Police Officers Apologize for Wrong Suspicion  この時代における、あるべき「国家の役割」とは?

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I was walking with one of my “black” friends. Suddenly, three police men ran up to us and asked us,

“Can we do “item check” on you please?”

It was a very polite manner. We were absolutely surprised, and just said “sure.” We did not have a time to think.

Then, two police men out of three started item check and body check ONLY on my friend. There was one more female police man left, and she was just talking to me. She was explaining that sometimes they find drugs by doing those “item check.”

So I asked,

“Are you doing item check on him BECAUSE HE IS A FOREIGNER?”

Then she said,


Then, she did a very light “item check” on me too. It was lighter than one at airports.

Still, I felt horrible.

I did not want be done such a thing again, so I asked them a document saying that “they already checked us and it was a wrong suspicion.”

They said police does not have that kind of document.

The police men said these item checks are for “public welfare.”

I understand. I understand that they have to do those things, looking for foreigners and doing item checks of the foreigners and people with them, as long as the nation exists.

And what is important is they apologized. They admitted that they invaded us, our feelings, and they were sincerely sorry for that.

I hear a lot of terrible unreasonable stories about police especially in the U.S. Compared to that, it can be said that there is a hope in Japan. Some people might think that the police men just did their job in this case and it was finished even nicely.

However, is it really justifiable to sacrifice some people for the majority? Is that really a nation’a job? Does discriminating foreigners really lead to “peace” or citizens’ well-being?

What should we pursue in this globalizing world? What should nations do? How individuals should be responsible for their nation? And, what kind of world should we try to achieve…?

問題発言「こんな人たち」Japanese Prime Minister Abe called his citizens “such people.”


Japanese Prime Minister Abe called his citizens “such people.” He does not fulfill his duty as a politician in a democratic country to explain to his people but he spoke ill of his citizens. How can such a person be the Prime Minister of a democratic country??? It only seems like the beginning of collapse of democracy and authoritarianism. His statement is nothing but controversial statement which should lead to resignation. Japan is getting into really a dangerous situation.

南スーダンの声 Voice from South Sudan

Clashes between anti-government force and government troops have been already ceased, but still International humanitarian services have difficulties to reach there and people in South Sudan are still kind of abandoned. I received a heat-wrenching message from South Sudan expressing crisis there below:

“There is much starvation, sickness brake out and many are losing lives for lack of medication and lack of funds for treatment & feeding.
International humanitarian  service would like to find some ways to bring relief but not easy.
Personally I have not been feeding well right from the days of fighting in Juba, I tried to get some treatment but it was not easy for lack of funds and proper medical invitation facility which are not there, there were Chinese medical centers but have close down because of the fallen economy of the country and other centers have been destroyed or looted. That is why I want to go to Uganda, but if I go the question for money for treatment become out standing challenge.”

What can we do?

南スーダン 徴兵制強化へ? Reinforce Military Service Program in South Sudan?

People in South Sudan are displaced to shelters in churches and some other places in awfully dangerous situation that bullets flying over their head in the fight between anti-government force and government troops. They reached cease-fire in a few days, but approximately 270 people died in the confusion. South Sudan government is probably going to start the military draft, and some people wish to move to neighboring countries such as Uganda. I hope they are going to try to reconcile and compromise fundamentally.

Why Rwanda is a Very Safe Country? ルワンダの安全はどこから来ているのか?


It is usually said that Rwanda is a safe country and had low crime rate. It is safe to walk outside at night for even women in most places.


It seems doubtless that each Rwandan works for peace and harmony in his or her everyday life. They try to have no conflict. This is where I felt similarity with Japan.

Also, security control in Rwanda is very strict. Especially in the evening, soldiers are standing with guns on streets in every few hundreds meters. When people see such force that often, they behave themselves without consciousness.

Having Many Authority in Public → Few Crimes = Safe?

Does Rwandan government trust Rwandans?

Being kept an eye on every minute, even if Rwandans do not care anymore because that is their everyday life, can they act truly to their mind with confidence?

Today’s leading party of Rwanda, RPF, Rwandan Patriotic Front, is very powerful. They emphasize that good strong leadership is important to maintain peace and harmony, and this emphasis is widely and deeply overspread among Rwandans. Even people work for genocide memorials throughout the country are sent from the government.