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Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman on Nagoya street

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Police in Nagoya have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman as she walked home.

The incident occurred at around 11 p.m. on Friday, Tokai TV reported. Police allege that Hajime Akanuma, a junior high school teacher who lives in Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture, came up behind the woman as she walked along a sidewalk in Nagoya’s Midori Ward and grabbed her. The woman told police he lifted up her top and groped her breasts.

Akanuma then fled the scene in a car which was parked nearby. However, the woman used her smartphone to take a photo of the car’s license plate. She told police she did not know Akanuma.

Police said Akanuma has denied the charge.

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Terrible for this young woman that Golden Week may forever be remembered this way. Hopefully, there are counseling services available to her to move past it.

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If the incident happened as alleged, it’s good this teacher will be off the streets for a while since he’s “denied the charge.” Unfortunately, he may still be able to return to another teaching position in another location.

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Police allege that Hajime Akanuma, a junior high school teacher who lives in Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture, came up behind the woman as she walked along a sidewalk in Nagoya’s Midori Ward and grabbed her.

Another teacher committing sexual assault. I'd be terrified to be a parent in Japan knowing that I'm sending my kids to schools infested with sexual predators.

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Akanuma then fled the scene in a car which was parked nearby. However, the woman used her smartphone to take a photo of the car’s license plate. 

Genius. It’s like robbing a bank, living next door and running to your house when the cops arrive.

As usual, perv will get a slap on the wrist and be at work after golden week. The norm in Japan.

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Priorities, @purple_de_bacon. Seems Japan’s reluctantly or hesitantly slow to provide a 24-hour, public accessible National Registry of Convicted Sex Offenders. It would greatly aid individual citizen’s, businesses, schools, education & sports facilities and public welfare agencies in screening applicants and care providers.

Feb.21, 2022: https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/02/3eb2ab3870f4-japan-aims-to-block-sex-offenders-from-jobs-in-schools-child-care.html
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Priorities, … and continued slipshod screenings and investigations.

Apr. 11, 2022: https://japantoday.com/category/quote-of-the-day/the-method-of-investigating-teachers-who-commit-sexual-assault-is-slipshod-and-does-not-always-result-in-disciplinary-firings.-i-hope-boards-of-education-will-genuinely-address-these-cases.

Up to now, teachers who were fired and had their licenses revoked due to sexual assault on students could reacquire them after three years.” -
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As usual, perv will get a slap on the wrist and be at work after golden week. The norm in Japan.

If he is convicted of the offence, which seems likely, I would very much doubt that. He will be dismissed.

TT

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If convicted, they should put a big notice outside his apartment announcing his conviction.

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As usual, perv will get a slap on the wrist and be at work after golden week. The norm in Japan

The norm is that he will be temporary dismissed, and then fired when convinced

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This guy got caught. Smart woman.

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nandakandamandaToday  10:47 am JST

This guy got caught. Smart woman.

"A" guy got caught. So far it seems that it is only her word against his in the absence, so far, of any witnesses, video or forensic evidence.

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The scary thing is that where there is one such assault reported there are 20 or more that weren't.

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…could you provide some numbers of how many similar cases happen each year and compare it to some other similar country.

Of course, googling’s convenient and easy enough.

Over 70% of dismissals of junior and high school teachers in Japan are sexual-misconduct related (over 200 teachers and sharply rising per annum since 2017-18).

In the U.K., roughly 30% of schoolteacher dismissals are sexual-misconduct-related (around 40 teachers and sharply rising per annum of late).

Depressing statistics indeed.

TT

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Harry_GattoToday  10:54 am JST

"A" guy got caught. So far it seems that it is only her word against his in the absence, so far, of any witnesses, video or forensic evidence.

Your comment functions under the assumption that the woman would have made this up. .....For what reason? How often do you think these sex offenders actually get any sort of punishment for their actions, even when women do report what happened? Do you think women enjoy the idea of possibly having to relive the trauma they went through by having to recount it to the police? What benefit could this woman possibly get from falsely reporting someone she doesn't know?

She got a shot of his license plate. I think it is far more likely that this man sexually assaulted a random young woman on the street (a story we have heard countless times before in this country, and sometimes more than once a day), rather than the woman somehow wanting to bring extra problems for herself (and, as you have nearly done in your comment, be accused of making it all up) with a false accusation.

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My comment points out that, according to this report, there is no evidence against the alleged perpetrator. It is possible that she is correct but it would not be the first time that a random accusation has been made against an innocent party.

I am not accusing anyone of anything but until some evidence is offered he should not be automatically judged guilty by anyone because there have been "countless" other similar offences.

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No hard evidence yet stated. Please refrain from judging so far. We are not the law.

Totally unethical to throw a name before being judged. Illegal in my country in fact.

If he's guilty, should be revoked from being a teacher forever of course and be listed in a national list of sex abusers. If not, he will have the perv sticker for no reason and his life is destroyed.

Having a photo taken of your car is not a proof of a crime so far and he has denied the charge.

What else can we say ?

My daughters have already lied to me about what they do. How to know for sure without proper investigation ? If done, what is the result and why not mentioned ?

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snowymountainhellMay 1  06:50 am JST

If the incident happened as alleged, it’s good this teacher will be off the streets for a while since he’s “denied the charge.” Unfortunately, he may still be able to return to another teaching position in another location.

Jerks like him should never be allowed to teach. He did this to a 20 y/o woman, how many teens has he done it to?

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The woman saw the man who attacked her. She took a picture of him. She reported it right away. The police arrested him.

That’s all the evidence necessary.

Anyone who says otherwise is putting forth a standard for evidence that’s so ridiculously unrealistic and unreasonable that the only explanation for the requirement for more evidence is misogyny.

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