Japanese cop loses records after drinking

KOBE — A western Japan investigator lost documents containing the names of a crime suspect and about 400 other people connected to a case he was working on after he was intoxicated and sleeping rough, a announced the police.

The investigator began drinking with two subordinates at a Japanese-style izakaya bar around 8:30 p.m. Friday in Nishinomiya, consuming about seven drinks, including beer and shochu distilled liquor, and fell asleep on the street in walking home after seeing the subordinates. landed at a train station around 11 p.m., police said.

When the 49-year-old investigator woke up around 5 a.m. Saturday, he found he did not have the bag he had used to carry the documents, according to Hyogo Prefectural Police.

Police said the documents contained personal information such as the suspect’s date of birth, home address and place of work, but determined the documents had not been misused so far. .

Japanese police officers are prohibited from taking investigative materials outside the workplace without permission. Police quoted the investigator as saying he went straight to the bar to drink without bringing the documents back to his workplace.

== Kyōdo

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