Japanese police officer arrested over ‘poor traveler’ takaya
Japan’s prime minister and police chief are under fire after it was revealed that an officer was arrested over an incident in which a Japanese citizen reportedly had to be evacuated because he “wasn’t wearing pants”.
The incident took place in November and was caught on CCTV, which showed the unnamed officer wearing shorts, flip-flops and a T-shirt that was “too short for his waist” and “wasnt warm enough”.
“He had no pants on, so he didn’t wear pants, and I was trying to pull him out, and when I pulled him out he just fell on the ground,” the man told police.
“I felt really bad because I was scared, and then I just wanted to run to the police station, and the police said, ‘We will get you out’,” the man said.
A video of the incident was later released by police, showing the unnamed suspect being arrested and taken away in handcuffs.
The video has since been viewed nearly 1 million times.
“The officer was not wearing pants,” the police chief said in a statement on Monday.
“In fact, the shorts were the only thing that he had on and he did not wear pants.
We are looking into the incident.”
The footage shows the officer wearing a blue T-shirts and a black tracksuit jacket with a white shirt underneath.
“We are looking at it seriously, and we are trying to establish the cause of the person who was arrested,” the chief added.
Japan has recently become one of the worst countries to be caught using cellphones while travelling, and has been the subject of international condemnation following a spate of cases of people being held in jail for using cell phones in public.
In April, a man was arrested in Osaka, Japan, for allegedly using a mobile phone while using a walkie-talkie.
In October, a Chinese tourist was arrested and fined more than $US5,000 after he allegedly used a cell phone while driving.
Last week, Japan’s government ordered the suspension of the country’s mobile network as part of the “mobile emergency plan” following an incident at a tourist hotel in Tokyo.
Japanese police have said the man’s case could be investigated under a new law which allows them to arrest foreign nationals suspected of using mobile phones while travelling.