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Australian tourist Turan William Salis receives warning in Japan after he was spotted walking around shirtless


An Aussie globetrotter has got himself into hot water in Japan after leaving a beach without putting his shirt back on.

The former sheep shearer turned travel vlogger, Turan William Salis, was left stunned when he was approached by Japanese police while eating at a supermarket.

He recorded the encounter with footage showing officers speaking to Mr Salis through a translating app about being ‘naked above the waist’.

Mr Turan was wearing a singlet at the time but admitted to having not worn a shirt while coming back from the beach moments earlier.

The officer tells him it is not allowed to be shirtless while away from the beach and in town.

An Australian travel vlogger, William Turan (pictured), has been questioned by police for walking through the town shirtless having only just been to the beach

An Australian travel vlogger, William Turan (pictured), has been questioned by police for walking through the town shirtless having only just been to the beach

While not being illegal in Japan, immodest actions such as not wearing a shirt in public is not socially acceptable.

Mr Turan was therefore not charged with any wrongdoing, with the interaction seeming to be a warning on customary practices from the officer.

In the video, the officer holds a phone out to Mr Turan, who is now wearing a singlet which is socially accepted, and uses it to translate, ‘I would like to talk to you now’.

‘Were you walking around with your upper body naked?’ the officer said through the app.

‘Yes, without the shirt,’ Mr Turan admitted to the officer, pointing to his singlet.

‘Shorts, yes, but this one (singlet) no, I’ve come from the beach.’

After being told what he had done was socially unacceptable, Mr Turan was sincerely apologetic, telling the officer he had been swimming moments earlier.

In the video’s caption, Mr Tarun explained the officer let him carry on with his travel after shortly looking at his passport.

While not illegal, immodest actions such as being shirtless are considered socially unacceptable, leading to Mr Turan not being charged with any wrongdoing

While not illegal, immodest actions such as being shirtless are considered socially unacceptable, leading to Mr Turan not being charged with any wrongdoing

The video, which has been watched over a million times, garnered numerous comments, many noting the respectful interaction between the two.

‘Lucky they (police) were nice,’ one social media user wrote.

‘Nice of you to apologise, they seemed very kind,’ a second wrote.

‘Very polite of you both, I like to see normal interactions and no attitude,’ another added.

‘That’s so nice he used a app,’ a fourth wrote.

One user said they had seen locals from Kamakura, southwest of Tokyo, walking through their town shirtless.

They claimed Mr Turan’s interaction with police was due to him being ‘a foreigner’.



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