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Police sergeant disciplined for stealing about ¥200 from shrine donation box

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By Dale Roll, SoraNews24

Shrines and temples in Japan operate based partially on the sales they receive from charms and fortunes, but also on the donations that patrons throw into the offertory box before praying. The ritual is to throw a coin, usually a 5-yen coin if you have one, into the box to draw the attention of the spirit or god of the shrine, then clap and bow as you pray.

What you shouldn’t do is open the box and take out money to spend for yourself. Especially if you’re a police officer. Unfortunately, one Japanese officer in his 40s was so desperate for some change that he did just that.

The unnamed 42-year-old sergeant, a member of the Nabari Police Precinct in Komono, Mie Prefecture, apparently used a screwdriver to open the offertory box of a certain shrine in Komono and stole about 200 yen in March of this year. Charges of theft were filed against him by the Yokkaichi City branch of the Tsu District Public Prosecutor’s Office on Dec 10.

The man has admitted to the charges, saying, “I just wanted money for cigarettes and coffee.” Apparently, he told investigators that his wife hadn’t given him any spending money in 10 years, which is what led him to commit the crime. In Japan, it’s common for women to manage the household finances and delegate spending money to their husbands, though in this case, it seems he was never allotted any.

In addition to the filed charges, the sergeant received a three-month suspension from his police station, but shortly after this sentence was passed down, he submitted a request for voluntary early retirement.

The sad situation elicited sympathy from Japanese Twitter users, who couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor man:

“To go to these lengths…Maybe he should just have just gotten divorced.”

“What was his wife doing with all his money? What does she do? And what did he do to get coffee before? I have lots of questions.”

“I really want them to forgive the poor guy.”

“He probably couldn’t bring himself to say anything to his wife…I understand that feeling.”

“There are a lot of police who do bad things, and this isn’t a good thing, but I still feel bad for him.”

Source: NHK News Web via Itai News, Twitter

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This is the second Japan Today report this week of a police sergeant being caught stealing money. If you’re a cop in a senior position caught stealing, this is likely not your first theft, and the behavior possibly extends to the officers around you.

Link to other case: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/Police-officer-arrested-for-stealing-cash-from-house-damaged-by-fire

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Waw, the wife must have been a tyrant if he couldn't even get pocket money for himself. But you bet she is gonna probably explode now that he is caught stealing and has to retire early. But you gotta admit him willing to hand over his all salary to his wife for 10 whole years is pretty funny. We men usually set a bit aside for ourselves before we turn in our salary. hehe

5 ( +11 / -6 )

His future as a police officer is not looking good. Perhaps he should write a book: "How to become famous for shameful acts."

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Make the trash forfeit his pension in its entirety. Thatd be a fair punishment.

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"he told investigators that his wife hadn’t given him any spending money in 10 years, which is what led him to commit the crime"

You're average copper in the Koban just isn't really bright.

The very least he could have done is stole from his wife.

And to those who think he should just get divorced, well maybe the poor guy realizes that if his wife is that nasty to not give him money, what do you think she'd be like in divorce. He'd probably end up paying child support and not seeing his kids.

There are many people - men and women trapped in marriages in Japan

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A disgusting human being.

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A tragicomedy, this one. His motive/excuse will elicit lots of sympathy.

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Why not name him?

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Bad police!

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Puts people in jail for a job, goes home to one at night. No money for cigarettes and coffee? That’s pretty hardcore. If love doesn’t provide, the Shinto gods will!

A whole 200 yen! Gotta feel sorry for the dude.

Now he’s being really defunded! ;p

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Why is this news?

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

The corrupt fat cats of Japan must be laughing over their cups at this tale of one poor schlemiel's petty 200 yen grift. Similar to the story of an old JR staffer who "borrowed" 100 yen from a box for unpaid fares on the platform to buy cigarettes. He was fired and lost his pension one week or so before he was due to retire. Blessed are the merciful indeed!

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If a policeman steals, it is a criminal offence, he should not be disciplined but prosecuted like any other criminal, then fired once convicted.

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He resorted to stealing than asking his wife?!? Now with no salary, wife also receive nothing. The wife should have given him something.

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he told investigators that his wife hadn’t given him any spending money

i know so many men, both foreign & Japanese, who just hand over all their income to their wives, then have to literally beg for some pocket money.

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Is this one not similar

Japanese man gets arrested for stealing 30 yen (US 27 cents) from Shinto shrine’s collection box | SoraNews24 -Japan News-

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Make the trash forfeit his pension in its entirety. Thatd be a fair punishment.

No it would not be fair. For 200 yen crime you should not forfeit a pension. That's about as harsh as England in the old days that sent people to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread.

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Why is this news?

Probably at least partly because Japan is relatively low in crime and social disorder. Thankfully.

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unnamed 42-year-old sergeant,

Nice closing of ranks. Hardly unique to Japan, but stinks of double standards.

Should be named, fired and his life destroyed like everyone else.

Shameless.

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Should be named, fired and his life destroyed like everyone else.

For 200 yen? Seriously? Dock him a few days pay and move on.

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Nabari Police Precinct in Komono, Mie Prefecture

Sorry that is incorrect. Nabari Police Precinct is in Nabari City, Mie Prefecture.

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During the pandemic, it became more common. Lots of popular shrines have installed video cameras to catch would be criminals.

Wow! The Japanese police force appears to set a very low standard for officers. 

It partly explains the racial and ethnic profiling in Japan.

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i know so many men, both foreign & Japanese, who just hand over all their income to their wives, then have to literally beg for some pocket money.

In countries where genders have very traditional or clearly defined roles, the women receiving all the money is a way to let them handle day-to-day issues that the husband is too busy to do because of work. It is also balances out the power dynamic in the relationship. The husband can not waste family money on women or partying, while the wife is at home taking care of the family. It is still very common in Asia or asian families.

Of course in modern times, that situation can and is exploited by some women now.

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For those who suggested stealing his “ wife’s money”… let me just say don’t ever touch a J woman’s money… she gona beat the living s{{content}}@ out of you…

I think the poster meant the money he hands over to his wife...ie. the money he earned , not her.

Btw, if one is in a marriage where having living s$%t beaten out of you by the other half is a possibility...well, get out asap.

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The man has admitted to the charges, saying, “I just wanted money for cigarettes and coffee.” Apparently, he told investigators that his wife hadn’t given him any spending money in 10 years, which is what led him to commit the crime. In Japan, it’s common for women to manage the household finances and delegate spending money to their husbands, though in this case, it seems he was never allotted any.

First off, what cigarettes cost 200 yen? And any cigarette smokers get no sympathy about anything.

Second, I can understand the coffee, but the kobans don't provide any?

Where does all the money the police embezzle, end up anyways?

Third, get rid of the wife.

Happy Holidays!

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The man has admitted to the charges, saying, “I just wanted money for cigarettes and coffee.” Apparently, he told investigators that his wife hadn’t given him any spending money in 10 years, which is what led him to commit the crime.

What? What kind of wife is that? And what kind of husband that can not get her to give him 200 yen for coffee after handing her all his salary? Good grief.

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If a man did this to a women in the west we would be screaming financial abuse.

So I suppose women who control all the finances are abusers.

Nobody should have to ask for their own money or resort to theft.

What makes this double hard is, its hard for men to admit that sometimes, they are abused, emotionally and financially, and sometime physically.

Hope this guy doesn't loose his job.

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Then again, this is only 200 yen.

Still a bad habit otherwise.

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"If you’re a cop in a senior position caught stealing, this is likely not your first theft, and the behavior possibly extends to the officers around you."

Another website suggested as the cataclysmic event takes over, they may be supplanted with the UN police under the new world order

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In Japan, it’s common for women to manage the household finances and delegate spending money to their husbands,

Umm. Not in my household. We both have separate bank accounts. However, I do give her money every week. If she pays for things for our kids (ie. dance classes, calligraphy, etc.) and gas money, I always reimburse her. On major purchases, we usually go 50/50.

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There was a case 7 or 8 years ago where a homeless guy was sentenced to a year in prison for stealing ten yen from a shrine. I guess cops get special treatment.

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Hiro

"the wife must have been a tyrant if he couldn't even get pocket money for himself. But you bet she is gonna probably explode now that he is caught stealing and has to retire early."

An acquaintance, from the tribe of Benjamin, is super hen-pecked, been in j land for sometime with only the 3yr renewable visa but needs permission from his j wife to do anything, cant go anywhere out of her sight, without permission. She feeds hims, clothes him etc., and provides a roof over his head and supplied him with a vehicle to get around. in a controlled distance. He tells her everything window dressed, , like a catholic confession to his advantage, while he sneaks around like a kid when possible. The nabs have been to their dwelling from what I've heard a few times from her summoning them when they dispute something.

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Sounds fishy to me. How does he maintain a smoking habit without money? Does he regularly steal? irregularly smoke? Or just pull the wool over the eyes of his inquisitors?

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Had he been smarter, he’d have started up a #gofundme campaign. Scores of his put upon and beaten down countrymen share a deep visceral bond with this Everyman from Mie and there’s an enormous reservoir of sympathy waiting to be tapped.

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The policemen went to the shrine prayed for forgiveness took the cash and thought he made a mad dash!! I can assure you he did this act more than once, only this time he got caught!

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Never ever try to take money from a monk, they have absolutely no compassion, if they had not caught the policeman, they would have blamed the Buddha!

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shuggie

they would have blamed the Buddha!

In a Shinto Shrine?

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@Zaphod

You just remind me that most people here have no distinctions of that LOL

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