My respect for the government of Japan wavers on the service offered by the Ministry of Justice that allows Japanese citizens to send them an email on “foreign neighbours that cause them anxiety.” The service is meant to identify illegal foreigners in Japan.

A foreigner that causes anxiety is not necessarily an illegal alien. How could an ignoramus who thought up this service be working at the venerable Ministry of Justice?

If a Japanese in a foreign country caused anxiety to his neighbour (let’s say, by singing karaoke off-key or by cleaning up after the dog…), and reports him to his Justice Ministry (“There’s a mad alien picking up dog poo in the street”)–who is crazy, dumb and stupid in this situation? If they want to identify illegally-staying aliens, another criteria is necessary; and I don’t think the neighbours should decide that.

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