US Embassy claims “racial profiling” of foreigners by Japanese police, World News

The United States Embassy in Tokyo has claimed that foreign tourists are being arrested by Japanese police in an alleged case of racial profiling.

The embassy said in a tweet that it had received information that a number of foreigners had been detained and questioned by police.

He asked US citizens to carry proof of immigration and request consular notification when detained.


The tweet is seen as an unusual move by the United States, a key ally of Japan.

Reacting to the warning, government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told Reuters that police only question suspicious individuals on the basis of various factors, but these decisions are not based on ethnicity or location. nationality of a person.

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A spokesperson for the United States Embassy said the Embassy had nothing more to add to the tweet and the National Police Agency was unable to comment immediately , reports Reuters.

The embassy’s message comes a week after Japan closed its borders to all non-resident aliens in one of the world’s toughest measures taken to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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The Japanese government has announced strict quarantine rules for people coming from India, Greece, Romania and four US states.

While foreign residents, as well as Japanese nationals traveling from Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota and New York to Japan, will be required to spend three days of their two-week quarantine at government-designated facilities, reported Kyodo News.

The list of mandatory three-day quarantines at government-designated facilities already includes countries like Austria, Ecuador and France. While many are subject to strict quarantine requirements, such as staying in government-designated facilities for more than 10 days, Kyodo News reported.

Omicron’s first case was reported in Japan on Tuesday, leading it to deny the return of all foreigners, including residents on long-term visas, who recently traveled to one of 10 African countries likely to have generalized infections of the variant.

(With contributions from agencies)

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