1. Will says:

    Yes… the right-wingers. I’ve seen the Osaka police do this, too. But they are not so serious in Osaka.

  2. Holiday says:

    Wow, are sure riot police are not waiting for G-O-D-Z-I-L-L-A himself?!?!

  3. homer says:

    wow. that’s cool- i didn’t know japan had police forces like that. they look pretty badass- but i didn’t see any guns. their uniforms resembled samurai and wwii uniforms by the way the helmet has the flap in the back. interesting work masa.

  4. Dannier says:

    The car with few window is really amazing, i think you couldn’t find this stuff in other countries. By the way why do they write the english word “POLICE” on the shields instead of 警察 since they are in Japan?

  5. Sean says:

    Honestly now that’s comedy for American’s lmfao, if it was America and we had a “small” riot in a van, the vehicle would not have made it that close to the swat team, because any of them would have just thrown a grenade by now, just to stop the vehicle from moving. lol A big difference I think.
    ==================from MasaManiA
    Because Japanese people is small and skiny. We eat tofu.

  6. Joe Lebowski says:

    wow… you was able to took the pictures with no problem ??? damn… in france, policemen are a little more… eerrr… nervous -__-;
    fuck french police… CONNARDS !!!

  7. Zato Ichi says:

    … small riot in a van? using grenades to stop vehicles? What the hell are you talking about Sean? I believe they use spike-strips to stop a vehicle in America, not grenades. lmfao!
    =======================from MasaManiA
    America should use grenades to stop re-election of Bush.

  8. Zato Ichi says:

    LOL! I wish we had used grenades, since voting didn’t work. Or maybe someone just feed him a pretzel and then make a joke so he chokes on the pretzel–dies laughing (& gagging).

  9. furansujin says:

    at last some action for japanese police! it’s so rare!
    It must be very boring being a policeman in Japan since they have nothing to do.
    That’s why they are always checking gaijins who ride bicycles…(checking bicycles! what a great job!)They have nothing else to do.
    Japanese people, you need to get a little more fucked up and dishonest to give your police some serious work to do!
    ===========================from MasaManiA
    Do you know how many time I was gotten away my driver lisence. and how much I pay penalty. Jap also seriously fucked up by fucking police ! but riop police is cool.

  10. nick says:

    Why wish for grenades.
    Just go to Iraq.
    Grenades are everywhere, yet pretzels are not. Looks like Bush understands the greater threat. Pretzels of mass destruction!!!

  11. rolly says:

    Wow, it’s amazing how some asshats out there can turn a discussion about cool-looking riot police into an anti-Bush rant.
    I like the samurai-style helmets. But all this commotion for just one black van?
    =========================from MasaManiA
    Now you must understand Japan is so peace and hard worker people. In other word, stupid.

  12. Mike says:

    I think the reason that the riot police overreacted so much is because their leader is blind (why else does he have a white stick?).
    ========================from MasaManiA
    I don’t think so. Because they don’t wear black sungrass.

  13. echidna says:

    Good photo’s Masa, I’ve never seen Japanese riot police before. Who are the guys without the black body armour? In a way they just look like cosplay actors :o)

  14. Masa the man says:

    Hi Masa, what’s wrong with the back van in the last picture? Are they war lovers? I saw similiar cars in Japan and they used to use a speaker to speak something loudly or play music. Just think they look terrible and annoying…
    =====================from MasaManiA
    This van is right wing people. please refer below comment.

  15. none says:

    Those are right wing guys who get escorted by the cops.

  16. Thomas says:

    Wow those uniforms are so cool. Looks like something from starwars

  17. m00 says:

    You guys really need som antifascists to kick some rightwing-ass.

  18. katten says:

    Nice pictures, though the situation don’t look to scary 🙂

  19. RighteousMarijuanaSamurai says:

    Your police motorcycles are amazing!!! I love them!!! Although I don’t like Police in general. :0(

  20. Akta says:

    I dig the helmets and the Samurai-style plate armor. But to be honnest they do not look scary at all.

  21. Talia says:

    they’re sorta scary…why is “POLICE” on their uniforms in English..and not japanese?
    =======================from MasaManiA
    I don’t know either.

  22. Jared says:

    why is the guy in pic 09 holding a candy cane?
    ===================from MasaManiA
    Because he can use magic power. He use this stick for oder his member.

  23. baal says:

    In my country -Fucking Spain-, it is strictly forbidden to take photos of the policemen’s faces, just in case you want to use it to harm them later. So if any policemen see anybody taking pics at them, they will kick the shit out of you, maybe arrest you and torture you at the policemen office. This doesnt’ happen, of course, with mass media photographers, who are well known.
    Fuck Spain, Fuck spanish police, fuck japanese cops, fuck right wing japs, fuck right wing spanish aryan dagos and, please, fuck me.
    ==========================from MasaManiA
    Hey, it’s quite same situation in Japan.

  24. Lewis says:

    I wonder do the Japanese have a sort of s.w.a.t. team or F.B.I.?

  25. Lewis says:

    I wonder do the Japanese have a sort of s.w.a.t. team or F.B.I.?
    =======================from MasaManiA
    I think, riot police is s.w.a.t, and F.B.I is kouan(secret police)

  26. Kubukiri Basara says:

    Masa san,
    Is the last picture a Casket van?
    Casket van = coffin vehicle
    And from the wordings printed on the van
    respect god, respect emperor
    ? ? sha.
    Are they the Yakuza?
    ==============from MasaManiA
    It’s not Casket van, it’s a super right wing’s van.
    And yes, now days lots of right wings is like yakuza.
    They threat people and get money.
    It’s like a bad ombusman

  27. Shin says:

    Japanese police do have SWAT Team. They have different name, though. I’ve seen article about them in Japanese magazine ARMS. (Wargame magazine)I think maybe they are Border Patrol, because it shows them practicing to board a large ship. (Maybe a terrorist capture?)

  28. uke says:

    average japanese police is fat and lazy. they do not have to deal with shit like in north america.
    but japanese riot police come from tokai or meiji university judo club. they are indoctrinated by hazing, followed by a strict regimen of hazing.

  29. Barrett says:

    Hey Masa, donna dejikame motte no? Itsumo kirei na shashin toresou demo ore ga toru shashin ha itsumo fusenmei da. Oshiete ne!
    =========from MasaManiA
    see the following entry’s comment.

  30. Melissa says:

    Wow these are some great angle shots. How did you get them?
    ==========from MasaManiA
    If you go to riot, you can meet riot police.

  31. Police tortures in Spain says:

    Its true, in SPAIN the police men use to TORTURE you, they do it in the office,they are just GANSTAS, CRIMINALS, if you dont like to them they hit you and TORTURE you. Be careful, DONT EVER GO TO SPAIN.

  32. ARE YOU JOKING?? says:

    The only one torturers in Spain are people like the writers of the previous post. Terrorist groups that have killed over 1,000 in thirty years, and their supporters -aren’t you? Be smart, don’t believe such trash!

  33. jj says:

    Fuck tha police, coming straight from the underground
    A young nigga got it bad cause I’m brown
    And not the other color so police think
    They have the authority to kill a minority
    Fuck that shit, cause I ain’t the one
    For a punk muthafucka with a badge and a gun
    To be beatin on and thrown in jail
    We could go toe to toe in the middle of a cell
    Fuckin with me cuz I’m a teenager
    With a little bit of gold and a pager
    Searchin my car, lookin for the product
    Thinkin every nigga is sellin narcotics
    You’d rather see me in a pen
    Then me and Lorenzo rollin in the Benzo
    Beat tha police outta shape
    And when I’m finished, bring the yellow tape
    To tape off the scene of the slaughter
    Still can’t swallow bread and water
    I don’t know if they fags or what
    Search a nigga down and grabbin his nuts
    And on the other hand, without a gun they can’t get none
    But don’t let it be a black and a white one
    Cause they slam ya down to the street top
    Black police showin out for the white cop
    Ice Cube will swarm on any muthafucka in a blue uniform
    Just cause I’m from the CPT, punk police are afraid of me
    A young nigga on a warpath
    And when I’m finished, it’s gonna be a bloodbath
    Of cops, dying in LA
    Yo Dre, I got somethin to say:

  34. Jin says:

    Nice pics….always wanted to see the japanese riot police. Like nearly everything else japanese, high tech. 🙂
    In case anyone wanted to know, I think that white stick was a jo; that is, a short staff made of japanese white oak. In a situation where the JRP need to force the rioters backwards, each member of the force would be armed with one of those staffs. They’ll have been trained in ‘jodo’, and will use a technique called honte-uchi to advance in line.
    Believe me, guns are not needed to scare rioters when you’ve got a line of jodo practitioners advancing in step towards you. Unless of course, the rioters happen to be armed with firearms of their own. :p

  35. Rodolfo Javier Rubba says:

    Hy people from japan. I want to know if the police cars,use a HUD strip. I saw in the hood,and someone told me,that this is a Head up display,that is true? Please send me a pic,how it works. THANK YOU!!!

  36. Alexander says:

    Fuck the police. Revolution. Power to the people. I’m crazy and you?

  37. MasaMania!
    Maybe I will never go Japan… Maybe.
    But you show me Japan and I can know how life goes on in your country. Thank´s a lot. You are the man!. The best Ninja-Shot cameraman in the world.
    I think Riot Police looks very good, but I think police everywhere is power instrument of devil government.
    So, fuck POLICE, no matter where do you live. Now it´s time of Anarchy, hehe…. well, I think is hard to leave behind our coward lifestyle and go against the power. Chaos Project!!!
    Corpus Martinez

  38. shinya says:

    dammmm… whut the f@*k went on their.

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