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Japanese police ‘racially profiling' Americans, US embassy claims

Added 12-06-21 01:37:02am EST - “The US Embassy in Tokyo has issued an alert warning Americans in Japan to carry identification, after reports of expatriates being racially profiled by police and detained.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Japanese police ‘racially profiling’ Americans, US embassy claims”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In a warning to US citizens on Sunday, the US Embassy in Tokyo claimed to have “received reports of foreigners [being] stopped and searched by Japanese police in suspected racial profiling incidents.”

The U.S. Embassy has received reports of foreigners stopped and searched by Japanese police in suspected racial profiling incidents. Several were detained, questioned, and searched. U.S. citizens should carry proof of immigration and request consular notification if detained. pic.twitter.com/a8BkAU7eCR

“Several were detained, questioned, and searched,” the embassy claimed, advising Americans to “carry proof of immigration and request consular notification if detained.”

The alert prompted several Americans to share their own experiences with the police in Japan, with many reporting incidents in which they had been profiled as a foreigner and stopped.

Absolutely true. Used to live in Japan. And while I wasn’t personally stopped, all my long-term expat friends were. You learn to live with it, they say, but it was annoying nonetheless.

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