After the beheading murders of the 2 Japanese hostages Kenji Goto and Haruna Yukawa by the Islamic State, Japan woke up lost and terrified. The Japanese government has been working on how to prevent these assassinations happening again. Moreover, Japanese citizens are scared now thinking it could happen inside Japan. This is why Japan starts anti-terrorist campaign. The goal is to analyze any suspicious behavior. Indeed, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scared that marginalized Japanese people get influenced and become Islamist extremists.
In order to do so, Japan sought advice from US, UK, Belgium and France: the 4 Western Countries where there are the most potential terrorists. The radicalization of people is usually fast and starts with ‘suspicious’ behaviors. Japanese government starts an anti-terrorist campaign and released a document summarizing the start of radicalization. Here are several behaviors that are seen as suspicious according to Japan:
- People who stop eating sushi or teriyaki
- Men who stop playing video games, watching anime or reading manga
- Men who stop watching porn movies
- People starting to litter in the street
- People who stop making noise while eating noodles
- People throwing away their camera
- People not going to KTV anymore
- People who stop being polite with other persons
It is clear in the document that those behaviors don’t make you a terrorist but you need to be suspicious about it. This starts to make Japanese paranoid. Some people are even getting suspicious about their relatives or friends. For instance, Peanuts Daily met Ms. Yukiko Yamamoto:
My husband watches news on TV, not anime or porn. He did not make noise while eating noodles pretexting they were not tasty. He did not go to KTV or a sushi place for a while. The other day, I even saw him throwing a cigarette butt on the street. I am very worried! This is intolerable, I think he is becoming a terrorist.
We advised her to denounce her husband to authorities for such unusual conduct.
Author: Mr. Akaka, Sak.