Renewed attention to traffic safety ― Mamoru-kun and Maruko-chan are registered as special residents

Renewed attention to traffic safety ― Mamoru-kun and Maruko-chan are registered as special residents

In the afternoon of January 27 at Hirara Government Office Building of Miyakojima City Hall, Mamoru-kun (right) and Maruko-chan (left) were registered as special residents.


January 29, 2012

On January 27, at Miyakojima and Tarama, the policeman-style figurine Miyakojima Mamoru-kun who always bears up well in all weather conditions and acts as a lookout for society, and his sister Maruko-chan were registered as special residents of Miyakojima.

A ceremony to issue their resident cards was held at the Hirara Government Office Building in Miyakojima City Hall. A real Mamoru-kun, Assistant Police Inspector Kazuhumi Ikema of the Traffic Division in the Miyakojima Police Station stepped in to act as Mamoru-kun, and the Chairman of the Traffic Safety Association in the Miyakojima Area, Toshio Miyazato, submitted the application forms to the Citizens’ Affairs Division of Miyakojima. City Mayor Toshihiko Shimoji duly accepted them and issued the special resident cards.

Mayor Shimoji said, “These two have contributed to eradicating drink-driving and to traffic safety in general. They also call for tourists to drive safely. I hope that they will continue to be popular in the future.” Assistant Police Inspector Ikema said, “I am disappointed that last year the number of recorded cases of drink-driving increased. With that disappointment in mind, and the happiness involved in this registration, I will do my best to reduce the incidence of drink-driving.”

Mamoru-kun is 20 years old and was born on August 5 in 1991. He keeps watch at 19 points on Miyakojima and Tarama. His sister Maruko-chan is 18 years old and was born on March 3 in 1993. She was unveiled last August. Their addresses were registered as the Miyakojima Police Station.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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