HAPPY NEW YEAR! Everyone at Maxwell English prays for your peace, health and prosperity in
2011. This year Maxwell English will further strengthen its education and administration
base. Several new projects will be implemented in the next weeks and months.
A day or so before the New Year, Alburr had a terrible surprise. Alburr goes to a kickboxing
gym in near Odawara Station. While going there he saw the sign of a dance studio. Alburr is
interested in trying new things and has never done any kind of dancing before. He decided to
visit the studio to get a pamphlet and enquire about trial lessons. Being close to New Year,
the only people in the dance studio were the owner and a few of her friends and students.
A few hours later, our school receieved a phone call from the dance school owner. She said
Alburr had stolen her wallet! She said she was reporting Alburr to the police! I went to
Alburr’s apartment to search it and his gym bag together. It was important I become a
witness. Meanwhile, the school owner continued to call our school. She was very angry and
100% convinced Alburr was the thief. The next day, it was found that one of the dance school
owner’s friends had stolen the wallet.
All Maxwell English teachers are very conscious of obeying Japanese laws. We know we would
lose everything we have if forced to leave. In my case I’d lose a house, school and career.
Many foreigners in Japan feel that Japanese police and courts might more likely to believe
Japanese over foreigners. Avoiding trouble is our highest priority. Japan Times articles from
2003/10/7 and 2007/2/20 state ‘the foreign crime rate is ‘less — far less — as a proportion
of the population than the Japanese rate.’ Despite this, there is a reputation in the media
that foreigners are more likely to commit crimes. Such reputations lead to false accusations.
I feel sorry for Alburr. I don’t think he enjoyed his winter vacation.