Debito Arudou is a former Affiliate Scholar at the East-West Center, Honolulu, and a graduate of Cornell University and University of California, San Diego, United States. A regular columnist for The Japan Times newspaper since 2002, his nonfiction books include Japanese Only: The Otaru Hot Springs Case and Racial Discrimination in Japan, 3rd ed. (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 2013) and Handbook for Newcomers, Migrants, and Immigrants to Japan, 2nd ed. (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 2013). A resident of Japan for twenty-five years and a naturalised Japanese citizen, he will be defending his PhD on the sociological roots of racial discrimination in Japan in 2014.