Everyone does realise that you can still send telegrams with docomo, right?
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From personal experience, from an American standpoint, hospital visits (outpatient) are relatively inexpensive (for example, 5000jpy or 50us$ for a full eye examination, swab test and prescription). Although most hospitals may require a referral, if you are a foreigner traveling as a tourist they can usually place you in queue for whichever department you need to attend. Sometimes wait times can range from 45-minutes to 4-hours.
Also speaking from personal experience, if you call an ambulance, they will attempt to find a hospital that has staff that speaks your native language.... If you are ever placed in this situation like I was many years ago when I first moved there, you can expect to be in transit for some time while a suitable hospital is located.
Hospitals, for whatever reason, if you do not have insurance always seem to be cheaper than a visit to a private clinic... (Except at KIX, that airport clinic is not too terribly overpriced. AVOID the one at NRT though, 20,000 - 40,000jpy for a consultation)
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This article is not quite 100% accurate... The person refused to present to police and did not carry on him, his passport, which appears to be the primary offense (Articles 75-2, 75-3, and 76 of the Immigration Control Act)
After which, he was charged with the assault of a police officer, which does carry a 500,000JPY fine.
As for the damaged lamp, the cost of the lamp plus repair costs is 100,000JPY, which if he had paid, he would've been released. There are certain bars and clubs (like a few of the ones I worked at) where a lot of items, ranging from cups, tables, lamps, ecc can range from 10,000JPY to well over 200,000JPY.
Mind you, had he assaulted a police officer back in LA, well, he'd of been tased for resisting or something like that.
Honestly though, it comes down to Self-responsibility. If you travel to a foreign country, you are responsible for following local laws and customs, regardless of how archaic they may me. Ignorance is no excuse.
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