The principal of a private school in Ozu, Ehime Prefecture, has been arrested for shoplifting groceries, including "onigiri" (rice balls).
According to police, Yukimasa Yoshioka, the 63-year-old principal of Tomisu Junior and High School, was caught shoplifting 11 grocery items, including onigiri and sake which were worth about ¥1,200 at a supermarket in Ozu at around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Fuji TV reported. Yoshioka put the items into the pockets of his suit jacket and left the supermarket without paying, but was detained by a store employee until police arrived.
Yoshioka has admitted to the charge and was quoted by police as saying that "I have been finding it difficult to make ends meet."
Katsuto Kimura, the vice president of the school, told reporters: "It is very shocking and hard to believe."© Japan Today