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Japanese police officers 'forced to eat 15 burgers at a time'

Published on Jan 31, 2014 6:54 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A police sergeant in Japan has resigned his post after he was reprimanded for forcing subordinates to binge on 15 hamburgers at a time to "toughen them up".

The unidentified traffic sergeant, 40, stepped down from his position in the western megacity of Osaka on Dec 25, the mass-circulation newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said.

He repeatedly ordered four younger officers to, in one sitting, stuff themselves with bulk meals such as 15 hamburgers, 15 doughnuts, four large-sized cups of instant fried noodles, or 3-4 litres of coffee-flavoured milk, the report said.

"After finding they were not working hard enough, I did it in order to toughen them up," the unnamed sergeant was quoted as telling investigators of the Osaka prefectural police headquarters.

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