Hi Blog. Only yesterday we heard from the Hokkaido Police that NJ were not being specially targeted as terrorists (despite all the evidence presented) for spot ID checks in public places due to the G8 Summit.
Well, I just received even more information today from old friend Tyler at Kamesei Ryokan in Nagano that contradicts this claim.
The ministries have just told all hotels nationwide once again in a directive dated June 4 that they should be checking passports from “foreign guests” (despite mentioning in the small print that this should only apply to “foreign tourists”). Only this time the new gloss is this is part of “anti-terrorism moves during the G8 Summit”. Yes, all “foreign guests”. Yes, because any “foreign guest” (as opposed to any Japanese, who still do not have to show any ID at check in) might be a terrorist. And yes, in hotels nationwide, as far away from the Summit as Nagano, in this case.
Hotels have been resisting this because of the meiwaku caused guests. But the directives below make it clear that photocopies of passports must be taken and kept for future reference. So now groups of foreign guests are required to submit their own photocopies of their passports. Yeah, that’ll fix things.
Still want to make the argument that NJ are not being specially targeted as terrorists? I’m sure the Hokkaido Police would. But that would be pretty poor detective work based upon the evidence.
Thanks Tyler. Arudou Debito in Sapporo
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