Wednesday, May 17, 2006


THE LAND OF THE RISING SUSPICION


For years, Koizumi has been trying to promote international tourism to Japan, where the new airport greeting will now be something like: "Welcome, possible terrorists! Fingers in the ink please, and don't smile for our mugshot database! You folks into the holding cell, if you would..."

Japan has a history of fingerprinting foreigners (who have been viewed suspiciously since Tokugawa times), but some years ago the feudalists in the government were forced by public pressure to discontinue fingerprinting aliens - they'd been doing and defending it for decades as essential to the nation's well-being, and the loss was devastating to their power plan.

But with so many terrorists now lining up every day at international air terminals to get into the US, even living there and making dangerous phone calls, and with US authorities fingerprinting and photographing terrorist tourists left and right upon entry (not to mention creating the world's biggest citizen telephone call database), it's the perfect chance for Japan's overlord wannabes to build a similar data base for future use, just in case... I doubt they'll even have to announce that they're recording all the phone calls, if they aren't doing that already.

You can imagine how many terrorists are trying to get into Japan, where they can blend in so easily, live here unobserved and use the phone, just look at all the terrorism that has occurred here at the hands of non-Japanese! Well, I can't recall any, offhand, but there must have been some... maybe one... anybody? I think somebody climbed an embassy fence once…

I like the wording too: "[The new law] allows Japan to deport any arriving foreigner it considers to be a terrorist..." [emphasis mine]

I've been living here and paying taxes without a vote for nearly 30 years, now I'll have to get fingerprinted and mugshot too... Hope this post isn't enough to get me "considered..."

2 comments:

remora said...

My wife has labelled me many things over the years, but this has added a new weapon to her extensive armoury.Terrorist? I think I prefer "sodai-gomi".

Robert Brady said...

You might point out to her that she'll be a terrorist suspect when you visit the US...