Japanese police officer ignores traffic accident to question cyclist

Byron Kidd
Found on Debito's site this morning, a video showing a cyclist in Japan who has been stopped for a bicycle registration check being questioned by a police officer.  This is not an uncommon occurrence for foreigners in Japan as bicycle registration checks serve as a convenient excuse to stop and question us dangerous foreign criminals.

But on this occasion we hear a traffic accident in the background, and rather than attend the accident the police officer continues to question the cyclist.  At the prompting of the cyclist the police officer eventually calls dispatch and notifies them of the accident then returns to questioning the cyclist rather than attending to the accident to assist any possibly injured people, or even direct traffic around the accident site.

During the confrontation with the officer (in which the cyclist does a good job of standing up for his rights) the cyclist indicates he is filming the incident and will put the video up on the web, to which the police officer essentially responds "go ahead and upload it".

So not to disappoint the officer, the cyclist uploaded the video to YouTube, and I'd like to do my bit to make sure it gets viewed by as wide an audience as possible.

This is Japan where it seems that questioning suspicious foreigners is more important to the police than attending the scene of an accident.  Sometimes foreigners in Japan are overly sensitive about incidents like this which is why I would like to ask:  What would a police officer in your country do in such a situation?

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  1. I don't want to bash on the police too much, but I remember reading an article a while ago which explained that during Japan's bubble economy the National Police Agency had trouble finding enough new recruits as the best and brightest were more intent on making money in private industry.

    As a result hiring standards at the NPA dropped to the point where any and every underachiever could sign up simply to fill ranks. That was almost 30 years ago and now a lot of those bottom of the barrel recruits are in senior positions within the police force spreading their own brand of incompetent, ill informed law enforcement.

  2. Japanese police at it with 職務質問 and incompetence:


  3. A**holes stopped me today... not the first time. Can't decide whether it was because I'm a gaijin or because I was on a bike... I'm betting on the former because this is Japan, there are hundreds of people riding bicycles on the street during the day at any given time, and out of those hundreds the bastard chose to single me out. But what do you expect from a country that is yet to pass a Civil Rights act to make such discrimination(which exists not only in such incidents)punishable?

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