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Cops and Donut Joints

December 20th, 2009

Sachi and I had a quick dinner at a Mexican grill in town tonight, and something I saw there made me realize something about Japan. A uniformed cop came in, had a drink, and left. And it made me realize that you never see that in Japan: uniformed police officers never come in to eating places as customers. You don’t see them sitting at tables eating food. Even donut joints.

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  1. December 20th, 2009 at 20:26 | #1

    They’re rethinking it here… recently in a burb south of Tacoma 4 cops were sitting going over their plans for the shift and doing some paperwork, and a nutjob walked into the joint and wound up killing all four.

    He took one of their guns and was shot dead by a Seattle cop about two days later. Mentally unbalanced, in trouble since his teens, typical story… except that he was given clemency by then-Governor Mike Huckabee.

    They’re saying this might just be the nail in the coffin for any further political aspirations for Huckabee.

  2. Troy
    December 21st, 2009 at 05:38 | #2

    mmm Chipotle. It’s the main thing keeping me from moving back to Tokyo :)

    The day they closed the Arby’s in Shibuya was a sad day indeed. Though in retrospect I was so incredibly lucky to be able to work 4 days a week in Shibuya in the early 90s. NCB wasn’t all bad :)

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