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japan's most wanted

In the UK we have Crimewatch UK, a BBC television programme where heinous crimes are re-enacted in the hope that members of the public will call in with vital information, which might lead to an arrest. I think it's a bit like America's Most Wanted, an equally hard-hitting show depicting crimes of great brutality, with clever camera work and some lovely music.

In Japan they have mannequins.

Yes, manneqiuns are being used in the fight against crime. The police are touring the country with some dressed up dummies in the back of the van, stopping outside train stations and asking if they recognise the criminals.

At first I thought the police were trying to sell clothes to raise money for a new bicycle, but it was only when I saw the menacing mannequin's face that it hit me - this was no flea market. This was a man hunt.

I was shocked by how realistic they looked. Indeed, when I first saw them, I half expected one of them to slide across to me and demand all my money. Fortunately for me, they just stood still, like mannequins tend to do. Anyway, it wouldn't have been a good idea as there were several policemen in the vicinity.

One thing alarmed me though. It seemed that the mannequins were without socks. They were in bare feet. I lay awake that night wondering if:
a) the police were in a rush that morning and had no socks available
b) Japan's most wanted have no socks

The policeman is real.

Do not approach this mannequin

Without socks.
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On Wednesday, 19 April, 2006, Blogger Harp said:

Kind of ties in with your previous post about the beatles - I mean, the mannequin looks a bit like paul mccartney and wasn't he the one not wearing socks on the cover of abbey road...?  

On Thursday, 20 April, 2006, Blogger Citizen_Stu said:

Maybe it was the lack of socks which drove them to a life of crime.

I wonder what the stereo system behind them is for. Could they be about to break into a dance routine?  

On Thursday, 20 April, 2006, Blogger Will said:

Ah, that explains why Evangeline Lilly is currently going round shoeless; she's clearly on the run from the Japanese police... Crap disguise though.  

On Thursday, 20 April, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

What kind of criminals are they?

Only a dummy would go out with no socks on.  

On Saturday, 22 April, 2006, Blogger Marie said:

Maybe the clothing manufacturers should start offering discounts to criminals ... so they can get free advertising later?  

On Saturday, 22 April, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said:

At least they had feet - most of the ones in stores here seem to be lacking lower legs and feet now. My gf's two little nieces think it is very amusing to lift the legs of the pants to see if the mannequins have feet :-)  

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On Sunday, 23 April, 2006, Blogger Gentleman-hobbs said:

I will be back! Hopefully after 5 visits I will completely understand the humour or sign up for foot fetish monthly!  

On Friday, 05 May, 2006, Blogger Ordinary Janet said:

I don't understand this. Are those clothes supposed to be what the perpetrators were last seen wearing, or something? Are the mannequins supposed to jog memories when coupled with the police illustrations/photos? Weird.  

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