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25-year-old man arrested for abducting minor after meeting her online

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Police in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old man for abducting a young girl and taking her to his home.

According to police, the parents of the teenage girl, who live in Miyagi Prefecture, filed a missing person report with police on March 16, Kyodo News reported. Police analyzed train station surveillance camera footage, which showed the girl getting on a train bound for Tokyo.

She was seen in the company of a man on a street in Chiba at around 2 p.m. on Thursday and they were detained.

Police said the man and the girl met on a social media site and that the man asked the girl to come and visit him in Chiba. She had been staying at his home since March 16.

The girl was not injured. Police said the man admitted knowing the girl was a minor.

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Police said the man and the girl met on a social media site and that the man asked the girl to come and visit him in Chiba. She had been staying at his home since March 16.

While what he did is illegal, it does not sound like an abduction to me.

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While what he did is illegal, it does not sound like an abduction to me.

In Japan, taking in a minor without their parent's permission is legally considered abduction/kidnapping.

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25-year-old man arrested for abducting minor after meeting her online

She was seen in the company of a man on a street in Chiba at around 2 p.m. on Thursday and they were detained.

He is too young to be weird, he supposed to be 40s or 50s salaryman that has no life outside work.

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"In Japan, taking in a minor without their parent's permission is legally considered abduction/kidnapping"

What part of the girl voluntarily using public transport alone, tells you she was taken? She went to meet him and texts will obviously reveal she understood the situation of going to meet a guy before leaving home. I hardly think they can throw the book at him for not taking her to Bikkuri Donkey then home to talk to her parents about why the lack of family communication led her to consult a stranger.

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In Japan, taking in a minor without their parent's permission is legally considered abduction/kidnapping.

He didn't take her anywhere. She went to him.

What part of the girl voluntarily using public transport alone, tells you she was taken? She went to meet him and texts will obviously reveal she understood the situation of going to meet a guy before leaving home.

exactly.

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What part of the girl voluntarily using public transport alone, tells you she was taken?

Huh? I don't think you read what I wrote correctly:

"taking in a minor"

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He didn't take her anywhere. She went to him.

And he took her in.

Which is the illegal part.

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And he took her in.

Which is the illegal part.

Huh? I don't think you read what I wrote correctly. when did I say it wasn't illegal?

I said

While what he did is illegal, it does not sound like an abduction to me.

What he did was illegal but is not an abduction

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Child abduction or child theft is the unauthorized removal of a minor (a child under the age of legal adulthood) from the custody of the child's natural parents or legally appointed guardians.

Child abduction - Wikipedia

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What he did was illegal but is not an abduction

And I pointed out that in Japan, legally, it's abduction.

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And I pointed out that in Japan, legally, it's abduction.

And I pointed out the definition of abduction.

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And I pointed out the definition of abduction.

A generalized meaning of the word, not specific to Japan, nor it's legal system. Which is the legal system under which this suspect has been charged.

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A generalized meaning of the word, not specific to Japan, nor it's legal system.

It is the CORRECT definition of the word.

Which is the legal system under which this suspect has been charged

Were does it say in the article he was charged with abduction?

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It is the CORRECT definition of the word.

Not when applied to the Japanese legal system.

Were does it say in the article he was charged with abduction?

The title: 25-year-old man arrested for abducting minor

In Japan, an 'arrest' is equivalent to pressing charges. It's why suspects often are 're-arrested' when they are already in jail.

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Not when applied to the Japanese legal system.

I'm talking about what abduction actually means.

The Japanese legal system can also charge you with domestic violence for looking at your wife's phone without her express consent every time. Doesn't make you a wife beater.

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In Japan, an 'arrest' is equivalent to pressing charges. It's why suspects often are 're-arrested' when they are already in jail.

No the reason they rearrest you is to force a confession out of you.

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Argue all you want but this was abduction. A minor can easily persuaded, manipulated, and tricked into doing all sorts of things. It's a law that exists in other countries and should be in all of them. To say otherwise is victim-blaming. If this was a kid, oh, let's say your daughter, would you think, "Oh, well, she wanted to do it. C'est la vie"? This man knew what he was doing and knew it was wrong. If it's not abduction what is it, kidnapping, capturing, or statutory persuasion? This was wrong everyway I can think of.

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Wasn’t the age of consent raised to 16 from 13? Not agreeing at all but it doesn’t sound illegal in terms of Japan’s sordid laws at least. Am I wrong?

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Japan is all in on facial identification systems. Criminals beware.

Police analyzed train station surveillance camera footage, which showed the girl getting on a train bound for Tokyo.

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the man and the girl met on a social media site and that the man asked the girl to come and visit him in Chiba

She had been staying at his home since March 16.

Child abduction or child theft is the unauthorized removal of a minor (a child under the age of legal adulthood) from the custody of the child's natural parents or legally appointed guardians.

So he met her online convinced her to come to him maybe even paid for her train.. then without being authorized he took her into his home... Sounds like it fits with what Child abduction - Wikipedia says it is.

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So he met her online convinced her to come to him maybe even paid for her train.. then without being authorized he took her into his home... Sounds like it fits with what Child abduction - Wikipedia says it is.

I would argue that what he did does not fit with what abduction is. I would argue it is more in line with coercion as he did not physically remove her from her home to his. At the end of the day, we can argue this until the cows come home. But Strangerland is 100% correct that under Japanese law he could be charged with abduction though. He probably will.

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She was abducted by persuasion and being a minor without a fully developed brain was open to his suggestions. Stronger penalties for these cases.

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Or maybe she was not 19 but 18?

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I would argue that what he did does not fit with what abduction is.

The police, who have the full story, disagree with you mate, so stop flogging your dead horse. One possibility is that he invited her to his house and then refused to let her get back on a train to Miyagi - something that the Police would have established when they tracked them down in Chiba.

'Miss, are you OK?"

"No - this guy won't let me go home.'

"Jyaa...'

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The police, who have the full story, disagree with you mate, so stop flogging your dead horse.

If so let them post here about what happened- unless you are one of them

One possibility is that he invited her to his house and then refused to let her get back on a train to Miyagi - something that the Police would have established when they tracked them down in Chiba.

Well its obvious that you don't have the full story either so please get off your high horse that I am flogging

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BeyondTheBlossomsToday 12:59 pm JST

There are some horrific cases of kidnapping in Japan and the internet seems to be making it easy to lure young women.

I haven't read any stories about the kidnapping of young girls.

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I would argue that what he did does not fit with what abduction is. I would argue it is more in line with coercion as he did not physically remove her from her home to his.

I agree that coercion is a part of how he abducted her. Once he had her in his home even if she believes she came by her own free will she is a MINOR and she was 'even if not by force' removed from the care of her parents. which as described by Wikipedia is the definition of abduction.

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My little sister has been running away from home quite a few times. Like a few of her friends when teenagers.

Problem is nowadays she may lie about her age, ask a promise not to call parents and police...this is a common feature of young girls.

It lasts about 2 or 3 days usually.

Imagine you hosted the girl for one night with no harm, how do you force her then to leave your place without calling police and be considered a criminal in Japan ?

Not every situation is what you think, especially when no harm is done as it seems by reading the article.

Not victim blaming, just speaking about life.

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Problem is nowadays she may lie about her age, ask a promise not to call parents and police...this is a common feature of young girls.

As an adult, it would be your responsibility to make sure that she is not a minor before excepting her into your home. If she is asking you not to tell her parents or cops, it would be a pretty big red flag to me that she is a minor or a criminal.

Not every situation is what you think, especially when no harm is done as it seems by reading the article

Yet in this case the guy admitted to knowing that she was a minor.

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I agree that coercion is a part of how he abducted her. Once he had her in his home even if she believes she came by her own free will she is a MINOR and she was 'even if not by force' removed from the care of her parents. which as described by Wikipedia is the definition of abduction.

I guess we are going to have to agree to disagree James. No doubt that this man is a criminal. I just think that calling this an abduction is inaccurate. Coercion, seems more accurate in my opinion BUT at the end of the day, we can agree that he is a predator and should be locked away.

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This news sounds like a comedy. There’s no report of girl’s age. If someone going to another person’s house, it is not abduction. If she is a child, it’s wrong but not the way it’s written on the news.

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The article does not give her exact age, but ays she is a teenager, and a minor. So how old does that make her, max?

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Edit, 'ays' = says.

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It's downright disgusting how many men think it's okay to prey on young teenage girls.

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Police analyzed train station surveillance camera footage,

Sure..

They followed her phone.

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Maybe he was just helping her with math homework and they lost track of time....

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StrangerlandMar. 23  07:33 am JST

While what he did is illegal, it does not sound like an abduction to me.

In Japan, taking in a minor without their parent's permission is legally considered abduction/kidnapping.

It's still by trickery and deception so what's the difference?

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Another upstanding defender of the law!

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These kinds of people don't exist abroad, especially western countries where people are mentally healthy

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Futaro Gamagori

These kinds of people don't exist abroad, especially western countries where people are mentally healthy

There are many hundreds of thousands of young women and girls in the West who are sex trafficked.

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