A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Stranger Alert – Nov.21

A female student at Namiki Elementary School was approached by a man yesterday morning when she was on her way to her school. The man came out of his car and asked the girl “Why don’t we go somewhere in my car?” The girl hit (the man) about twice and ran away. The man took off. The man was about 30 years old and was wearing a hat and a medical mask. His car was white van with tinted windows.

This is very alarming, and I think the parents with small children in Tsukuba area, not just in Namiki area should talk to their kids again about what to do when they encounter 不審者(fushin-sha, or suspicious individuals).

Another “fushin-sha” incident occurred in Ushiku City last week. A man grabbed a high school girl’s wrist and dragged her down from her bike. The man was skinny man in his 20s, with short hair. He was in a white (or very light-colored) yellow-plate car (not the van, as far as I know).

You can check the suspicious individual/crime reports on the Ibaraki Prefectural Police website:

Tsukuba City Board of Education also post suspicious individual reports that involved Tsukuba kids, but the site has not been updated for a while:

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