Reuters: Japanese police urged to take “light-touch” towards NJ during Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup. Yeah, sure.


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Hi Blog.  It turns out Japan has earned a reputation from past experiences hosting international events.

The racism-riddled debacles that were the soccer World Cup 2002 and the G8 Summits (here and here) made me question whether Japan as a society (let alone its politicians and police) was mature enough to handle any temporary influx of NJ, let alone as visa-legal NJ workers and residents of Japan.

But it seems it wasn’t just me. Some months ago, the Rugby World Cup and staff from two embassies actually cautioned the Japanese police to ease up on their overzealousness towards NJ.  As previous blog entries have shown, it’s questionable whether they are actually doing that (as they are bending the law to encourage racial profiling at hotels etc.).

But the following article deserves to be recorded on because it shows at least somebody out there is taking notice, despite all the official “omotenashi” wallpapering over Japan’s latent exclusionism that goes ignored, if not encouraged, by Japanese authorities.  I look forward to seeing what the International Olympic Committee has to say in Tokyo in a year.  Debito Arudou Ph.D.


Rugby – Japan police urged to take ‘light-touch’ approach at World Cup
REUTERS APRIL 18, 2019, By Jack Tarrant, courtesy of JDG

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese police have been encouraged to take a “light-touch approach” during the Rugby World Cup, with organisers telling Reuters they had visited host cities to emphasise that while fans will be boisterous they are unlikely to cause trouble.

More than 400,000 foreign fans are expected to descend on Japan for the Sept. 20 to Nov. 2 tournament and concerns have been raised that police might not have enough experience to deal with the influx.

Staff from two embassies have expressed concern to Reuters that police may overreact to perceived intimidation from fans.

Mick Wright, 2019 executive director for operations, said host cities had received briefings on what to expect and that organisers had downplayed concerns about unruly fans.

“We have been on a bit of a mission, we have had a roadshow going around all the cities talking about … rugby fans and what they expect from their behaviour,” Wright told Reuters.

Wright, who also works as a technical advisor to the International Olympic Committee, said host cities would be swamped by large numbers of fans drinking huge quantities of alcohol but that the mood would be a positive one.

“We have been explaining to all the cities that they better stock up on beer because we know from history that rugby fans will drink a lot,” he said.

“It is part and parcel of rugby’s ethos and culture.

“The way the fans behave, it might be loud and it might be raucous but it won’t be intimidating.

“With the police, I think we have been really successful in explaining to them that the light-touch approach is going to be better,” added Wright.

Yoshiya Takesako, Japan 2019 director of security, said the police had been told what to expect from fans and how to react.

“Rugby fans may seem scary but they are not,” said Takesako, who has been seconded from the Japanese police.

“This has been explained to the police so they have been educated that fans will drink a lot and may sing or be loud but it is not like they will hurt anybody.

“I have told the police forces many, many times to respond to fans in a reasonable way.”

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8 comments on “Reuters: Japanese police urged to take “light-touch” towards NJ during Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup. Yeah, sure.

  • Jim Di Griz says:

    Well, the Olympics is going to be so much fun!
    The 2012 London Olympics had 10,000 security staff. Remember, this was at the height of the ‘War on Terror’ and the U.K. was fighting alongside the US in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.K. had open borders with the rest of the EU giving, and there was a very real risk of terrorism.

    10,000 security staff.

    Japan wants 50,000 for the Tokyo Olympics! And they are freaking out that they can’t fill the gaps! Even considering the SDF! Peace-loving Japan that didn’t fight in the war on terror and doesn’t have any free-movement agreements with other countries!

    They are so afraid! They really shouldn’t try to host these events if they are so scared of the guests.

    • Jim Di Griz says:

      Hidden in the article was this nugget;
      ‘The committee also decided on the use of facial recognition technology’.

      Use the Olympics ‘security threat’ as an excuse to beta-test the system, then nationwide roll-out?
      Can’t wait to see how that works out. Just this weekend Hong Kong made face masks illegal because it defeats facial recognition technology, and we all know how much the Japanese love their masks. What will they do when the government says its illegal to wear them? Or will it only be illegal for NJ to wear masks?
      I’m waiting for those Japanese who wear them as a physical manifestation of a psychological desire to make a barrier to others to start having meltdowns.

      Again, Japan has never had such a high number of police officers, to patrol a record small population, with a record low crime rate. And yet, the expansion of state powers to surveil expands.

      • Like the Silent J-Woman of Kawaguchi case (she would not speak a word to the Japanese police/”strangers”)’ :they thought she looked like a gaijin, you will see Japanese Civic Society tear at itself as anti-social hikkikomori trends versus increased state invasion of aforementioned desire for privacy.
        Probably just an acceleration of societal breakdown as has already been occuring.

          • Jim Di Griz says:

            Yeah, it’s ‘great’ isn’t it?
            Japanese cops arresting Japanese people for not fitting the cops image of what Japanese people should look like, and no one thinks this is a problem.

          • On Feb. 25, 2006, a 28-year-old foreign-looking Japanese woman was arrested in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, for not carrying a foreign passport.

            Grounds for suspicion? According to the Mainichi Shimbun, she was carrying an envelope with Portuguese writing on it. Unable to talk because she was reportedly “not good at speaking to strangers,” she was released when they finally contacted her family after more than a full day of interrogation.

            Begs the question “what is foreign looking?”
            The “not good talking to strangers” is just soooo Japan, but it could also be an excuse ie. she just didnt want to talk to the police, ie. you have the right to remain silent (except in Japan)

          • Police quoted the woman’s mother as telling them, “My daughter wouldn’t talk to anybody she doesn’t know.” (Mainichi)

            Or, fears the police…

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