Michael Schoolnik comments

Posted in: Half of foreigners in Tokyo have experienced discrimination: survey See in context

167 people in Tokyo responded to this survey. That’s really a miniscule subset of foreigners in one city. Hardly an in depth finding nationwide. Mail the same survey to everyone with a residence card and lets get some real answers. Everything else is histrionics.

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Posted in: Australian man arrested for spraying graffiti on Tokyo subway cars See in context

Google “nyc subway car graffiti 70s” and you will see direct influence on the tags shown in the photo of the Tokyo rail car.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

FWIW, here is Julian Adame in his own words: https://abcn.ws/2TsVaM6

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

I’m guessing many commenters on this article don’t live in Japan as residents or permanent residents. 

To expect that a stopover tourist be knowledgeable of Japanese law is ridiculous. To detain a stopover tourist for nine months is unconscionable. 

Julian Adame speaks no Japanese, has no knowledge of Japanese law, and has no foreign friends living in Japan. 

He’s spent nine months in what is essentially solitary confinement. He gets 15 minutes outside his cell on a daily basis and gets to body bathe once a week at what is essentially a group water sprinkler. He’s wearing and sleeping in the same clothes he came to Japan with, maybe. 

He’s lucky to be young and in good physical shape; that’s about all that is in his favor. 

Adame will be likely summarily deported after trial. He’ll get no apology or compensation for his suffering.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

Why would Japanese press bother to cover a story of an idiot?

Well, gee, I don't know. It just seems to be ripe for discussion given the fact that a US tourist has been detained for NINE months without a trial. You've got a nobody in prison and Ghosn getting headlines. This particular Adame story was picked up by Japan Today, which is certainly tracked by Japanese language press. So, regardless of many throwing stones at Adame, there are THOUSANDS tourists planning to come to Japan in 2020 for the Olympics, and they might take pause with Adame's plight. So, yeah, IMO this is not only Japan-newsworthy, its global newsworthy, and timely. SMDH

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

Adame’s case has been making news around the world, as he now approaches nine months in jail awaiting trial.

This is a bit of an overstatement by the author. I’ve tracked less than a handful of unique stories on Adame’s plight, and they were broken originally by a San Francisco reporter. The local Japanese press hadn’t covered this story at all because Adame has been a phantom here with no champion in-country.

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Posted in: Californian student remains in detention 8 months after breaking lamp in Tokyo bar See in context

Adame’s case has been making news around the world, as he now approaches nine months in jail awaiting trial.

This story was broken by one staff writer in the US. To date, it has not been covered by Japanese language media. Why is that?

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