An Osaka police sergeant resigned after it was discovered that he was forcing his subordinates to eat large amounts of food in a single sitting as a way of “toughening them up.” The 40-year old sergeant was said to have coerced three to four junior officers to purchase junk food from their own pocket-money, sometimes for his own consumption as well.
Investigations by the Internal Affairs Division showed that the sergeant had been doing the practice from February 2010 to October 2013. It was found out that one time, the sergeant, who was assigned to one koban (police box), would visit another location assigned to a lower-ranking officer. He then ordered the younger officer to go and purchase 15 hamburgers, 15 donuts, three large orders of fried noodles, and 3-4 liters of coffee-flavored milk, all using his own money. Reports say that then the sergeant pressured the officer to eat the purchased food in one sitting.
When asked why he did it, the sergeant said that he “wanted to see the scowls on their faces.” He also said that he underwent the same thing from his former superiors to toughen him up. “I wanted to discipline them,” he said. His supervisors reproached the act and the sergeant voluntarily resigned from duty on December 25 at the request of his superiors. Unfortunately for one of the junior officers, his weight increased from 73 kilograms (161 pounds) to 88 kg (194 lbs) during the time period he was on the sergeant’s “diet.”