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  •  Ive been in Japan almost 7 years now (6+ / 0-)

    And have never once been asked to see my gaikokujin shorokusho (foreigner card) once.

    Ive been pulled over 4 times by cops when I was on my bike and they ran my registry to see if it was mine.

    And once I was help for being way too drunk on the train, and released later to my home with no charges.

    Rumors of Japanese fascism are greatly exagerated.

    Now lets talk about living in Bejing and being online having a political discussion about Tianmin Square....

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    by ProgressiveTokyo on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:43:40 AM PST

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    •  My experiences (4+ / 0-)

      I lived in Tokyo a while, and was asked for my gaijin card on average every 1-2 months. Normally it was in a place where foreigners weren't expected, but once it was just at random while boarding a train in Shinagawa (though I was probably looking confused trying to figure out the directions). Most of my American/European friends also reported being asked with frequencies ranging from every 2 weeks to every 6 months, though rarely in major areas (eg, Shinjuku, Shivuya, Roppongi).

      I also have to say that your odds go way down if you are female and way up if you are black or brown. My female Latino friend was stopped for her first and only time when she was with me. One of my black American friends claimed that he would be asked every couple of weeks. I thought he was exaggerating at first, but then the first time I was hanging out with him in a locals area the cops sure enough asked both of us for our cards.

      I obviously can't comment on why you were stopped on your bike.

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