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Friday, June 12, 2009

Day 449 { Google Chrome / Brazilians Sent Home/Ainu People } Thursday, June 11, 2009

Day 449 { Google Chrome / Brazilians Sent Home/Ainu People }

My blog for Day 447 was giving some trouble using firefox... It was working ok with explorer and google chrome though, except that its a bit colourful. It started when I was trying to update my blog using Google chrome... But that wasn't such a good idea. Its a wonderful browser though and takes up less space and apparently uses less of your computer resourse than the traditional firefox and explorer.

Went soccer today with my new socks and shin guard that I bought in Kurashiki last Saturday. Today, both teams were evenly matched in my opinion... thought the opposing team started off stronger than us.

Brazilians Sent Home

This is somewhat of old news but I never knew about it until my friend brought it up...Its about the Japanese government, paying Brazilians to go back home because of the bad economy...

Japan's offering of money to hundreds of thousands of blue-collar Latin American immigrants, is part of a new drive to encourage them to leave this recession-racked country of Japan. So far, at least 100 workers and their families have agreed to leave, Japanese officials said.But critics denounce the program as shortsighted, inhumane and a threat to what little progress Japan has made in opening its economy to foreign workers.“It’s a disgrace. It’s cold-hearted,” said Hidenori Sakanaka, director of the Japan Immigration Policy Institute, an independent research organization.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/23/business/global/23immigrant.html

My friend is in agreement with the critics...But he thinks the main reason behind this is xenophobia...

Ainu People

So there is another race of people in Japan known as the Ainu or the Ezo. They are found mostly in Northern island of Japan known as Hokkaido... The newer generation of Japanese don't really like these people either in a general sense. Many of the Ainu were also used in slave-like conditions by the Japanese fi
shing industry. As the Japanese government encouraged immigration of ethnic Japanese to populate Hokkaido, the Ainu became increasingly marginalised in their own land.

But even till this day,
many Ainu still lead underprivileged lives, with their income and university advancement rate remaining low, according to a survey by the Hokkaido University Center for Ainu & Indigenous Studies and the Ainu Association of Hokkaido. A government panel was set up after the Diet recognized the Ainu as an "indigenous people" last June following the adoption of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in September 2007. The declaration outlines the collective and individual rights of the world's indigenous people.

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