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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How do you feel about the Narita incident and "guinea pig" foreigners?


By LEIGH COOPER and JARED NEWMEYER

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Pierre-Louis Vigne, 20
Student (France)
Gaijin are the only ones who sometimes try to not pay, or don't respect the system like Japanese do. So the Japanese might have reason to believe foreigners could be more suspicious.

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Allison Walsh, 20
Student (U.S.)
If there are problems, there should be a way for the people involved not be convicted if they report the incident. Tests need guinea pigs, but what matters is the consequences.

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John Broe, 76
Retired (U.K.)
Planting evidence is wrong, but I agree with the Japanese being strict on foreigners. They want to keep the country fairly homogeneous and I agree with it, even though I'm a foreigner.

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Erik Johansson, 29
Web design (Sweden)
Obviously it's not acceptable to make people guinea pigs, especially if its an illegal act. You start wondering after you are targeted, "Why me? Why was I chosen?"

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Ruriko Sakai, 21
Student
Incidents like at Narita are very dangerous. The targets should be notified, it didn't happen just once. If I was randomly chosen I would not feel good about it. The system isn't right.

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James Sharp, 24
Researcher (U.K.)
There's a tendency for the Japanese to not communicate what they're doing. When I have to give a presentation, I'm not told what to do until the last minute. It doesn't help with confidence.



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