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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Are you worried that Tokyo could be a target of terrorism?


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Mike Hora
Teacher, 34
No, not at all. It's the same as an earthquake. If something's going to happen, it's going to happen. I'm much more afraid of Mount Fuji erupting or the earth splitting beneath me.

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Eleanor Hora
Vice Principal, 60
It crossed my mind coming into Tokyo. But the attacks are so random -- there's more chance of a plane or car crash. The more we keep on with our lives the harder it is for terrorists to keep their objective.

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Kazuhiro Taniguchi
Student, 20
Within 3 years it's likely. The day after the London attack I went to Nagatacho and there were so many police there. But I don't worry about terrorism in the real world -- that seems so far away.

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Takashi Shimizu
Engineer, 24
We don't really know what al-Qaeda think and Japanese protection against terrorists is very weak compared to the U.S. I'm about 50 percent worried about an attack.

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Martin Werthammer
Engineer, 30
Tokyo doesn't have the same police presence as other major cities, but I think Japan's system, where people will contact the police if they see something suspicious, is effective.

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Mindy Haverson
Intern, 20
I'm from New York, so I was there during 9/11. I think all cities of the world's G-8 countries are targets, but there's not much you can do. If someone really wants to carry out an attack, they can.



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