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In Appropriate: A novel of culture, kidnapping, and revenge in modern Japan
     

In Appropriate: A novel of culture, kidnapping, and revenge in modern Japan

by Debito Arudou
 
Gary Schmidt, a small-town American boy, meets a Japanese girl in college and follows her to Japan to start a family. Little does he know that her conservative Japanese clan has hidden agendas and secret intentions. Gary eventually realizes that he must escape their clutches – and convince his family to do the same before it's too late!

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Overview

Gary Schmidt, a small-town American boy, meets a Japanese girl in college and follows her to Japan to start a family. Little does he know that her conservative Japanese clan has hidden agendas and secret intentions. Gary eventually realizes that he must escape their clutches – and convince his family to do the same before it's too late!

IN APPROPRIATE is a book about child abductions in Japan, where after a divorce, a non-Japanese man comes back to Japan to retrieve his children back to America. Although a work of fiction, it is an amalgam of several true stories of divorce and Left-Behind Parents in Japan.

The author adds: "IN APPROPRIATE is about more than just divorce: I wanted to describe how a person would find fascination in Japan and Japanese people, come over during Japan's Bubble Era to see Japan ripe with opportunity, and find how Japan went sour as an economy over the past two decades. It was wonderful to recount as a Bubble-Era veteran -- when in the late 1980's Japan looked poised to take over the world, and even challenge notions of how capitalism works -- and see how, step-by-step, Japanese society would be squeezed and squeezed, convinced that recovery was right around the corner just like Godot. How a person could assimilate himself to the point of founding his own company, becoming bilingual in Japanese, even taking Japanese citizenship, yet be blindsided by events that were nearly always beyond his control. IN APPROPRIATE is also a time capsule charting Japan's descent into mediocrity and comparative international irrelevance."

Editorial Reviews

Examiner.com - Justin Tedaldi
"Kidnapping in Japan is a serious issue that deserves attention, and the author's personal experience as a left-behind parent -- along with his decade-plus of observing and commenting on the rights of non-Japanese in Japan -- is evident throughout. They say write what you know, and I think Debito's done a brave thing chronicling his and others' not-always-positive experiences in Japan in this book. IN APPROPRIATE raises a lot of questions, and those with open minds are invited to read it."
Facebook - Steve King
Books on Japan can sometimes be a real chore to get through, but ARUDOU Debito writes fluidly and smoothly. It also helps that he clearly has a thorough grasp of the subject matter, based on his own experiences and those who he has met and worked with over the years. It's a well-constructed story which highlights a number of important issues regarding the rights of Non-Japanese in Japan, with more than a few pointers for anyone setting up here. (http://www.debito.org/inappropriate.html)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016268729
Publisher:
Debito Arudou
Publication date:
02/11/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

"IN APPROPRIATE: A novel of culture, kidnapping, and revenge in modern Japan" is the first fiction work by author ARUDOU Debito. Arudou is a 25-year resident of Japan, the Just Be Cause monthly newspaper columnist at The Japan Times, and a naturalized Japanese citizen.

This work exposes a dark side of family ties in Japan, one rarely seen with such insight and depth. His nonfiction books include "Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants" (Akashi Shoten Inc., Tokyo, Second Edition 2013), and "JAPANESE ONLY: The Otaru Hot Springs Case and Racial Discrimination in Japan" (Akashi Shoten Inc., Tokyo, Japanese 2003, English 2004).

His archive of writings and daily blog may be found at http://www.debito.org

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