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    When was the last time that 6,000 black people...

    When was the last time that 6,000 black people were massacred in the U.S.? Longer than 80 years ago, to be sure. We're talking potentialities.

    Who says we're not? This forum is for dicussing...
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    In a way, this kind of racism is actually...

    In a way, this kind of racism is actually preferable--if one must deal with racism, is it not better to have racism that (a) does not threaten violence, and (b) can be easily identified? I would...
  3. About cases and accomplices--I guess so, but the...

    About cases and accomplices--I guess so, but the numbers can be misleading--bet you that most people figured that 61 people were murdered by foreigners (when the real number was 37).

    I hadn't...
  4. Found another report at the National Police...

    Found another report at the National Police Agency web site (relevant chart on page 2). It clears up a few things.

    First of all, it has to be understood that two different numbers are being...
  5. Yeah, I hate these things, just thinly veiled...

    Yeah, I hate these things, just thinly veiled racism. They have to blend the visa-overstaying with other crimes to hide the fact that the largest part of all those crimes are immigration-related....
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    Note the perfect fit between the open door switch...

    Note the perfect fit between the open door switch at bottom and the SECOM security label at top. The sign doesn't look faked.

    And I doubt very much that the shop "would be reported in the papers...
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    They usually assume you've stolen it. Bicycles...

    They usually assume you've stolen it. Bicycles are relatively ubiquitous in Japan (relative to the U.S., not to China, for example), and you can find zillions parked near stations. But the locks on...
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    Poll: You have to have one if you are staying for more...

    You have to have one if you are staying for more than 90 days (the length of a tourist visa). You get one by going to the ward/city hall (kuyakusho/shiyakusho) where you live and apply for one....
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    Hmmm, could very well be exactly as you say. My...

    Hmmm, could very well be exactly as you say. My guess, however, would be that in the post-9/11 Tokyo, the police are being really stupid in their security methods. You know how they recently...
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    Re: NOVA--from what I have picked up from...

    Re: NOVA--from what I have picked up from speaking a a good number of people who taught at NOVA schools (including my sister-in-law, who worked at two different branches), the chain is somewhat of a...
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    Wow. I have noticed that police behavior is...

    Wow. I have noticed that police behavior is specific to certain areas--in Tachikawa I was never stopped, for example, while in Koganei, just a few stations down the Chuo, I got stopped constantly.
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    In my experience (first came to live and work in...

    In my experience (first came to live and work in Japan in 1985), discrimination against foreigners was at somewhat of a peak in the 1980's, in large part due to (a) the trade war with the U.S. and...
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