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Couple arrested for setting up groper on train in Osaka

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Osaka prefectural police have arrested a 21-year-old man for filing a false complaint against a man he set up to grope a woman on a subway train in May. The woman, who was the suspect’s accomplice, has also been arrested.

Police said Yuma Ikuta, a part-time worker and resident of Honmachi, Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture, has denied the charge.

According to police reports, Ikuta conspired with a 26-year-old woman, who is also a part-time worker and resident of Osaka’s Naniwa Ward, to intentionally get a man to grope her, and then hand him over to the police with the objective of collecting money in an out-of-court settlement.

As part of the plan, the woman posted, “I want to be groped on a train,” on an internet forum. A 50-year-old man living in Kyoto replied, and the suspects texted the man, who agreed to be on the train at a specified time with a description of the “target” woman.

Subsequently, the groping incident occurred on the evening of May 22 in a subway car on the Sakaisuji Line in Osaka. When the man and the woman got off the train at Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchome Station, Ikuta confronted the 50-year-old man and accused him of groping a woman, saying he had witnessed the incident and filmed it with his smartphone.

The groper was handed over to police. But after he told the police about the internet post, investigators questioned the woman further and the plot was revealed.

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Ah, all was revealed!

Haha, simples... see, all it takes a is a little detective work.

(Er, a little bizarre, the whole thing, surely.)

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Criminal masterminds, these 2

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Where are all the comments from those who claim false accusations never occur and all those who are accused of groping are guilty no matter what? Strangely absent.

Remember the golden rule of both hands high in the air, gentlemen. Better yet, just rack up that zangyo time and go to work between 5am and 10pm to avoid rush hour.

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Uninvited groping is a serious violation of a woman. There is no downplaying the seriousness of it, and gropers should be tried and sentenced accordingly.

But this story just goes to show that not all accused of groping are rightly accused of groping.

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Remember the golden rule of both hands high in the air, gentlemen

But this would be the violation of my human rights. I want to be able to keep my hands down or in the pockets, not being afraid of any false accusations. Also it is difficult and unnatural to keep hands up in the air all the time.

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Hmmmm.....  with the recent news about insurance policies for people accused of groping how long before we see scams designed to fleece the insurers?

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Ha-ha. I just wonder why the 50-year-old man jumped at the chance to grope the woman with an elaborate trap. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Nevertheless, the wickedly clever couple have to bear a burden of sin.

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Please give these two the longest sentences possible. I'm all for gropers and other pervs getting what they deserve, too, of course, but when 99% of the time people falsely accused of it have their lives ruined while fighting to prove themselves innocent, and still have ruined lives after even if they succeed, there can be no leniency on people who set this kind of thing up.

I hope the guy was smart enough to take screen shots of the whole conversation and 'transaction'. Oh, and add extra on the woman's penatly for lying about it.

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I just wonder why the 50-year-old man jumped at the chance to grope the woman with an elaborate trap.

How would he know it's a trap?

And when it comes down to it, he actually did get to grope her, with her permission, and may even be able to get money out of her now. So other than the hassle of having been taken in for groping, this guy may have ended up coming out ahead!

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stop paying money to victims, then the scams will stop. grouping is a serious sexual abuse of women (or men), so it is a police matter. i remember a few years back...the chimpura jumping on my car scam, and the yankies picking fights with drunk gaijin and claiming their rolex was broken. all satisfied by blood money. stop the money system.

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SMITHINJAPAN

when 99% of the time people falsely accused of it have their lives ruined

I wonder where did u get this percentage from ...

Groping is real issue in Japan, it occurs way more than any official paper would state, cos most of time women dont say anything, just run away.

I saw some rubbing, some touching but before I realize and try catch the guy or even talk to the girl he was out or she went away.

Before thinking " I could be wrongly accused" Think about your potential daughter or wife who could be a victim of chikan .

It s not because there are some fake victims that there is no victim at all...

Writing what you wrote is like denying this problem....

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metaterapinToday  05:16 pm JST

Where are all the comments from those who claim false accusations never occur and all those who are accused of groping are guilty no matter what?

I'm guessing they're in some corner of your hyperbolic imagination, because I don't recall ever seeing anyone on here making that claim.

Though if this is your best evidence for the supposed pattern of how false groping accusations go down, it doesn't really help your case as any man accused just has to say, "yeah, I was given consent online, see this post here on strangekinks.com."

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I just wonder why the 50-year-old man jumped at the chance to grope the woman with an elaborate trap. 

I haven't checked recently, but there used to be websites where couples, men and even single women arranged stuff like this. On trains, in city parks at night, in a specific dingy erotic movie house. It's the sort of thing that is rife with scammers and worse, but some of the people posting are simply honest perverts looking for fun. Lots of guys want to see their girlfriends or wives do something like this, so the 50-year-old wasn't completely out of the loop for believing it.

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@commanteer Today 08:29 pm JST

Your feedback makes great sense! :‑)

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Writing what you wrote is like denying this problem

You should probably re-read his statement, because your whole post shows you misunderstood it.

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Why on earth would anyone want to respond to that sort of ad in the first place?

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If I were the old man, I'd have replied "I have a make believe train at my home! Come on over!"

But seriously, its very good that the old man knew to cover himself with proof of the scam. Otherwise, he would've been in a lot of trouble because the police would believe her story no matter what he said. Good for him. I just hope there were no reprocussions due to his actions. (Replying to such a message)

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Just as I had always suspected groping isnt as bad as its made out to be - In Osaka the women only trains had less than 6 people in the carriages the rest were in mixed sex carriages

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Why on earth would anyone want to respond to that sort of ad in the first place?

A fifty year old man, given a pass to grab a young girls 'delicate' parts. Is it really that hard to grasp that a girl offering this would find a large number of willing participants? Particularly in this country with it's sexlessness issue?

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The title is misleading. I thought they had caught a gropper, or stagged an opportunity for a potential gropper, like a cop does with a police woman prostitute.

Shame on them and shame on the others who falsely accuse. But also shame on the real groppers. A woman should not have to live in fear every time she steps on a train, nor shame after an incident. Nor should a man have to fear being falsely accused. (or what ever gender either or)

However when I rode the train last year, it was so packed it was, as we would call it in the military, "nut to butt..." I felt sorry for the women who was pressed up against me and or them, but I had no choice. We were like sardines. I would just try to grip the rail/handles above me and keep myself steady.

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The title is misleading. I thought they had caught a gropper

They kind of did. He had permission, but he still groped. So it depends on whether you classify a groper as 'one who gropes' or 'one who gropes illegally'.

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He thought it was consensual, but it was a scam which the woman was in on. Nothing to do with groping, really, and the coppers found this out very easily.

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I actually think this is a pretty good scam. Find a good looking woman to pose in revealing clothing, then get her to walk up and down the stairs at Osaka station.

When a perv grabs her behind or films her cooter - shake him down for money!

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some of the people posting are simply honest perverts looking for fun. 

Posting... here?

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Posting... here?

Yes. In Japan. If you read the article it means soliciting for a grope in a public place. Exhibitionism.

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Bungle, how you gonna shake a japanese policeman down for money?

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