I played golf in Chiba yesterday and for those following on twitter @Shibuya246 you will have seen some of the tweets live as I made my way round the course, stopping in for lunch after nine holes, as is customary in Japan, and then hitting the back nine, before heading back to Tokyo and being pulled over for my friend to get a speeding fine.
You have to read these tweets from the bottom up.
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The golf was great but the real adventure started after we left the course
Having spent a good day on the course we set off back for Tokyo. It takes about 1 hour 10 minutes to drive in the morning from Tokyo to the course at 6:30am, but on the way back the traffic builds up and it can take over 2 hours.
We decided to leave the course as fast as possible and try to get a headstart on the rush hour traffic. Paying our YEN 300 and heading down a 有料道路, toll road, which was a dual carriageway, we thought the speed limit was about 80 kph, when we saw a couple of policemen waving us over to the side for a ………………… speeding fine !!!
While my friend was busy being booked I had a chat with a few of the other officers, who told me it was to hot for them to be out here doing this work. I wondered if they were waiting for my approval to say “You can go home now lads.”
Just as I was taking a few more photos, one policeman hurriedly approached me and in a demanding tone said “What photos did you just take?”, “You can’t take photos inside our vehicle!”, “Show me your photos”. I pointed to a few of the shiny police cars and asked him what there names were and he forgot about the photos luckily.
Here is the wagon-sha (ワゴン車) that saved my camera from being confiscated
and the car I probably would have got a ride in if I had stuck around any longer
I took over the driving for the rest of the trip but we had a feeling our drive home was going to be a long one. To our surprise, just when we were putting the police behind us, we were overtaken by these speeding pigs.
My friend could barely keep the camera still for laughing at this scene
Once we safely negotiated the pigs again, we were almost caught up in a four car smash just ahead of us.
Luckily no one was hurt. It seemed a bit opportunistic to be taking photos but the camera was already out watching for the pigs again. Here are the shots of the accident right in front of us.
Here is the backend of the Twitter conversation with some good suggestions for getting out of a speeding fine
What situations have you got into with the police in Japan. I would like to hear other peoples experiences or great escape stories. Use the comment section to share the fun.