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Police Stop Japanese Superhero on the Streets of Tokyo

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Can't a person just walk around the city dressed as Ultraseven without being questioned by the cops? Is that too much to ask? Guess so!

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Since mid-2013, a person dressed as late-1960s superhero Ultraseven has been spotted around Tokyo. The Ultraseven has been seen numerous times at train stations, carrying a briefcase, as if commuting. Sometimes, the superhero is shopping.

In the past few years, the Japanese police have been known to stop folks in costume who wander the streets. I assume the police think they're "suspicious," especially if the cosplayer is completely encased in the outfit and carrying around a black bag.

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Note the photos below are not from the same day, dating from last summer to last night during which the iconic superhero was questioned by the Tokyo police.

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Kidding! The above photo is from the Ultraseven series. The cosplayer seems to have only been questioned by the police.

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Hang in there, Ultraseven!

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DISCUSSION

Greg the Mad

In the past few years, the Japanese police have been known to stop folks in costume who wander the streets. I assume the police think they're "suspicious," especially if the cosplayer is completely encased in the outfit and carrying around a black bag.

I'm not too surprised by that. I would be easy for an terrorist to hide explosives, or what not, in a costume. With a costume they also would attack less attention by the police (less than with a ski mask), but more from possible victims.

By questioning such people regularly, the police makes sure that those people only have good intentions, and make it a less attractive way for terrorists to hide.