Posted by debito on January 23rd, 2009
Hi Blog. Word from Kirk Masden from The Community, writing on a topic of import. Quoting in full, comment follows:
Dear friends, I was interested in Debito’s latest Newsletter. In it, he introduces another fear-mongering article in the Sankei:
3) Sankei: manual to help NJ “illegal overstays” evade police
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This article, in turn, refers briefly to the Sankei’s history of exaggerating the rise in “foreign crime”:
Well, that reminded me of something I found in doing my class preparation for my annual lecture on “foreign crime” statistics (as in “lies, damn lies, and statistics” 101): non-Japanese crime numbers are substantially down for three years in a row (four, depending on how you count them) — despite increasing population!!
See the statistics for yourself (in Japanese pdf files):
Interesting, isn’t it, that this hasn’t been discussed much in the press!
Kirk Masden, writing for The Community
COMMENT: Quite. If crime had gone up, if history is any guide, you definitely would have heard about it. Instead, we get biased articles like the one in the Mainichi headlining that NJ crime fell in English, yet rose in Japanese. The impact, as they admit, is different. So is zeroing in on them for being “unmannerly” and spoiling it for everyone. Who’s spoiling it for whom?
If you can’t say something nice… say it in print, I guess. Arudou Debito in Sapporo