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Thomas Dillon’s March 7 column, “Statistically speaking “: The author makes numerous assumptions, but one big assumption stands out in particular: If statistics don’t lie, it would appear that some Japanese people do not like living next to a foreigner or someone of a different race. Does that mean, then, that such Japanese people are out to get the foreigner? Not liking someone and being out to get someone are not the same thing.

Amid such low crime rates, the author is foolish to expect that a Japanese neighbor would commit some sort of malicious act against him. Was the author of this article expecting everyone in Japan to like him? A rather foolish expectation of anyone when moving to a country. Was the author expecting everyone to like him because he is a foreigner?

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