Japanese 101

In Japan, you can legally be incarcerated for twenty-three (23) days before you are charged, but you do have the right to see a lawyer after the first 48 hours of detention. Note that if you sign a confession, you will be convicted.


I haven't done anything (wrong). 
何も(悪いこと)してません。(Nani mo (warui koto) shitemasen.)


It was a misunderstanding. 
誤解でした。 (Gokai deshita.)
Where are you taking me? 
どこへ連れて行くのですか? (Doko e tsurete yukuno desuka?)
Am I under arrest? 
私は逮捕されてるのですか? (Watashi wa taiho sareteruno desuka?)
I am a citizen of ____. 
____ の国民です。 (____ no kokumin desu.)
I want to meet with the ____ embassy. 
____ 大使館と会わせて下さい。 (____ taishikan to awasete kudasai.)
I want to meet with a lawyer. 
弁護士と会わせて下さい。(Bengoshi to awasete kudasai.)
Can it be settled with a fine? 
罰金で済みますか? (Bakkin de sumimasuka?)
Note: You can say this to a traffic cop, but bribery is highly unlikely to work in Japan.

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