• Hirosaki, Aomori


Brian Hedge’s July 28 letter, “Pocket knife lands tourist, 74, in lockup,” presented in the Hotline to Nagatacho column, relates what seems to be an unfortunate incident stemming from police being overly zealous to enforce a new law. However, the article also raises a number of questions.

Is it not a sweeping generalization to characterize Japanese koban police officers as “incredibly backward and illogical” and to say that foreign tourists in Japan are targeted as criminals, or does the author have some evidence based on more than one case?

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