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Manga the latest weapon deployed to collar crooks
By Ryann Connell - Staff Writer -September 25, 2004
Manga have followed in the wake of TVs and cars to become a great Japanese export, and now they're also the latest weapon law enforcers have picked up to tackle the country's rapidly escalating crime rate, according to Weekly Playboy (10/5).
Manga were influential in helping the Isawa Police Station in Yamanashi Prefecture nab a convenience store robber earlier this month.
"Our chief said that one of the officers was keen on drawing manga and it'd be a good idea to get him to draw up a manga wanted poster," Isawa's deputy chief tells Weekly Playboy. "We had security camera footage of the thief, as well as eyewitness' descriptions. We used them to create a manga wanted poster. We printed 500 posters, which we put up in places like convenience stores and supermarkets and asked the general public to help us catch the thief. Eventually, we caught the guy because of what we'd learned from the security camera, but there's no doubt the manga wanted poster caught citizens' eyes."
Japan once had a police force so effective it boasted to the rest of the world about its successes. Now, however, arrest rates are dropping.
Growing public apathy with the police has been blamed as a factor in weakening the effectiveness of the country's crimefighting force, but the manga wanted poster is being seen as a way for the cops to get the general public back on side.
Isawa's cartoon wanted poster told the story of the thief from the moment he entered the store he robbed until he ran away. It also gave a description of his physical appearance and dress. It also provided information that simply releasing the security camera footage would have been unable to do.
"For instance, the thief had a big 'X' on the back of his shirt. On the camera footage, the letter looked like it was all black, but it was actually marked in a leopard skin pattern," the deputy chief says. "Thanks to the manga, we were able to include little details like that."
Responsible for creating the manga was police sergeant Hirotaka Naito, who joined the Isawa Police Station on Aug. 1 this year. Though Naito chose the police force as a career, he won an award for his manga from one of Japan's mot prestigious comics a few years ago and the choice to tackle crooks for real instead of just on paper was a difficult one.
Expectations are high that Naito's manga talents will be put to further use.
"We'll get him working," the deputy chief tells Weekly Playboy, "to his full capacity."
Source : WaiWai Mainichi