Monday, November 14, 2005

Police presence

As Bush makes his rounds in Asia, the number of cops guarding the US Embassy here has approximately doubled, with the addition of many locations where roads leading to it can be quickly closed off. Today when I went to get my lunch box I walked past the embassy as usual and noticed that the number of police was even larger than last week. There were several brawny looking guys in pinstripe suits as well, standing on curbs looking grim. While I stood and watched, a group of about ten cops marched down the block from the embassy, one holding a large blue flag with a "3" on it, another carrying a bullhorn. I stood around to see if something else would happen, but nothing did, so I returned inside to have my lunch. I'll check back this afternoon to see if anything's going on out there.

In other news, I have finally purchased a ticket to travel back to Mass/NJ/NY during Thanksgiving. I'll be in the US from 11/21 to 12/6. Hope to see you all!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Bush generally regarded over there? I'm assuming not that well. Are there likely to be protests?

Also, the people want to hear about this earthquake in northern Japan.


9:34 AM  
Blogger jarsyl said...

There are protests here from time to time. We had one just before lunch actually. There aren't restrictions on noise in Tokyo, so they use really loud amplification to get their message (always in Japanese) to the embassy. The police quickly close off the street to keep the protestors a block away. I'm not too sure about the general Japanese public opinion of Bush, but I don't think it's a positive one.

12:05 PM  

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