Ishigaki police have been presenting photos of people sleeping on the road to discourage the practice. Photo: Okinawa Prefectural Police
Ishigaki police have been presenting photos of people sleeping on the road to discourage the practice. Photo: Okinawa Prefectural Police
Japan

Okinawa sees return of ‘road sleeper’ problem amid warm summer nights

  • Japanese police are calling for residents to refrain from rojo-ne, or sleeping on the road, which seems to result from a mix of alcohol and warm weather
  • More than 7,200 cases were reported last year, including three deaths, and police are concerned that number will rise this year

Ishigaki police have been presenting photos of people sleeping on the road to discourage the practice. Photo: Okinawa Prefectural Police
Ishigaki police have been presenting photos of people sleeping on the road to discourage the practice. Photo: Okinawa Prefectural Police
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