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It may not have been exactly what the government has in mind by the cliche “international cooperation,” but dozens of ordinary Japanese folk recently gave up a precious Sunday to help out foreigners in trouble.

The gaijin are locked up in jails around Japan thanks to trials that fell well short of fair and sometimes descended into farce, said a number of speakers at the Symposium to Free Govinda in Waseda University (Nov. 29th).

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