The US Embassy in Tokyo has issued an alert warning People in Japan to hold identification, after studies of expatriates being racially profiled by police and detained.
In a warning to US residents on Sunday, the US Embassy in Tokyo claimed to have “acquired studies of foreigners [being] stopped and searched by Japanese police in suspected racial profiling incidents.”
The U.S. Embassy has acquired studies of foreigners stopped and searched by Japanese police in suspected racial profiling incidents. A number of had been detained, questioned, and searched. U.S. residents ought to carry proof of immigration and request consular notification if detained. pic.twitter.com/a8BkAU7eCR
— U.S. Embassy Tokyo, ACS (@ACSTokyo) December 5, 2021
“A number of had been detained, questioned, and searched,” the embassy claimed, advising People to “carry proof of immigration and request consular notification if detained.”
The alert prompted a number of People to share their very own experiences with the police in Japan, with many reporting incidents through which they’d been profiled as a foreigner and stopped.
this isn’t new; i’ve been stopped a number of instances (often at prepare stations and airports); what’s new about it’s the US embassy calling them out on it
— Christopher Webb (@chishiki) December 5, 2021
Completely true. Used to dwell in Japan. And whereas I wasn’t personally stopped, all my long-term expat mates had been. You study to dwell with it, they are saying, nevertheless it was annoying nonetheless.
— Baron Samedi (@baron_samedi__) December 6, 2021
“So lots of my mates have been racially profiled for a lot as strolling down the road at evening… hoping this tweet doesn’t sign a rise in that form of heinous exercise,” tweeted one American in Tokyo, whereas one other questioned, “How is that this an alert? I have been right here a decade [and] it occurs on a regular basis.”
Overseas residents of Japan are required to register with the authorities and should at all times carry identification displaying their residency standing to keep away from penalties.