Friday Video: Another Bosozoku Crackdown

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when the keisatsu put up an all-night road block and bring out the windowless paddy wagons on New Year’s Eve to clamp down on bespoilered bosozoku rides? Some tear off their aero parts and smash them right there on the spot, some leap from moving bikes, others blow right through the blockade, and at least one vandalizes a police van. It’s just another night in Hachioji. Video below the fold. See a previous police encounter here.

Hat tip to cesariojpn.

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9 Responses to Friday Video: Another Bosozoku Crackdown

  1. ae_rj says:

    this is so messed up.

  2. Jimbob_racing says:

    I must be missing something. Why is having a car like that cause for concern?

  3. Alan says:

    “the nail that sticks out gets pounded down”

    – very old Japanese proverb

  4. bwadsworth says:

    we need to get subtitles on this immediatley

  5. Komeko says:

    Unless you’ve spent time in Japan you have no idea what the Bosozoku are really like. There custom car and bike culture is just half of it. They are legit gangs there and some with ties to the Yakuza. They like to disturb the peace more than create violence. There biggest claim to fame is how they would do these midnight runs usually on a week night causing outrageous traffic jams.

    One gang or several will drive and ride on major roads and highways going as slow as possible all the while revving their uncorked overly built pipe organ like exhaust systemed vehicles to the rev limiters. When you have a 12 to 20 vehicles going like 5 mph revving engines till they scream on a major urban/suburban roadway the sounds are unforgettable. Many times they rev the engines in almost rhythmic fashion. I’ve been awaken many a time when they drove past the base I was stationed at.

    The Japanese police would try to chase them down and stop them but usually failed since they were always outnumbered. The police resorted to paintballs and paint grenades filled with unwashable dye to mark the offenders.

    The worse time of the year is on New Years Eve when all the Bosozoku gangs are out in full force on the major expressways in and around Tokyo. They literally park themselves on the highway and create a blockade to prevent people from driving through and cause massive traffic tie ups. I on a few occasions would drive down the shoulder, where for some reason they would not block off with vehicles but the gang members would hang out on. The times I did this I usually got through and many times with them waving and yelling hello to me. But I think it’s because they saw I was an American and also my license plate had the letter E on it to show it was a American military personnel owned vehicle. But as soon as one Japanese National would try and do what I was doing they got blocked in.

  6. Jimbob_racing says:

    Thanks Komeko, that is an excellent explanation.

  7. Komeko says:

    Not my writing, I just cut and pasted it.

    I was thinking the police had to know a date and place to find the gang members. It made sense that this was some kind of annual event.

    Knowing that these people are choosing their modification style as an expression of their activity in stopping traffic and vandalizing things, sort of tarnishes the style for the rest of the world. The Japanese police do not have a reputation for competency anyway. Defying them is not quite as brave as spitting in the eye of the sheriff of a Southern town with a history of missing civil rights workers.

  8. Collin says:

    I would SO take part in one of these. Shakotan Boogie style, w00t!

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