Regarding D.B.’s July 17 letter, “Three days in the Hakodate jail”: Japanese law is quite clear — a visitor must carry his passport with him at all times. I cannot believe that this gentleman chose to deliberately break the law by traveling to Hokkaido at a time of heightened security without his passport. Is this arrogance, stupidity or both? The excuse? It was raining! Did he leave all his paper money behind, too, so that it also would not get wet? D.B should consider himself lucky to have been released after only three days.
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