|Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2000 - 09:19 pm: ||
A Tokyo policewoman put her own fingerprint on a written statement by a sexual-harrassment victim after she forgot to get the victim's personal seal on the document, police sources said Monday.
The sources said the 31-year-old officer initially refused to admit her mistake, saying the victim, also a 31-year-old woman, had put her fingerprint on the written statement relating how she was groped by a man in a condominium in Bunkyo Ward on the morning of May 14.
The victim visited the Motofuji Police Station the following day, the sources said, adding that the officer prepared the statement but failed to have the victim fingerprinted or get her personal seal on the statement.
On May 17, the victim went to the police station upon the request of police, but complained when she learned that the statement bore the female officer's fingerprint, the sources said.
Note: Japanese normally sign official documents with a small stamp bearing Chinese characters representing their name. The stamp, called a "Han" or personal seal, is pressed onto a red ink pad and then onto the official document. If they don't have their "Han" available, they often instead use a fingerprint or fingertip impression.