Definitions

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  • n. An oval gold coin in the Edo period of feudal Japan.
  • n. A small community police office, a police box.

Etymologies

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Japanese 小判 (こばん, koban)

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Japanese 交番 (こうばん, kōban)

Examples

  • The National Police Agency says that '' koban '' police boxes and '' hashutsujo '' police branch offices are located at about 13,000 places across the country but the number represents a decline of around 1,000 from five years earlier.

    Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

  • Last week, the town reopened its first koban , a small neighborhood police station, which is a staple of most Japanese communities.

    Fateful Choice on a Day of Disaster

  • Since, according to Morris, the kanmon should be equivalent to the ichibu-koban, I have to assume that the monsen needs to be scaled up.

    When translating, leave currency in the original units

  • At the end of Main Street, make a U-turn when you hit another gate, called Zenrin Mon or the Zenrin Gate, and retrace your steps to the koban (police station).

    Yokohama

  • At the koban, turn right at Nanmon Siruku Rodo (South Gate Silk Road), which is full of quirky stores.

    Yokohama

  • Police lived with their families in chuzai-sho, small stations with residential quarters, or spent long hours in koban, tiny police boxes built in every neighborhood.

    Battling A New Breed Of Criminal

  • Just as koban symbolize Japan's old ways, Nishimura's sleek office foreshadows a different future.

    Battling A New Breed Of Criminal

  • They saw that he represented a new breed -- the product of contemporary societal breakdown rather than poverty, the kind of criminal who would be invisible to cops in the koban.

    Battling A New Breed Of Criminal

  • Indeed, in metropolitan districts, koban are necessarily situated near porno shops and pin-ball parlours.

    The Perry Legacy

  • The main secret behind the safe streets of Japan is the man (sometimes his wife, too) in the koban – police boxes. 6,000 koban are distributed in the cities; another 9,000 in the country.

    The Perry Legacy

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