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A Charge of Carrying Invasive Instruments

  • Today I will talk about one of Minor Offenses Act in Japan, “sin-nyugu keitai no tsumi,” the literal meaning of which is “a charge of carrying invasive instruments.”


    This law says that you have not to carry instruments that are used for home-invasion without justifiable causes.

    In the text, spare keys, chisels and glass cutters are mentioned, but many other items fall under the category.

    For example, screw drivers, pliers, nippers, files, penlights, and flashlights.

    The point we should notice is that you can be accused of a crime if you have a penlight or a flashlight.

    In fact, about a month ago, a man who carried a flashlight was arrested in Japan.

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