Q074: How often are you hassled by police, etc? (On the basis of looking different, on suspicion of drug use?). Compare Japanese police with police in other countries...
A074: When I was young I was often suspected of being involved with drugs, but I've always tried to avoid contact with the police as much as I can. They're always going to have power and the law on
their side, no matter how irrational, and I'm always going to come off worse. So I try to avoid contact with them, try to avoid being suspected of anything criminal. I had various run ins when I was younger, but now I need to apply for work visas to go the US so keeping my nose clean has become a matter of life and death. If I were to get into a fight with the police it would be as a revolutionary act against authority. I don't know that much about the police outside Japan, so it's difficult to make a comparison.
Once on tour in the US I threw a bottle of beer at the police and was almost arrested, but those around me managed to calm things down and I got away without being arrested. When I don't agree with a situation sometimes my brain short-circuits, but I know that I need to be more careful.