A 6-year-old-boy drove his electric mini ATV on the road, but lucky was stopped by an adult before anything bad could happen.
Also in Osaka, the police did not report 81,000 offenses to make it look like they cleaned up the street crime.
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Osaka police under-reported 81,000 criminal cases in 2008-2012
OSAKA, July 31, Kyodo
Osaka police said Wednesday they failed to report roughly 81,000 criminal cases to the National Police Agency between 2008 and 2012, or nearly 10 percent of the total reported by the prefectural police force during the five-year period.
Osaka had seen the most bicycle thefts, muggings and other street crimes among the country’s 48 prefectures since 2000 but was thought to have been overtaken by Tokyo between 2010 and 2012.
The latest internal investigation by the police has found, however, that Osaka actually remained the prefecture with the most cases of such crimes in the country throughout the years.
The under-reporting has apparently damaged the credibility of the crime statistics compiled by the agency as such data form the basis for devising measures to fight crime.
With underreporting found at all 65 of the force’s police stations, the Osaka police the same day issued warnings and took other measures against 89 officers, many of whom had been station chiefs or division heads at some point during the five-year period.
But none was subject to disciplinary action.
The latest probe showed that a total of 81,307 cases had not been reported to the agency during the period, against 838,156 cases that were reported.
Among the unreported cases, thefts accounted for 86 percent with nearly half involving bicycles. Officers failed to report cases in which stolen bicycles were found within a certain period, determining no harm was done.
In some cases, officers counted as just single cases multiple incidents of auto parts theft and similar crimes committed around the same time. Some officers said they had been told by superiors not to report cases deemed minor, according to the police.
A senior Osaka police official admitted to feeling “pressure” to erase Osaka’s reputation as the prefecture with the most cases of street crimes in the country.
The police launched the latest investigation as doubts mounted over the outcome of their previous investigation, conducted after it was found in June last year that an officer intentionally failed to report 6,585 cases between 2008 and 2012.
Masahide Yasui, a division head of the police force, said the under-reporting has damaged the credibility of police statistics and was regrettable. “We will strive to prevent a recurrence,” he said.