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Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place (rise of URBAN CAMOUFLAGE)
NYT ^ | 10/20/07 | MARTIN FACKLER

Posted on 10/20/2007 7:55:34 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster


Torin Boyd/Polaris, for The New York Times
Though street crime is relatively low in Japan, quirky camouflage designs like this vending-machine dress are being offered to an increasingly anxious public to hide from would-be assailants.

October 20, 2007

Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place

By MARTIN FACKLER

TOKYO, Oct. 19 — On a narrow Tokyo street, near a beef bowl restaurant and a pachinko parlor, Aya Tsukioka demonstrated new clothing designs that she hopes will ease Japan’s growing fears of crime.

Deftly, Ms. Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers — by disguising herself as a vending machine.

The wearer hides behind the sheet, printed with an actual-size photo of a vending machine. Ms. Tsukioka’s clothing is still in development, but she already has several versions, including one that unfolds from a kimono and a deluxe model with four sides for more complete camouflaging.

These elaborate defenses are coming at a time when crime rates are actually declining in Japan. But the Japanese, sensitive to the slightest signs of social fraying, say they feel growing anxiety about safety, fanned by sensationalist news media. Instead of pepper spray, though, they are devising a variety of novel solutions, some high-tech, others quirky, but all reflecting a peculiarly Japanese sensibility.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: camouflage; crime; freepun; japan; tlr
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Maybe American soldiers in Iraq should try something like this.
1 posted on 10/20/2007 7:55:39 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Where do you insert the quarters?


2 posted on 10/20/2007 7:58:12 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Wearing Coca-Cola machines? /s LOL!


3 posted on 10/20/2007 7:58:33 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Japanese people are weird. Cool, but weird.


4 posted on 10/20/2007 8:02:05 PM PDT by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
I am sure it can be accommodated. Two birds in one stone: avoiding crime, and making money at the same time.:-)

By the way, you should try a devil statue camouflage. Seriously.:-)

5 posted on 10/20/2007 8:02:29 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I’m torn,

brilliance or the most ridiculous idea ever?


6 posted on 10/20/2007 8:03:06 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: finnman69
Two sides of the same coin.:-)
7 posted on 10/20/2007 8:04:16 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

By holding the sheet open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers — by disguising herself as a vending machine.


Unless somebody wants to bust open a vending machine for free drinks and spare change. Then the situation would be both dangerous and awkward!


8 posted on 10/20/2007 8:04:39 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Gotta do something about the shoes...


10 posted on 10/20/2007 8:05:53 PM PDT by Redbob (WWJBD - "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: TigerLikesRooster
I am thankful I live in an area in which I can chose to wear a 357 magnum if I am being chased by “would-be assailants”
11 posted on 10/20/2007 8:06:23 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
The wearer hides behind the sheet,

Those silly people. I wear a Kimber 1911 Ultra Carry II 45ACP,
It's not much to hide behind but it's forward can be very flashy.

12 posted on 10/20/2007 8:06:25 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: finnman69

Yes, a quandary, hits most of us now and again. ;-)


13 posted on 10/20/2007 8:07:00 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I had a similar idea. I disguised myself as a fire hydrant. Didn’t work out too well.


15 posted on 10/20/2007 8:09:22 PM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: finnman69
brilliance or the most ridiculous idea ever?

I'm torn too... Time will tell. If you talk to some cops, real street cops, they've almost all got stories of "geniuses" that this kind of thing would fool.

16 posted on 10/20/2007 8:10:02 PM PDT by CodeMasterPhilzar
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To: Doctor Raoul
Where do you insert the quarters?

Don't ask.

17 posted on 10/20/2007 8:10:21 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: krb

It’s actually kind of sweet if you think about it.


18 posted on 10/20/2007 8:10:37 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Why don’t they just get a concealed weapon permit?
19 posted on 10/20/2007 8:11:22 PM PDT by Porterville (I'm an American. If you hate Americans, I hope our enemies destroy you. I will pray for my soul.)
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To: MARTIAL MONK
I had a similar idea. I disguised myself as a fire hydrant. Didn’t work out too well.

Question: How many doggies did you "meat/meet" so to speak?

20 posted on 10/20/2007 8:12:19 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: Porterville

I believe private firearms are illegal in Japan.


21 posted on 10/20/2007 8:14:36 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Sorry to post again, just having a hard time keeping my coffee in my mouth visualizing 30,000 Marines charging the enemy looking like soft drink vending machines.


22 posted on 10/20/2007 8:15:11 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: doc1019
Will get enemies distracted enough to be wiped out.:-)
23 posted on 10/20/2007 8:17:31 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They would laugh themselves to death. Still in stitches over the mental picture.


24 posted on 10/20/2007 8:23:29 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Here’s one for the not-a-ping list.


25 posted on 10/20/2007 8:27:20 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Of course, the bad guys are never going to notice a Coke machine trundling down the street by itself, with little white shoes sticking out from under it.


26 posted on 10/20/2007 8:39:06 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Looks like a halloween costsume run amok!


27 posted on 10/20/2007 8:50:16 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one BYJ movie at a time! (http://www.byj.co.kr))
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To: Jeff Chandler

don’t tell


28 posted on 10/20/2007 9:01:23 PM PDT by dglang
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Either this is satire or the NY Times will believe anything.


29 posted on 10/20/2007 9:02:39 PM PDT by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Yeah, I’ll dress up like a Coke machine whenever I walk through a dangerous neighborhood. That’ll fool them rascals!


30 posted on 10/20/2007 9:04:38 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Why, hello there, Mr. Smart!


31 posted on 10/20/2007 9:05:32 PM PDT by tanuki (u)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Yeah, apparently people in Japan don’t bust open Coke machines to steal the quarters like they do here.


32 posted on 10/20/2007 9:05:57 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Doctor Raoul

“Where do you insert the quarters?”

Or more importantly, what comes out when you do?


33 posted on 10/20/2007 9:16:52 PM PDT by PLMerite ("Unarmed, one can only flee from Evil. But Evil isn't overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper)
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To: SycoDon
lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large... caliber semiautomatic pistol.

Guess I just have a dirtier mind than you.

34 posted on 10/20/2007 9:26:13 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Redbob
Gotta do something about the shoes...

Yeah, vending machines usually wear wing-tips.

35 posted on 10/20/2007 9:31:14 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Be deranged in a consistent manner. Manson was nuts, but at least he was always on message." --dead)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Nobody steels money from vending machines in Japan?


36 posted on 10/20/2007 9:34:45 PM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: MARTIAL MONK

LOL


37 posted on 10/20/2007 9:35:33 PM PDT by packrat35 (Politicians would be less worthless if they were edible, or useable for packing wheel bearings.)
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To: yeehah

Japan’s a world unto itself in many ways. And that is definitely cool!


38 posted on 10/20/2007 9:37:40 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Who are the assailants?


39 posted on 10/20/2007 9:39:46 PM PDT by primeval patriot
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To: TigerLikesRooster

This stuff is why I love Japan.


40 posted on 10/20/2007 9:40:28 PM PDT by usmcobra (I sing Karaoke the way it was meant to be sung, drunk, badly and in Japanese)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/index.php?p=653
41 posted on 10/20/2007 9:41:24 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: TigerLikesRooster
They even have exercise videos that also teach English language phrases in case the attacker is foreign.


42 posted on 10/20/2007 9:42:04 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: gondramB

Here’s the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W1VY4b9IQQ


43 posted on 10/20/2007 9:46:19 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: gondramB

You could have sex in that thing....could be a good “disguise” for hookers.


44 posted on 10/20/2007 9:47:28 PM PDT by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

45 posted on 10/20/2007 9:48:42 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: Kevmo; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Ooooooo-kay.


46 posted on 10/20/2007 9:49:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Be deranged in a consistent manner. Manson was nuts, but at least he was always on message." --dead)
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To: spokeshave

>>You could have sex in that thing....could be a good “disguise” for hookers.<<

We are not the only people to see that possibility - you should see the parodies and response videos.


47 posted on 10/20/2007 9:52:04 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers — by disguising herself as a vending machine.

Unfortunately she was being pursued by Group Captain Lionel Mandrake and Colonel Bat Guano looking for change to call the President.


48 posted on 10/20/2007 9:55:33 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: MARTIAL MONK

Some days you are the dog. Some days you are the hydrant.


49 posted on 10/20/2007 10:04:48 PM PDT by magslinger (I will not submit.)
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To: SycoDon; Minn
lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large...

picture of...

And turns 'em into STONE!!

50 posted on 10/20/2007 10:19:43 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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