A photo of 7-year-old Misaki Ogura released by Yamanashi Prefectural Police after she disappeared on Sept 21, 2019

Man arrested for posting libelous comments about mother of missing girl


Police in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 69-year-old man on suspicion of defamation of character after he posted libelous comments about the mother of a 7-year-old girl who went missing at a campsite in Doshimura, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2019.

According to police, Yukio Nogami, a self-professed investor, posted a video image of Tomoko Ogura on his blog in February, claiming that a crowd-funding campaign to help keep the search going for her missing daughter Misaki was a scam, Fuji TV reported. In May, Ogura filed a complaint with police, saying she had been the victim of malicious comments online.

Police said Nogami admitted posting the video and comments but denied they were libelous.

This is not the first time Ogura has been attacked online over Misaki’s disappearance. In August, police arrested a 31-year-old man from Shizuoka Prefecture for allegedly making an online threat to kill her. Katsuji Saitsu, a construction worker, posted multiple messages on Facebook from Oct 22 to Nov 16, 2019, in which he told Ogura, "I know you’re the culprit. Hurry up and turn yourself in. I'm going to kill you."

Ogura said that in addition to feeling distressed since Misaki's disappearance, she had been slandered by others on the internet and does not feel safe.

Misaki, from Narita City in Chiba Prefecture, had come to the campsite with her mother and group of about 30 family friends. She was last seen by her mother at about 3:40 p.m. on Sept 21, 2019, running by herself after a group of children in the woods.

A total of about 1,700 police officers, firefighters, and Self-Defense Force personnel were mobilized to locate her whereabouts.

Drones and tracker dogs were used and long grass was cut down. A stream that runs through the area was searched as well as a nearby dam. But no trace of Misaki has been found.

On Oct 6, 2019, the large-scale search was suspended by Yamanashi Prefectural Police.

Anyone with any information about Misaki is asked to call police at 0554-22-0110.

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I really don't understand why people would talk trash to someone who's already grieve stricken from a missing family member. If you can't help them then don't mess with them, have they no anything better to do?

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Total idiot. Glad the police got involved.

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So defamation of character is a criminal offence not civil in Japan? Interesting side light if true.

If he has proof of a scam show it, otherwise best to keep silent.

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I just wish, with all my heart the family of 7-year-old Misaki Ogura could find closure.

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@englisc aspyrgend

defamation of character is a criminal offence not civil in Japan?

Libel has always been a crime that could cause jail time in most parts of the world. Typically, most law makers don't take it to that extent unless some form of harm towards life has been made. However, it is possible to have the law apply jail time to a libel case.

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This is a tragedy and the mom doesn't need garbage like this. The child is still missing to date with no clues any closer than before. Someone may know something but too afraid to come forward in my opinion.

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Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

This man only questioned the validity of the crowd-funding effort. It is a very legitimate issue to raise as people around the world have misused and abused the crowd-funding system.

In the incident from August, I agree with the police arresting that man because he made a direct physical threat to the mother. That is directly threatening the life of another person and deserves to be prosecuted.

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I would check him, he is probably the kidnapper. If he silence the mom and she goes away then the case gets forgotten.

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Libel is not a criminal offence so why did the police arrest this man? If the woman feels aggrieved by the statement made by the man, she can file a civil suit against him The police doesn't come in. This man has not committed a crime.

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I would check him, he is probably the kidnapper.

Probably? Really?

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Some people shouldn't be allowed to access the web...

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According to this website, defamation of character is a criminal offence (Article 230-1 of the Criminal Code):


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The girl is such an angel. What on earth happened?

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