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Cops bust 358+ rowdy vacationing students

Date Posted: 2007-08-29

From Miyakojima to Nanjo City and Kin Town on Okinawa’s main island, teens have been turning summer vacation into an alcoholic party that’s keeping police on their toes.
In the 30 days since the vacation season began July 21st, 358 teenagers have been caught drinking or drunk, or engaged in delinquent behavior. Prefectural Police say 107 of those apprehended were girls. “Girls being drunken or delinquent has been increasing,” said a Prefecture policeman. “Before, there were never drunken girls.”
Miyakojima City picked up 18 students and charged them with various delinquency offenses, while the main island south side registered seven arrests and the central Okinawa region tallied six cases by August 23rd. Most were high school students, but police say 31 were special technical college students.
Having a bit too much fun doesn’t appear to phase the teens, who start their parties everywhere. One Miyakojima girl said “We were having a party for a friend on his birthday inside a warehouse, and we were drinking and the liquor bottle was a 1.8-liter one we took turns drinking ‘bottoms up’.” A neighbor complained to police about the party, and all 18 students participating were busted.
Less than a week ago, Nanjo City’s police broke up a party that began when seven students e-mailed each other, deciding to buy and drink a large bottle of awamori. The party became unruly and noisy, with screaming and singing, leading neighbors to call police. One student couldn’t understand why the fuss. “We always had parties and nobody complained and we had a great time. So why not this time, too?”
Kin Town Police broke up a drunken party involving only girls. Five 16-year-olds were drinking, and sharing alcohol with an 11-year-old student. Three large bottles were brought from their homes and consumed. Neighbors heard the ruckus and called police, who arrived to find all six completely dead drunk.

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