Shopping in buff grounds major

SENDAI (Kyodo) An Air Self-Defense Force officer has been suspended for seven to 10 days for shopping naked at a convenience store in Miyagi Prefecture in September, officials of the ASDF’s Matsushima base said Thursday.

The 36-year-old major entered the store in Higashimatsushima at around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 5 wearing only shoes and carrying his wallet. He bought women’s underwear and a pair of stockings, the officials said.

After a male store clerk notified police, an officer came over and asked the major to accompany him for questioning. The officer was later handed over to prosecutors as a case of indecent exposure.

The major was walking home from a sendoff party for a colleague when he took his clothes off behind the convenience store and entered the shop, the officials said.

According to authorities at the base, which is also in Higashimatsushima, the major thought it would be “funny” if a naked man entered a convenience store in the middle of the night and just started buying things that happened to catch his eye.