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Prefecture misses deadline to appeal harassment case

Date Posted: 2008-01-15

Okinawa Prefectural Police lost a harassment case filed by an Osaka woman who charged a police lieutenant crossed the line when he asked the color of her panties.
She sued, charging sexual harassment, and a Naha Court agreed the police investigator was out of line in his questioning, and awarded the woman ¥300,000. Okinawa Prefecture vowed to fight the award, and said it would appeal.
The prefecture made a timing mistake, missing the January 10th deadline for an appeal. Opportunities for the award to be overturned are past, but Okinawa Prefecture says there still will be changes made to make police more accountable. The Prefecture has admitted the lieutenant’s intimate line of questioning was improper, and says “we would say the behavior of the lieutenant was not good. From now on, we are giving every section our policies to behave properly.” The spokesman says police will receive new training to guard against future sexual harassment charges.

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