Dividing up Ichihashi reward money worthy of its own investigation
The National Police Agency said Wednesday it will dole out the 10 million yen reward money to those who provided information leading to the arrest of Tatsuya Ichihashi, but said it had not yet decided who will get how much.
First, Chiba prefectural police—who are in charge of the investigation, even though Ichihashi was arrested in Osaka—must determine who provided information valuable enough to warrant a reward. Then they must submit their decision to the National Police Agency.
If there is more than one informant who tipped the police off, authorities must determine how useful each piece of information was to the resolution of the case, and divide the reward money (which is subject to taxation) up accordingly. Reward money cannot be paid to police officers or their family members.
In the Ichihashi case, potential recipients of the reward money are the cosmetic surgery clinic in Nagoya which provided the tip regarding the suspect’s plastic surgery, the employee at the Osaka construction company where Ichihashi worked and lived for 14 months, and the Osaka ferry company employee who phoned police to report that someone who looked like Ichihashi was sitting in the terminal.