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Officer apparently kills himself at Harajuku police station


The body of a 36-year-old police officer was found at Harajuku police station in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward on Wednesday nighty, in an apparent suicide, police revealed Thursday.

According to police, the body of Kazuo Nakano was found in a storeroom at around 10 p.m. He was bleeding from a bullet wound to the head and his pistol lay nearby, Fuji TV quoted police as saying. There was no suicide note.

Nakano was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Nakano, who worked in the traffic division, was on night duty at the time and had taken a break, police said.

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I think these needs to be a little more investigated.

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No suicide note? That's a huge red flag pointing to a possible murder.

Also, why didn't the Japanese media report about the possible terror motivation?

"A car has rammed pedestrians on a busy Tokyo street that was closed to traffic for New Year festivities. A 21-year-old man initially confessed to a terrorist act but later recanted, leaving investigators puzzled about his motives."


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Sad. Read recently that, in the US, more police are lost to suicide than any other cause. I suppose job stress is high, and being combined with access to firearms... well, firearms have never made a situation better.

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The Japanese police have a horrible life. They virtually live in the kobans for three or four days a week. They don’t have any kind of family life and are constantly intimidated by their superiors. It’s not surprising Japanese police officers’ guns are mostly used for suicide than anything else.

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surely police stations have cameras, almost everywhere else does.

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We should wait for the investigation before jumping to conclusions.

then what's the point of the comment section ?

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We should wait for the investigation before jumping to conclusions.

then what's the point of the comment section ?


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I have Family Friends in the local Police, and can attest to the fact that they are intensely stressed. It's not surprising that at times this type of thing happens, though, a thorough investigation does need to happen in order to eliminate any foul deed.

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