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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Do you think the Japanese police are effective?


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Hiroki
Student, 20
In Japan, only about 20-30 percent of criminals are caught. In cases where it's reported the criminals haven't been caught, the press stop covering the story and people forget.

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Leon
Student, 27 (Dutch)
The police don't seem to have the strength to protect you as they don't look tough enough. I have been threatened a few times, but I didn't go to the police because I didn't think anything would be done.

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Rina
Student, 19
I don't feel like I know enough about the work of the police force. We never hear of the process, only the result. It seems a little secretive, as if not everything is above board.

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Alexi
Engineer, 28 (Canadian)
There is a high presence of police on the streets. Japan is a much safer place than Canada and other Western countries, and the high police presence may have something to do with this.

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Yuya
Modeling agency, 31
I think the Japanese police are weak. The incident in Nagoya where a man shot his family and two police officers is a situation that could have been handled better if they had made proper use of their guns.

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Margaret
Student, 20 (American)
I recently translated for a friend who had their wallet stolen. The police were very helpful and clear. They were more effective than the police in the States would have been.



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