Hi Blog. Happened not a few hours ago. Comment follows article:
WOMAN FALLS 9 STORIES FROM MANSION, DIES: OSAKA NISHI-KU
Asahi Shinbun October 16, 2007, 13:22
Translated by Arudou Debito, courtesy of Foo Bar
On October 16, 2007, around 9:55 AM, a woman resident on the 9th floor of an apartment complex (Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Minami Horie 3 chome) thought to be a foreigner was asked by Nishi Prefectural Police for identification (shokumu shitsumon), in order to ascertain her Status of Residence. The woman received the police in her genkan, but returned to her room, and minutes later fell from her veranda. She died of severe injuries to her entire body. The Nishi Police are ascertaining her identity.
According to sources, she was apparently an Asian foreigner in her forties or fifties. At the end of September, Nishi Police received an anonymous tip-off that “An illegal foreign woman lives there”, so this morning four police officers visited the premises. When they demanded her passport at the genkan, allegedly the woman said, “please wait”, went back into the apartment, and there was no answer.
Nishi Vice Police Chief Akai Yasohachi said, “We don’t think there was any problem with the way the demands for indentification were carried out.”
COMMENT: Difficult to say why she fell off the balcony (did she jump after being rumbled, or was there a (highly unlikely) incident of foul play?). But here we have the fruits of the anonymous anti-foreigner GOJ “snitch sites”–people unwilling to be taken into custody by Japanese police for whatever reason. Given how the Japanese police treat people in their care, it’s not difficult to see why. And it’s all part of the dragnet against foreigners in Japan–it’s not just random checks on the street any more.
More news if there is any later. But will this develop into a clear case of, “somebody’s gotta die before bad policy gets changed”?
Hope they’ll create snitch sites so we can anonymously rat on suspected members of organized crime. Those are the type of people I’d like to see falling from neighborhood balconies. Debito in Sapporo