Japan's WORST Tourist Scam Explained | $6,000 Lost in a Day

Abroad in Japan
Abroad in Japan

NOTIFICATION SQUAD: I honestly regret not talking about this sooner on Abroad in Japan. But hopefully if we can prevent just a few of you from enduring it, it'll make up for it. But what's the WORST scam you've encountered inside or outside Japan? SHARE your wisdom below!

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lone Wolf and Cub
lone Wolf and Cub

Her bank has a responsibility as it's clearly fraud, I'd change bank immediately

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Vaff angool
Vaff angool

*One summer after high school* I was a lifeguard at the Tokyo American club. There were eight of us, we were all American (I was the only ethnic Japanese), and we all went out drinking _every single night._ We would often get talked into entering a bar, with promises of free booze and good times, and _we got exactly that._ We typically got blackout drunk (as one does in Tokyo) but we never got drugged or ripped off—there were even times a bartender or hostess walked us home or paid for a cab. About half of us lived in the same building in Roppongi, and it wasn't unusual for us to walk into an ostensibly unfamiliar bar only to be greeted, アークタワー!(Ark Towers!) To be fair, we were a large group of conspicuously good-looking young people.

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Starscreamious
Starscreamious

@Mike Collins It says the worst scam inside or outside of Japan buddy.

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Mike Collins
Mike Collins

@Starscreamious Stop hijacking videos to vent your pet peev. The video isn't about"the worst scam" - it's about *_Japan's_* worst *_tourist_* scam

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Howard Adams
Howard Adams

The two times I was in Japan, I saw the touts but never engaged. I'm a big bald guy who can say no very easily, so maybe they realized I was not their target. Maybe it's my resting bitch face ;) I hope nobody falls prey to these scams. Thanks for pointing them out!

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1983simi
1983simi

general rule that holds true with tourism anywhere: you never ever go with the person who approaches you, doesn't matter if it's cab drivers, guys in front of clubs, store owners, etc... they don't need to drag you in if they're legit.

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Litespark
Litespark

I got approached and saved by a random cocaine dealer from a really shady area in amsterdam, i was barely 18, just walking and wondering at some notoriously dangerous area at 5-6am after a rave. 1st of January, absolutely rolling and wasted so hard that my illegal taxi wanted nothing to do with me lol. The dude paid my train and took me to my hotel, I'm legit grateful to him. But that's the exception and not the rule, especially in a place like Vegas, Rome, or Amsterdam. Be careful ppl, the cocaine dealer you might meet may not be so helpful.. goddamn i was a dumb teen.

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chchedda
chchedda

What if your looking for a prostitute?

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Harshita Joshi
Harshita Joshi

I'm from India. Auto drivers approach you. Always

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Daniel Fay
Daniel Fay

I have travelled places where I've been approached by a cab driver and it's worked out well, but you need to be very cautious in these cases. The best one we had was a cab driver who approached us in a major tourist area and asked if we needed a driver. He had a big cab (most of the drivers didn't) which was good for our group, and we negotiated a flat rate for the entire day, to be paid with some kind of split (I don't remember what). This ended up working fantastic, guy drove us where we needed to go, then he went off and took other fares while we were gone and we gave him a call when we wanted another ride. Perhaps we paid above market rate for the local market but whatever he charged us was within reason of what other cab drivers were asking (and wasn't all together ridiculous anyway) so we were fine with it.

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Leah Peah
Leah Peah

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”(Matthew 6:5-8) Jesus Teaches About Fasting 16 “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad like the hypocrites. They put a look of suffering on their faces so that people will see they are fasting. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. 17 So when you fast, wash your face and make yourself look nice. 18 Then no one will know you are fasting, except your Father, who is with you even in private. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

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Jon El
Jon El

There is a Japanese youtuber who actually secretly recorded himself getting scammed and the yakuza threatening him with the police. He walked with the yakuza to a police station where the police did absolutely nothing at all until he forced their hand with video and audio proof of the whole situation. These scammers usually get off scot free just because the police don't like to "rock the boat" without 190% undoubtable proof of guilt..

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Charlie Delta
Charlie Delta

Damn man I gotta check that out

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Saint C
Saint C

Yuki!!!

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steve1978ger
steve1978ger

@Sebastian ... and on the flip side, even if you are innocent, once you get to court you're pretty much f'cked

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Sebastian
Sebastian

Japans conviction rate is literally about 99,9%. This might sound impressive at first, but there is obviously something wrong with it. Basically any case will only go to court if the prosecutor is 100% sure it will get a conviction. Usually this is done by pressuring the criminal (or innocent person) into giving a confession, but since the Yakuza wont confess anyways it would be pretty pointless to prosecute them without video evidence.

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Birkhead Colby
Birkhead Colby

@G W it's extremely fake, every character sounds like a first year drama student

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Sleeping Insomiac
Sleeping Insomiac

"The police wasn't particularly interested in taking this up... " Probably the reason why Japan is so "safe".

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0x0
0x0

@Yuri Kim You will be saddened to hear this, but the claim has been debunked time and again. Those who call themselves feminists in Japan claim it again and again, and claim the existence of a dark number unique to Japan, but it has been denied again and again.

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0x0
0x0

@Tea Burn Some Japanese people feel that security is deteriorating because of sensationalised television coverage of incidents, but statistics show a downward trend across petty and serious crimes.

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0x0
0x0

@Kathryn OHalloran Are you talking about wired glass windows? Those are a fire damage reduction measure. In addition, It may be a sad fact for you, but claims that crimes against women in Japan are actually higher than statistics have repeatedly been debunked.

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0x0
0x0

@Klutzy Ninja Kitty Those who call themselves feminists in Japan have claimed it many times, but have been repeatedly denied. You will be saddened to hear this, but Japan is more peaceful today than most countries.

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0x0
0x0

@Kathryn OHalloran People who want to pretend that crime is actually high in Japan often bring up dark numbers, but this argument has been debunked many times. Crime is on the decline.

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klidge
klidge

Fun story: Back in 2019 my brother and I were in Shinjuku for a layover. We went to a yakiniku place near the red light district for dinner and when we were walking home we stumbled into an area with a lot of seedy looking bars. We got approached by one of the street greeters who was telling us they had cheap drinks and cute girls and we were both like “naw were good.” He wasn’t taking it and as we were walking away he grabbed my brother by the arm and was like “man I’m telling you you’re gonna love it in there.” My brother, a 6’4” dickhead grabs the dudes arm like how your grandpa would shake your hand and looks this dude dead in the eyes and says “We’re Mormons, and our 5 wives will kill us if they find out.” The dude gets stunned and lets go of my brother and we walk back to our Airbnb. Last thing I heard him say was “Did he say they have five wives?” Laughed my ass off all the way home.

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Baert Bellemans
Baert Bellemans

@Bradley Howell what did you do with the other two?

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Akiko7298
Akiko7298

I love your brother's response!

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Bradley Howell
Bradley Howell

As a Mormon, this made me and my three wife’s laugh

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McTaco
McTaco

This comment is king.

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Tom
Tom

Everyone has their fantasy

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DiCo
DiCo

LOL The last scam with the menus you brought up, I was stationed and lived in Okinawa for 6 years and my friends from Sweden were in town. We all went to a bar down in Naha, Okinawa's capital city, and it was our first time in that bar (they also lived in Japan for years in Okinawa and we frequently went out to bars). We walk in and sit down at a table and immediately open the Japanese menus that were already on the table, when a waiter sprints over and replaces our menu's for English ones. However, they forget to grab one of the menus and my buddy almost immediately pointed out how drinks on the English menu were 3-400 yen more than on the Japanese menu. The waiter comes back and we all order beers, but we demand the Japanese price for the beer and he is SHOCKED that we can read the menu and doesn't know how to respond and just says to talk to the manager. So we confront this guy and he is just as shocked that we can read the menu's and he apologizes MULTIPLE times and even gives us a free round of drinks. We drink them and just leave.

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DiCo
DiCo

@Random yeah, they have a lot of strange laws people don't talk about as well. Like openly displaying signs in some restaurants that if you're a foreigner you are not welcome. Pretty rare to see. But I've seen it enough to talk about it.

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Random
Random

Lol wtf? They allow that in Japan? Im from Sweden and can't believe something like that ever occurring here. That restaurant would be shut down quick.

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Akiko7298
Akiko7298

They are always so shocked when foreigners can read/understand the language even today in Japan and Korea.

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Momo 1412
Momo 1412

My favourite part about the woman who stopped Chris on the cycle has always been the idea that she knew exactly how to lure a British man into a trap….. biscuits. Great video as always, nothing wrong with alerting people to dangers especially ones aimed at tourists

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jaihawkins
jaihawkins

If she was serious it'd be devonshire tea

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Leah Peah
Leah Peah

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”(Matthew 6:5-8) Jesus Teaches About Fasting 16 “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad like the hypocrites. They put a look of suffering on their faces so that people will see they are fasting. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. 17 So when you fast, wash your face and make yourself look nice. 18 Then no one will know you are fasting, except your Father, who is with you even in private. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

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Faust
Faust

If she had some yakitori, she would have had him in an instant.

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L v
L v

If only she'd had some spices and orange pekoe tea, she just might have gotten chris to come to the party.

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Daniel Powers
Daniel Powers

True I watched the og JAJ and I think she was just a fan but him coming out on here as a odd is alot more clearer and strange.

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Geek To Me
Geek To Me

In college I studied East Asian politics we learned how, while Japan is relatively safe, it is not nearly as crime-free as the stats show. The government manipulates the statistics and a lot of crime against foreigners is grossly underreported. While westerners don’t experience it, non-Japanese Asians get the brunt of it. When I was last in Japan (back in 2000), this guy from Malaysia who was a friend of my then-Japanese fiancée was severely beaten in Yamaguchi-ken and the police wouldn’t even investigate it. And I was confronted by “Yanki” hoodlums once as well. But it is still relatively safe.

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Geek To Me
Geek To Me

@0x0 I can’t cite sources from college research from 25 years ago.

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0x0
0x0

Where is the evidence of government manipulation of crime statistics?

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PeachKing
PeachKing

Yanki? More like dookie

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Grilled Flatbread
Grilled Flatbread

@MW van der Walt I mean yeah, there's the entire WW2 murder all the other asians and cut open pregnant women in competition thing. They saw others as subhuman. There's an undercurrent of right-wing shittery in Japan like in many other countries.

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MW van der Walt
MW van der Walt

From my experience and stories I've heard from my class mates it turns out Japan is relatively racist towards other Asians. Fortunately for me I am South African, 1.8m blond and blue eyes. So clearly a foreigner but most end up being very friendly with me.

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NEPAscallywag
NEPAscallywag

When I was in the US Navy we were briefed about the bar scams specifically in Roppongi and "drink girls" in general, never heard about the cults though. We had a guy who broke the battle buddy rule, went off by himself and came back hours later talking about how he sang karaoke with these really cool tatted up japanese guys. Surprisingly he didn't get scammed lol.

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Asahisagoiboi
Asahisagoiboi

@Bicky Boo Yokouska naval base probably has more drugs than Roppongi since sailors are the biggest users of meth. At least that is how it used to be.

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Bicky Boo
Bicky Boo

@Asahisagoiboi I've heard Roppongi is the drug capital of Japan.

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Asahisagoiboi
Asahisagoiboi

I was stationed in Japan before the curfew and the need for a liberty buddy. You used to be able to buy psychedelic drugs in different shops in Yokouska, Yokohama, Shibuya and Roppongi.

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John Norton
John Norton

I was "kidnapped" by some young street gangster types in Kyoto. They took me bar hopping and clubbing, paid for everything, and I danced with their girls -- who I mostly hung out with because they spoke some English. The next morning, excruciatingly early, some of us went to see a TaiDo tournament, which was filled with yakuza making huge money bets out in the open. I went back to Korea thinking, "did that just happen?"

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Hazel Cohen
Hazel Cohen

@tildessmoo the ones with large tats are higher up and don’t need to get their hands dirty the ones starting off are doing it all for them

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Paradigm Alter
Paradigm Alter

People need to understand that no place in this world that is “completely” safe. Low crime rate does not mean “no crime”. Japan is in the safe side of the world but Japan has one of the most bizarre crimes. Low crime rate but bizarre. That’s usually the description I hear from people living in Japan.

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0x0
0x0

It is true that Japan was the country where the world's first poison gas attack targeting civilians took place, but there is a downward trend across minor and serious crimes and the murder rate is quite low.

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Yeet TheMeat
Yeet TheMeat

@F.B.l. ah yea that sounds...odd to be fair. Panty stealing and hair sniffing have to be the weirdest ones.

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F.B.l.
F.B.l.

@Yeet TheMeat panty stealing, groping, peeping, hair sniffing, upskirt hidden cameras, that kind of bizarre crimes and the Police literally don't care.

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Critical Thinker
Critical Thinker

NO SANE ONE OF THEM, COMMITS CRIMES,. The ones that do commit crimes, are always crazy and also because Japanese are wound up so tightly, that when they spin out of control, it's lot of released energy.

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Yeet TheMeat
Yeet TheMeat

Bizarre in what way?

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Wyatt Maeva
Wyatt Maeva

The fact that your bank said that was an authorized transaction is BS. I would definitely look for another bank. It’s called claiming fraud for a reason.

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ChikNoods
ChikNoods

This is why you need to use a credit card. Your debit card is your money and the bank doesn't care. The credit card is their money and they will get it back. They will fight for their money

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S. Y.
S. Y.

@Rexira as in the US.

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Rexira
Rexira

The scary thing is that in Japan, you don't even need to put in your pin for a transaction 😭

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officernealy
officernealy

A story about the time I stayed in Shinjuku. It was my last night there and I decided to spend it at the Golden Gai. On my way back to my hotel, I was bombarded by touts trying to get me to come into their scam bars but I was told to act like they're ghosts by my travel agent. There was this one swole tout who clearly did not take kindly to me ignoring them and he followed me up the block shouting slurs at me. I was scared out of my mind but suddenly, a guy in a suit up the road, smoking a cigarette walked out in front of us, arms crossed, and the tout was suddenly gone. He was clearly Yakuza and I'm not exactly sure why he stepped in to save me, but I still think about it.

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WarpRulez
WarpRulez

@Alexander Armfelt Yeah, that's my understanding too. As far as I know, Yakuza members do not look kindly to outsiders committing crimes in their territory and, perhaps somewhat ironically, often step in to protect foreigners if they witness them being accosted by someone, because they need to protect the honor of the regional boss. (Also as far as I know Yakuza members very rarely if ever themselves commit crimes against foreigners because they have this kind of unofficial deal with the police that they will leave foreigners alone.) But it does create this somewhat ironic situation where the biggest Japanese crime organization is your friend, if you are a foreigner in the country.

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temp tempy
temp tempy

@Starship Driver nope, just polite, and smarter.

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Not Me Not Me
Not Me Not Me

@Leah Peah I’m not fucking interested

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Leah Peah
Leah Peah

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”(Matthew 6:5-8) Jesus Teaches About Fasting 16 “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad like the hypocrites. They put a look of suffering on their faces so that people will see they are fasting. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. 17 So when you fast, wash your face and make yourself look nice. 18 Then no one will know you are fasting, except your Father, who is with you even in private. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

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Not Me Not Me
Not Me Not Me

I was once in a bar in a small pretty Switzerland village (of all places). After a few drinks in the bar I started chatting up some pretty girl, hey I was a young and naive single guy at the time. But what I didn’t know was her boyfriend was also in the bar and was getting very angry about it. In the end I walked out the bar and he started to follow me up the road shouting slurs at me, getting very aggressive and in my face. It escalated to a point where I thought I was going to get filled in by him and his mates and I started to panic. So I jumped into the first building I saw, to save myself…. It just happened to be a bank with ATMs in a foyer ! As if by magic, the police very quickly turned up. Maybe someone saw them on CCTV and thought he was robbing me in the bank??? The most amazing thing was, as soon as the cops pulled up outside the bank, blue lights flashing, the angry aggressive guy suddenly changed his attitude in an instant. He suddenly became the most apologetic person. It was like a switch was flicked. To this day I always wondered why he was so scared of the Swiss police? I can only guess he was a seasonal worker for the tourist season and would have been instantly deported?

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Brandon Cortes
Brandon Cortes

This is probably the only time I’m somewhat content with being born in a poorer neighborhood . From the start, you doubt what everyone says and you never trust anybody fully. It’s simple, it prevents you from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I mean I don’t even trust the ATM when I withdraw money, I’m sure as hell not trusting no person to show me a good time. Pro tip: beware of credit card scammers. Those guys are the real deal, cameras and fake pin pads. Those guys work overtime trying to take your money.

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Mekkiler7
Mekkiler7

@Bambina Forever Oh boy, Japan and Germany for example still use cash primarly and some places won't accept card pavements. In Germany it got better since this pandemic started, but I still need to carry cash with me because some places just won't accept card payment, like bakeries.

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Bambina Forever
Bambina Forever

In the world of visa and master card i have always been wondering why anyone would withdraw money from atm. I myself havent seen cash for many years, have been travelling in eu, usa, thailand. I m sure visa works in japan as well

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Christopher Baldwin
Christopher Baldwin

Unfortunately this exact scenario happened to me. Got drugged. Woke up with £1700 charged to my card (more than I had on there to begin with). Police didn't care. Luckily my bank reimbursed me.

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Christopher Baldwin
Christopher Baldwin

@Qopiq q Thank you, was a very surreal experience. The police were not helpful in the slightest, luckily my bank was very supportive.

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Qopiq q
Qopiq q

@Christopher Baldwin Not gonna lie i'd probably have fallen for it aswell. Good thing you got your money back

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Christopher Baldwin
Christopher Baldwin

@Qopiq q exactly how described in the video. I was walking through the golden gai district while on my way back to my hotel. Got approached by a Nigerian tout offering free drinks. Initially said no, but was very insistent. Went in, had one drink, don't remember anything else until I woke up the next day and realised what had happened. Felt very strange for 24-48 hours.

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Qopiq q
Qopiq q

How did you get in that situation?

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iPhone Punker
iPhone Punker

Holy shit, this almost happened to me when I was in Tokyo in 2019, a Nigerian women with ok English latched onto my arm and kept directing myself and my mate to a nightclub we had no interest and she suddenly started asking “Do you want girls” and both of us said “no thanks just exploring and etc…” and then she goes “Oh I can get you boys instead “ I broke myself laughing and asked her just to go away at that point I am terrified to think what could have happened if we gave in and followed her.

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Mat S
Mat S

„Well, so you have unicorns? I’m only interested in uniforms. GOOD DAY, MAM!“

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Dutchie Abroad
Dutchie Abroad

I'm glad this is finally addressed by someone! My partner got scammed in Shinjuku with his friend in 2016, where they followed a tout into a bar. They got drugged, separated and threatened until they made card payments, they lost about $3500 combined. They also tried to go to the police, who were listening at first, but when the police man spotted someone outside (who had clearly followed my partner and his friend) they became completely unhelpful. The next day the boys both felt terrible due to the drugs and basically just fled Tokyo as they still felt very unsafe. Hearing this story completely shook me as I had never heard of things like this happening in Japan!

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Dutchie Abroad
Dutchie Abroad

@Danny D Yeah, definitely. My partner and his friend actually went to a different police station when they returned to Tokyo for their flight home and those officers were much more helpful. It even got escalated to a higher level when my partner mentioned the guy who ran the bar had a scar on his face (they clearly knew who this dude was and were keen to hear more).

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Danny D
Danny D

So the police were in cahoots with the guy outside the station.

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Millennial Chicken
Millennial Chicken

I've had to explain this to many others so I'll leave this here as well: Just because Japan has this ''squeaky clean'' image of crime doesn't mean that it isn't crime ridden or crime doesn't happen. It's just leagues & fathoms lower than many places elsewhere in the world.

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Rias G.
Rias G.

@組み紐屋の竜 don't pay them attention, people don't wanna accept that Japan is better than their countries in terms of safety..but I guess it doesn't help when Japan has yakuza, which is a questionable organisation

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Beastobitchio
Beastobitchio

Or the police just don’t do anything about the crimes

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paranoidandroid
paranoidandroid

@word 2 The gun death statistics are from the CDC and FBI. I'd post the link but then my comment would be deleted. 🥱

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Paranoid Panzer Penguin
Paranoid Panzer Penguin

@Hideyoshi lolwut. British royal family visiting Epstein's child abuse island, Rotherham child abuse cover up, Rochdale child trafficking ring (partially covered up), Jimmy Saville, churches, basically anything to do with British colonialism. That isn't even to speak of the US, which literally ran Epstein's island and whose churches and schools are rife with child SA. Not to mention the child trafficking from mexico and South America. Countless accusations against hollywood and their open support for Polanski, who safely fled to France. The US military literally invading Afghanistan and de facto reinstating Bacha bazi - old men SAing young boys - with their Afghani allies, something the Taliban virtually eliminated. The US "banned" it yet several service members said they had orders to allow it and it statistically rose during the US occupation. The only reason anything gets prosecuted in the US and UK is because there are so many cases they overflow into public perception, not that anyone actually ends up caring. Nothing came of the Epstein thing and Americans just joke about it. Rotherham? Covered up for nearly 3 decades and forgotten after the police finally did something, but you can't even talk about it without getting called a racist because most of the abusers were pakistanis

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Nunya Bidness
Nunya Bidness

Government statistics are dirt. Japan just lies about their crime like France lies about it’s healthcare.

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Ultimadrago
Ultimadrago

As someone planning to travel to Japan when it reopens, I'm really happy to have a video like this. I have a lot to learn before going and it's good to know about obvious dangers to avoid as an eager tourist.

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Steel String
Steel String

One lesson to learn here: Before traveling internationally, set up a bank account with a bank that will issue an ATM card that can't also be used as a debit card. Don't carry a debit card with you. If you get ripped out, don't hesitate to call your credit card issuer to dispute charges.

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Storage Box
Storage Box

This is scam is actually quite common in the entertainment areas he mentioned, and yeah, the Japanese police are of no assistance to victims. The opposite of all of the goodwill people shower on Japan. When I lived there locals told me that the police are no better than the yakuza. I thought that was very interesting.

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WarpRulez
WarpRulez

I think the same precaution applies in _any_ country: If some stranger comes to you and asks you to follow him or her somewhere, politely decline. There's literally zero reason why that would ever be a good idea.

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theseb1979
theseb1979

Of course. None of these scams listed in the video are unique to Japan. They happen in all major cities.

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riingo desu
riingo desu

I was in Tokyo a few years ago with a friend and a street tout physically grabbed our arms when we walked by ignoring him. He tried to drag us away into the store (we're both small Asian girls). He only let go after my friend started screaming at him. He then let us go and shouted slurs/derogatory terms at us while everyone stared without helping. This happened in the middle of a crowded street during the day too. Love Japan and Tokyo but the street touts are honestly some of the worst scum I've ever encountered in any country.

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Kinotaurus
Kinotaurus

@gnarlin Pretty sure the scum are on the take.

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F.B.l.
F.B.l.

@gnarlin The Japanese police mostly don't care about "minor" sexual crimes, unless someone gets LITERALLY r4ped in front of a CCTV, they're not gonna even gonna give it 5 seconds of their time but that's usually only in the big cities though.

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Leah Peah
Leah Peah

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”(Matthew 6:5-8) Jesus Teaches About Fasting 16 “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad like the hypocrites. They put a look of suffering on their faces so that people will see they are fasting. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. 17 So when you fast, wash your face and make yourself look nice. 18 Then no one will know you are fasting, except your Father, who is with you even in private. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

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JunpakuKarasu
JunpakuKarasu

@SubHumanTorch Yes, the prosecutors in Japan refuse to pick up cases unless they think they have a 100% chance of winning.

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A. Leaud
A. Leaud

@UndertakerU2ber Did everyone clap?

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xdeathknightx
xdeathknightx

I was half expecting the "cover charge" scam to come up. Some bars are pretty up front about it and tell you ahead of time and it's usually not too bad. Just like 500 yen or something and usually in more touristy areas like Gion in Kyoto. You can also go into a bar (usually pretty fancy but also pretty much empty) and get drinks for reasonable prices. Then at the end it's like "oh yeah there is also a 10.000 yen (or whatever price they come up with) cover charge per person". Fun part about that is that if you ask about the cover charge up front they have to tell you. But yeah try and avoid the fancy empty bars and go into the bars with a lot of Japanese people in there also.

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wolfiepawz
wolfiepawz

I remember accidentally leaving my backpack in the McDonalds one day in Japan, but surprisingly wasn't worried as I walked back to get it. Also, the only encounter with an old woman in Japan was with my friends while there, she wanted to practice her English for the (then) upcoming Olympics; because she wanted to be a translator for them. Was very wholesome, and I hope she got to do it.

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OD ie
OD ie

I live in Japan for 13 years of my life as originally an American. I've seen so many tourists interacting with the scammers outside of bars and actively told them it's like 25 bucks a drink there before they go in. Each one of them was like F that and walked away. I used to always tell them ask how much a drink was before and if it's brought to you decline immediately and leave, you didn't ask for it.

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ペリーロバート
ペリーロバート

I've experienced a bracelet scam in Greece. A Jamaican man pulled me out of a crowd in Athens and asked where I was from. I told him, he then proceeded to place a bracelet on my wrist and then started saying blessings onto you, and other junk. At the end of his speech his tone shifted to a serious one, and he asked for 5 euro. Scared given this is my first time traveling I handed him 20 since I didn't have the change. He stopped me and explained, no no no we are not theives. He then handed me a 10, not even the right change. My last day in Athens a new man with a similar accent attempted the same thing on me asking me if I wanted to party in Greece, I yelled angrily nope and sped past. This scam was very minor, yet I wonder what would happen if I refused to pay given he had his hand around my wrist. Keep your eyes out whenever you travel, especially if you stand out always go in a group in new areas, be smart out there.

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Toeps
Toeps

A Dutch journalist once made a series in which he intentionally got scammed in different countries to show the practices. He also got himself into one of these Tokyo bars (and saved a tourist). The episode is on youtube (auto translate subs works pretty well): "Oplichters in het Buitenland - S04E01 Deel 1/5 - Tokyo"

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Leah Peah
Leah Peah

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”(Matthew 6:5-8) Jesus Teaches About Fasting 16 “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad like the hypocrites. They put a look of suffering on their faces so that people will see they are fasting. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. 17 So when you fast, wash your face and make yourself look nice. 18 Then no one will know you are fasting, except your Father, who is with you even in private. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

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Shiva Richmond
Shiva Richmond

@Garthdon And I felt scammed when I payed €8 for a glass of Heineken in a bar in Amsterdam...

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Garthdon
Garthdon

@Diego Rens Sorry, he cant remember the specifics. This was around 2005-2006

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Garthdon
Garthdon

​@Info Info Sorry, he cant remember the specifics. This was around 2005-2006

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Diego Rens
Diego Rens

@Garthdon i shouldn't be surprised, but as an Ams- resident. i didn't expect this. What kind of place was that?

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choucobra
choucobra

This wasn't in Japan, but happened when I was on vacation in Los Angeles. A guy with an European accent came up to my friend and I and tried to convince us to take his tour bus ride. We didn't see a bus anywhere. He promised it was finishing a tour and we just had to pay right now, cash or credit. When we kept asking questions, he started saying that the bus was right around the corner and he would lead us there. Eventually my friend grabbed my arm and pulled me away. I was really naive, but she could tell he was up to something. I'm glad she was with me that day. I honestly would have gone with that guy because of how nice he was.

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ZeonDidNothing Wrong
ZeonDidNothing Wrong

I almost got lured by a tout in Akihabara once when I was there. Was exploring the street till 8pm as I was curious to see how it's like in the night. Somehow walked into backalleys (Luckily it wasn't quiet) and it there were varieties of different girls in idol/military/maid costume just trying to get you into the bar they worked at. Like the broke ass tourist that I am, I rejected the moment I see that drinks starts at a whopping 2k yen (66myr) which is to me pretty hefty. Who knows being broke would save you from being even broke. But thanks for the video Chris, informative as always!

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Animalz
Animalz

This happened to me in Tokyo. I was lead into a place, handed a drink and the next thing I knew was I woke up feeling extremely groggy and disorientated with a insanely large bill and all my cash missing. It was a horrible experience.

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Lena Graham
Lena Graham

I’m sorry that happened to you! 😞

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Domonic Ramos
Domonic Ramos

Always remember, everyone, that from the highest peaks of society to the lowest, most bottomless pits, scammers exist all over the spectrum.

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Peter Rogers
Peter Rogers

Literally the exact same thing happened to my cousin in Roppongi with around $4k total across 4-5 transactions for be below the amount that usually triggers banks to fraud. Same thing happened, cops had zero interest in getting to the bottom of it. No report lodged, not showing on the reports… BUT, lucky for him, I speak fluent Japanese and lost my shit at the police, got them to put together a report, which then was given to the bank to lodge the fraudulent access claim, which led to him getting his money back. 👍🏻 Hot tip: get a report saying that there was a violation!

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Storage Box
Storage Box

@Rin You have to get your embassy involved. You must get a report for your bank or you're screwed.

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Living Room
Living Room

The police are obviously paid off lol, pretty funny that they will unequivocally not help anyone who is a victim to this.

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Michael
Michael

@Henrik This isn't true if you handled your card responsibly, but the bank will question you over whether you are responsible to void their consumer protection requirements so you have to carefully make clear you were not negligent or responsible for misplacing your card.

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bikkiikun
bikkiikun

@👺samurai boi : This is why you should involve the embassy. The more people know about it the harder it will be for the officers to retaliate. And more likely for superior officers to punish those who caused the embarrassment. Of course that doesn't mean, that an ex-cop or one with severely reduced career prospect wouldn't seek personal revenge. FYI, organised crime in Japan is very similar in this regard. For them, any kind of attention is bad. Hence, when in a situation where touts become aggressive or even touch / grab you, scream, to get attention. Like other commentors shared in their story, at some point someone will show up to end the encounter as quietly as possible. And they will punish whoever caused the ruckus. And they know, any revenge will only cause more attention.

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👺samurai boi
👺samurai boi

@bikkiikun hmmm will agree to this totally tho still scared if police will even try to cover the case up whether the station is big or hugely funded especially if you mention about embarrassment cus the police officer will also go after a person who he or she assumes caused the embarrassment

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Interitus
Interitus

I've had very different experiences in Japan. Yes, I was given a cult like pamphlet, but it was more given to me as I walked by, she didn't say anything to me nor bothered me after that. Also when checking out an arcade in Shinjuku and guy came up to me who worked for the arcade and asked if I would take part in a survey to basically get an idea of the types of prizes people may like. He didn't ask anything too personal, age, which country I was from etc... And then basically asked my favourite anime, why I chose that arcade etc..

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Mingau Feliz
Mingau Feliz

17:54 "And if you're wondering why I've got loads of random stories" Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking 😅 My deep sympathy for those who got scammed and a big thank you for warning us about these surreal threats.

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Monica B
Monica B

Hopefully my years of experience in South Africa avoiding hawkers can come in handy if I ever go to Japan. Most likely it won't since these scammers are really convincing, but one can hope!

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Michael Rohan
Michael Rohan

When I was in Japan and visiting Golden Gai, some woman from one of the bars tried to usher me inside and was pretty persistent. I forget what turned me off but I think they wanted a cover charge or immediately wanted me to buy a drink. I walked off pretty promptly. Learning of the above stories, maybe it could have ended much worse.

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Adelia Forsteri
Adelia Forsteri

As an introvert i don't understand why anyone would hang out with strangers just because the strangers are being friendly with them.....

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GizmoAndKiwi
GizmoAndKiwi

When I was at a temple with two of my friends from language school (one from Germany, one from the Netherlands) one of them was approached by someone, asking where we're from etc and suggesting to visit a ceremony. I don't remember where exactly we were, some smaller place outside of Tokyo... She thought it sounded good and got the impression that they were associated with the temple we were at, so she agreed and we followed them. But they were leading us away from the temple, so I think after about 5 - 10 minutes of walking it was obvious that there's something fishy going on. We discussed in German that we would get away and agreed on the excuse that we were expected to meet a friend and lost track of time. They didn't want us to leave and tried to get any kind of contact information ("Do you have line? Do you have facebook?"), but we just said we don't use that where we're from and we really have to leave as not to worry our (imaginary) friend. Pretty sure that would have been some experience of the cult variety if we had followed them longer 😆

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Kiyo Ku
Kiyo Ku

When I was in Japan in late 2018, my brother and I were walking from Tokyo Skytree to Asakusa, and we were approached by two very friendly men who spoke fantastic English. It was almost exactly like the last story you told, as the two men promptly tried inviting us to their 'Buddhist Temple' somewhere in the middle of Tokyo, and were very eager to try and suggest it was 'just on the way to our hotel'. We said we had to be somewhere, and briskly scurried away! Thankfully, I've never been too trusting of being led off to 'temples' by strangers, but I had learnt a little about scams around Tokyo before. Be careful folks!

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SSP Gaming
SSP Gaming

I've run into one or two Yakuza in Kabukicho, and they were exceedingly polite when asking me if I was looking for some company for the evening. A bow and a thank you but no thank you was enough, and I was on my way. Never had a bad experience in Japan.

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oaktree_
oaktree_

That first story is terrifying... not only were they scammed, they were robbed. Not only were they robbed, they were drugged and sexually assaulted. ON THEIR HONEYMOON. Beyond awful.

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oaktree_
oaktree_

@Leah Peah No one cares

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Leah Peah
Leah Peah

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus taught, “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”(Matthew 6:5-8) Jesus Teaches About Fasting 16 “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad like the hypocrites. They put a look of suffering on their faces so that people will see they are fasting. The truth is, that’s all the reward they will get. 17 So when you fast, wash your face and make yourself look nice. 18 Then no one will know you are fasting, except your Father, who is with you even in private. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you. Matthew 6:16-18 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

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Cedric中島
Cedric中島

@Frostyblade 88 they don't do anything when Japanese people get robbed either, don't make it a racist issue when it's not. The cops in Kabukicho hate being there, they know that every night they will get reports from people getting scammed but unfortunately, those scammy places know the law very well and the cops simply can not do anything. The tout is never an employee of the bar so whatever promise of cheap drink they made is not the bar's responsibility, they could claim they thought the tout was one of your friends or an other tourist giving you their honest recommendation. They have a price list on the table, in a dark, hard to see place so they will claim that you ordered knowingly and just regretted it later. When they spike your drink, they can claim that they know nothing about it and that you probably used sleeping pills yourself to fix your jet lag. The police will absolutely do something if you have proof (video or sound) that: - an employee of the bar promised a cheap all you can drink and you only ordered items from that all you can drink - there was no price list on the table when you arrived - they threatened and/or used violence against you If you don't have any proof, you are technically the one trying to dine and dash, why do you think all those bars have big "no camera inside" plastered on every wall?

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Tifa
Tifa

You shouldn't ever drink with strangers

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Yunashelia
Yunashelia

@ShadowZZZ it is also unbelievable they even have only women trains because of groping and harassment unghhh japan has many dark and ugly sides...

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Jacob Landers
Jacob Landers

Sorry I haven’t watched in a while, I forgot how much I loved your comedy and production. Great job as always, sir! Congrats on ten years and here’s to many more! がんばって!

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Jonathan Ely
Jonathan Ely

im a 5 year fan of the channel, and i love every bit of Chris' content but this video made me LAUGH (more than usual). I'm loving the little visual easter eggs and the editing emphasizing the dialogue, rather than distracting from it. Educational and entertaining in perfect harmony. much love and support from Denver, Colorado, USA.

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jekyll hirsi
jekyll hirsi

I never had such an experience in Japan. However, when visiting South Korea, two girls asked me to take part in their religious ceremony. Having been to Japan and Taiwan for two months, i felt absolutely safe and went with them. After about 20 minutes kneeling in weird white dresses, we ate some different fruits that were part of the ceremony. In the end they asked me for some money to pay for the fruits, i gave them 5-10 bucks and i left. Never really understood what they did, but did not really regret going with them.

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KarmaSpaz12
KarmaSpaz12

Ahhh I went to Golden Gai on a trip to Japan once. Had been part of a group who otherwise spoke no Japanese and the man who was showing us around dropped us off at a bar rather suddenly and for some time I was left with the dubious task of calming the other strangers, who I did not know, down because they couldn't read anything. When I started to show off my Japanese, some of the locals gave me side eye and rather dirty looks so I had to pretend my proficiency was worse than what it actually was but I had made my mistake too late. When the man came back, one of the older local gentlemen pulled him aside and pointed at me and I swear the colour drained from the man's face. Several of the other locations we were supposed to I guess bar hop to next suddenly became too busy, something he told us after apparently taking a mobile phone call. I'm sure the call was about something else! The rest of my trip was wonderful but that was definitely a low point, made worse by the apparent cluelessness of the other foreigners as to what was actually going on and the man hung around and we all went our separate ways so I wasn't able to warn them.

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Katrina Christian
Katrina Christian

As a 16yr old on a school trip to Japan, we were warned about the touts beforehand. I looked a little older than my age and managed to attract the attention of a tout during our free time. I'm notoriously jumpy due to a childhood of jump scares from my cousin, so when he appeared behind me suddenly I shrieked. He apologised and made a very quick get away. Felt terrible that I'd hurt his feelings until our teacher reminded us what their job was.

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Pukaluka
Pukaluka

@Deep Fried He was flinging insults at OP for no reason. Like just out of nowhere.

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Kevin K
Kevin K

@PsychedelicPunk When I was a kid, we were lucky if we got to go to the zoo.

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Deep Fried
Deep Fried

@Pukaluka what did he say?

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PsychedelicPunk
PsychedelicPunk

Damn, must be a nice school if you are getting a trip to Japan.

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Soldado Gomez
Soldado Gomez

@Pukaluka you too kid

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Jager Japan
Jager Japan

Hope you see this. I have found out there are new scams (at least to me) on dating apps or language exchange apps of girls setting up dates where there is a party at a certain bar that they invite you to and they either work there then they over charge you or once you are there they leave and you get intimidated to cough up your card. Saw this happening both in Tokyo and Osaka.

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Stefan Jefferson
Stefan Jefferson

The first bar scam is one I imagine has been going on for many many years. I recall as a young lad hearing this happening to older mates in Soho, London around 1970.

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Video Czar
Video Czar

This is why on the first day of visiting a foreign country I always get to my hotel room right away and look at the prices for drinks on the in-room menu. I am aware hotels will charge you about 3x what the drink is worth so gives me an idea on the price at bars. The next day I look for a supermarket as I prefer to buy drinks, snacks and other things there. Then when I go to a bar or club I always bring a certain amount that I can afford to spend that night. When it is down to the point where I only have enough for a cab home I go home. I also make a point to ask about the price of the drink before I buy it. If i meet ladies or other people I will insist on going to places I choose. I usually will find a restaurant that I plan to frequent that is close to my residence. This strategy has worked for me so far. So far I have not been scammed when traveling through China, the Philippines, Viet Nam, Thailand, Cambodia, Brazil, or Peru. I do not plan to go to Japan as I prefer to work in China where I speak the language and like having cameras and police everywhere. I like the feeling of security.

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Shawn H
Shawn H

When I was in Tokyo in 2017, thankfully with my cousin, we were hit up literally every block by the Nigerians. Promises of free or cheap drinks, promises of sex with some of the girls that "worked" there. My cousin having lived there for years knew this scam and we politely said no thank you and kept walking. Also, I couldn't believe how many non-Japanese people asked me if I was there for sex, it was crazy, like sex tourism is such a big thing. Also, another scam that I saw, and luckily didn't fall for, was "donating" to a "monk".

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gajustempus
gajustempus

in other words: If the police doesn't accept and record a crime, there's no crime added to the statistics. Therefore the statistics are insanely good. This however leads to more people believing crimes and rip-offs don't exist in Japan. I think I spot a pattern there

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Dragonfly
Dragonfly

@xoxodavidtennantxoxo Yeah, I was talking about the conviction rate, not the methods. However, I heard that it's not uncommon in Japan to keep foreigners under arrest for a pretty long time until they admit to a crime they didn't commit, it doesn't even have to be a serious crime. So there's that ;)

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A1R
A1R

@xoxodavidtennantxoxo Look up Hostage Justice

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xoxodavidtennantxoxo
xoxodavidtennantxoxo

@Dragonfly I feel like that's for almost opposite reasons. China has a 100% conviction rate because there is no due process, so innocent people are incarcerated, while in Japan, it's because the police won't bother prosecuting unless they are sure they will win. So more guilty people get off free.

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Edward Fletcher
Edward Fletcher

Police HATE reporting tourist scams ....

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Alice
Alice

So true, the statistics at this point shouldn’t be taken legitimately.

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BerserkFury89
BerserkFury89

You know back in 2013 I was in Tokyo Roppongi area with some friends. We spent the day wondering around Tokyo trying to experience as much of the city as we could in the short time we had. Then towards the end of the night we had a guy come up to us and try to convince us to go to one of these bars. Being young and stupid we probably would've gone there too, but luckily for us the bar wasn't actually close by and the guy said he was going to get a cab to take us over there. That was the red flag that set off the alarms prompting us to stop talking to him and walk away. Back then I had no idea what kind of scheme he was pulling, but this video pretty much explains it.

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MaxRavenclaw
MaxRavenclaw

This is weird. From what I understand it's relatively easy to issue a chargeback in situations like this.

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Gregory Sharpe
Gregory Sharpe

Hey Chris, great video. I've been a subscriber for a few years and always enjoy your content but this is my first time messaging. I just wanted to say thanks. I read Shogun by James Clavell when I was 16 and it really got me interested in Japanese culture. I never lost that interest and always thought I would visit but I just turned 40 and it's seeming less likely with every year. So I just wanted to thank you for letting us into your life and providing your opinions on what its like for a non-Japanese person living in modern Japan. Also for giving us a glimpse of your adventures with Ryotoro and Natsuki that have made me laugh more than any mainstream comedy has in a long time. All my best, Gregory

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emiri
emiri

It's certainly not as bad as the scams in the video, but I highly recommend tourists watch out around ground level of Akiba. There's a ton of predatory stalls that resell products popular with people overseas (usually shonen manga/anime merchandise) from other stores at a 3x markup sometimes, often from stores right around the block. Every time I see someone buy something from them I wince.

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VGuy
VGuy

Damn, that's rough. I for one can't wait for Japan to re-open for tourists in a less restrictive capacity than it's using at the moment, and finally take my dream trip. As someone from Latin America, here's a little wisdom: avoid hotel restaurants. Not because of unsanitary conditions; heck, the food can be very delicious, but as a general rule, it's insanely overpriced, which is expected as these restaurants usually cater to tourists and not locals. This is especially true for the more high-end hotels. Case in point: just once me and a friend accompanied a group of American women to a sushi bar inside a hotel. Being the cheapskate I am and having legitimate stomach problems that day, I didn't order anything, add to that I dislike seafood. I got served what I thought was a complementary glass of water in a champagne glass for some reason while the ladies went to town on maki sushi. Bill time came and I'm surprised I receive one. For the equivalent of $10. For a drink of water that costs as little as 50 cents in any corner store; heck, it WAS one of those bottles. Their faces said it all, so I think I got off cheap. Still, it was the most expensive drink of water in my life. Cheers!

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Dave's Hong Kong & China Channel
Dave's Hong Kong & China Channel

I love the last one with the speed induction into the new religion. The only thing he lost was a bit of time and came back with an experience he not only survived but will remember for the rest of his life. Hong Kong has similar bar scams although I haven't heard of anyone being drugged. And I've come across the English menu with different prices too which certainly was a good incentive for me to learn Chinese. Even the places where prices on the English menu are the same, you often find they don't translate the entire menu so your choice can be limited and the translations can also leave a lot to be desired. As for my experience in Japan, I kept away from the major tourist areas and tended to go to the more local places. Although most people didn't speak English, the combination of being able to read many of the characters and the friendliness of the staff made it a great experience.

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Four Winds
Four Winds

I must admit that when I visited Japan, the only time I felt unsafe/uncomfortable was when I was doing a night loop of Tokyo (to view all the neon signs etc.) and arrived in Shinjuku. I was approached several times by folk offering me various bars full of ladies etc. Being aware of the cover charge scam, I knew to say no but it felt really seedy + they are so insistent. I remember one just replying with "What? Are you gay or something?" XD I didn't hang around in the district long and quickly returned to the station after I got the photos I needed.

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UndertakerU2ber
UndertakerU2ber

And when they ask “What? Are you gay or something?” Be like “Umm…Yeah! :D”

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Izzy May IS ready 👌🥂
Izzy May IS ready 👌🥂

Literally the exact same thing happened to my cousin in Roppongi with around $4k total across 4-5 transactions for be below the amount that usually triggers banks to fraud. Same thing happened, cops had zero interest in getting to the bottom of it. No report lodged, not showing on the reports… BUT, lucky for him, I speak fluent Japanese and lost my shit at the police, got them to put together a report, which then was given to the bank to lodge the fraudulent access claim, which led to him getting his money back. 👍🏻 Hot tip: get a report saying that there was a violation!

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W. A.
W. A.

had this happen to me in kabukicho about seven years ago (spiked drinks, handsy hostesses, $2k charged to my card) - fortunately, my credit card provider reversed the entirety of the charge after calling the bar's listed phone number and finding it was disconnected (canadian banks are apparently quite benevolent at times)

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BanBan Chi
BanBan Chi

@ImperialJustinian Good points but the banking laws are very similar to in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. They all copied each other. In the case of smaller banks, they are required to outsource the fraud departments to third party companies or refer the client directly to VISA, AMEX etc. I'm not saying this didn't happen, I'm saying that the victims didn't do their due diligence and/or are exaggerating the incident.

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ImperialJustinian
ImperialJustinian

@BanBan Chi While I believe that a multi-national bank like the one you worked at would likely do as you say, I suspect the bank in this case is a regional or even smaller national one with less resources to be able to investigate overseas fraud. We also don't know the exact nationality of Laura, just that she speaks English (she mentioned talking to other English couples, which might mean they are English, or that they all spoke English). Thus we don't know what banking laws would apply to her bank (if it is a bank; credit unions can issue credit cards and the laws might be different to banks), or even which currency the dollars being referred to are. Furthermore, just because your bank was operating at the Industry Standard does not mean every bank is. Plenty of smaller banks and bank-like entities are still operaring like they did in the 20th century after all, despite that being over 20 years ago. I think the only thing we can say about this case is that the bank definately was not an industry leader following best practices. While you are correct internal security protocals should have blocked the transaction, it could either be that the actual amount was just under the amount to flag on the banks systems (note the 6k was spread over three different cards), or more scarily, that the transactions were flagged then confirmed as genuine by the fraudsters. Barclays bank, for example, says that they will text you to confirm the transaction is genuine. Texts that are sent to phones that the victims likely have on them, and which might be secured by a fingerprint. Text arrives, the fraudsters use the fingerprint from the passed out victims to respond to the text, then delete the text to make sure they don't find out, and the bank has no reason to assume that it is not genuine anymore. Which would also work against the victim when disputing it. As would the fact it is a bar. How many people go out for a night of drinking and spend too much, only to dispute it illegitimately in the morning? Your earlier point of escalating to AMEX, Visa or Mastercard is a good one, but not one which I think the majority of normal people would know was an option. After all, the bank, from whom the card came from, and who handled the money and transaction, declined the dispute. Without further research, the average person is likely to assume that is the end of it. Oh, and I just checked Visa's UK site on chargebacks and the language could be confusing, since they tell you to "contact the card provider". It also says that chargebacks on debit cards are not a legal right.

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BanBan Chi
BanBan Chi

@l4nd3r The banks don't require a police report to dispute a purchase. The client is not trying to prove illicit activity, they client is simply stating that the purchase was unauthorized. No burden of proof is needed. If it's a foreign purchase and the bank's fraud department is unable to communicate with the merchant, the bank simply credits the customer and it's up to the merchant to prove the customer made the purchase. The proof never falls on the card holder. One more thing that leads me to believe it's not true is that the internal systems of a bank immediately put a security block on multiple purchases over $1000 dollars. That type of customer protection is also required by law.

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l4nd3r
l4nd3r

@BanBan Chi they probably couldn't get the police to write a report (because they don't speak Japanese), so when the bank called they had nothing to prove something illict may have happened.

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l4nd3r
l4nd3r

@definitly not ben lente as long you get a police report, they should... unless the banking laws really suck in your country.

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Shaolin Dboy
Shaolin Dboy

So weird because I’m from NYC and I visited Japan in 2015 I remember seeing and talking to those same guys in Tokyo the foreigners who are not Japanese and they were clearly trying to get people to go to bars or something like that 🤷‍♂️ As crazy as it sounds I distinctly remember having an honest conversation with one of the guys on the street I think he was from Canada he was a white guy and he admitted vaguely to what he was doing and he explained how he was making good money doing it tho 🤷‍♂️ 🤔

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lewi777
lewi777

I remember playing Yakuza for the ps2 back in the early 2000s and it featured lots of scams like this. Ofcourse in the game it's exaggerated; however I always knew it still must go on in Japan as they do have a criminal underworld as does every nation on earth!

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kou
kou

During a Japan trip, two friends of mine got approached by a super friendly pair of girls while shopping for anime goods. While at some gashapon machines, they all hit it up and decided to go have some food and drink at a cafe and it all seemed normal and fun because they were just talking about anime and making small talk, until suddenly the two girls changed the topic to be about a religion. I think my friends managed to just leave without being roped in because they were like "ohhhh" when they realized what this was, and left that interaction without much trouble. But I was so surprised to hear about this because these religion pyramid scheme scams even have young people targetting foreign weebs?! 😂

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Vainamoinen
Vainamoinen

I got "gently scammed" on my first trip to Tokyo years back. In the Ueno park, me and my gf got approached by an extremely nice buddhist monk, at least the guy had the clothes, and with completly broken English asked me if we could donate to a temple. Hell yea! Even more, he gave us prayer beads. My levels of assertiveness were not so high back then, so I simply wanted to get rid of the guy and continue our venture, first time in Japan, so fck it, we gave him 10k yen. He then wrote our names (good luck writing foreign slavic names) and I noticed a list of "Johns", "Bobs" and "Annas" with different ammounts of money the guy collected. We were at the bottom of this list, probably he could give us money instead, donate to poor Middle-European students..but the others gave like 30-50k, even more. So either he really wanted to rebuild his lost ancient temple, or like any other overly nice and happy dude, he took our cash and scrammed. Peace and love

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Bikkuri Desu
Bikkuri Desu

I was almost caught out by a street tout. This happened about 7 years ago and had only been in Japan for about a week. I had missed my last train and was in Chiba city, so was waiting outside the station for the earliest one (I was very very drunk). Someone came up and started chatting, a friendly dude supposedly from Colombia. Anyway we chatted for like 30 minutes about Japan and family and stuff, he seemed like a genuinely cool dude (although I had heard of the street touts, it hadn't at all crossed my mind with him). So we got walking whilst chatting, (sure beat the hell out of sitting outside the station) and then suddenly he said "Hey, actually I know this bar that's still open we could go to, you wanna go?" and red flags started jumping around in my head. Trying to be friendly I was like "Okay, sure!" whilst trying to fight my sobering brain cells screaming at me to get away as soon as possible. We got to a fairly busy crossroad where there was another foreigner standing around who gave the Colombian dude strong eye contact, then a big smile, and they high fived. That confirmed what was going on, and I realised we must be close and it was now or never. I said to him, "Sorry, you know what, I've got to go." So I turned around and started walking the other way. He ran back to me and grabbed my arm tightly (not exactly what I was expecting), and said to me, "Hey you need a drink or some food?" and dragged me into a 7eleven right next to us. He was gripping pretty tight, but I didn't want to get into a fight and possibly end up in a koban for the rest of the night, so I allowed him to drag me into the 7eleven. He was saying "You want a coke, a sandwich?", he grabbed a bottle of coke from the fridge and walked me over to the till. At that point I thought I was in a pretty safe environment with cameras etc, so I jolted my arm from his grip and briskly walked out. He didn't follow, probably because he was still holding a bottle of coke at the till. When you're in Japan for the first time, you definitely can let your guard down due to how friendly people can seem, and how trusting people can be. I've now reverted back to my British cynicism though.

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Chino
Chino

Instead of getting drunk just drink sparkling water so it burns your throat

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Kevinik
Kevinik

Colombian do this in their country to drug you. Search here in YouTube for 'World's Scariest Drug' is a Vice documentary.

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ctographer M
ctographer M

@Jordan Picking Sounds exactly what a Colombian scammer would say /jk

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Kris B
Kris B

The touts are usually Black so pretty easy to spot too.

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Jordan Picking
Jordan Picking

​@Madame_Grushenka All the Colombians I've known and worked with have been incredibly friendly, trustworthy, and generally likeable people. I've honestly never heard of Colombia's "bad reputation".

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P M
P M

I've heard stories of tourists being detained in airports in Japan and held on ridiculous charges...don't know if it's true.

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Adam Jaxn
Adam Jaxn

This almost happened to me and my sister in Tokyo. We went to Robot Restaurant and on our way to find a taxi, a group of men approached us and asked us if we wanted to find a bar. We ignored them and walked away.

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Chelsea Ewing
Chelsea Ewing

Wow, things have changed so much. In the 90s I was a crazy young adult living in Kanto and I used to go to Roppongi to party. Nothing bad every happened to me or anyone I knew. Also, I had Nigerian friends (some hung out in Roppongi too) and they were all nice people doing normal jobs or businesses. Makes me sad to think how much things have changed. And so, who hires these touts/who owns these scam bars? I guess the yakuza? Anyway, having said the above (my lack of negative experience in Roppongi), in my later years living in Japan I did see some shit, like yakuza dominating police. And police doing nothing for foreigners who were victims of crimes etc. And the racism from the police (and some citizens) towards Asian and Black residents. And the sexual assault of women. Re the religious scams, I knew nothing of that (lived in Japan til 2010), but I did get sought out by Japanese Christians looking for foreigners to join their churches. Some were quite persistent. I sure do miss Japan though. My last years there I lived in the countryside in Kansai and it was so so so beautiful and people were friendly and warm. :)

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Kiki V
Kiki V

Yep.. had them try to get me and my friend on my first trip to Japan. I had thoroughly researched before going luckily and knew about it already. He was more aggressive than he was charming though.

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Doolally Shake
Doolally Shake

The fact that the police didn't care when those two got robbed and sexually molested/assaulted is a great highlight of the Japanese policing and justice system. It's terrible. And the reason they can be is because of low crime rates due to culture etc. But it definitely needs improving.

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Mandeep Clone
Mandeep Clone

@Mandeep wow another one with same name.

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left4twenty
left4twenty

it begs the question, of a low crime rate due to effective policing, or a low crime rate, due to no one counting

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Ophelia
Ophelia

What happened to you and your friend is horrible, but the notion that they take it more serious when you're a woman is laughable.

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Alias Nineteen
Alias Nineteen

@Paranoid Panzer Penguin You are blind to what is in front of your very eyes.

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Paranoid Panzer Penguin
Paranoid Panzer Penguin

@Alias Nineteen Yea except they don't. Japan ranks better on transparency and corruption, the CPI, than the US and many other 1st world nations.

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Nagi-chan
Nagi-chan

Well, I'm glad I am not the only one who has these kind of weird experiences. Recently, I went to the beach in Kamakura. Since I didn't think I was going to go often, I just went there leisurely without brushing up because I didn't expect anyone to talk to me. And guess what! There were two young men and one of them approached me. While I hate this kind of thing because it makes me feel like the dumbass friendless lonely foreigner I am, I actually started talking to the young man because I figured that I need to talk as much as possible. Because I wasn't prepared very well at some point I said I needed to go back into the water to avoid sunburn. The man just quietly went away without any trouble, but from afar I saw him meet up with his friend again. Thankfully I wasn't robbed or anything. I just had a nice short conversation. I honestly don't want to know what they were up to, but it was kinda nicely weird.

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Internet Person
Internet Person

I've got the perfect anecdote about this. I was in Yamagata-shi in 2007 and had my sneakers stolen from an onsen after a friend swore they would be safe sitting out next to his shoes. He lent me shoes, but his feet were a half-size smaller than mine. I didn't have the money on me to buy new shoes and being a young guy, I didn't have space to bring a second pair of shoes.

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Reaper _01
Reaper _01

Oh, I just found out about this sect scam. My friend was approached by someone in akihabara and asked to meet later on. We thought he was just wanting to be friends as we are foreigners so we meet someday later at Mcdonald. He wanted to meet my friend only but at that time i was a bit suspicious and me and some other friend were planning to go out after the meeting so we joined in and apparently he wanted us to try to join his religion. As the religion is related to Buddhism and me and my friend are also Buddhist, we don't think much and say maybe someday later we might visit that shrine he promotes. I didn't know its cult or something sinister like this

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英語わかりません
英語わかりません

Am I the only one that would've gone with it if a cult approached me just to see what happens?

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Laurie Penner
Laurie Penner

I was at Dotonbori in Osaka when a Japanese schoolgirl came running up to me and asked to use my phone because she had to call her parents right away. I said sorry, my phone doesn't work here, which was the truth because I didn't have a Japanese SIM card. But the street was absolutely crowded with Japanese people, and I have to question why she would want to use the phone of the obvious tourist and not a local who spoke Japanese. I feel like I dodged some sort of bullet.

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bikkiikun
bikkiikun

@Andrew Willis : Absolutely correct... if they really need to call their parents, or anyone, there's always a Koban (police box) where they'd be helped out. If you have lost your purse or for whatever reason need money for the train ride home, they even lend that money to you.

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Elixir
Elixir

I had my drink spiked in Dotonbori in Osaka, so I unfortunately have a bad opinion of the place. I wasn't sure if I was imagining things but I have spoken with nurses and doctors since and they agree. I was on the floor of my hotel room unable to move or talk and it took me well into the afternoon the following day to be able to talk, eat or do anything but just lie on the floor like a sack of cement.

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Jimothy Araian
Jimothy Araian

@KwolteKublai * I lived in a roughish part of Japan back in 2000 and there was plenty of crime, prostitution and drugs. It's lower than other countries obviously but also suffers from people being reluctant to report crime. Few people want to get involved in a legal system with a 99% conviction rate, something the Nazis would have been embarrassed about

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TheRiordane
TheRiordane

Sorry to tell you, that’s a known scam in Osaka. Especially in the night. Dotonbori is heavily run by yakuza and smaller criminals. When I lived there I talked about this with some Japanese grandmas warning me about this saying I should tell the girl to go to a koban!

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globalHell
globalHell

To the people that said Japanese kids/school students are too shy to ask Japanese people, please dont reproduce lmao

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lior yunfh
lior yunfh

instead “ I broke myself laughing and asked her just to go away at that point I am terrified to think what could have happened if we gave in and followed her.

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TheTooBig
TheTooBig

Weirdly enough, in Tallinn I was in a somewhat seedy strip club and in a very vulnerable state. Instead of abusing me, they made me drink water and rest. It was pretty awesome and restored my faith in humanity.

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Hala Zeisa
Hala Zeisa

I am aaaalways worried when someone is being nice to me here, waiting for them to spill out what they want 🤣 Always ask for repetition and details and explanations when (for example) house renters or phone contractors etc start talking very fast and difficult Japanese and take your time translating or just take with you a talkative Japanese friend

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Roland Rabier
Roland Rabier

A friend of mine told me she visited Tokyo in 2019 and went to Kabukicho in the Evening with another French girl. They could feel the unsafe atmosphere, they were stopped by a host in front of a large cinema. He told them they could drink as much as they can for one hour for 2 000 yen in his store, so they followed him. As they were two girls, another host joined them. There were about ten other young Japanese girls dressed as French maids and schoolgirls inside. My friend was worried, as they looked underage, drinking and flirting in such a place by night. They were told most of their customers are hostesses themselves or masseuses from a parlor of Kabukicho, they are all above 18 but asians look younger. My friend was a young student and not accustomed to drink alcool, the hosts topped their glasses constantly, so within an hour they were both drunk. The hosts started to hug them, put their hands on their thighs, telling them they are the most beautiful princesses they ever saw in this club. When they had to pay, the manager told them they already had chosen their hosts so the 2 000 yen first visit could not apply. Each had to pay over 30 000 yen, as they had not that cash about them, the manager and the two hosts escorted them to the nearest ATM. My friend says their hosts were not great looking with their colored hair, heavy make up, female jewelry and bags. They were very different from the photoshopped posters outside, spoke broken English, sounded uneducated and stupid. They would not recommend the host club experience to western women. She says in other parts of Tokyo they never felt the unsafe atmosphere they experienced in Kabukicho.

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PAB倭
PAB倭

My Japanese fiancée used to work in a Kimono shop in Nagoya that specializes in Furisode (mainly for the coming of age ceremony) and basically the entire company was effectively part of some cult. They did business as usual but a lot of the members, especially higher ups were devout followers of the cult, and the employees had to buy books about the cult and write book reviews on them every month. My fiancée and her friends that knew this was all nonsense secretly made fun of it and just bullshitted all of the book reviews, and they weren’t forced to do anything else cult related, but it was so weird lol. I think it’s called something like ‘Happy Science’ and the cult leader is allegedly the incarnation of the lord of all gods on earth, and he claims that he can become a medium and channel the words spoken by current OR historical figures (including current politicians lol) I think they make most of their money from book sales. (They have lots of books, and strongly encourage everyone to buy them) It’s one of the numerous so called ‘new religions’ in Japan that are basically just cults, and it’s super weird. (Kind of funny though)

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Ernest Ramos
Ernest Ramos

My experience with the "bar scam" in Kabukicho: Shortly after my wedding, my mother wanted the family to go out on holiday so we chose to go to Tokyo. On that trip were my mother, me, my wife and my younger brother (who was in his mid twenties). We booked a hotel in Kabukicho not knowing what the area was, except that the hotel had a very good rate compared to others. On our first night, the Nigerians were all coming up to us, inviting us to go with them to whatever bar. They even approached my mother and my wife individually inviting them over. For my part, I politely declined, saying I am with my mother and wife so I'd like to stay "wholesome". They had a chuckle and said ok. For the rest of our week there, we were never again approached by them. Even the others there did not approach us (it's like we were but on some "do not bother list" lol). So my impression was, even if they were possibly a scam (which I already thought they could be at the time), these scammers like most of Japan, are very polite and would leave you be. That was back in 2012 I don't know if they've changed in the last decade.

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Jimbo
Jimbo

The menu in two languages with the English version being more expensive is quite common abroad in my experience. I remember it in some of the more touristy bits of Lisbon for example. Thankfully I knew enough touristy Portuguese to get by and therefore saw through it.

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Will Smith
Will Smith

I can totally relate. Years ago while in Tokyo I completely innocently went to this quaint old English style pub called 7th Heaven. Once there I was comprehensively scammed by a series of stunning woman who offered short dances for a large sum of money while telling me I was very handsome. The most sinister part of the scam was I was unaware I was being scammed as I enjoyed it so much.

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CHEFPK
CHEFPK

I had someone invite me to their "hip hop club" off the street and me being a slightly buzzed 22 year old in Roppongi at night followed him. We entered into an elevator with, I kid you not, shag carpet from 1983 and went up 5 floors. He guided me into a room with beads hanging to separate the rooms. 8-10 women stood up and Welcomed me and I thought "I might be buzzed, but this is no night club. I have watched enough cultured anime to know what this is." I played it off that I had to meet someone and left as politely and quickly as possible. I was lucky, especially being solo in Japan.

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CHEFPK
CHEFPK

@Ghost Samaritan probably something dubious like taking all of my non existent money

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Rat 9476 of the Supreme Rodent Takeover
Rat 9476 of the Supreme Rodent Takeover

😳

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Ghost Samaritan
Ghost Samaritan

Care to explain for someone uncultured? What were they planning?

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The Satisfied Customer
The Satisfied Customer

me and my mate have been drugged in Cambodia. thankfully we have both extremely high tolerances to substances ( or did at the time) and the girls who drugged us were bemused to see that we didn't pass out ( i could barely stand in this club was staggering around). I had gone to our hotel to get cash on the way ( from the bar to the club) and the hotel manager tried to stop me going out, saying i should say indoors, i was waving him away saying whatever it was only days later i realised he could tell i was worse for wear, thankfully we didn't get robbed but we were seeing things like faces in towels, we were crawling around on the floor and when we went home to Thailand it was days later before things like meals stopped shimmering and moving from side to side Infront of us. never fell for tout scams. drinking things etc. got drugged again in Cambodia a few years later by someone i offended . wasn't as bad as the 1st one though!

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boyblob
boyblob

Yeah... every country has its various kinds of scams (experienced it in my home country too for that matter, not just abroad where I might be more easily pegged as a tourist). Really you just gotta be firm with saying "no" and if need be act a bit tough or rude for the other person to take a hike. This for me isn't easy lol as I am kind and don't wish to be mean ever. Plus I give off the vibe that I'm kind and trustworthy as people who mean no ill will at all will ask me for time or directions, or which way a bus goes (minor honest questions) when they could have asked somebody else standing next to me or 10 feet over. I just don't like making others feel uncomfortable or disappointed to a fault. But when it comes to scummy people you just gotta turn on your a-hole mode and basically act like a jackass chav if they don't stop pestering you.

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Disco Spyder
Disco Spyder

Several of the guys I was stationed with in Okinawa were taken advantage of when they went to the bar by themselves. It wasn't common, but it happens. However, 99% of the time, Japan was the safest place I had ever been. You could fall asleep in the park with your wallet layed next to you and it would still be there when you woke up.

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David Dillard
David Dillard

As someone who works in the financial services industry I can say this: Never use or carry a debit card. With a debit card your money comes out of your bank account when a transaction happens and it's on you to get it back if something goes wrong. Always carry and use credit cards--If something like the above happens, it's just a dispute--Your money never leaves your bank account--You don't have to pay.

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dk 109
dk 109

I'm glad you mentioned this, Chris. In 2019, I took a month-long trip to Japan (not my first, but my most extensive) and I had some of your stories in mind when I did. Good thing, too, because when I was visiting Hirosaki, Aomori during the Neputa Matsuri, I'm pretty sure I was targeted by one of these scams. I was on my own, exploring the area around Hirosaki castle, when a young man about my age comes up to me on the street and strikes up a conversation. As you mentioned, this isn't really something that happens in Japan, so I was already a bit confused, but he seemed nice enough. He asked me the same questions you listed - where I was from, what I was doing in Japan - and when he found out I was there for the festival, he said, "My town has a festival going on too. I would like to take you there." Immediately I thought about your experience with the woman in Niigata and politely declined, doing my best to end the conversation as fast as possible and making up a BS reason that I had to go meet some friends back at my hotel (figured he was less likely to do anything weird if he thought people were expecting me). Eventually he gave me a pamphlet for some sort of religious movement and left (still saved it as a souvenir). These types of stories are very helpful for foreigners going to visit, just so we can be aware of what to look for. If I hadn't heard from you and Sharla about some of these scams that target foreigners, it likely never would have crossed my mind.

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Deimos Voralius
Deimos Voralius

@bikkiikun I think it goes to a different level when law enforcement fails to do something. Then, it becomes corruption/culturally accepted. Then you have a serious issue on your hands. Criminals are Criminals regardless of nationality.

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Jenny Lee
Jenny Lee

I wonder what would have actually happened if you went with him

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theRPGmaster
theRPGmaster

@Marihan der Khan I know, I was making a joke, since midsommar is just a normal holiday in reality

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Marihan der Khan
Marihan der Khan

@theRPGmaster was talking about the movie specifically. Just like how these japanese cults use buddhisms reputation and name for their own gain, the hårga do the same with midsommar festival

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theRPGmaster
theRPGmaster

@Marihan der Khan Midsommar is actually always nice, sun, drinking, and strawberry cake. As a Swede I haven't experienced anything like in the movie.

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Jackrabbid86
Jackrabbid86

In the summer of 2019, I was headed to osaka from Tokyo. While making the line to buy my tickets, an older guy showed up asking every foreigner in line to buy the tickets from him. They clearly had someone else's name on them, and was saying he needed cash quickly, and would sell them at a discount. For those who have never been to Japan: long distance bullet train tickets to are passport linked. At any moment under suspicious activity or random checks, they could verify identification by checking both tickets and passport. So the fact that this bozo wanted to look for easy prey bewildered me. I hope nobody fell for that trap that day ✌🏻

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Mike L
Mike L

Definitely had them approach me back in the day glad to see I might the right choice to avoid them. Interesting question though one time we were approached by one working for a tourist shop apparently he was going to take us to the store with the most amazing deals for souvenirs anyway group I'm with start to follow him and we come up to an alley with a shop half way down it with about 6-7 more large muscled touts just lounging outside. That's when we decided ehhhh lets not and walked away. To this day though I'm curious what was the scam? Was it going to be just 100 yen store items marked up or something else?

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Marcell Nagy
Marcell Nagy

Yeah happened to me as well. I checked a bar that was rated really good at trip advisor in tokyo, i wanted to drink only one beer on the way to the hotel so just went in. I happened to be alone in the bar asked for a beer started to drink it, by the half of it I started to feel really weird so payed for the drink an left quickly. The security guy a big nigerian man and the woman really wanted to convince me to stay but I just said no thnaks and ran away. I just arrived back to the hotel and passed out slept for like 15 hours and felt really sick after. Thats when i learned that its really better to be careful there.

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Sandee Diaz-Parker
Sandee Diaz-Parker

Thank you for taking the time to warn unsuspecting visitors about scams like this even in one of the safest countries in the world. 本当にありがとうございます、クリス❣️✌🏻👍🏻😊

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drumsR4girls
drumsR4girls

I hope the pandemic shutting out tourists for years has majorly hurt these scammers financially.

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Burkles
Burkles

​@drumsR4girls i could tell a bullshit artist in my own language/country. They probably prey on the elderly japanese.

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DogLookingBackAtYou
DogLookingBackAtYou

They know how to make money other ways. Thiefs are clever unfortunately

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digwillhachi
digwillhachi

when i was there last week there werent many around but i guess when Japan opens up again they will be back out in full force.

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drumsR4girls
drumsR4girls

@TharzZzDunN I imagine the locals are more aware/informed about the scam. At least I hope so.

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TharzZzDunN
TharzZzDunN

Except they probably double down on the locals to keep profits up.

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Grumpy Ian
Grumpy Ian

From experience when it comes to using cards to pay, you always set a max transaction amount/ how many transactions a day and with debit cards only have x amount in your checking account. They can't burn you if you keep $50 in your account.

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C.G. WU
C.G. WU

i read some similar stories in books when i was very young. 20+ years passed, sad to know that Japanese society is is always in this phenomenon.

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N L
N L

I'm thankful I don't really go to bars nowadays and have had no reason to go to Kabukicho while I was in Japan. But I've been "lightly mugged" by similar scammers in other countries. My mistake was saying "No" instead of nothing at all.

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Michael M.
Michael M.

Years ago, a friend and I ventured into one of the places recommended by a tout in Roppongi. I was leery, but didn't notice anything untoward. We left after a drink (super boring bar). Might've gotten lucky. Have heard numbers of tales of Tokyo cops not caring about foreigner-on-foreigner crime. So that's always something to keep in mind. Also many years ago, but have heard quite a few stories about gals being raped in Roppongi bars (there was one particular one named, but it was over 10 yrs ago, so I don't remember the name of it now) and nothing ever came of it. I'm not a big fan of nighttime Roppongi. The place makes me feel dirty if I stay there too long. Walk around, take some pictures, and then I'm out. Not a place I'd recommend to noobie foreigners wanting to experience Japan.

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Destitute and Decadent
Destitute and Decadent

As someone who's spent the past 12 years in Japan, I really want to stress that like Chris said, it's more of a Tokyo/big city thing. (The incident in Niigata took me by surprise!) The pros and cons of big cities and small towns are mirrored; in the cities you get people who can speak English, tourist spots that are more foreign catered, etc. In rural areas, there's not much in the way of tourist support, but less tourists also means less tourist targeted scams. That said, as long as you stay away from anyone who's oddly persistent in taking you somewhere, Japan should be safe and a pleasant experience!

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Dina B
Dina B

I actually ran into Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses in rural Japan...it can happen.

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peko
peko

@Kairon156 That's true. Plus, since it's a woman that's doing the approaching means she comes off as nonthreatening.

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Kairon156
Kairon156

@peko That would be a huge red flag for me but in the moment people might not think clearly.

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Jordan, inside-outsider in Japan
Jordan, inside-outsider in Japan

My thoughts exactly. 🍻

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peko
peko

From what I gathered, Japanese in general rarely invite people/friends into their homes, much less strangers. These women readily inviting you in for tea or whatever is already suspect.

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Dinir Nertan
Dinir Nertan

When I was in Ikebukuro at a late night, there was this very handsome and friendly Japanese guy with a really fluent English, insisting on helping me reaching my place which was just few blocks away. I ditched him because there's no way a handsome AND friendly stranger would be nice to me for any good reasons. After the trip is done I asked few Japanese people I know what this guy could've been and none of them gave me clear answers. I guess it's kind of what is introduced in this video. It's still weird that he was not a foreigner though.

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