This is a topic from about a year ago.
Japan Blog Review is a website that appeared sometime around September 13, 2010. It purportedly was set up to “review” other blogs about Japan, and had vibrant activity that season—nine entries dated in August 2010, and another eight in September. Since that time, the site has grown colder and colder. The last entry, concerning Debito nemesis Tepido.org, was September 13.
Although the site attempted to do some outwardly unbiased reviews of rather obscure blogs, its true purpose was to deliver packaged slander and defamation to individuals whom the “blogmasters” had issues with. I pointed this out last November, which actually earned me another Japan Blog Review, on top of the first one. So I actually got two.
Let’s look at the Quantcast traffic for Japan Blog Review.
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As you can see, Japan Blog Review is relatively untravelled. Heck, no one reads it, and you can safely say that its sole purpose is to deliver slander to its target through links back to the target blog, or through a Japan-related BBS.
The real name individuals who have been targeted by Japan Blog Review are essentially the group of expats who support a more critical eye towards the equal protection rights of foreigners in Japan. Additionally, those who criticize Eikaiwa and those who criticize the JET program. As I understand from Eido Inoue, once a blog can make these sort of remarks and get a certain number of hits, then the “commentary” will appear high in a search engine search.
One of the theories put to me last year is that “Dominique” and her sidekick “Sergio Lombardi” are pen names for Laura Cardwell and Rene Jerez—who, just weeks before, had been vilifying me on another blog of theirs, Billowy Kimono. So far, there has only been circumstantial evidence, but inevitably we will get discovery on who is doing the Japan Blog Review posting, and we’ll see.
Now, there is a twist to this: the Title VII claim. What the Japan Blog Reviewers very well were saying last year is, that because I used the EEO in my situation at IBM Japan, no other employer should hire me. It is basically using the internet to invite other employers into the retaliation trap, as it were, of Title VII.
It is no trap, of course, it is what the law is. But whoever the ultimate writer of Japan Blog Review happens to be, it isn’t clear that they don’t mean to undermine Title VII. (That is, they want to degrade and make laughable the protections afforded us in Title VII.)
People can make Title VII claims without fear that they are going to be discriminated against as a job applicant. [This is, of course, if everybody who is supposed to follow a rule, follows it.] I don’t know what the Japan Blog Reviewers are thinking–that someone who has relied on Title VII is somehow now untouchable as a hire? Why would you want to put that out on a blog, and then expect to ever be hired by an employer in America? “Hey, prospective boss, I don’t believe in Title VII! Now let me work for your firm.” If I were the hiring manager, I would want people who honor anti-discrimination laws.
Now, if it turns out that the Japan Blog Reviewers are connected to IBM, that would be a big problem. But I think even going out and saying, in so many words, “don’t hire so-and-so, they relied on Title VII while employed in Japan” is asking for trouble.
I hope whoever “Dominique” and “Sergio” are proven to be have non-surfing time blocked out for this one. The issue is not going to go away . . .