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Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007

LIFELINES

Crime and embassy changes

Foreign victims

Masaru recently searched the Web for information on "crime and foreigners in Japan" and got a plethora of figures and statistics, many of them from police bodies and the Ministry of Justice, all relating to crimes by foreigners.

However, he says, "I cannot find any information on foreigners as the victims of crime in Japan. Is there anywhere I can get some hard facts and figures on foreigners as victims of crime in Japan?"

Good question. The government bookshop in Tokyo's Otemachi may have something.

In general, however, the focus tends rather to be on crimes perpetrated against Japanese by foreigners, as a quick online search of "Foreign victims of crime in Japan" will reveal.

But there is some interesting stuff out there. For example: www.migrationinformation.org/Profiles/display.cfm?ID=487

If anyone knows of a source of "hard facts and figures" such as those Masaru seeks, please let us know. (Angela Jeffs)

Canadian changes

The Canadian Embassy in Tokyo has announced that the services provided by Canada's consulates in Osaka and Fukuoka will be transferred to the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. These above consulates will be closed to the public as of March 31, 2007.

As part of an ongoing review of how best to allocate its resources, the Canadian government has decided to incorporate the services provided at the consulates in Osaka and Fukuoka into the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

The embassy says it will continue to offer programs and services and to promote strong relations between Japan and Canada.

The embassy will shortly be providing further details to registered Canadians and stakeholders on how the consulates' services will be provided through the embassy.

Additional information will be posted on the embassy's Web site ( www.tokyo.gc.ca ) and on the consulates' Web sites for Fukuoka ( geo.international.gc.ca/asia/main/japan/fukuoka-en.asp ); and Osaka ( geo.international.gc.ca/asia/main/japan/osaka_contacts-en.asp )

In the event of an emergency situation after March 31, Canadians in Osaka and Fukuoka can call the following numbers: The Canadian Embassy in Tokyo at (011-81-3) 5412-6200; and the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Watch Office in Ottawa at (613) 996-8885 on a 24/7 basis (collect calls accepted).

Radio from home

Reader Michael in Nara has some words of advice for those Americans in Japan who may be homesick.

If they -- or anyone else for that matter -- would like to listen to radio from the U.S. and have a PC with an Internet connection, they can visit www.radio-locator.com/

Once there, select the kind of music you would like to hear under "find Internet streaming radio."

For most of them, you go to their Web pages, find a link such as "Listen Now" (it may be a graphic), and get streamed radio content.

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