Why Japan Arrests Foreigners

  • Published on Aug 16, 2019
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    The Japanese justice system and Japanese laws are stricter than many countries and sometimes lead to foreigner arrests in Japan simply because foreigners are unaware of Japan laws and Japan justice system. The Japanese judicial system has 99% conviction rate in Japan so foreigners should be mindful and aware how strict Japan laws and rules are. Japanese Police arrests tourist in Japan or Japan Police arrest foreigners in Japan when they are under suspicion of a crime. Suspects will be brought into police custody to be interrogated for 3 days and if the Japanese police are still not satisfied, the police can request for additional detainment for up to 23 days total, without the suspect being officially charged with a crime in Japan. In this video, I interview a Japanese Trial Lawyer, Yugo Ishibashi, to help me understand the Japanese justice system as well as to share with foreigners and tourists how Japanese law works in Japan and maybe gain some insight on what options a foreigner has if arrested in Japan. Japanese police interrogation is quite stressful and Yugo mentions that sometimes suspects plead guilty even though they didn't commit the crime due to the pressure of the Japanese police interrogation. If suspects don't plead guilty to the crime, it may be possible to be detained for more than a year until the suspect confess to a crime. This is sometimes referred to as Hostage Justice in Japan. Convicted persons will end up in Japanese Jail and Japanese prison. This video should help educate tourist visiting Japan and foreigners living in Japan to help ensure that they are aware of how strict Japanese laws are so that they are careful to not violate the laws when they are in Japan. But keep in mind that these laws are one of the reasons why Japan is so safe compared to many other countries. This video is not to deter foreigners or tourists from visiting Japan, but they should just be aware of Japanese laws and the risks when breaking laws in Japan like graffiti in japan or fighting in japan.
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Comments • 10 624

  • Paolo fromTOKYO
    Paolo fromTOKYO  Month ago +106

    discord.gg/xX4Y2tw - Get ANSWERS to QUESTIONS about future JAPAN travels, etiquette, food, etc. and connect/share information about Japan on my Paolo from TOKYO community site. Also, let me know here what type of videos you want to see next.

    • MrGgTv
      MrGgTv Day ago

      I am interested in your Royalty and what they do for their beautiful country?
      P.s. what jobs could a foreigner even get if they cannot speak fluent yet?
      P.p.s. I want you to make whatever videos you want BTW

    • MorningStarSlayer
      MorningStarSlayer 8 days ago

      Japanese citizens need to have their Rights updated

    • hoxha bunker
      hoxha bunker 16 days ago +2

      it's 99.9% NOT 99% you're off by a factor of magnitude, 1 in 100 vs 1 in 1000.

    • Albino Gorilla
      Albino Gorilla 18 days ago

      @Christophe yup.

    • Christophe
      Christophe 18 days ago

      copy - Cop

  • Rendra Wijaya
    Rendra Wijaya 7 hours ago

    Why NOT!?

  • Hamza Turan Kubilay
    Hamza Turan Kubilay 9 hours ago

    ME! I did everything. Gotta check yourself. I Never get arrested lol. That’s gotta be a “you” problem.

  • Respawn Restricted
    Respawn Restricted 10 hours ago

    Not even the fbi can crack a iPhone password lol if you believe that their is no hope for you

  • Jonathan J.
    Jonathan J. 11 hours ago

    So Japan law enforcement can keep you till you confess... Yeah... How about I just say bleep Japan and not visit the country.

  • Joshua Ford
    Joshua Ford 12 hours ago

    And I wrote that in the first 30 seconds and they got to the hostage justice. So apparently I should watch the whole clip before I judge it. Way better than I thought, but it's worse than this nice gentleman says.

  • Joshua Ford
    Joshua Ford 12 hours ago

    Yeah that 99 percent conviction rate. Lived in Japan for years. There arrest rate is higher than China and North Korea. It doesn't matter if u are guilty or innocent. It is a sin to go against your class. So judges won't go against each other no. There is no going to get an appeal. Lawyers won't go against each other. Japan has a great mistisim about japan. A beautiful culture, but because they are our friends doesn't mean they don't have a horribly screwed up justice system

  • Luke Triton
    Luke Triton 13 hours ago

    This system sounds way better than Canada’s justice system tbh.

  • KinG DaviD
    KinG DaviD 13 hours ago

    So no human rights, got it.

  • artmanjohn2
    artmanjohn2 14 hours ago +1

    Well, Japan is one place I'll never go to now, thanks for the video!

  • Captain Lorelai Pucksdatter

    Here's a stunning concept. Don't do crime on vacation. If you can't behave yourself in your own country don't leave the country for vacation. Better to go to jail at home than somewhere over seas.

  • waddup
    waddup 19 hours ago

    All I want to know is how's jay-walking treated in Japan? (safe one - small town roads etc., not crossing busy streets)

  • Gustavo Ulloa
    Gustavo Ulloa Day ago

    For that reason I can’t see any crime in Nagoya, for a 7 months... 🙇🏻‍♂️

  • Abbey_Aikawa
    Abbey_Aikawa Day ago

    This is a beneficial video, I'm Japanese though.

  • Mario Amatucci
    Mario Amatucci Day ago

    local police watched this .... be sure of that and enjoy 10 plus 10 in case

  • Flavio Almeida
    Flavio Almeida Day ago

    I don't never traveling to Japan.

  • chipman1589
    chipman1589 Day ago

    Kinda hard to commit crimes when you're working horrific work hours and committing suicide 😂😂😂 in other news the 2 have no correlation

  • Kaan Bozkurt
    Kaan Bozkurt Day ago +1

    Thats a joke compared to Saudi Arabia. Shopflifting? Oh oh oh

  • Kit Knight Rider

    Flee like Ghosn. Template for future foreigners who commits criminal in Japan.

  • adcinco 7
    adcinco 7 Day ago

    So racists as America justice...

  • JFresco
    JFresco 2 days ago

    The Japanese justice system is a big joke

  • Angel truth
    Angel truth 2 days ago

    Nazism is making come back in this country. Which I'm not surprised over, they used to be a nazist county during ww2. Ever heard the term soldier comfort?

  • Angel truth
    Angel truth 2 days ago

    Don't worry i won't visit your crazy country

  • Santosh Kumar
    Santosh Kumar 2 days ago

    I'm ain't coming japan so 🤣🤣🤣

  • Silver Gorilla
    Silver Gorilla 2 days ago +4

    Low crime because the society is homogeneous. Mostly everyone is on the same level and think in a similar way because of their culture. Like the UK before the 60s.

    • Shay Padhye
      Shay Padhye 8 hours ago

      Actually before the 60s, the UK was very heterogeneous. Major industrial towns were filled with Irish, Scottish, Polish and Jewish migrants. Crime was pretty rampant too.

  • Evo Dallas
    Evo Dallas 2 days ago

    I want to go to Japan soon

  • pepe le frog mangamoon

    its isnt really a question of why because just like if you were in your home country you should be on your best behavior because you're representing your country when you are overseas

  • justinnate82
    justinnate82 2 days ago +3

    Sounds like Japan does their investigation and they‘re justice system is the Nazi way

  • Ivan Jdrakov
    Ivan Jdrakov 2 days ago

    That's why I would NEVER GO TO JAPAN!!! If Japanese come to my country, Bulgaria, we can chill and go out and all, but me going to Japan, Never! Get arrested for 23 days!!! Crazy!!!

  • apatheticAnxiety
    apatheticAnxiety 3 days ago

    Crime rates low, keep people in limbo for a year. Yeah I think I would also not steal as a foreign tourist.

  • SwedishinJapan
    SwedishinJapan 3 days ago

    Living in japan I have been attacked in the open Street in Shibuya. Some guys called the police you know what the police blamed me for dressing sexy. He was not arrested. I have been attacked jogging more than once. I have been a victim for gajin hunters Everytime I go out. The police does nothing. But I have been stopped by the police just walking surrounded by 5 policemen thinking I was a criminal. I have been stopped riding my bike many times. I left Japan because I felt so discriminated.how the Japanese police protect the Japanese men.

  • Bʟᴀᴄᴋᴡᴀᴛᴄʜ 88

    0:03 - 0:18
    *_That's because Nippon isn't a multicultural shithole like America and other western countries. The Nipponese are ethno-nationalists who know DIEversity isn't their strength but a weakness. Yamato for the Japanese. Simple as that._*

    • Angel truth
      Angel truth 2 days ago

      They used to be nazist in the past check their former flag. They have high suicide rates.

  • Clay Miller
    Clay Miller 3 days ago

    Sounds like a real shit hole

  • Will Dwyer
    Will Dwyer 3 days ago

    They only arrest civilian foreigners.if they arrested US military personnel stationed in Okinawa they would have a bunch of rapists behind bars.

  • Jason Coroy
    Jason Coroy 3 days ago

    What a shithole country, will not return again.

    TRAVELWP 3 days ago

    Sounds like some good reasons to NOT VISIT JAPAN.

  • Skezeks Skybreaker
    Skezeks Skybreaker 3 days ago

    Japans a safer country and does a lot of things well. Yet you have a more of a chance to get in trouble if you did nothing wrong.... hmmm.

  • Aaron Ristau
    Aaron Ristau 4 days ago

    Seems like Japan should be nuked again but they seem to be doing themselves in rather well already with their meltdowns.

  • s mcallister
    s mcallister 4 days ago

    Ya japans has pretty shitty legal system, a draconian prison, it's not a place u should visit if u value your freedom.

  • Shaylok
    Shaylok 4 days ago

    I was arrested in Japan for not being cheerful and kawaii. I was forced to entertain kids in a panda bear suit for 40hrs for my sentence. I have to be bright and cheerful every moment of the day or risk further humiliating punishment. Forcing myself to be happy is making me miserable. How do these people live like this without going clinically insane? I can't wait to get back home so I can offend people again.

  • maxjosephwheeler
    maxjosephwheeler 4 days ago

    *What a scary system, from such an enlightened and advanced culture!* I would hate to be falsely accused or even small misunderstanding.

  • Donald Johnson
    Donald Johnson 4 days ago

    Who knew, america is the greatest nation

  • Losaiko Vote!!!
    Losaiko Vote!!! 4 days ago +7

    I wondered how they got such a high conviction rate. This alone turns me off on visiting. 23/46 days........what about the innocent people.

  • Chaos and Duality
    Chaos and Duality 4 days ago

    Japan is not safe. If the crime is not reported or if the case file goes to the bin then it looks like it never happened.
    It's a beautiful country with so much to offer but it's not perfect. It's ideal for some people, that is for sure, and there is nothing wrong with it. I myself loved it even tho I hated it. I felt both a sence of wonder and of fear...and that fear is rare since I don't mind dying as long as I take the motherfucker with me =D nothing like the death of a warrior he he
    But yeah, absolutely beautiful and full of amazing people...a lot more unsafe than what's on paper tho.

  • 0314 hosokawa
    0314 hosokawa 4 days ago

    13:17 字幕間違ってない?
    by randomly
    by friendly

  • King African
    King African 4 days ago

    Been THERE don dat..it was fun. Ask me..
    For my undercover boss series..maybe i.ll ✍ a book on it😁🙌

  • King African
    King African 4 days ago

    One reason
    Being n a relationship wit a Japanese woman..can get u 🔐 ☝

  • ING With Az
    ING With Az 4 days ago

    I been there in Feb.

  • aoiii Oh
    aoiii Oh 4 days ago


  • zakfoster8245
    zakfoster8245 5 days ago

    Japan's legal system is a joke

  • Lukedeboss [DG]
    Lukedeboss [DG] 5 days ago

    holy shit he is good at english

  • Rogue_Squadron
    Rogue_Squadron 5 days ago

    Sounds like japan really fucking sucks in terms of justice freedom

  • ナラNara
    ナラNara 5 days ago

    pro tipp: do not commit crimes

  • TheScratcherStudios
    TheScratcherStudios 5 days ago

    Lowest crime rate because either people dont report crimes out of shame (extremely common in rape and rape goes on a lot in japan) or the cops just sweep it under the rug to save face for the department. also 99% conviction rate because when there is a crime, a culprit needs to be found ASAP. again, to save face. so japan has the highest percentage of WRONG convictions (look up how they get confessions, its discusting). even if there was a murder (not as rare as you might think) its not rare to classify it as a suicide to safe the department some trouble with the locals. dont believe all the "japan is heaven on earth and the bestest perfectest race duh" weeb propaganda

  • Nick Pavloff
    Nick Pavloff 6 days ago

    For how much they have to preserve, and the size/population, they don’t seem completely unfair.

  • pps mgw
    pps mgw 6 days ago

    don't be logan paul, very simple.

  • Craig Culp
    Craig Culp 6 days ago

    I found this interesting. I was stationed in Okinawa for a couple years and I remember on my way back from leave I was detained at the Osaka Airport. My flight was cancelled and I wound up having to spend the night and opted to get a room at the hotel across the street. I had to take my check in bag out of check in and the bag was searched as part of this process. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by law enforcement. I hardly spoke any Japanese and the officers were deliberating for a long time. I wasn't too sure what the big deal was at first but then I remembered that there was a pocket knife in my bag. Having a knife in public in Japan, is a crime. After a while, one of the officers approached me with the knife in hand and sternly said, "You cannot have this!" He then put back in my bag and sent me on my way.
    I understand that most arrests in Japan lead to conviction and one probably won't be arrested unless there's a high certainty that they will be convicted. In my situation, at the time, it was obvious I was in the military and the Status of Forces Agreement would have come into play, lowering the chances of conviction; also we were issued Gerbers and would often use them on the job and have them with us during field ops. Quite often we'd be wearing them while convoying in public, of course along with our firearms so I'm sure the officers brought that into play as well in determining whether or not I should be taken in. Ironically, the knife was a gift from my uncle who is a Reserve Police Captain for one of the agencies here in California. Out of all of the people who I figured would wind up getting me arrested, I never thought it would have been him!

  • Sidecar 771
    Sidecar 771 6 days ago

    Didn’t answer the title’s question.

    • spldrong
      spldrong 4 days ago

      He did it in about the first 30 seconds

  • Angel Bee
    Angel Bee 6 days ago +7

    What's the point in being a lawyer in Japan?😂

    • Brian J. Wood
      Brian J. Wood 3 days ago +2

      I lived in Japan and knew bengoshi (lawyers).The reason you get a defence lawyer is to get a less severe sentence.

  • Angel Bee
    Angel Bee 6 days ago

    Fuck that. God bless the USA!