This is deeply regrettable, as Tor is not the dark and dangerous shadow network that the NPA seems to think it is. Tor is merely a tool, and like all tools, it can be used both responsibly and irresponsibly.
The truth is, the Tor network helps people in repressive countries, such as Tibet, bypass censorship and communicate with the outside world. It helps whistleblowers safely expose unethical behaviour by powerful people. Tor can and is used every day for noble ends.
At last count, there were 52 Tor nodes operating in Japan, several of those exit nodes. Each and every one of those nodes contributes to the strength and stability of the network, and the exit nodes in particular help users in less fortunate countries than ours.
By discouraging Tor use in Japan, they weaken the strength of the entire network. They reduce the options for people in repressive regimes. And they rob your own people of a legitimate and perfectly legal tool that can be used to protect privacy in a world that regards it as less and less important with each passing day.
I strongly oppose your recommendation for ISPs to assist site administrators in blocking IP addresses related to the Tor network. The Tor network is a method for protecting user privacy, not a criminal tool. Especially since you captured a suspect in the computer hijacking case, it is evident that his using Tor did not hinder your ability to ultimately track down and arrest him.
By asking ISPs and site administrators to block Tor IP addresses, you are collectively punishing innocent users along with potential guilty parties. You are discouraging the use of Tor in Japan, which weakens the network and makes it harder for people in repressive countries to bypass censorship and protect human rights.
I urge you to withdraw your recommendations and allow the Tor network to continue operating in Japan unmolested.
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