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Narita International Airport in the city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture is seen in this undated file photo. (Mainichi/Tadakazu Nakamura)

NARITA, Chiba -- A senior police officer with the Narita International Airport Security Force forgot his service weapon, handcuffs and a baton in the employee restroom at the airport here, the Chiba Prefectural Police revealed on Jan. 25.

According to the force, the 26-year-old man left a belt with the pistol, which contained five bullets, and other belongings on the floor of a bathroom stall during a patrol shift at the airport in the city of Narita, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. "I'd forgotten about them," the officer was quoted as saying.

An airline employee found the items, which were collected by authorities about four minutes after they had been left in the stall. There were no signs that the items had been used.

The force commented, "A police officer must never leave their gun unattended. We hope to thoroughly instruct officers to avoid a recurrence."

(Japanese original by Shohei Kato, Chiba Bureau)

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