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- n. Plural form of koban.
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Consisting of Kandinsky-esque sprays of arrows and geometric shapes, these maps confound even the Japanese — witness the confused, map-clutching people constantly outside the kobans, or police kiosks, in every urban neighborhood.
Police are posted at ubiquitous kobans, police boxes manned by one or two officers, and in cities there's almost always a koban within walking distance of another koban.
The "KidCare" booklet now includes local emergency phone numbers of the Guam police precincts and kobans and medical facilities, among other information.