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Man arrested for organizing rally of 200 motorcycle riders, motorists

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Police in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of violating the Road Traffic Law after he organized a mass rally of motorcyclists and drivers.

According to police, Kazunari Shindo, a self-professed construction worker, led the convoy along National Route 134 from Kamakura City to Zushi City from 9:20 p.m. on May 8, Sankei Shimbun reported. The convoy consisted of about 200 motorcycles and passenger vehicles.

The group also traveled along a road near the coastline, which has become notoriously famous for many hot-rodding incidents. Residents in the area have repeatedly complained to police.

Shindo, who is believed to be the group’s leader, was was quoted by police as stating, “I was driving with my friends and others, but I am not aware of any reckless driving by any of us.”

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What was the point he was trying to make?

I witnessed a convoy of 80s 90s boy racer cars in the mountains they were escorted by 7 police cars. Is there a law against a car club moving as a group without police supervision? The story doesn’t tell the whole story here. 200 that’s a lot of people who are of a like mind. Why did they do this?, and why the police reaction.

mysterious

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a self-professed construction worker

What does that even mean?

S

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Can’t even gather with like-minded individuals expressing similar interests?

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And no accidents or incidents? Sounds like a remarkably, well-executed and a fun, traditional “road rally” .

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Perhaps another danger of openly posting your ‘community’ events & future on social media?

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LOL! And our Bosozoku friends are doing what exactly??

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Nothing so “*mysterious” **@cricky 7:38am. **The NPA just needed an “effigy for a lynching***” to appease the locals:

“The group traveled along a road notoriously famous for many hot-rodding incidents. ‘Residents’ have repeatedly complained to police.” -

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Kazunari Shindo, a self-professed construction worker.

From now on when asked what I do, I shall answer that Mr Kipling is a self professed baker!

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" Residents in the area have repeatedly complained to police."

that's usually the case here

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IMO: The nabs are strong to come out for minuscule crimes, old cold cases public assistance, or homicide related. Crime prevention IMO is a minuscule priority for them.

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"mass rally of motorcyclists and drivers"

Great choice of words to create fear. Just call it as it is; A Bosozoko Group decided to get together of a trou/Meet.

I've been on Easy Riders torus in the past. No one ever complained about the 300 Plus bikes riding down the expressways/towns.

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I don't know about this particular group, but the bosozoku usually block the entire street, drive slowly while aggressively slaloming, and rev their engines to make as much noise as possible.

There are motorcycle enthusiasts who ride in groups (including myself), these are a totally different story, they are most courteous and polite drives. They do race sometimes on mountain roads though

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What's the crime here? Too many friends? Thousands of people travel on roads everyday.

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There's more to the story.

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"200 motorcycles" perhaps 200+ people gathering, could be risk for corona spread, and delta variant.

https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/health-environment/article/3139428/delta-coronavirus-variant-surges-japan-olympics-spike

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Not a cop in sight more than likely. Probably arrested days later him while he was pouring concrete at the genba. These incidents happen with regularity especially on Saturdays and Sundays on that road and there's almost never a cop around. Suspended sentence at best with maybe a "stern warning" like this: You can participate but don't be the organizer.

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Suspended sentence at best with maybe a "stern warning" like this: You can participate but don't be the organizer.

Sounds like they need to organize with an anonymous account. Then everybody can "just show up" and participate, crime-free.

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"a self-professed construction worker" Guy sounds like a real egomaniac...

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Bunch of bogan bikies with nothing better to do, throw them in the can!

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I was involved in a procession of a hundred or so motorbikes and cars for a friend's wedding ( the bride, groom and guests were all acquainted with a Harley chop-shop) in Saitama long ago. The police were informed, and permits issued so that, with the cop's assistance at intersections, we could ride in double file and create the least amount of congestion possible along our route. It was noisy, to be sure, but it went smoothly and all concerned were respectful. So with the right attitude and forethought, a mass rally needn't be an unlawful.

The above story doesn't mention bousozoku style antics at all, so what indeed was the fuss?

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What a distorted mentality. That was only an easy target for a better bosozoku statistics. If the bikers and motorists would have been some smarter and declared it a Hiroshima, Fukushima, Kumamoto, Atami support or commemorating rally or something like that, eventually with some little festivity for the locals at the start and end point, the same whole thing , exactly the same loudness, nuisance and road rules violations, would have went through uncomplained and even be celebrated in nationwide news. lol

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Friggin' hate bosozoku. I started to throw rocks at them when they passed through our neighborhood, and they stopped coming (though I can hear them in the distance).

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I'm guessing that the police might have profiled these people as bosozoku. But if they're not, I don't see why they would get in trouble for gathering if they're not doing anything bad like noise disturbance, road blocking, littering, etc - aside from the whole pandemic social distancing thing too, of course. Just an unpopular opinion, I think bosozoku are cool so long as they're not disturbing anyone.

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Can you imagine the noise from 200 Bosozoku? I counted 50 passing by at the beach once and that was enough for me.

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The article says there were no disturbances or problems during this event so I’m pretty sure no Bosozoku there. Bozos (sic) are a fading trend not like they were 20/30 years ago. It looks more like a social media post was reacted too by many more people then expected. Not something arrest is warranted over.

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On which ground were they arrested?

As long as they do not commit any offense, I do not understand why.

The article should mention the reason

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What law did he break?

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So, if I drive along the road with some of my friends in several different cars that mean I am liable for arrest? Does it mean that the police will monitor me and follow me?

Surely, this is Draconian Japan at its finest! You

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Tired of these "bikers" at night. Who are they supposed to be impressing? Their little boyfriends? Get a life or a girlfriend.

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I'm a member of a Fairlady Z group that does regular meets and runs. In October last year, we had a meet in South-West Japan, with approximately 130 Z's of various genres. No police, no laws broken, no problems. Was this guy well-known to police already?

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Me and my friends (only 15 or so and all Supra owners) get together on an occasional weekend, but never seems to get into any trouble. We try our best to drive with courtesy "most of the time".

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