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    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on May 9th, 2010

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    Hi Blog. Reader CF submits the following.  Food for thought on a Sunday morning, given the degree of racial profiling in Japan.  On how police are trained in getting people to waive their rights.  Arudou Debito in Sapporo


    Debito, although it is not entirely applicable to Japan, this video (screened in full with a panel afterwards at the Cato website) provides legal advice that is generally applicable to targets of racial profiling.

    “10 Rules for Dealing with Police”

    The advice to not request badge numbers, and of course, the rules on not needing to present ID do not apply to us in Japan.

    I’m not a Japanese lawyer so I don’t know to what degree the other rules apply, but in general, it seems to fit what we’ve learned on your site.

    Please give it a look and use if you like.  CF


    3 Responses to “Sunday Tangent: Cato Institute on dealing with police racial profiling in general”

    1. sri Says:

      Good video. One needs to be tactful to not escalate a situation while asserting ones rights.
      The US police are just out of control and scary.

      As much as I`m stopped here in Tokyo, I`ve yet to witness any violent behavior by police that is so common in the American experience. Nonetheless profiling over time causes desensitizing the whole law enforcement and judicial system.

      — I’ve had several friends (Mark in Yayoi, go ahead) that have had Japanese cops get abusive and physical with them during racial profiling.

    2. Oscar_6 Says:

      In case somebody did not watch it, here’s another (classic) video, explaining why you should never talk to police.

      The first part is a lecture by Prof. James Duane, a criminal attorney. The second part is an insight on work of policeman by officer George Bruch. It is interesting to note how similar are police’s tasks everywhere–to develop a case with confession, in particular.

    3. Mike Says:

      Was wondering if you were familiar with this site which focuses on dealing with the police in Japan?

      There are a bunch of videos on YouTube as well…

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