What happens to you if you are arrested in Japan?

The number of crime recorded in Japan was 2017 is 915,111.By prefecture Tokyo was on top for the number of recorded crime followed by Oosaka and Aichi.For me there is no better place to visit or even live.And that is the reason i am here in Japan for more then 5 years.If you`ve never been to Japan, i recommend visiting at least one time in your life.

Being a foreigner really does not change anything.The exact same rules apply to citizens and foreigners.You might wanna know “What happens to you if you are arrested on Japan”.I`ve seen and heard a lot of stories about foreigners got arrested.

What happens to you if you are arrested in Japan?

If you get arrested, Japanese police will take you to custody for 3days(72 hours).Within that 72 hours they have to decide whether to detain or not.If the judge approve the request then you will get detained for extra 10 days and it could be extended up to 10 more days.The total detainment day is 23 days.Within that 23 days ,the procedure have to decide whether to indict you or not.And you may request for a bail if you get indicted.During that 23 days Police will do some investigation and you are not allowed to use telephone , email or anything.

The common crime mostly occur in Japan is Shop Lifting and Bar Fighting.If someone goes to the shop and take some item and they got caught, The shopkeeper will call police and take them to police office nearby(交番) and probably get detain and the process we discuss earlier the 23 days.Due to the Language barrier it`s very hard for settlement.If you have a lawyer ,they will try to make a settlement for the victim by providing compensation.

Bar/club Fight

If someone foreigner starts starts fight with the Japanese guy and police comes, they will listen to Japanese guy because they can communicate to them.It does not mean that you are innocent and you will get arrested.There is everywhere a security cameras around and if you can prove that your stories is true , you are not detain.


The another minor crime for foreigners is Graffity . We`ve seen a lot of graffiti around Shibuya and Shinjuku.If you get caught doing Graffitti you will get caught and probably get detain and the process we discuss earlier the 23 days.Within that 23 days if he feels guilty the police will try to contact the owner whose property was damaged for settlement.If the settlement process success, they will get release.

Disclaimer: We are not providing legal advice.Everything is based on the stories we`ve been seen and heard about how foreigners got arrested.If you need Legal advice please consult a Lawyer.

we hope this blog could help the tourist visiting to Japan or foreigners living in Japan to be aware of Japanese law and to be careful not to violate the law.

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