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Osaka elementary school becomes first in Japan to have police box on grounds

By SoraNews24

In Japan, it’s common to see koban, or police boxes, along busy streets and within small neighborhoods. Usually built as a square-shaped, one-story building, a koban has multiple purposes in a community besides acting as a local base for police officers in the area. They are places that provide directions for lost visitors, serve as a lost-and-found, and are even available to pump up flat bike tires for the unfortunate commuter.

However, a police box has been recently built on the grounds of an Osaka elementary school, an action which has no doubt caused a stir among Japanese netizens.

Located in Osaka’s Moriguchi city, the police box was established at the west gate of Sakura Elementary School, which had recently been rebuilt. According to the city’s board of education, the decision to install the police box was to make Sakura Elementary School “the safest school in the country in both name and reality,” and claims that the location is the first of its kind in Japan.

In Japan, having security personnel on school premises, while uncommon, is not necessarily a new concept. However, an entire police box staffed with local officers is a different story, and the decision made by the city’s board of education has sparked discussion on Twitter. Some Japanese netizens agreed with the police box being established inside the grounds of an elementary school whereas others responded with skepticism as well as speculation:

“Those kids might grow to become the most obedient of them all.”

“Huh, I’ll wonder if they’ll patrol the school to stop instances of bullying?”

“Will the area become safer simply because there’s a police box…?”

“It’s probably safe to have a police box but I guess it begs the question of whether or not it’s actually necessary as well as if there’s any active instances of crime in the area.”

“I can see this as an idea, but I don’t think anyone has ever thought of doing something like this until now.” 

It is important to note that the board of education’s choice regarding the police box’s installation doesn’t seem to be from out-of-nowhere. In 2001, an elementary school in Osaka Prefecture’s Ikeda city was the site of a disturbing stabbing incident which left eight dead and 15 injured. While it’s definitely important to pinpoint the factors which lead to crime in society, and to establish as well as directly provide resources to curb such identified factors, understandably Moriguchi City’s school board could be using the police box as a more preventative measure, given how it’s located at one of the elementary school’s entrances.

On the other hand, there hasn’t been much detail in terms of how police may get involved with the school’s affairs, or if they will at all. Since it’s facing the street, however, we expect this police box will commit to the usual duties of assisting local residents and performing regular patrols.

Source: Tokyo Web via Hachima Kiko

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This is probably the first in the world. Didn’t NEC produce a report last year saying Japan was the safest country in the world? Why have this then? To change flat tires?

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Excellent idea. I wish the Japanese elementary school in my area would do the same. The drivers drive by the kids walking along the road to and from school as though they're part of an obstacle course to quickly maneuver around.

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This school is dangerous, a lot of petty crimes and a ground for future criminals. reasons why the police had to settle within the premise.

Glad the J-Police puts power into elementary school to deter any future criminals before they commit offenses and evil acts.

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Early interference saves body counting later.

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If the kids are really naughty the teachers can send them to the on-site koban for 'detention'!

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Have never ever seen a one story koban. Always two stories so they can sleep up stairs with a white noise machine. It is also a place to hide when the bosozoko get rolling. They just pop on the inside of the door a GaiShutsuChu/PatrolShuchuChu sign and everyone shrugs, turns around and goes home.

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There’s a one-storey koban in my town. Walked past it last July about 1 in the morning.

All three cops were sprawled over the desk, fast asleep!

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Perhaps siince July they rebuilt it and put that bedroom and kitchenentte upstairs?

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Ya read stories of mentally disturbed people trespassing at elementary schools with knives. This might be a good idea.

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