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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007

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Does fingerprinting foreign arrivals help Japan in its "war on terror"?


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Masaharu Ito
Salesman, 42
From the point of view of foreigners' human rights, I cannot accept this system. However, it's a fact that foreign crime is increasing, so for national security I think the system is necessary.

Yumi Oguri

Yumi Oguri
Student, 22
I had to get fingerprinted in the U.S. and I think Japan should have done it sooner. I'm scared when I take the train. I know foreigners don't like it, but if you have nothing to hide, you should be OK.

Camilo Hilario

Camilo Hilario
Web design, 30 (Aussie)
The government in Japan seems trustworthy so I think it's OK. I wouldn't want to get fingerprinted in some other countries, like the Philippines. I guess it depends on the government.

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Mike Migliacci
English teacher, 32 (U.S.)
The only terrorism that has happened here has been by Japanese people! We do the same in the U.S., so I guess I can't really say anything against it. I don't think it really helps fight terrorism though.

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Keiko Moriya
Japanese teacher
In this day and age people come into Japan from everywhere so I'm afraid there's no other way, although I hope the government develops a different method

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Kim Jae Hong
Student, 24 (South Korean)
The idea is terrible, but I'm afraid there are no other options. These days people can enter the country easier. We have to get fingerprinted, but it is a lot of bother and takes too much time.



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