A police officer who urged soccer fans at Shibuya's scramble crossing not to get carried away after last Tuesday's game against Australia has become a "star" on YouTube.
The officer, who belongs to the PR division of a riot police squad, is regularly assigned to control crowds at events, such as rallies and festivals. Last Tuesday night, after Japan drew 1-1 with Australia to qualify for the 2014 World Cup, the officer was perched atop a police vehicle, urging excited fans not to run amok.
He has been dubbed "DJ Cop" by the tabloids and online media because of his eloquent and humorous speaking style. "Members of the Japanese team are renowned for their teamwork and following the rules," he told the crowd at Shibuya after the game. "As you are the 12th member of the team, I believe you can do the same. You don't want to receive a yellow card."
There were no incidents at Shibuya after the game and everybody dispersed safely, police said.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department said Monday it was considering giving the officer a special award for his contribution to public safety.© Japan Today