Why Japan Arrests Foreigners

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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.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. I am not providing legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a real lawyer.
If you require professional legal advice from Yugo Ishibashi,
You can contact him here: yugo@ishibashi-law.info
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Logan Newquist
Logan Newquist 4 時間 前
Ill go to japan once i can smoke weed there
DeFox 501
DeFox 501 5 時間 前
Dang i wanna go to Japan but A.) Im not Japanese or asian at all and B.) Im black and i have a bad feeling about what happens if i accidentally break a law i dont know im breaking
Nathan Crever
Nathan Crever 11 時間 前
To keep all their culture from being eradicated.
Uki Y
Uki Y 12 時間 前
So basically don’t be an idiot... 🙄
Mohawkman450 13 時間 前
This video Is great for Japanese tourism !
Joze Butinar
Joze Butinar 13 時間 前
1st wrong the most safe country in the world is Slovenia so you missled there and u are a lier
Craig Willis
Craig Willis 16 時間 前
Most informative video so thanks to BOTH of you !! I think I will be a "good boy" when I get there next year !!
ybet1000 19 時間 前
Drug importing? .. shop lifting?.... hang'em high
Cosmic Stars
Cosmic Stars 21 時間 前
No wonder crime rate is low in Japan, no one wants to go through the hell of the punishment there.
Walker Boh
Walker Boh 21 時間 前
Just a quick point... If Japan was as big as America, would the number of crimes in Japan be larger ? Think before you post percentages :(
Dragon's Breath Creations
Sounds strict, but maybe if other countries were just as strict, their crime rates would be lower.
Pentti Koivuniemi
I was actually pretty scared that somebody's gonna call the cops when I accidentally caused a theft siren to go off at a BookOff, I had some games from the second floor on me and tried to go look at books on the higher floors and they had a scanner in the escalator. Luckily I could speak enough Japanese to explain what happened and the store employee told me that I have to pay on the first floor before going higher up, but it was a bit harrowing. Especially since I didn't have an official place of residence ANYWHERE in the world at that point.
Shrimp Zoo
Shrimp Zoo 日 前
Wow Japanese law is horrible
Ethereal 日 前
The lawyer was so cool, his accent was really smooth. :)
Cristina Garcia
Awesome video! "What makes it so serious is not the crime, but the system" Good words to live by when visiting Japan.
TGP 25
TGP 25 日 前
Remember kids, its not considered illegal as long as you don't get caught.
Daedric Mode
Daedric Mode 日 前
That is why if I ever find someone trying to cause me harm I use the secret joestar technique..... *NIGERUNDAYO!!!!*
Sounds like the system is compensating for the lack of crime (relatively) by forcing even innocent people to confess to a crime they didn't do
ozi sssou
ozi sssou 日 前
Imagine that you are a vietnamese and you work for some donkey company u man you'll know wtf is japan
lovguru23 日 前
lol. i just love that drum sound after 72 hrs. hitting it strong right off the bat
Kameleonic 日 前
I left after 18 years for varied reasons, including going through a potential criminal court case against me that was dropped (no arrest). You do not need to even be arrested, but they will treat you as guilty, especially as a foreigner. The Japanese police in general WILL treat foreigners much worse than Japanese. The threat of trouble with the police is frightening. The treatment you are given is subject to Amnesty International complaint. Too many people do not realise how bad your life will get with even the threat of prosecution, regardless of even being proven innocent - Japan is a nation of absolute guilt. Disgraceful behaviour.
Joseph Russel Timpug Ison
Title is misleading. Clickbait title makes Japanese look evil.
Ian MD
Ian MD 日 前
How about not steal? sounds crazy i know.
Robert M
Robert M 2 日 前
Someone I know spent two years in a japanese jail because of a bar fight. The Japanese judicial system is very slow and by the time the conviction comes through, defendants have been incarcerated for months and there is no time served for all those months spent in jail. Moral of the story, stay away from trouble if you can.
1999Beats 2 日 前
These cops are about to make some big bank during the Olympics.
HomelessGuy 2 日 前
I have enough of click bait titles. Time to dislike this video a thousand times over.
babyfarck Mcgeezazkz
So Phoenix Wright is a completely accurate dipiction of the Japanese judicial system? That's pretty sweet.
jockejocke1 2 日 前
Why would you visit Japan only to shoplift?!
Opp Poo
Opp Poo 2 日 前
no words to comment this shitty country
Ben 2 日 前
You innocent? Get 23 days in jail anyway
Wan Syafiq
Wan Syafiq 2 日 前
Last year august 2018, i when to japan. There is 1 old guy came to me and keep telling me that he want to help me buy my train ticket, but i told him i dont need his help. But he keep forcing me and following me. End up i accept his offer to help me because i dont want to cause any issue but after i get my ticket, he took all the coin balances and said it was for him because he helped me. I was like what the f.... Sorry my bad english but i just feel pissed the entire day. Next time if i visit japan and counter this issue what should i actually do? any advice?
Apillbox 2 日 前
That lawyer is the one good guy!
Samuel Pak
Samuel Pak 3 日 前
You just need to not be stupid and you'll be fine.
nandezification 3 日 前
One thing you WONT have to worry about serving jail time in Japan.....is prison ass rape. Cause they’re dingalings are so tiny that you won’t even feel the ass raping! It’s an easy stretch to serve.
Eclectic Cerebro
Oh.. I most certainly, will be visiting Japan!
Paintplayer1 3 日 前
I wish I was 1/10 as good at Japanese as he is at English
cookieslyer 3 日 前
Because they. Do crimes Duh
Grey Wings
Grey Wings 3 日 前
Did I hear no bail? Finally a country that make sense.
IceMan TV
IceMan TV 4 日 前
I am never Going to Visit Japan China way better .
Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki
Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki 22 時間 前
@IceMan TV ?? Guess you are just a ignorant fool
IceMan TV
IceMan TV 22 時間 前
@Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki 🤣 Love Hotel Yea Right
Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki
Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki 22 時間 前
@IceMan TV nope, actually by looking at the number of love hotels, brothels, etc.. doesnt seem like they are ashamed of it.
IceMan TV
IceMan TV 23 時間 前
@Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki studies Says Japs Love to have Sex But due to Small Pe pe they are Ashame is that true ?
IceMan TV
IceMan TV 23 時間 前
@Ryuhki Andrews Suzuki 🤣 Dafug LMAO
The Authentic Steve
Seems reasonable. I thought this video was going to be about some obscure laws foreigners might be breaking in ignorance.
Marcio 4 日 前
This is crazy! And it's not justice at all!
pendragnx 4 日 前
This was fascinating.. Thanks for sharing!
Jon Gascon
Jon Gascon 4 日 前
Must implement in other countries
Khazar Khanate Archer
I'm half Greek half German ( I look middle eastern) I was searched in the middle of the street every week when I lived in tokio lol even touched my dick to search for drugs xD love Japan tho and I'm no easily offended leftist dummy who'd crie.
jotorr007 4 日 前
Cool so the justice system in Japan is completely corrupt and it's a complete farce of a system
Mike 4 日 前
Try Mexico. Scary
ReddSouljah 5 日 前
Sweet, so if I want, I can extend my vacation by 23 days and get a free plane back after? Decent.
x omega
x omega 5 日 前
They force confessions all the time in america to the difference is japan does it at a tenth the amount of people
M Knight
M Knight 5 日 前
Good to know... Another country added to the no fly zone. Thanks
Mk3L gaming
Mk3L gaming 5 日 前
Who else is learning to say "I demand for a lawyer." in japanese right now?
C6BD 4 日 前
"Bengoshi wo kudasai".
Yomi Nishijama
Yomi Nishijama 6 日 前
I wish they would've talked about ACTUAL Japanese laws and things that are NOT permitted in Japan, but normally would be accepted in other countries instead of just talking about things that are common sense and that are illegal everywhere anyway! Unless you're a dumbass and just asking for trouble, most foreigners already know not to shoplift, start fights or assault people, damage property (graffiti), ect. ect. because you'll get arrested for these things in the US also.
Honda Gaharu
Honda Gaharu 6 日 前
They want your confession...... But they will never capture me alive!!!
Christopher Berg
It's clear that people areb guilty, till proven innocent in Japan. Denying any accusation, will automatically lead to 23 days of detention!
john smith
john smith 6 日 前
I wholeheartedly agree with the Japanese system. In Australia the government rewards criminals by slapping them on the wrist, by not jailing them or being very reluctant to jail rapists. Australia is the land of convicts for convicts. Japan rules.
Mighty Miguel
Mighty Miguel 7 日 前
Pro tip just don't do it.
TravisB 7 日 前
Yes let's all complain that japan is much harsher on "Foreigners" than the melting pot murrica'. Because murrica is an example of how NOT to be.
dspdetractor ack ack ack seal laugh
Bcuz japan is superior and u gaijin can suvk my nut
Christopher Berg
This attorney seems really confused and like he doesn't even really understand the law.
john smith
john smith 6 日 前
You sound like you need some ESL.
Tom Reuh Tacwigan
I’ve watched a video of Paolo giving out tips that Japan Police would likely stop you just to practice English or check if you’re really a tourist. That saved me from panicking because I was stopped at the subway while looking for my aunt who was lost. Plus, she has both of our passport. Good thing while they were checking my bag, our hotel booking form was there. And they just said “oh tourist?” I said yes and they smile and said goodbye. Like what Paolo said, do what they say. I didn’t have any problems and they were very nice and calm. It’s not something you should worry about.
AccipiterMagna 8 日 前
The fact that you have to confess guilty for something you didn't do is appalling. Just to fill the quota of conviction.
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