By Barrier Free Japan with extracts translated from The Mainichi Shimbun
July 8 2020
Content has been altered to withhold the suspects name
FUKUOKA– On July 8th, the Fukuoka Prefectural Police Department arrested a man, aged 27 on suspicion of stealing, saying that he had shoplifted using an acquaintance who had intellectual disabilities.
The suspect is accused of handing an acquaintance, a man aged 28. a shopping basket containing products such as T-shirts., at about 10:45 pm on June 12, at a mass retailer in Higashi Ward, Fukuoka City.
The suspect had know the acquaintance since junior high school. The acquaintance who has intellectual disabilities said:
“I don’t know what I would do if I refuse his order “, “I don’t know what I’ll do if I refuse (the suspect’s order),” saying he been involved in shoplifting at the instruction of the suspect.
The suspect quietly said, “I don’t want to talk about anything.