Richie BartlettFree feel-ups from people in uniform…
Just one of the many “perks” that comes with living in one of the most foreigner “friendly” countries in the world - Japan!
Legal hurdles are high when it comes to seeking redress
Foreign Tokyo resident “P” writes:
On a recent Sunday at 6:25 p.m. in Roppongi, I was stopped by two police officers for apparently no reason in a clear case of racial discrimination. After showing my ID, the police gave me no explanation relating to any criminal act they suspected me of, and they harassed me.
Richie BartlettActually, the practice is slightly different… Especially if you are NOT a Japanese National.
In short, the police are permitted to:
- stop a person for questioning, and, if they try to escape, to seize them (although the officers are not allowed to restrain or arrest them).
- question them (although they have no obligation to answer these questions).
- request (but not force) them to accompany the officers to a nearby police station or police box for the questioning.
- frisk them with or without consent. (This is not written in the act, but precedents have established this. Basically, the frisking is limited to patting down over their clothing.)