Tuesday, November 20, 2007

These are the beginnings...

Updated

There were protests at the Ministry of Justice in Tokyo. Read the story from Debito here.

November 20th, 2007

All foreigners will begin getting fingerprinted today upon entering Japanese soil. Already delays have been reported roughly six to seven times longer than those under the old regulations. No word about any organized protests at immigration control or how the automated gate system is working.

6 comments:

ttrahan said...

You must read this article: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/fl20071120a1.html

lina said...

Japan is the second country after USA doing this. How did it fare in USA?

Tony Kiernan said...

Interesting that most of the vociferous complaints about this on the blogosphere seem to be coming from Americans. I'd suspect your indignation would be considerably less if you'd ever had to pass through US immigration. Where you have been fingerprinted and photographed for years now.

ターナー said...

Let me address both of your comments.

Tony, I think we can all agree with your flawless logic: a citizen of a country should be held 100% responsible for the actions of his government. I wonder why I just don't accost random Japanese on the street and start pointing fingers...

In any case, this is different from the US immigration policies, in that permanent residents aren't distinguished from first-time visitors. This is especially disturbing because those with spouse visas will be separating from their families and fingerprinted like criminals. Never mind the fact that the basis for this new law has no foundation where Japan is concerned.

Tony Kiernan said...

I meant that more as an observation than as a criticism of anyone. My point being that the rest of us seem more resigned to this being the way in the future. Wasn't suggesting you had no right to protest, or should blame the ordinary Japanese people for this. If anything the opposite.

Hey, I'm in the UK. A country where compulsory biometric id cards for it's own citizens are being introduced. (While the parliament voted against such passes for Westminster. Too dangerous.) I'd have a cheek to point fingers. So to speak.

ターナー said...

I don't know whom you're referring to when you say "the rest of us seem more resigned to this being the way in the future." I have several British friends and they're pretty upset (one outraged) at the reimplementation of this racist policy.

Accepting this as the way of the future is the first step to becoming complacent about your rights, in your native country or while living abroad - the fact of the matter is, this is definitely not the way of the future, we should not resign ourselves to abuses of authority, and in this case, being fingerprinted at the border is nothing more than a racist baseless policy.