Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on October 25th, 2007
Hi Blog. Want a quick-and-dirty (and easy to understand) presentation on what’s wrong with the upcoming NJ Fingerprinting Program?
Download my powerpoint on this subject (from a speech given at Waseda University on Monday, October 22, 2007) at
Spread it around. Show it to others. It’s all there.
Most newsworthy piece of information within the presentation, regarding the US-VISIT Program, upon which this new program is modeled:
“Roger Dow, president of the Travel Industry Association, told me that the United States has lost millions of overseas visitors since 9/11–even though the dollar is weak and America is on sale. ‘Only the U.S. is losing traveler volume among major countries, which is unheard of in today’s world,’ Mr. Dow said. Total business arrivals to the United States fell by 10 percent over the 2004-5 period alone, while the number of business visitors to Europe grew by 8 percent in that time. The travel industry’s recent Discover America Partnership study concluded that ‘the U.S. entry process has created a climate of fear and frustration that is turning away foreign business and leisure travelers and hurting America’s image abroad.’ Those who don’t visit us, don’t know us.”
–Thomas Friedman, New York Times, Sept. 30, 2007
And Japan thinks this will be good for not only “YOKOSO Japan”, but also it’s balance sheets? Beg to differ.
Arudou Debito in Sapporo