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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Who benefits from Japan's ramped-up immigration measures?


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Ajeet Singh
Company worker (Indian)
It benefits Japanese society. I came before they started the fingerprinting, but now many people come here and stay illegally, so you have to protect the country against them.

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Masae Nagami
HR assistant
The measures mainly benefit the government, not average citizens. I think that it doesn't really protect the people, and I worry that the information is being used for other purposes.

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Kokoh Sekine
Journalist
I have foreign colleagues in the press who oppose it, yet I also understand that terrorism is a threat. It could benefit society if our government was selective about using this technology.

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Ben Dickson
Student (Australian)
The government benefits, I guess. It's useful to have everybody's records. It feels pretty unnecessary, though, and I'm not sure how long they plan to keep the data.

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Manabu
Freelance worker
There's no benefit to anybody. On the contrary, I think it damages Japan's image abroad. I've never had to deal with it, but if I did, I'd be uneasy, or feel it's a hassle.

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Brian Jenkins
English teacher (American)
The antiterrorism push here is down to U.S. hypersensitivity to "terrorism" and their need to drag everyone aboard the paranoia wagon. Firms that make the technology benefit.



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