When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Crime is serious stuff. But everyone once and while, some Japanese TV news stations make it as goofy as possible.

For example, the above photo is a likeness of a suspect. Around 25 years old. Plump, with a thin moustache. Have you seen him? Eh...

Other times, unflattering photos are used for criminals. Not sure why... Dark humor? Bored program employees? I dunno!

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

This isn't a nightly occurrence by any stretch. Most television news that covers crime does so with a straight face. However, this has happened several times over the years.

Let's have a look at some of the egregious examples (a couple of which previously appeared on Kotaku). Many of these are meme images in Japan and baffled people when they were originally aired.

First, the suspect drawings:

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

An eye witness' drawing of the suspect. The realism!

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Yes, that is underwear on the suspect's face.

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Have you seen this woman? (Well, I guess this is more of the news anchor getting trolled...)

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Here, a sticker picture from a video game arcade was used for this suspect's pic.

This might be the most infamous photo featuring a suspect. It appeared on Fuji TV's Super News back in 2009.

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Some viewers thought it was unexpectedly funny; others weren't happy about the photo choice.

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Mind you, this was used for a suspect in a murder case!

You might think, well, the news programs are only using whatever pics they can get. That doesn't explain why this was the photo one news program used for celeb Minako Komukai when she fled Japan over a drug warrant.

When Japanese TV News Trolls Criminals

Komukai eating a bean pastry in the photo. There are tons of other photos that could have been used!

Photos: ネタ的なニュースちゃんねる, Hayabusa

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