Ninety-five year-old woman becomes police chief for a day in Motobu

Ninety-five year-old woman becomes police chief for a day in Motobu

On October 11, Haruko Izena participated in a community safety campaign ceremony as a police chief for a day at the Motobu Police Station.

October 24, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 11, the opening ceremony of the Japan Community Safety Campaign in Motobu was held at Motobu Police Station. Haruko Izena, who is 95 years old and famous in her region as an energetic grandmother, worked as a police chief for one day. She saluted and paraded from the police station to Motobu Bridge by police car.

Izena who lives in Nakasone in Nakijin, ran a fish shop until she was 88 years old, and she has five children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Since retiring, she has been enjoying karaoke and sings traditional Okinawan songs and folk songs. “This was my first time to be selected as a police chief but I’m happy that many people came along. I would like to help safeguard the community together with residents,” said Izena.

About 100 members of the Motobu Crime Prevention Association participated in the ceremony. Masayuki Yamane, the chief of the Motobu Police Station, stated that they will particularly focus upon the prevention of car break-ins. He also said that they intend to work together to safeguard the community in Motobu Town and in the villages of Iheya, Nakijin, Izena and Ie so the 32000 residents can live in peace.

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

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