Not sure what most are talking about with the "been in Japan for 20 years and only been asked for ID once" but I get stopped by the police 2 or 3 times a month on my bicycle. If you are doing anything that they think they need to "teach" you about the rules of being Japanese, they will. They will stop you and waste 30 minutes or more depending on what they want to say to you. If you are detained, you are gone for hours and sometimes they will not let you go unless they release you to another Japanese person that knows you. Very racist if you ask me.
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