Comment: When the government wants to bring in oppressive measures

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When the government wants to bring in oppressive measures

for use on its own people, starting out with foreigners/aliens is the
often perfect "in".

Example -

All foreigners in Japan are obligated to carry alien registration
cards at all times (except for some ethnic Koreans and Chinese
that were born here, but don't have citizenship).

Japanese are not legally obligated to carry ID.

*But* there are documented cases of Japanese police
stopping and detaining Japanese citizens without ID
justifying it by saying that they don't look or act Japanese
enough, so they must be foreigners, so where's your ID?

"Logical" next step? Make the Japanese carry ID so it can
be determined that they are not foreigners..for their
own protection, of course..

There are reasons for that old Golden Rule.