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Panic Policing

JAPAN POLICE
This is not a new photo but I thought it made for an amusing contrast to the story AP ran this week about police crackdown on photographer rights in the UK. Wander how long it will take for J-COPS to fall in line. Overall police here seem to be reasonably media-friendly and to my knowledge there is no law prohibiting the photography of on-duty officers (if anyone has any info on this, please let me know). Having said that, I have twice been hassled by police here while shooting, once for simply taking a shot of a company logo. A local had seen me to take the photo and reported me! I was interrogated for about 40 mins. Bit 1984-ish. My (official, government-issued) foreign press card didn’t make much difference. It was a pretty harrowing experience.

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