Japanese Fire Sergeant Gets Salary Cut For Uploading Gaming Videos On YouTube

A 33-year-old fire sergeant received a disciplinary pay cut in Japan because the authorities discovered that the officer earned extra money by posting let’s play videos on YouTube.

Wakayama city fire sergeant salary cut

Authorities seen apologizing at Wakayama City Hall on Jan. 11, 2022, after announcing a fire sergeant was hit with a disciplinary pay cut. (Mainichi/Atsuhisa Kato)

He’s a government employee of Kita Fire Station in Wakayama. He posted videos on YouTube less than for a year from December 2020 to October of the previous year. He earned 1.15 million yen (roughly $9,966) during that time frame. He was fined a 10% reduction in pay for a month from Jan. 11 when Wakayama Municipal Government determined his actions violated the lawful Local Public Service Act, which prohibits local government workers from having additional jobs.

According to the city’s fire department, the sergeant created an account on YouTube to upload videos of him engaging in online gaming. He participated in a multiplayer online deduction game, where players play as crew members, and edited and uploaded 314 videos to the channel. The game received 2.27 million views and made a profit depending on the number of views.

This whole incident resulted from a small “tip” the authorities received that a particular firefighter could be working in YouTube. Because the players had conversations while playing the game, authorities spotted the fire officer from his voice. They asked him questions, and he acknowledged the allegations.

Wakayama city Fire sergeant gets salary cut

The firefighter had his salary cut after Wakayama city launched an investigation into the YouTube channel. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

The 33-year old said that any money earned through YouTube was deposited into his family’s bank account. He also explained, “My recognition of what could be considered to be a second job was completely naive.”


Source: Mainichi.jp

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