My number one Tokyo security fetish are policemen on top of 20 cm ladders. Really, it’s like a pantry step stool. So low tech, so minimal, and yet ever so watchful. If he needs to jump off the stool in hot pursuit, please please take care getting down!
One foreigner is a hair collector. The other foreigner allowed this micro-violence. At the State Guesthouse, special open garden day. The two ladies in the background are supposed to be providing security.
Enough arts & crafts. I am certain that most of my readers are more interested in moe. No?
I was waiting patiently at the lobby of a large multinational, and couldn’t help notice this young salaryman also waiting. He stood in the center of the lobby, holding the visitor badges for his guests, rocking on one foot.
There was something sublime about this mix of attention and boredom, formality and fashion, hard surfaces and human activity, security and hospitality. I should have taken a short movie ;-(
On the same day the US is complaining about election irregularities in Afghanistan comes the report that the outsourced service hired to guard the US Embassy in Kabul is responsible for security, morale and and discipline breakdowns. Of course, the “fondling and urinated” caught my attention.
The oversight group’s report said that guards worked in a “Lord of the Flies environment,” where they and their supervisors fondled and urinated on one another. They cite photographs that suggest guards have drawn Afghans into activities forbidden in a conservative Muslin country.
The contractor since 2007 is ArmorGroup, owned by Wackenhut Services Inc. As usual, photographs will be appearing soon. Way to win the “war of necessity,” Obama!