A former police officer was given a suspended sentence Sept. 12 at the Tokyo District Court for framing a man on charges of drug possession in April to boost his job performance record.

Presiding Judge Toshiyuki Kosaka told Ryoichi Akamatsu, 25, that he should recollect his original motivation for becoming a police officer and consider why he committed such an absurd crime. Akamatsu, standing stiffly and dressed in a dark suit, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, suspended for four years, for abuse of public authority and for illegal possession of stimulants.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.