Previously I posted about the injury and death of a worker at one of my schools, and the ensuing investigation. Over the weekend I heard from connected sources that they were considering this an accidental death; however, this morning I was informed that an officer would come during my lunch break to fingerprint me and another worker.
Ostensibly the fingerprinting is just for exclusionary purposes. So the question begged by this procedure is: were my sources mistaken and there is still an active investigation, or were they misled?
Japan often brags on its high conviction rate for murder investigations. As recently as a couple decades ago they were claiming 100 percent success, with new investigative techniques one would assume it has not declined. Of course, one source of convictions are when organized crime is involved, they will sacrifice a young member to the police. Police are satisfied because they have a confession; senior members of the crime organization are satisfied because they were protected; and the junior member is satisfied because – after serving his time – he is taken care of and earns position. A concern for our current case is that, in Japan, the need to put the populace at ease is considered very important. Are the police just saying it was an accident to ease the nerves of this community?
We are finding out bit by bit about critical information that wasn’t passed on during the recent nuclear crisis; and information about residual materials is still kept pretty quiet. Today’s news showed that amidst concerns that 30 million people may have needed evacuation from the disaster area, the power companies plan was to abandon the site as it was. Clearly, letting us believe an assailant is not on the loose is something many would do quickly to keep us appeased. Hopefully, it was just an accidental death and today was merely necessary as the conclusion of procedure – also an important activity in Japan.