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Police officers set up a stand from where to observe passengers as part of special security measures ahead of the upcoming Ise-Shima G7 summit, at Tokyo Station on Monday.

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I often wonder if the main purpose of international events in Japan is to showcase the anti-terror and security measures of the authorities. What should really be background logistics and planning somehow becomes a centrepiece of the whole event. Who is it for? I suppose the ideology reinforced is that you are safe thanks to the state, with the accompanying message of safe from the dangerous outside.

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"We stop you"??

What is that supposed to mean? Displaying lots of confidence? _

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MoonrakerMay. 17, 2016 - 07:06AM JST

I suppose the ideology reinforced is that you are safe thanks to the state, with the accompanying message of safe from the dangerous outside.

You're 2/3 of the way to understanding the whole concept of the Japanese political/social contract which is based on the 17th Century ideas of Thomas Hobbes and goes no further in terms of intellectual content or historical progress.

You can forget Rousseau's Social Contract or Thomas Locke, that would just blow their minds completely.

The 1/3 you missed was that the populace must have unquestioning acquiescence to the Leviathan known as the Japanese state for the other 2 variables, that you mentioned, to succeed.

Japan is a dictatorship by consent.

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The first letter looks like an N so perhaps they are asking "can we stop you?" part of omotenashi?

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I often wonder if the main purpose of international events in Japan is to showcase the anti-terror and security measures of the authorities.

Not showcase, but justify their draconian and orwellian laws under the guise of security.

One point- the Summit is in Mie which is about 8 hours by car from Tokyo (I know cause I often go to Mie). Why do they need such insane countermeasures in Tokyo??

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^ That does look like a lower case 'n' , it probably says, "When we stop you" followed by, "please to obey out rules", and "Stop za terror !"

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Wow, I feel safer already. It only took six out of seven cops to position seven cones.

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Signs and cones in place, next stage is to stand around asking everyone politely to follow the rules, simultaneously ignoring those who don't.

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one police officer per cone.

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Chief Wiggum, 4th from left, doesn't look like he could outrun one of those cones.

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Sad part is, what they are doing, in their minds is the right thing. The solution to it all. This is nothing. Wait until the olympics. There will be massive amounts of security, everywhere.

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I often wonder where is the threat from? Yet the Japanese state allows organized crime to exist with all the liabilities that brings to the average Japanese person.

We should also question the vast resources wasted on this security apparatus which is designed (in this case) to protect people flying thousands of miles to Japan, (another blatant waste)

when the whole meeting could be enabled by teleconferencing........

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I often wonder where is the threat from?

From the section of the Japanese population that isn't happy with what's happening in their country and might be minded to do something about it. The state is terrified of social unrest and these coppers are there to passively intimidate the locals with their prescence.

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Absolutely. Go cone police. Go team!

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The second guy from the left is not wearing a uniform; maybe an investigator or detective; this is some serious business now...Also, close examination reveals EIGHT cones, not seven; these guys are really overtaxed.

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The state is terrified of social unrest and these coppers are there to passively intimidate the locals with their prescence.

and to make a show of how they are able to keep the population under heel.
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It's either a game of musical cones or the J-keystone Team practicing for the new 2020 Olympic event, Synchronized Cone Dancing. Note the speaker in the top right hand corner for the music.

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Note the officer carrying the cone-positioning manual, to make sure each cone is in the correct place.

Oh, and if they want to make absolutely sure that security is watertight, I can recommend a British anti-terrorism security company, with very recent experience at Old Trafford.

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just imagine for a second: someone is if filming this and plays it fast , while listening to Benny Hill!!

how many police it requires to put 8 cones?

sing Karaoke with the Police : We will We we Stop!! (we will rock you by queen)

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Japanese Police: We stop you.

I don't think that new slogan is a winner...

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..or maybe they're just planning to bash any unsuspecting rapscallions or ne'erdowells over the head with these lethal, orange and white, stripy weapons, cunningly disguised as cones.

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With all the unrest in Japan basically of the native Japanese variety to date,why is the electronic message 'we stop you' in English?

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I think it means "No Entry"

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No Ginger, OMG, don't make me laugh like that while I'm drinking coffee in front of my laptop.

Oh, and if they want to make absolutely sure that security is watertight, I can recommend a British anti-terrorism security company, with very recent experience at Old Trafford <<

I looked up Old Trafford, and THIS is what I found:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-36307246

NOT funny to the FootBaller Fans.

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We Stop You.

Ironic title, considering that is the would-be slogan for those who wish to disrupt the G7 meeting, as was done in Seattle.

And even more ironic, since this years meeting takes place in Japan, the only G7 ''postindustrial country with preindustrial goals."

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It's a scrolling message that just happened to be displaying "we stop you" out of context as the picture was taken

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too much. police state as Americans would say. Safe is one thing, security another, but going overboard is ridiculous but it appears Japan is slowly more and more becoming like America where we don't feel safe. Which is worse the strong presence of military police under the guise of security or giving up safety under the guise of security. I chose let the chips fall where they may and place the responsibility of the leaders coming in take the fall for what the people see them as failing as leaders and do the honorable action and step down from the roles.

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