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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What is your opinion on the new immigration law?


By STEPHANIE HANNNON

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Mayumi Hirai
Care worker, 34
In Japan, the threat of terrorism is not as great as it is in other countries such as the United States. It is a very peaceful, safe place. However, I do think we need these kinds of measures to protect this safety.

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Jina Corneau
Student, 21
This is one of those things that when it's said in a conference room it makes perfect sense. However, in reality it's an infringement. In the U.S., people were upset after 9/11, but the laws that were past in the aftermath were absurd.

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Gao Minxi
Researcher, 27
It's a difficult choice to make because it infringes the rights of those who are fingerprinted, but it protects the rights of those living in the country. However, I am still against it as it makes people very uncomfortable.

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Mark Solanki
Market research, 25
I don't think it's an infringement at all. It is a country's choice. The Japanese are proud of their country and they want to protect it. It's not as if they are strip searching people. I agree with the measures because they are for safety.

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Jon Logan
IT manager, 35
In theory there wouldn't be anything to worry about, but people don't trust governments to use the information properly. I am not sure how effective it is anyway. When was the last time they took a finger print from an exploded bomb?

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Natarchia Duncan
Fitness center manager, 26
When I was traveling from the U.S. to Canada, I was fingerprinted and had an eye scan because I didn't have a U.S. or Canadian passport. I wasn't happy. If they are going to take the information, they should take it from everyone.



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