字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Alright so I was actually going to do a totally different video today on laws in Japan but then I realized A. There is a lot of good content out there for it and B. None of them really cover the three main points I want to cover today which are really simple things that might get you in trouble in Japan. *sneeze* oh boy, I really hope that I don't have hay fever. That's a thing that happens by the way, people who live in Japan long enough who have never had hay fever or allergies before can develop them. and I've been sneezing a lot this year. There is a pigeon coming. What's up pigeon? That's the pigeon. Alright guys welcome to the video, I'm going to try and cover a fairly serious topic without making it overly serious. I want to talk about a couple things that you can end up bringing to Japan unsuspectingly, totally normal things that might end up getting you in trouble with the police, detained, or even arrested. I want to start by saying that I am by no means a legal professional and mostly for that reason I a going to encourage you guys to do your own research. When it comes to these types of things but I am going to share anecdotes and stories that will hopefully give a little bit of context to all of this. So I just want to jump right into things, there are three main things I want to talk about today. So all of this actually started back in the summer when my little brother Alexander came to visit me here in Japan. We were planning on doing some camping and he suggested bringing along walkie talkies and my instant reaction was no don't do it for one main reason, you see the walkie talkies that are used in most counties around the world that use frequency bands like FRS and UHF and I don't know all the technicalities, but they're not really legal for use here in Japan. There are tons of websites that document all the details. So I wont go super technical but I will say that it interferes with things like the emergency bands for police, firetrucks and all that it interferes with television waves, and so much more, trains, you name it. I would personally just play on the safe side and probably not bring them but there are cases of people who have been in Japan who have been caught using these and found themselves in fairly big trouble. One of the most famous cases that I heard and its why I told my little brother like don't bring them into Japan just don't bring them was a case of a bunch of like motorcyclers who came into the country rented motorcycles and used their used their walkie talkies as they were traveling and on day two they were stopped by the police and it became a whole big thing. And because walkie talkies are such a normal thing back home in most countries you wouldn't expect to get in trouble for bringing something as simple as a walkie talkie. Now I know a lot of people are probably gonna jump in and be like but there are entire radio shops in Akihabara that sell walkie talkies and radios and everything like that and a lot of them run on a different band or you need to be licensed for them. Again I don't know all the details. I'm not a radio pro but if you're thinking about bringing walkie talkies to Japan Do your research or just avoid it altogether. I don't know about you but I kind of already want to change up the scenery a little bit. Alright that works. Now the second one is going to apply to a lot less people but this one was more of a surprise to me than anything. So I was sitting there with a friend and he was talking about how a locksmith buddy of his came in through Haneda airport like a year or two ago and this person is a registered locksmith back in the United States and when they landed in Japan, they had their locksmiths kit. Their little tool kit in their bag. They got held right there at the airport because any lock-picking tools are completely and utterly illegal in Japan. Again I don't if the licensing and all that is for it. All I know is that you can't have it. One of the reasons that I brought this up was because I was scrolling through Instagram the other day and like this ad for like you know lock-picking stuff for some like, you know one of those Chinese cheap sites came up And I was like I wonder if they would actually allow me to purchase this and as I was looking through it I realized, ya actually I could purchase this and ship it to Japan, there's nothing on there that says I can't ship it and something like that can really throw off an unsuspecting buyer who sees it online and is like well you know international shipping everything's available nowadays. You end up buying something like that and it turns out it's not legal and it's such an unsuspecting thing. It's just, it's a lock-picking kit. and again it's not like the average person is really going to want a lock-picking kit. But I guess the moral of this part of it is that the most tiny, unsuspecting thing can end up getting you in a lot more trouble than you would expect and potentially ruin your trip to Japan. Something like walkie talkies or a lock-picking kit. Depending on your country these may be completely and utterly normal things to have. Change up the angle a little bit. I really like this sakura tree. Anyways back to the main topic. This next one's going to be really important to hobbyists and people who are looking for alternative ways just to get around Tokyo or Japan. Surprisingly, enough you may run into trouble using things like roller blades or skateboards. Let me explain and I'm going to try and go as basic as possible. You see in Japan roadways are designated for cars and bicycles and sidewalks for the most part are designated for pedestrians and bicycles. There's a lot more detail and technicality in there that I am just going to kind of blow over. The main point being there's no specific designation for something like roller blades or unicycles if you're a unicycler for some reason, which is actually really popular in Japan. or skateboards, Now there is a law that states that these can be used but they can't used on major roads. I'm not going to go deeply into the details of what a major road or frequently used road is. Simply because it doesn't really matter. It's like a certain number of cars, bicycles and pedestrians per hour but the main point is that it's a real grey zone. This for the most part is on purpose. A lot of Japanese laws leave a bit of ambiguity or grey zone in there to enable the authorities to interpret and use that law as they see fit based on the situation. Now as someone who uses a penny board to get around Tokyo quite often, every now and then the police will stop me and be like "mmm can you get off the board?" and I just get of the board and say "Yep, sorry, no problem." and make it along my way. Kind of want to change this up again Alright, I'm aware that, that is almost no change at all but I like having this little guy in the shot. Getting back to things, more importantly than just skateboarding and rollerblading and all that. There's one really important one that might actually lead you to breaking the law and getting in a lot of trouble. See recently I went to Brisbane Australia and those little electronic scooters, the little lime scooters or you know they're named different in every city, are insanely popular. That kind of thing will get you in big trouble in Japan. Like a year or so ago a company sent me one of those electronic scooters and an electronic skateboard to zip around Tokyo on and I ended up stopping using it really really quickly when I found out that you can get in really big trouble for using those. In Japan any motorized vehicle under 5CC's is considered a genski, it's kinda like a low powered motor vehicle. If you've seen everybody's favorite Mario karts that are driving around those are also classified under the same thing. If you have something that has two wheels, you are legally required to wear a helmet, three or more I don't think you are, again don't quote me on it and along with this classification comes it's own set of rules and laws for example, you have to have a license plate and a car license at the very least to drive one of these. They can't go on the sidewalks, etc. etc. etc. So, if the police were to see you zipping down the road on a motorized scooter or skateboard you could potentially land yourself in a lot of trouble. Which going back to the lock picking thing is one of the tricky parts because getting these into Japan isn't all that hard. That company sent me an electronic scooter and a motorized skateboard. They had no problem getting it through customs and it went right to my front door but actually using those on the roads is a totally different situation. Now those are the big ones but there are also a slew of minor things that you should watch out for. For example if you have prescription medications and you're traveling to Japan make sure A) that your prescription medication is allowed in Japan because some aren't and B) whether it's allowed or not definitely make sure you carry your prescription slip. You can get in trouble for that. Even Tylenol with codeine codeine is a no go in Japan. Other ones that throw a lot of people off. You are legally required to carry either your passport or your residence card in Japan and not carrying one of these can land you in hot water but something like this the police are more often than not pretty kind about it. I actually almost never carry my passport or my residence card and in the odd time that I've been asked to show ID, I've shown my drivers license and they said do you, do you have your residence card? and I'm like uh at home and they're like for future reference you need to carry that, um we could technically go to your home right now just to confirm that you actually have it. We're not going to do that cause we can see that you have a Japanese issued drivers license but point in case they're usually pretty nice and they tend to be more so as long as you are nice and respectful of them. I can't really emphasize that enough. So I know these aren't the big broad super applies to everybody in the world information but I do hope that this video helped you in one way or another. Usually I would say leave questions in the comments below but more than anything I encourage you guys to really really do your own research. There are countless other websites and youtube videos out there documenting things that can get you in trouble in Japan but I hadn't actually seen these points covered in any video so I wanted to share these with you guys today in the hopes that maybe they'll be useful to you. If they were at all or if you even just enjoyed the video it would mean the world to me if you would give it some love and if you leave me something in the comments below if you are new to the channel, I would love to have you consider hitting that subscribe button, maybe check out another video or two. And you guys know... I will see you again... real soon.