The US Embassy in Tokyo has issued a warning about possible racial profiling by Japanese police


In a tweet on Monday (Dec. 6), the US embassy in Tokyo warned of possible racial profiling of non-Japanese by Japanese police. Although foreign labor is increasingly needed to make up for a shrinking and aging population, Japan is a generally ethnically homogenous society where some people associate more immigration with increased crime.
“Foreigners have been stopped and searched by Japanese police in alleged racial profiling cases, according to the US Embassy. Several people were arrested, interrogated, and searched “According to the tweet. “If detained, US residents should have proof of immigration and request consular notice.”
The tweet is an unprecedented gesture by the United States, a crucial ally of Japan. A representative for the US Embassy said the embassy had nothing further to say about the tweet, and the National Police Agency couldn’t react right away.
When asked about the US embassy warning, senior government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno replied merely that police interrogate suspicious people based on various reasons, not on their race or country. Japan blocked its borders to all non-resident visitors a week ago in one of the most aggressive worldwide steps to stop the Omicron strain of the coronavirus from spreading.
Ms. Naomi Kawahara, the founder of the advocacy organization Japan for Black Lives, said racial profiling by Japanese cops was nothing new, especially for foreigners or mixed-race Japanese persons of color.
“In the six years that he lived here, I had a buddy who was questioned by police more than 30 times,” she said of her African-American acquaintance, who departed Japan a few years ago.
“Sometimes it happened just in front of his house, as he was going to go on a stroll with his dog.”


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