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Egyptian ex-sumo wrestler suspected of driving again without license

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Forgot my valid unexpired license at home after switching to smartphone wallet from traditional wallet which had the license. Then my side view mirror bumped another car’s mirror in Daikanyama. Nothing broken just a mark on the mirror.

Instead of trading contact and insurance, the other driver calls the police who came and discovered my license wasn’t with me. Ended up spending four hours on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the police station in Shibuya.

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Driving without a license is unreasonable in Japan.

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Driving without a license in illegal.

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It wou;ld be interesting to know if he had a license in Egypt. The license test seems to quite stringent in that country.

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How can the speed camera record at “over 140kmp/h”? Shouldn’t such important recordings state the exact speed? Or do the just guess or round it off? Most cars on the highway drive about 120, will speed camera round it up to “over 140”? Scary.

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Maybe they rounded it off to 140 kph and cut him some slack, Goodluck?

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No person is illegal.

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So if he was a sumo wrestler from Japan would they say Japanese sumo wrestler?

and why couldn’t he just find someone who has a valid license to help him out?

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Earlier this year he lied to police investigating an accident he caused where he claimed not to be the driver. He was. Now he's speeding down the expressway with no licence. He clearly cannot be trusted to obey the law (which everyone's visa is conditioned on). My advice remains the same as before; deport.

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He'd rather stay in the USA.

Problem in Japan is that for some countries, you cannot keep your home countries license and get the Japanese one. Or you have to be cunning...

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Sounds like the guy shouldn't drive even with a license, what a track record...

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Problem in Japan is that for some countries, you cannot keep your home countries license and get the Japanese one. Or you have to be cunning...

And which countries are those? I've never heard of that. Quite apart from the fact that your foreign driving license is not under the Japanese authorities' control.

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Please please come back to Japan so that we can give you a suspended sentence

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Problem in Japan is that for some countries, you cannot keep your home countries license and get the Japanese one.

Please explain. There are basically two ways to get a DL in Japan. You go to a driviling school and take the standard tests. If you do this, whether you have a foreign DL or not is totally irrelevant. Use your existing foreign license to get a Japanese license. How easy it is to do this depends on where your license was issued, not on your personal nationality. There is no requirement that you surrender your foreign license. Both Japanese and foreign nationals use foreign licenses to obtain a Japanese license. Getting a foreign DL and then "converting it" is a popular way for Japanese to avoid the costs of going through Japanese DL schools.

This FAQ explains the conditions associated with using a foreign DL to obtain a Japanese DL.

https://japandriverslicense.com/faq/

I cannot speak to the current US situation, but in the past when I moved between US states I found the procedure more difficult and more expensive than using my British DL to get a Japanese DL.

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