The June Issue of the Alien Times, entitled the Police Issue, was featured on the Ibaraki Page of the June 13 edition of the Asahi Shinbun newspaper. The article featured a picture of the Alien Times front page and was entitled, The Tsukuba University Student Murder Draws Interest of Foreigners, with a subtitle, Local English Language Newspaper Runs Special Edition; Questions Raised About Police Investigation.
The article mentioned the rumor that was going around in May that the police already had arrested the culprit but simply kept it quiet in order to have an excuse to question more foreigners and get more information about them. Likewise, the article mentioned the perception that numerous foreign residents apparently were getting that the police were somehow, the enemy, and that this perception would hamper cooperation with the police in the future. The article closed with the appeal made in the Alien Times that it is important for the police and the international community to develop a mutual feeling of trust in the future.
Alien Times editor, Tim Boyle, was also interviewed by a reporter from the national weekly magazine, Shukan Shincho, which featured an article on the unsolved murder in a recent issue. There, it was reported that a local reporter said such and such, but there was no mention of the Alien Times per se.
Concerning the rumor about the police already having the suspect in custody, there was actually a bit of truth to the tale. It is anybody’s guess as to how the information leaked out to start the rumor, but as it turns out, the police did pick up a tall, non-student foreigner who frequented the campus, but for whatever reasons, he is not considered a suspect, and at present, there are still no solid leads.
It was also reported to the Alien Times that the last issue was being translated into Japanese for the local Tsukuba Police to read and get a better understanding of how foreigners feel about the issue of police investigations. Hopefully, some of the distrust and misunderstanding that have intensified because of this tragic occurrence can be rectified in the future.
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