To get the most out of your Japan trip, you need to be familiar with important laws that foreigners must know. This will ensure that you don’t get into a stressful situation when dealing with law enforcement. There are many laws in Japan, but this article will focus on the most important.
Always bring your passport with you wherever you go.
Japanese law permits police to conduct random identification checks of foreigners and locals. It’s unlikely that you will be stopped by police for random ID checks in Japan, which has a population of approximately 126 million. If you are stopped and you cannot produce your passport, the police might take you into question. This unnecessary stress can be avoided by simply carrying your passport everywhere you go, whether you’re looking for something in a convenience store or exploring the city.
You cannot work with a tourist visa.
It is possible to be tempted by the lure of making quick cash on your tourist visa. No matter what your situation, it is illegal to work for a tourist visa.
You will be punished and banned if you are caught. If you are caught doing this, you will be fined and banned. If you wish to work in Japan, first obtain a valid visa.
Public spaces are not permitted for smoking.
You might smoke on the streets and in public places if you are from the West. It is illegal in Japan to smoke and can result in fines of up to 20,000 yen ($144).
If you wish to smoke, always find a designated area for smoking. One can be found near offices, train stations, parks and other locations. It is a good idea to ask for a table in a smoking room if you plan to smoke at a restaurant.
The legal drinking age for adults is 20 years.
The legal drinking age in the UK is 18. In the United States, it’s 21. It’s 20 in Japan. You cannot drink alcohol if you are under 20 as a tourist to Japan. Some underage people can purchase alcohol without being checked by the establishment. It’s safer to be safe than sorry. A criminal record is not something you want. This could affect your chances of getting work visas or engaging in transactions.
You should also be aware of other laws
You should also be aware of the following laws when visiting Japan as a foreigner:
Traffic rules should be followed. You can face a fine of between 7,000 and 35,000 yen if you don’t comply. You put your life, and that of others, at risk.
Dueling and other related activities can be punished.
Under the Misdemeanor law, it is illegal to ask for money.
It is against the law to talk to a bus driver when the bus is moving.