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  • Fingerprinting Protest: Lionel Dersot on making your own “WANTED” poster

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on November 13th, 2007

    Hi Blog. Here’s something I just got from Lionel Dersot out in cyberspace. If the idea tickles you, go for it. It does me. Arudou Debito in Sapporo


    Hello, I am Lionel Dersot, a French resident of 22 years in Tokyo. Following a post on my French blog about alternative, vital ways to express discontent with the biometric filling of foreigners reaching Japan from November 20, I have created a Flickr public photo gallery where I will host any Wanted Poster candidate picture of people wishing to tell others that ” I am not a terrorist”.

    My original post that shows my own Wanted Poster is here:

    The method to create and have you own WANTED poster uploaded is fairly simple. I did it in less than five minutes and I am no image application wizard. You need a free software and a decent digitized portrait picture of yourself.

    Download the free PC software Poster Forge here:

    – Use the WANTED template and replace the fox picture with your own portrait picture.
    – Modify the text as you wish. You can even mix Japanese and alphabet.
    – Save your poster as a jpeg file, if possible at a size of 450 x 600 pixel and no more.
    – If you don’t know how to do this, just save it as a jpeg document.
    – Send it to my email ID: ldersot [at] gmail [dot] com, and I will post it in the gallery whenever I have time.

    The gallery is here:


    1. Use your own real name, no pseudonym
    2. Use a decent picture of yourself, no provocative pose, no NOVA bunny or sunglasses or weird face
    3. Be creative with the wording but polite, no slang, no harsh words
    4. Spread the word and tell other people

    Note: If you know of a less time consuming method to store pictures in a shared gallery and save me time, I will gladly modify the scheme.

    Regards, Lionel Dersot

    Lionel Dersot
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    Skype ID: lionelskp

    2 Responses to “Fingerprinting Protest: Lionel Dersot on making your own “WANTED” poster”

    1. vegetablej Says:

      This is a great idea, but people like me without permanent residency might hesitate to make our names and faces public on the Internet for fear of not getting our visas renewed. However, I would be willing to wear, and think it might be a good idea to make up, some buttons with “I am not a terrorist” on them and distribute them as widely as possible, maybe at one of the rallies or through some other network.

      I especially would like to educate my students about this issue, and have started speaking out, even if it’s uncomfortable for them. I’m not hesitating to let everyone know that I hold them as responsible as the government for this policy since they haven’t protested it.

      I have signed the online petition.

      I live too far away to be at the rallies but I will be there in spirit! I sure hope they are well attended. People may be afraid but they need to realize that human rights are not going to be just handed to them without making an effort.

    2. James Annan Says:

      A t-shirt along these lines to wear when going through immigration would be great…

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