The Tokyo Bar Association released on March 14 the provisional results of a survey of people with foreign roots. The survey was part of a probe into racial profiling by the police.
According to the results, about 63% of respondents said they had been questioned by police in the past five years. The association points out that the survey made “clear that there is a “certain bias in police questioning.”
The survey was conducted from Jan. 11 to Feb. 28. Valid responses were received from 2,094 people. Of those questioned by police over the past five years, about 50% said that they had been questioned “two to five times,” with about 11% saying “six to nine times.” Those who said they have been questioned “over ten times” accounted for about 12%.
Also, about 85% of them said that police questioned them because they were of foreign origin. The Police Duties Execution Act stipulates that a police officer can stop and question someone if he or she exhibits unusual behavior or they are suspected of committing crimes, but about 77% said that there was no basis for saying they looked suspicious. (Abridged)