly mention they wish to rid Japan of the image of being a Nation of Abductors by rapidly ratifying the Hague Convention, and also forbidding domestic abduction.

1 out of 10 for their web presence. A single page that looks hacked up in a basic page builder, and their manifesto is one enormous GIF!

New Komeito

They target 25 million tourists by 2020, with the usual Cool Japan, easing of visa restrictions, etc. Regarding education, they will offer financial support for high school and university students to study overseas, and support job-seeking activities by foreigners who graduate from Japanese universities. Furthermore, they will support foreign kids who wish to enter the Japanese school system.

7 out of 10 for their web presence. Nothing flashy, nor Flash-y, but it does the job and is all lovely searchable text.

Japan Communist Party

Surprisingly, about the only mention of foreigners was regarding making all international schools (that means the North Korean ones especially) free.

5 out of 10 for their web presence. Very basic and plain presentation, but everything is text searchable. I was tempted to take a point off for the downright creepy photo of the party leader on their manifesto cover.

Your Party

One interesting international issue was to make it mandatory for ministers and the prime minister to attend international conferences and not use attendance at the Diet as an excuse for not attending them. They also wish to test Japanese teachers of English against TOEFL, etc, although they don’t say what they will do with people who don’t come up to scratch. They also wish to increase foreign university students from the current 140,000 to 300,000. Regarding the TPP, they are very much for it, and as part of that they want to improve working conditions and visa regulations to make it easier for foreigners to work here, but while cracking down on illegal immigrants; they also want to crack down on Yakuza and foreign gangs. They also wish to urgently increase the number of foreign nurses and caregivers. Foreigners will not get the vote; they should naturalise.

4 out of 10 for their web presence. Very basic and plain presentation, but everything is text searchable. One point off for the party leader doing a duck face on their manifesto cover.

Social Democratic Party

As befitting social democrats, they mention foreigners often in their manifesto, as they wish to give them equal access to services as citizens. They particularly single out Kawasaki City Representative Assembly for Foreign Residents as a model for the rest of the country.

2 out of 10 for their web presence. There is no web site, just a straight link to the PDF, 62 pages of densely-packed text.

Japan Restoration Party

Not a single word about anything foreign, except for China and the Senkaku islands.

3 out of 10 for their web presence. No web site here either, but an easily-digestible 10 page summary of their policies.

People’s New Party

Not a single word about foreigners.

2 out of 10 for their web presence. Exceptionally basic web site that links to an unsearchable PDF.

New Party Daichi

As befits a one-man party from Hokkaido, his very brief policy statement includes the elimination of discrimination against the Ainu (Hokkaido’s aboriginal people) and other minorities.

3 out of 10 for their web presence. At least the manifesto is short (one page) and to the point.

New Party Nippon

Not a single word about foreigners.

0 out of 10 for the web presence. It looks like the party leader’s 10 year old kid designed the PDF.

New Renaissance Party

They want to double the number of foreign university students coming to Japan.

2 out of 10 for the web presence. A rather text-dense PDF, but at least it is searchable.

Japologism.com Manifesto take 2

Thanks for all your input to the previous manifesto post!

Now, I’ve thought a bit more, and I think the watchword I want is "constructive". Both Tepido.org and Debito.org could be seen as "destructive", so I think trying to make a positive contribution (to what?) is a noble endeavour. Sparked by the discussion around Govinda Prasad Mainali, it seems a number of my readers go further than just the English press and a quick online Japanese newspaper search, thus perhaps we can arrive at a fuller understanding of news past just the headlines. One of the reasons for posting about the Mr Mainali story is that I suspect other sites may see this as just "The Japanese fitting up The Gaijin again", thus I wanted to try to present a fuller story. (Note: It of course seems very clearly a case of the Japanese prosecution and one of two judges fitting up a foreigner in a vulnerable position.)

So, with that in mind, if we get a good discussion going about various issues, it would be useful to summarise the output and produce a FAQ-like highlight of the matter at hand. Furthermore, sharing the output through somewhere like Google Docs and placing them under some form of Creative Commons licence would mean that they can outlive this blog.

Japologism’s manifesto

Oh look, it’s another new blog about Japan!

Over at Tepido.org, I feel I managed to create a space for a group of people who, despite its flaws, call Japan their home. However, Hikosaemon opened my eyes to Tepido.org being not much more than a virtual todger-waving contest, so I decided enough was enough for that domain.

Since that event, I’ve had a few emails from members of Notorious 12, I’ve had a think, and I feel there is a definite gap in the market for a blog that:

  1. Highlights both overly gushy and overly doom-laden articles in the foreign and local English-language press (I’ll try to stay away from personal blogs) with a fact-based response. People like Shisaku and Ampontan, for instance, have a very obvious political bias in their spin, making it easier to discount their views with an "Of course, they would say that!"
  2. Criticises the use of lazy stereotypes in the press.
  3. Is science-based, not emotion-based, especially with regards to the ongoing nuclear issues, stripping the tinfoil hat off sites like EneNews.
  4. And, of course, has a good laugh at stupid stuff like the Gaijin Gulag Guy.

There is of course other reasons for launching a new blog despite appealing to a similar readership as Tepido.org; Japologism.com will strive to avoid being involved in schlong-measuring, trolling, slamming and of course the completely overused and abused stalking. You’ll note that this would appear to contradict point 4 above, and you’d be right.

The old Tepido.org commenting rules will be basically retained but tightened a little, although The Wall will probably not.

Oh, and this seems rather appropriate:

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