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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on June 10th, 2007

    Hello Blog. Last day in the US before the long trip back to Japan, but here’s a little something I just got from a friend this morning:

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    STOP THEM AT THE SHORES, PROTECT [OUR COUNTRY].

    PLEASE COOPERATE IN STOPPING ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR ILLEGAL ENTRY.

    CONTACT IBARAKI PREFECTURAL POLICE HQ
    029-301-0110

    Sponsored by the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Coast Guard Cooperative Union (Ibaraki ken keisatsu kaigan keikai kyouryoku rengokai)
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    (Click on the image itself there to make it full screen.)

    IbarakiNPAposter07.jpg
    Nothing like six riot police (seven, actually–look closely) in full regalia to protect us from the alien horde. Er, can horde be singular? Anyway, yet another example of overreaction and targeting by the government towards NJ.

    Sure, raise awareness about overstayers and illegal entrants. But don’t make it seem as though there’s an invasion afoot, and that you need measures this extreme.

    More examples of GOJ-sponsored foreign scaremongering at

    http://www.debito.org/TheCommunity/communityissues.html#police

    http://www.debito.org/opportunism.html

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    13 Responses to “Ibaraki NPA on How to deal with NJ: Riot Police”

    1. Ibaraki Police Poster: Stop Foreigners At The Shores » Japan Probe Says:

      […] Human rights activist Arudou Debito has posted this shocking image of […]

    2. James Says:

      It’s a good thing they had on their heavy riot gear…who knows what those scary foreigner criminals are capable of!

    3. Liberal Japan » Blog Archive » kininari and kiniiri news — June 11, 2007 Says:

      […] Ibaragi NPA on How to deal with NJ: Riot Police, debito.org blog; Basically use full riot gear, a ratio of about 6 to 1, then take down the puny foreigner. Click on the above link because you have to see this! […]

    4. TS Says:

      Actually there’s seven! One is running in from the right hand side behind the one in the foreground. That guy must be more dangerous than we thought!

    5. Turner Says:

      I wonder if there’s an equivalent poster in the US regarding the Mexican border.

    6. eradicator Says:

      What’s up with the decorations on the inside of the rightmost riot shield? “Here, let me oppress you with my rose and three of diamonds!”

    7. Andrew Smallacombe Says:

      Too bad these guys weren’t the ones dealing with the trigger-happy ex-yakuza in Aichi a few weeks back. Maybe someone should have dobbed him in as an illegal immigrant…

    8. Akoua Doffou Says:

      Turner:

      If there was such a poster, the illegal immigrant activists will go insane with rage, and the makers of the poster will be forced to say sorry. Such is the “American Way”.

    9. Jon Says:

      Amazing. If this type of ad, especially from a government agency, was shown in the United States, there would be mass protests for such a racist and fear mongering announcement. It would never happen in America except maybe from some right-wing political organization.

    10. Jake Says:

      Does anyone know if any formal complaints regarding this poster have been lodged? This poster is absurd and is the worst possible taste. I’m tempted to give the Ibaraki Prefectural Police Coast Guard Cooperative Union a piece of my mind.

      I like how the words “foreigner” and “illegal entry” are printed in a different color, so that they are the first words that jump out at you… not to mention that illegal entry is apparently a crime so heinous it requires a police presence larger than is given to most violent crimes. As for requesting cooperation — whose cooperation? Is your average Japanese Joe supposed to go around checking peoples’ alien registration cards? Perhaps not, but the message behind this poster is crystal clear: beware of foriegners. *sigh*

      –YES, DO FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THEM AND OFFER THEM YOUR OPINIONS. THE NUMBER IS INDEED LISTED THERE FOR JUST SUCH AN OCCASION. ALWAYS FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE BUREAUCRATS AT TIMES LIKE THESE, FOR IT IS OUR TAX MONIES AT WORK. DEBITO

    11. Behan Says:

      I’m definitely going to be careful if I ever go near a port or a beach up in Ibaraki.

    12. Overthinker Says:

      Hmmm. Well, there are two ways of looking at this photo. One, it’s a realistic depiction of how Japanese police handle an illegal immigrant. Two, it’s been wildly exaggerated for dramatic impact: a photo of a lone officer quizzing an immigrant in a stark room would not be nearly as eye-catching. The ‘cooperation’ required is presumably that of not employing illegals, as Japanese citizens certainly do not have the power to question and detain suspected illegals – in fact they do not even have the legal right to ask for your alien card.

      Sometimes I wonder what Japan’s official policies towards immigration/aliens would be like if they weren’t right next door to North Korea and even perhaps China (or got on far better with China). The presence in Japan of thousands of North Koreans is a particular issue, as can be seen with this recent scandal about the ‘sale’ of the Choren HQ to a former head of the National Security Agency.

    13. Marian Says:

      That’s shocking! I visited Ibaraki-ken last summer: what an enjoyable and peacefull area. Still, every now and then these radical right wing black busses with their loud speakers drowe by and destroyed the scenery. There’s still a lot of prejudicious people in Japan tinking the way they thought in the time of the Second World War. It’s sad, and this picture makes me sad.

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