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I’ve been staying in Japan for four years now and I plan to live here much longer. I’m an engineer who pays 23 percent income tax and I try to follow Japanese etiquette with utmost care. I don’t get why Japanese police keep frisking me in public.

Although they are polite in word, they are very hostile in body language. Usually there are two of them and they stand too close. They always do it in very public places where everyone can see, most of the time when I’m waiting at a red light to cross the street. Asked why, their answer is never satisfying at all. Last night I got frisked 50 meters from where I stay, in the middle of the street. People were staring at me. Next time I go out I’m not sure if people will look at me differently or not. This is very humiliating.

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