2010 Apr 13 12:00 - 14:00 ｉｎ The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan
Born in Ehime Prefecture in 1949. Former Ehime Prefecture police sergeant. Refused to write fake receipts used in police constructed bribes. Was continually requested to do so but remained firm in his refusal to cooperate maintaining his belief that it is wrong for a police officer to engage in criminal activity. As a result, he was labeled the “enemy of the police system” by his colleagues and superiors.
In January 2005, while still a member of the police force, he brought about a formal accusation of bribery within the force. This was the first ever formal accusation originating from within the police force. While facing considerable pressure to quit the force, he continued his work and even contributed in the arrests of wanted criminals at that time.
Born in Kochi Prefecture in 1954. Former school bus driver. Known for exceedingly safe driving and a personality that garnered the respect of the school administration, students, as well as student’s caretakers.
While driving a bus loaded with 25 students and teachers from Niyodo Junior High School during a field trip, was involved in a traffic accident with a motorcycle police officer. The cause of the accident, in which the motorcycle hit the stopped bus, was lack of attention by the motorcycle police officer. However, according to an illegal investigation and an unfair trial, Mr. Kataoka’s grave negligence was deemed to be the cause of the accident.
The high court in Takamatsu refused to consider any of Mr. Kataoka’s evidence claiming that there was “no need”. In response to the refusal to consider the evidence, via the Internet and some media outlets the voice of opposition against the police and court system grew. A petition requesting a fair trial for Mr. Kataoka was creating containing 50,000 signatures.
2008 In August, the Supreme Court refused to hear Mr. Kataoka’s appeal.
In October of the same year he began to serve his prison sentence at Kakogawa prison
In February, after finishing his prison sentence. Mr. Kataoka was released from prison and is actively seeking a re-trial.
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The prosecutor submitted 135 photos taken at the site and the analysis of the accident by the Crime Laboratory of Kochi. The prosecutor also presented scientific analysis regarding the motorcycle and the bus’s speed at the time of the accident. The analysis concluded that the bus was traveling at a speed of 14km/h and the motorcycle between 30km/h and 40 km/h. He also called as a witness another motorcycle policeman who had supposedly passed the scene of the accident by chance.
Policeman A testified that the speed of the oncoming motorcycle was 60km/h by eye measurement from a distance of 170 meters and that the speed of the bus, which was advancing from the right towards the left, was 10km/h by eye measurement from a distance of 120 meters.