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Mitsubishi Lawsuit Background

I was working at University of Tennessee at Martin as an assistant professor when Mitsubishi Electric Japan, and through Mitsubishi Electronics USA, aggressively recruited me. I was in Tennessee from 1984 to 1989 and after that job joined the Computer Works of Mitsubishi Electric in Kamakura, Japan.

Green Card Process

I had entered the USA on a student visa and the university had sponsored me for a US green card (permanent resident visa) based on my job. It required getting a labor certificate from the department of labor, getting certified by INS (Immigration and Naturalization Services) for (third) preference under employment quota, and finally an interview. In those days the entire process normally took less than two years and in most cases the new immigrants left the teaching jobs soon afterwards to pursue future careers in industry. Mitsubishi group was involved in such process too for its personnel in the USA and it is reasonable to expect that it was aware of this.

Green Card Delays

In some cases this process was considerably delayed because of some glitches in the system. Some cases dragged on for years � say four to five years, and then the outcome was uncertain and in many such cases green cards were denied. In my case the INS delayed my application on some frivolous technical grounds (thanks to my incompetent first lawyer and probably some fanatic INS officer at Dallas). However, after much delay, by the end of June 1988, I received approval for my petition and after that it became just a matter for waiting for a date to become available for an interview with the INS to get my green card. I expected delay at that time was about 4 months and the interview was generally considered to be a formality.

Career Goals

I was looking for a career in the financial sector. I had an undergraduate degree from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Bombay and got my MBA and MS in computer science from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At University of Tennessee at Martin I was primarily teaching system analysis and design, and computer courses to business majors. Around 1986, to prepare for my future career while I was waiting for my permanent residency, I started taking exams for Society of Actuaries' Actuarial designation, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). I thought my financial and computer background would be a powerful combination in the job market.

Personal Factors

As Dr. Shinya Fushimi, my colleague at Mitsubishi Electric, informed me that my recruitment was one of the most important ones the company had ever done and the papers to hire me were signed by about 12+ top-notch executives of Mitsubishi, including its president and the vice-president. Looking at my background you might wonder what was so special about me. Well, there was nothing special about me, except for a few factors. Anyway, I am digressing from the background information. Therefore I will discuss my personal circumstances and leave answers to why they hired you for a later chapter.

I, like my of you, am reluctant to discuss personal life in public but realizing that to be quite important for solving the mystery of this discrimination case, will provide you will many details. It was my personal life circumstances that Mitsubishi decided to unethically exploit in order to force me to work for them.

While I was at Tennessee, I dated a Japanese woman let me call her Koibito. She went back to Japan in mid-1986 but we continued to write to each other. She was interested in furthering our relationship but she had to live in Japan to take care of her parents. She asked me to come to Japan, work them for a while, and see how our relationship progresses. At the time she went back to Japan, I already had received my labor certification and was waiting for approval of my petition to INS for third preference. At that time I didn't know that my case will drag on and therefore, in spite of my reservations about the racial discriminatory climate in Japan, I told her that after getting my green card I surely will visit Japan.

My case dragged on unexpectedly and Koibito waited patiently. Many times she asked me to leave the USA and come to Japan and get a job and live there but every time I said no. Finally in June 1988 when I finally got my approval from the INS I informed her that I am just waiting for my interview and expected that in a few months and would be probably visiting Japan in December after getting my permanent residency. At that time she asked me to send her a copy of my resume so that she could start applying. That gave enough time for any possible interviews to be held during December 1988. I didn't want to work in Japan, and didn't think my relationship with her would work out, and was reluctant to hand out my resume to her but caved in to her pressure. I thought it was fair since she had waited such a long time for me. She asked me where to apply. I told her financial institutions for the position of financial analysts or any company where they were looking for someone to write application software for financial industry. I was not expecting any job interviews but sent her the resume regardless. (I had not heard of foreigners getting jobs in Japan even though she insisted that they do get.) Thought I would be able to explain to Koibito in person how I could not live in Japan when I visited Japan in December 1988.

My resume

I will put the actual resume on web sometime in the future but a few salient points about that. Even though I didn't want to work in Japan, I wanted to see if I could get a job in Japan. Had not heard of anybody getting a job there. First of all I had 2 versions of the resume, mostly identical, except that in one I stated my job objective as Financial Analyst and in another stressed objective as application developer for financial software. Second, I realized that language skills is a matter of concern since my Japanese language skills were rudimentary at best and therefore to indicate that I could learn a foreign language I mentioned my verbal score (99%) on GMAT. Third, since I would have been in Japan only after getting my green card and wanted to get a job based on the fact that I have the US permanent residency, added that I am a permanent resident. Now if you are thinking that perhaps you can solve this case, you are not too far but not that near too.