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Cop leaves pistol, handcuffs in Japan bullet train station washroom, boards train

Hyogo Prefectural Police headquarters are seen in Kobe's Chuo Ward in this February 2019 file photo. (Mainichi/Jun Yoneyama)

KOBE -- A Hyogo Prefectural Police officer forgot her service weapon and handcuffs in the washroom of a bullet train station on Sept. 29, the force revealed the next day.

According to the announcement, the 27-year-old head patrol officer with the railway police division hung her belt with the pistol and handcuffs on a washroom stall hook in JR Aioi Station in Aioi, Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, at about 4 p.m. She then left without putting the belt back on and boarded a local train.

A person found the items about an hour and a half later and notified station staff, who called the police.

"I had a mental lapse," the patrol officer was quoted as saying. Railway division deputy head Eizo Kawasaki stated, "I hope to thoroughly instruct officers on the strict handling of the division's service pistols so as to avoid a recurrence of this sort of incident."

(Japanese original by Toshihiro Hamamoto, Kobe Bureau)

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