Came in through a regional airport today, two lines one labelled "Japanese Passports" and one "Foreign passports". Historically it's been ok to use the JP passport line, but have heard stories from friends about one immi inspector getting upset that us dirty foreigners were using that line, though they still got processed.
Met the probably 1 guy face to face today, who was incredibly rude while waiting in line (he was directing people before he jumped onto a desk) who basically admonished us for being in that queue, told us we should be at the back of the very long (200+) visitor queue, when told we lived there and it had been ok before, he was still rude and went to check with the guy who's queue we were in who said ok. I told him he was being rude and instead of coming back to us and saying it's ok, he just walked off saying "ee desu" under his breath, I did sarcastically call back "ee desu-nee" after him.
To be honest after a nice trip to Macau and Hong Kong with normal friendly immi staff, it came as something of a shock to get someone so rude belittling us in front of other passengers.
I was contemplating complaining to the regional immi bureau but I didn't grab his name so in any case it probably wouldn't make any difference.
Question is does anyone know what the rules say about using the Japanese passport line if there are zero signs for re-entry holders?
As I mentioned above this isn't just me being sensitive, other friends have noted the same thing probably with this one guy, who has a problem with gaijin in the Japanese line. Rude behaviour etc. but tellingly they are always let through and not sent to the other line, which makes me think it's ok and this one guy having abad attitude.