Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on December 21st, 2007
“Teach your children well…” Crosby Stills and Nash
Hi Blog. Courtesy Jason Topaz:
“Just to add a little more info in the fingerprinting issue: I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry, but the Yomiuri Shimbun had an online article a few weeks ago on their children’s section, explaining the fingerprinting scheme to children.
The article is at http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kyoiku/children/weekly/20071201ya01.htm”>http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/kyoiku/children/weekly/20071201ya01.htm (and blogged at Debito.org here).
I have to say I was a little disturbed by the cartoon
which roughly translates as:
GIRL: This is how foreigners who come to Japan register their fingerprints at places like airports.
BOY: The aim is to protect against criminals and terrorists coming to Japan.
GIRL #2: But you have to properly manage the registered face photo and fingerprint information.
(note background drawing of foreigner whose nose is approximately the same size as the airplane flying by)
COMMENT: It’s not a matter of managing the information. It’s a matter of how you manage this policy so that you achieve your goals without defaming an entire segment of the population. As usual, the Yomiuri has no qualms about selling the policy as a crime-prevention measure (which it never was–until recently) against “foreign guests” even to children.
Thanks a lot for carrying the bias down to the more impressionable generations. Arudou Debito