Mr Arudou had an article published on Japan Focus entitled "Japan’s Rightward Swing and the Tottori Prefecture Human Rights Ordinance", the basic thrust of which will be familiar to regular readers of this or his blog, so I won’t dwell too much on the arguments.
However, the article is very, very hard to read, not just due to my unfamiliarity with sociological writing style, but some of the grammar is quite, quite wonky, and the interchanging of "ordinance", "bill" and "law" with gay abandon just confirms my views on the peer review process that goes on in the journal; I’m sure VK will have much, much more to say on this topic. "Unproblematized" fair got on my tits too.
As of this writing, the text of the ordinance, Japan’s first legislation explicitly penalizing racial discrimination, has been removed from the main Tottori Prefectural website and buried within a new link.
Rubbish. They moved the web site to a new domain and a new CMS, so all the old links stopped working.
“foreigners” in Japan had become a political football within a whirlwind of time, money, organization, and energy devoted to nationalistic, xenophobic, and exclusionary causes
I haven’t an emoticon to illustrate my reaction to the above!
Given this political climate, any public support for universal “human rights issues” in Japan will remain political poison for any legislator as long as there is any alleged benefit to “foreigners.”
So why is the government going to sign the Hague Convention?