chapter  9
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Crime by Foreigners

Japanese justice officials and the public have become aroused by foreign criminality. The issue of the extent of the increase in crime by foreigners (sometimes called gaijin) is relatively dear, but how it is perceived and characterized by the media is a different matter. First, it should be noted, that the termgaijin means outsider as weH as foreigner, and this says something about public attitudes toward foreigners. Surveys done by the prime minister's office in recent years have revealed that most Japanese do not wish to form "doser" relationships with foreigners. Also, the word gaijin has a pejorative meaning in some quarters, and one Japanese scholar friend once joked to the author that non-Japanese are viewed as less human by Japanese.