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Man arrested for stealing statue from Kyoto temple to pay for living expenses

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Police in Kyoto have arrested a 51-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of theft after he stole a Buddha statue (called “Gattenji”) from Ryuhonji Temple, the head temple of the Nichiren Shoshu branch of Buddhism in Kyoto’s Kamigyo Ward.

According to police, Naohiro Okazaki, who was arrested on Tuesday, is a former member of the temple, local media reported. He was quoted by police as saying he stole the statue in June 2021 but had to sell it “to pay for living expenses.”

On May 1, the statue was posted for sale on the online site Yahoo! Auction. It was returned to the temple after the site learned it had been stolen.

The statue has been on display in the temple since 1708, the year the temple was rebuilt in its present location.

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Lazy a@@

3 ( +9 / -6 )

I doubt he's lazy, very ignorant comment. Being unemployed in Japan is a death sentence. It's almost impossible to get a decent job after having any employment gap in your resume. And jobs that are easy to get, aka conbini worker, hardly pay anything and even once you start working you wont get paid for a month or more. Expect to see much more of this in the near future.

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Scumbag is a scumbag, in any country

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petty nonsense theft like this is becoming common in Japan. Almost daily you see police investigation being launched looking for people who steal scrap metal from car repair shops, or wires, and what not to sell.

that wealth and pension gap the ldp made is getting more and more serious

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petty nonsense theft like this is becoming common in Japan.

Is it? Got any numbers to support that?

Almost daily you see police investigation being launched looking for people who steal scrap metal from car repair shops, or wires, and what not to sell.

Do you? Where do you see this? And how do the number of times you actually hear about it compare to the actual number of incidents in which it happens?

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Being unemployed in Japan is a death sentence. It's almost impossible to get a decent job after having any employment gap in your resume.

What a rude comment.

Being unemployed in Japan is not a death sentence in most of the cases it is a personal choice.

And jobs that are easy to get, aka conbini worker, hardly pay anything and even once you start working you wont get paid for a month or more.

With this comment you offended all the konbini workers and others who wake up early everyday and struggle in their "easy to get" "simple" jobs.

No job is shameful. I also believe that it is better to go to work in konbini then be unemployed and steal from the others. If you are not making enough maybe it is time to lower your standards?

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@Larr Flint

Conbini jobs ARE easy to get and they are paid way too low. You're the one who suggested they are 'shameful' and 'simple'. Be careful of projecting your own opinions onto other people's comments.

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The point is:

Instead of stealing he should have go to any kind of work even in Konbini.

The truth is he is lazy a@@

Don't support thieves.

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@ Strangerland

Thefts from temples and shrines are way up.

It’s all over the media in Japan.

You obviously don’t get ‘that’ news in Canada?

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Can you get a convini job after 51?

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@bokuda but you can become a thief by choice at any age!

Can you get a convini job after 51?

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Apparently Buddha is incapable of stopping a crime committed against himself. He was oblivious he was being stolen.

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