Talk:Arudou Debito

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 Definition (有道出人) Japanese human rights activist, teacher and author; born and brought up in the United States, he became a naturalised Japanese citizen in 2000 (born 1965). [d] [e]
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First version

Arudou Debito has seen the first version of this biography and had no objections to it. He also kindly provided an image for us to use. John Stephenson 01:13, 30 September 2008 (CDT)


Strictly speaking, the name of this article would be Debito Arudou in line with the usual policy of family name second. However, Debito is typically referred to as 'Debito' and that is the name of his website,, so I think an exception is warranted here. Furthermore, Debito told me off-wiki that he prefers to have his family name first. John Stephenson 01:13, 30 September 2008 (CDT)

Mention on

Arudou Debito has written a post about this article and Wikipedia's: 'Citizendium, the more responsible replacement for Wikipedia, does better article on Arudou Debito'. Comments may be left there. John Stephenson 04:27, 1 October 2008 (CDT)

Sections on responses to Arudou's 'Japan Times' columns

Regarding these edits: Wikipedia also covers the debate in the Japan Times which commenced with Arudou Debito's column on the Japanese word gaijin. Debito has made the point in his commentary on one Wikipedia version that if a focus on responses to his columns is desirable for an article about him, then it should also link to other columns and the subsequent responses - becoming unsustainable in the process. My own view is that while this is a danger, I decided to discuss this issue as it was a series of columns, not just one, and the Japan Times has said that the response was substantial. I do not see the necessity of linking to more of Debito's writings in the Japan Times unless it leads to a noteworthy response. John Stephenson 09:49, 2 December 2008 (UTC)


"Among this forming NGO'S aims are". What on earth does that mean? –Tom Morris 10:48, 8 August 2009 (UTC)