A reader wrote to Lifelines about legal concerns he has about conducting academic research at pedestrian crossings:

I am studying the impact of smartphones upon behavior in public space. As part of my research, I hope to record public behavior at intersections in Tokyo. Are there any legal constraints upon doing so?

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