Police are investigating the theft of smartphones and wallets during a summer training camp organized by the cram school operator Waseda Academy last weekend.
According to police, 340 students had their wallets stolen, along with about 100 smartphones, Fuji TV reported Tuesday. The Waseda Academy was using Hotel Shiga Kogen in Nagano Prefecture, where their middle school students had begun their summer program on the night of Aug 8.
Camp counselors had taken the possessions of the 340 students who were staying for the program and had stored them in cardboard boxes and left the boxes in an unlocked room at the hotel. On Aug 9, around 5:30 a.m., a staff member noticed the items were missing.
Police said they are examining surveillance camera footage to see who went into the room.
Around 4,200 students are taking part in the Waseda Academy summer program at several Nagano hotels until Wednesday, but no other incidents were reported at any of the other hotels.
On Tuesday, Waseda Academy director Yutaka Yamamoto told a news conference that the academy would make full restitution to the students.© Japan Today