Speed traps, or cops hiding it wait to catch speeding or reckless drivers who pose a threat to others on the road, are nothing new. Even when manpower is lacking too much to have a police officer lying in wait, a conveniently placed police car can even do the trick, making drivers rethink their actions and go easy on the gas. This particular police car, however, deserves a second glance, as it’s even more deceptive than you might think.
A cop pouncing on to the roof of a car as its criminal driver tries to escape is a scene often seen in movies but hardly ever spotted in real life. That’s no dig at police officers either, as it’s perfectly understandable for them not to take high risks with their own life in pursuit of wrong-doers.
However, in China it appears that the boys in blue take their roles to heart and are willing to hop onto a speeding car if duty calls for it. The following are two examples taken from earlier this year.
Mar 3, 2015
Google Maps has been a great boon to me in my time in Japan. In fact, GPS maps were the biggest reason I got my first smartphone in 2009, followed closely by the ability to write unfamiliar kanji by hand into a dictionary I’d always have with me. But Google Maps was definitely the biggest draw.
In the interceding six years, Google Maps has grown from something useful to something indispensable to many people. It’s not just good for helping you find a tiny store in Shibuya, either, since the maps can open up a whole world of digital sightseeing for people. And where there are bored people on computers, there are also bound to be Easter Eggs and creepy pranks to be discovered.
On 18 February the Indonesian National Police issued a warning to citizens about some harmful matter which may be circulating amongst the public. The article in question is a child-sized cotton top which features images of two cartoon pandas engaging in numerous positions of sexual intercourse.
Feb 9, 2015
What would you do if you came face to face with a frantic water buffalo in the middle of the city?
As unlikely as it seems, a number of pedestrians and drivers witnessed that exact scenario in downtown Chengdu City, China in the afternoon on Thursday, January 29 . The escaped animal caused quite a panic and was only stopped after prolonged police intervention.
Warning: Some readers, especially animal lovers, may find some of the following graphic pictures difficult to stomach. Be wary if you’re squeamish about seeing blood, too.
Hayashi 'Fang' Hougi
Jan 19, 2015
We live in a world of innovation and inspiration. Every day, we see new products riffing on older ones, and apps that are purporting to be the next Instagram for Snapchat inspired by Vine.
But when does something cease to innovate and become a simple knock-off? Would you consider “Word・Press” a different web service from “WordPress”? How about if someone opened up a hamburger joint called “McDonalds” instead of “McDonald’s”? Well one izakaya in Hiroshima, Japan tested out this first example for us, and found that simply slipping a dot into its name didn’t allow it to get around copyright and trademark laws.
Jan 14, 2015
It snows a lot in Hokkaido. Like, a lot. No seriously, they have a hotel made out of ice and snow and just take a look at this poor Lawson convenience store that was devoured by snowfall.
So with all that snow around you can either grumble as you shovel your driveway for the third time that day, or you can make the best of it. One police officer in Hokkaido did just that, creating an amazing snow-sculpture of a Japanese police car right outside the station.
Oct 22, 2014
A man in Japan says he was questioned by police and branded a “pervert” after providing emergency medical assistance to a stranger. The man was attending to a woman who had been involved in a traffic accident when he believes someone who saw him cutting through the woman’s clothes to apply a defibrillator to her bare chest called the police and reported him for behaving inappropriately.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) analyses the rhythm of the heart and, if necessary, delivers an electrical shock to help it return to normal. AEDs are provided in public places and are designed to be operated by members of the public, even those with no medical background. The man is now calling for better understanding of the correct use of AEDs.
As many of you probably already know, protests are going on in Hong Kong as a portion of its citizens are demanding for electoral democracy. The protest, which began on 26 September, triggered off a chain of events, from students boycotting classes, to thousands of people occupying several major areas of the bustling city in demonstration, to mysterious flying objects, and now, mysterious doppelgängers.
Oct 1, 2014
Saitama prefectural police said Monday that a 54-year-old police officer has been arrested after he assaulted two train station attendants.
Scott R Dixon
Sep 22, 2014
How many times a month does a police officer need to get their hair cut? That is the debate going on in the southern Chinese city of Shenzen after authorities found out that local cops there had budgeted nearly two million RMB (US$32,000) over a two-year period to have each of its more than 2,000 police officers have three haircuts a month.
While city authorities are questioning the necessity of the cops’ excessive visits to the barber, local citizens are outraged and are demanding a more “reasonable” haircut budget from their police force.
Japanese high schooler fails driver’s license test 20 times, tries to hire someone else to take it for him
Sep 17, 2014
How far would you go to pass a test? At all points in our life, tests determine whether we succeed or fail with little remorse for how much grueling effort actually went into studying for it. One test in Japan is extremely taxing and foreigners and Japanese alike shudder at even the thought of taking it. We are talking about the Japanese driver’s license test and one first year high school student from Fukuoka who had failed the written portion 20 times, finally resorted to cheating in order to try and pass it.
Since 2013, the Nagano Prefecture Police Department has run a 4-panel manga series called Keisatsu-no Oniisan! (literally “Big Brother Policeman”) on its website. It depicts two police officers, one young and the other middle-aged. Now, thanks to their increasing popularity, they’re getting a manga in a magazine, Manga Time Jumbo, devoted to 4-panel manga.
Aug 30, 2014
There is a Chinese idiom based on the ancient military strategies of China: “Of the thirty-six stratagems, the best is to flee”. However, if you can’t flee, and have your hands held down, what would you do? If you haven’t been brushing your teeth for a year, you might have a chance at distracting your enemy with your breath.
We don’t really want to know how bad that smells, but apparently, a man who was recently arrested in Hebei, China, managed to make a police officer throw up because of his foul breath.
There is no shortage of beautiful women on the internet, but nowadays you need something…else, to separate you from the crowd. We’ve introduced hotties before, ranging from a marathon runner in China to a police woman in Xinjiang. Our next looker is from Mongolia and also puts her life on the line every day to protect the people in her city, which already makes her someone you don’t want to mess with. You’ll especially want to watch yourself when you find out that her husband and the majority of her family are in the business as well!
Bomb-diffusing cop is also finalist in male beauty pageant, looks gorgeous both in and out of uniform
Aug 17, 2014
Is this the best-looking guy in the Philippines? You might think he’s an actor from some detective drama, but he’s actually a real life cop, and now also a male beauty pageant participant. The muscular man in uniform (and often out of it) has captured hearts across the Philippines and is currently enjoying a burst of celebrity, although he swears show business isn’t for him.
Aug 13, 2014
Weddings are one of the biggest events in one’s life, and many would stop at nothing less than perfection for their once-in-a-lifetime (supposedly) wedding photo shoot. Couples spend thousands of dollars on their pre-wedding photo shoots, some even cross oceans to get the perfect backdrop for their memorable shot. But not every couple has the financial ability to drop a bomb on overseas wedding photos taken in France, Hawaii or the Great Wall of China. Want something unique, inexpensive yet meaningful for your wedding photos? Look no further, workplace wedding photos might be a blooming trend.
Lately, wedding photos of civil servants taken at their workplace in their uniforms have been the talk of town among Chinese netizens. Check out these grooms in their smart uniforms and their beautiful brides!
Aug 3, 2014
The dashboard camera has become an almost essential car accessory in Russia. They are used as forms of sousveillance (cameras worn by the person or machine involved), additional evidence in court, and as a preventative measure against police corruption and insurance fraud. They have also led to some of the most breathtaking, unbelievable and crazy close calls, published on video sharing sites like YouTube.
It’s far less common to find a dashboard camera in Japan because most of the wild circumstances that are a normal part of everyday Russian driving just don’t exist here. That’s why it was very surprising to see footage from a Japanese dashboard camera go viral recently.
Jul 15, 2014
While many anime lovers around the world were going gaga over the release of Sailor Moon’s new series, Chinese internet users were raving over their own upholder of justice, this gorgeous policewoman from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China!
More details about Xinjiang’s heroine after the jump!
Besides great sushi, great customer service and ubiquitous vending machines, another great thing about living in Japan is the relatively low crime rate there. Although the country certainly has its criminals (including very cute and cuddly ones), visitors, tourists and expats in Japan routinely extol how Japanese culture has created a society where even a wallet full of cash will be returned to its owner most of the time. After hearing about Japan’s reputation for being an honest, rule-abiding country, a Saudi Arabian TV show created a social experiment to see what would happen when they left a very conspicuous wallet on the busy streets of Tokyo.
- Singer Gackt claims he was victim of racial discrimination in Paris hotel, handled it with class1
- Man fed up with Love Live fans at subway station in China, pours water on them2
- “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map3
- Stunning video of Tokyo shows the charm of how it mixes the traditional with the modern4
- Tekken video game series shows off its first fighter from the Philippines: Josie Rizal 【Video】5
- Ultimate Transformers pop-up book perfectly captures the magic of TV show 【Video & GIFs】6
- Here’s what we got when we ordered the chef’s recommendation…at McDonald’s!7
- Would you care for a sip of my “Princess Urine” energy drink?8
- Morioka Station’s sweet message to recent high school graduates causes passersby to tear up9
- Angry is the new grumpy! Bow to Pompous Albert the cat, or suffer his perpetual wrath!【Photos】10
- “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map1
- Haruki Murakami answers the question, “What is the meaning of life?”2
- New smartphone game lets lonely gamers blow up, unleash other misfortunes on lovey dovey couples3
- Vanishing Japan: Five things to see before they disappear completely4
- How to make epic pancakes with your Japanese rice cooker5
- Man fed up with Love Live fans at subway station in China, pours water on them6
- Past and present photos of Japanese fashion models make us wonder, where have all the gyaru gone?7
- Japanese girl finds “school love,” but with a surprising “partner”8
- Pro drifter disguises herself as driving school student to prank first-day instructors 【Video】9
- New Sailor Moon cafe in Tokyo has live public anime viewing and themed food and drinks10
- Marine park offers chance to shake hands with a loveable otter1
- “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map2
- Cats sitting politely outside Japanese convenience stores restore our faith in felines3
- What’s your type? Photo of two Japanese models spurs netizens to talk body type 【Poll】4
- Forget the dress, how many shades of blue do you see here?5
- Half-Japanese beauty chosen to represent Japan at Miss Universe 20156
- Looking for a new favourite animal? Take your pick from these six adorable Hokkaido natives7
- Haruki Murakami answers the question, “What is the meaning of life?”8
- Buyers’ remorse in China: After a record-breaking day of online shopping, the angry selfies begin9
- Get a haircut, a manicure and an eyeful at this saucy salon in Vietnam10
- Marine park offers chance to shake hands with a loveable otter1
- Hachiko, Japan’s most loyal dog, finally reunited with owner in heartwarming new statue in Tokyo2
- “We Finns just like it simple”: Net users can’t get enough of Helsinki Metro map3
- Anime pillow responds to your rubbing with moans and groans, gets angry if you get too grabby4
- Literal breastplate will give you a cosplay-ready, anime-class bust in seconds 【Photos】5
- Nobel Prize-winner Shuji Nakamura to Japan’s young people: “Get out of Japan”6
- Cats sitting politely outside Japanese convenience stores restore our faith in felines7
- Kyoto taxi drivers reduce convenience store robberies by 50 percent by doing absolutely nothing8
- What’s your type? Photo of two Japanese models spurs netizens to talk body type 【Poll】9
- Cosplay ideals vs. cosplay reality, a.k.a. cool vs. funny 【Photos】10
- Ultimate Transformers pop-up book perfectly captures the magic of TV show 【Video & GIFs】
- Here’s what we got when we ordered the chef’s recommendation…at McDonald’s!
- Would you care for a sip of my “Princess Urine” energy drink?
- Morioka Station’s sweet message to recent high school graduates causes passersby to tear up
- Angry is the new grumpy! Bow to Pompous Albert the cat, or suffer his perpetual wrath!【Photos】
- Haruki Murakami answers the question, “What is the meaning of life?”
- Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno opens up about his latest bout with depression, movie delays
- Pro drifter disguises herself as driving school student to prank first-day instructors 【Video】
- Awww! Penguin mouths are…ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING!!! 【Video】
- Japanese start-up invents faucet gadget to reduce water usage by up to 95 percent
- New smartphone game lets lonely gamers blow up, unleash other misfortunes on lovey dovey couples
- Pet owner builds tiny ninja house for hamster, escape panels and hidden doors galore
- Check out this incredible stop-motion Super Mario video featuring Luigi and some cool bead art