Police in Nagoya have arrested the 51-year-old owner of an udon restaurant for disposing of leftover udon noodles and fish cakes in a park.
According to police, at around 5 a.m. on Oct 31, Yukinori Murakami was arrested on a charge of forcible obstruction of business after being caught discarding the leftover food in Yada Park in Meito Ward, Fuji TV reported.
Since early October, udon noodles and fish cakes have been found discarded many times in the park which prompted the Nagoya Public Works Office to report the incidents to the police who had been in the park on the lookout for the perpetrator since Oct 24. A Public Works Office spokesperson explained, “It may not sound like a big deal, but discarding leftover food in this manner causes unsanitary conditions.”
Police said Murakami, whose restaurant is four kilometers from the park, has admitted that he began bringing leftover noodles to the park three years ago in order to “feed the birds.” He was quoted as saying he thought a park would be ideal as “pigeons and crows would flock to his neighborhood” if he had thrown away the food near his residence.
He said he never intended to interfere with the park management which had to bear the cost of cleaning up the mess.
Street surveillance camera footage showed Murakami driving to the park usually on Sundays or Mondays.© Japan Today