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tornadoes28 Says:
May 28th, 2008 at 12:02 am
The article only states that the customs officials asked for it to be returned if found? If this happened in the US, the article would always state that officials are conducting an investigation into what happened or are taking measures to prevent it from happeneing or even that they will discontinue this type of exercise.

Apparantly not in Japan. the only statement from customs is “please return it”.

Let me answer your question. And since he blocks my comment, I'll write it here.

Customs lose hash stash planted in traveler's luggage to train sniffer dogs

NARITA -- Customs officials have lost 124 grams of hashish they planted in an unknowing traveler's luggage to train drug sniffing dogs, the head of Narita Customs said Monday.

Customs officials are banned from using travelers' luggage for training practices, but one worker said it was common practice.

"We want to improve the sniffer dogs' ability, so we have practiced this way several times in the past," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Manpei Tanaka, head of Customs' Narita branch, apologized for the incident.

"It's extremely regrettable that we have invited this sort of situation on ourselves. We will investigate the facts behind the case, provide thorough training and deal strictly with those involved," Tanaka said.

Customs said the hash was stored in a metal container stuffed into the pocket of a soft, black suitcase belonging to one of 283 passengers traveling on Cathay Pacific Flight 520 from Hong Kong to Narita, which arrived at 3:31 p.m. on Sunday. The owner of the suitcase is unknown and passengers were not informed that their luggage would be used to train the drug-seeking dogs.

Customs officials said four customs officials had two sniffer dogs working a luggage conveyor at Narita, but neither was able to find the drugs. Police are asking passengers on the flight about the missing drugs.

Customs regulations require customs officials to prepare luggage for training exercises like the one carried out on Sunday and specifically ban travelers' baggage from being used.(Mainichi Japan) May 26, 2008

Does that answer your question?
(If you feel this is not specified enough, give me some examples from the U.S.articles which will answer your question.)

Actually if you can read Japanese, and if you look at LB's post, I suppose you didn't ask these questions, because they have answered your question.
Mr Arudou, for some reason, didn't translate them for you despite your question.

I am a bit surprised that somebody read Mr Arudou's articles at face value and I am a bit disappointed that somebody jumps to the conclusion based on Mr Arudos post alone.

What this customs official did was unforgivable.

But I am inclined to agree with LB, I wonder how Mr Arudou's conspiracy theory holds.
Notice Mr Arudou wrote his article based on CNN's article alone. The CNN article does not mention Cathay Pacific Flight.In other words, the CNN article does not give any clue as for whether the custom officer intentionally chose foreigner's suitcase. And yet he concluded the custom officers used foreigners as Guinea Pig . It was purely his speculation.
Now later it turned out the flight was Cathay Pacific. Does it follow that passengers were foreigners? Sure there might be foreigners, but I guess a Cathay Pacific flight from and to Tokyo is also filled with Japanese businessmen.
So far there is no reasonable ground to infer that the customs officer intentionally selected a foreigner's bag.
So Mr Arudou has drawn his conclusion based on his bias.

Mark in Yayoi says
Baggage usually has a label on it indicating the owner.

But if the he knew the label, it must have been much easier to find out the passenger. But the fact is that Tokyo customs office got contact with 283 passenger who were on board to find out the luggage.(ANN News on Japan probe(Incidentally notice nobody holds the conspiracy theory on Japan Probe))

Mark in yayoi also says
It’s inconceivable that the customs official didn’t have some idea that their free training dummy was non-Japanese.

It's inconceivable either that the customs official didn't have some idea that their free training dummy was Japanese.Because there must have been many passengers, Japanese and non-Japanese. Rather it is most likely he didn't think of nationality when he put a bag of marijuana in the luggage.

Is itcommon practice in USA that a customs official set a foreigner up by putting a bag of marijuana in a suitcase? Is that why they hold such a conspiracy theory?

7 件のコメント:

doinkies さんのコメント...

LB's posted some comments on Japan Probe in English too.

I agree with you, this person probably just selected a random bag and didn't pay attention to the label on the bag (otherwise the other customs people would not have questioned other passengers, they would have already known which one had the hash). He was an irresponsible doink for breaking the rules but I don't think he did this out of any racist motives.

ponta さんのコメント...

I agree.
It was indeed irresponsible of the customs officer, and I understand the foreigners' concern.
But I think it is also stupid to connect this incident with Baker's case which British government also found guilty.(British does not imprison the innocent, doesn't it?)and to regard it as motivated out of racism.
I don't see nothing wrong with the way Japan Probe presents the case, but Mr Arudou's style just put weadge betwen J and NJ. I think NJ in Japan should realize it. The sooner, the better.

LB さんのコメント...
lb さんのコメント...

Hello Ponta,

Looks like you and I may be in the same boat - Debito now seems to be blocking my posts as well. I figured it would happen at some point, but great timing: "Show me that the Japanese legal system does not enable police torture!" OK, did it - and the evidence never appears...

Don't want to put out anything which contradicts "the message", after all.


ponta さんのコメント...

Hello LB
Did he block your comments too?
Oh my.
As I see them, your comments have been informative and balanced.

It seems the truth hurts, but the lie pleases.

I understand the foreigners in Japan have many complaints which the native Japanese do not realise and therefore that there is urgent need for them to organize an association to speak out.

But Mr Arudo's style is not right.
Rather than giving correct information, his blog is giving wrong message to NJ as well as J.
Honestly in my opinion his blog is doomed because he rejects open discussions. Not only that, his blog as it is is promoting negative image of foreigners and fueling racial disparity.
Let me give you an example.
This woman uploaded the message in Japanese that was basically based on Mr. Arudo's blog:She even linked to his blog. There was such huge negative repercussion from the Japanese that she stopped uploading the original video and apologized for the misunderstanding.
I don't think she was ill-intended---in fact, she must be well-intended according to the video re-uploaded, but I think she was misled by Mr. Arudo's blog.
Mr.Arudou's style will be perceived among the Japanese as Jermiah Wright type of preach at best, or North Korean propaganda at worst.
I hope some other people will speak out for Gaijin so that J and NJ talk and live together comfortably and understand each other.

Let's get in touch, and let me know if it is made clear that he picks your comment as a spam mail just as he did to me.

LB さんのコメント...

Hi Ponta,

Yup, I am definitely persona non grata there. And he knows me in the real world too! He won't post my response to the demand for "proof2 that Japan's legal system does not condone police brutality, but he allows posts from others challenging my original claim (some Debitard claims I am "trolling for attention" - no, that would be Debito). This is the offensive posting that apparently is too dangerous to be allowed on his site:

Odd. I thought I replied to Stevie's question, but it doesn't seem to be appearing. Possibly a computer glitch, these things do happen...

I'll try again, and take a screenshot just to reassure myself I'm not going senile.


The Shibushi Jiken
Or just google "志布志事件", or 鹿児島事件(Kagoshima Jiken, 鹿児島選挙違反事件(Kagoshima Senkyo Ihan Jiken) or 鹿児島県議選買収事件(Kagoshima-ken Gisen Baishuu Jiken.

There is an entire blog devoted to the issue, with case stories of the
judiciary in various parts of the country penalizing the police or
prosecutors for overstepping their bounds:

For example, go to the archive for September 2007 and click on the first two stories that pop up.

These only took a few minutes to find, and I know for a fact there are more cases like these out there (unfortunately). The point is, the legal system does NOT give the police carte blanche to do whatever they want, and WILL pass a decision against them if they abuse their powers.

Radical stuff, the truth.

ponta さんのコメント...

I posted your comment.
LB, could you give me e-mail?

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