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Man arrested over sexual assault of woman in her apartment

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 56-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in her 20s in her apartment last month.

Police said Bunichi Hirano, who works for Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp, has admitted to the charge and said he targeted the woman in advance, Sankei Shimbun reported.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on April 24 in the woman’s apartment in Shinagawa Ward. The woman told police she had just entered her apartment when a man, wearing a mask and cap, forced his way in right behind her, bound her hands with tape and sexually assaulted her. He then took her smartphone and left.

The woman freed her hands and ran outside where she sought help from a passerby.

Police said Hirano was able to gain access to the building through a stairwell where he waited until the woman was unlocking the door to her apartment.

Police said Hirano was identified after an analysis of surveillance camera footage outside the building.

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Reading the whole news, from storming the apartment, to tying up the victim, to sexually assaulting her makes me feel enraged, I'd love to have 5 minutes alone with him. Sexual violence disgusts me like no other crime. It's despicable and this "man" deserves severe punishment. These people have no recovery, no cure. He'll do it again if possible.

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I appreciate that JT sometimes uses the general term sexual assault to help save face for victims, instead of being more graphic

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This is horrible that something like this occurred. It is very unfortunate because most likely the woman was was not expecting anything like this because my understanding is that Japan is a safe country all the way from Wakkanai, Hokkaido to Naha, Okinawa. The woman was just minding her business and trying to live a life of tranquility. These critics better not blame the victims because the victim was just minding her own business and trying to live a life of tranquility. That parasite should be executed via hanging or firing squad and receive a caning prior to the execution. The world would be a better place if a parasite like that is executed as well as all those parasites who have mental issues. Those parasites should get a bare minimum of 50 years in prison (solitary confinement) and be forced to register on an international database or just be executed even for the first offense. Without these parasites in the world, we would be a step closer to achieving UNIVERSAL TRANQUILITY.

It is a shock that something like this could ever occur in Japan. My understanding is that Japan all the way from Wakkanai, Hokkaido to Naha, Okinawa like other East Asian Countries such as Taiwan and all of Mainland China are known for being safe where one can walk alone at night alone regardless of Gender, Size or any valuables that they are carrying. My understanding is that Japan does not have dangerous cities like certain areas in New York City, Camden, New Jersey, East Saint Louis, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan and other related areas. My understanding is that Japan, Taiwan and Mainland China are as safe as it gets and where it is unnecessary to carry self defense weapons like mace, pepper spray and/or a fire extinguisher. I guess to be safe every home and flat should be equipped with excessive mace, pepper spray and fire extinguishers.

Hopefully the victim will be able to make a successful recovery.

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Lock him up for life

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This is not a shock at all, in light of the thriving criminal syndicate which creates the conditions for this type of behavior through the water trade, adult paraphernalia shops and in particular pornography.

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Lock him up for life in a small cell sweetened with a psychotic cell mate.

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These kinds of B & E sexual assault are becoming quite common in Japan. It's a premeditated and planned assault that inflicts severe amounts of trauma on the victims. Hopefully, the prison terms these predators receive is befitting the crime - 10 years plus!

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These kinds of B & E sexual assault are becoming quite common in Japan.

No they're not.

Although I do understand that people let the media they read lead to emotional responses, rather than basing their responses on the actual degree of the problem at hand.

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The really sad thing is that many of these sexual attacks and assaults never make it into the media. It's probably just the tip of the iceberg.

I recall a young lady telling me about how her friend was assaulted on a quiet stretch of road and dragged into a nearby rice field. She was a fighter who kicked and screamed and was able to get away. What happened next shocked her ever more. She went to the nearest koban and reported the assault. The police officer listened to her story and then asked, "So you're OK, aren't you?" She told him that she just had some scratches but other than that there were no serious injuries. To which he said, "Then go home and forget about it."

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Predators abound. Even as a fairly large guy, I am always on guard when entering and leaving my home and when out and about but criminals seek even the smallest windows of opportunity and it's difficult to be alert at all times. Poor woman will be traumatized forever but at least they caught the guy. Hopefully, justice will be served and this predator will be off the streets for a good long while.

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@stormcrow, that is horrific and extremely unacceptable. Do you know if the koban officer was punished in any way? He should have been fired.

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@Mocheake

I'm not sure, but I don't think anything happened to him. The young lady couldn't believe his reaction but for the police officer it was no big deal. It was like standard operating procedure for such a case in which the victim was not actually raped or harmed, just badly frightened.

Just go home and forget about it.

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To which he said, "Then go home and forget about it."

How long ago was that? Because that's shocking even by the generally low standards of Japanese police.

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What does “blame it on the water trade” mean?

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These kinds of B & E sexual assault are becoming quite common in Japan.

StrangerlandT - No they're not.

Really? There has been at least one every week for the last month and several more over the past few months. How many do you consider to be common? To me, one is too many.

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I wonder what Okamura san and his supporters have to say about this horrendous incident!

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Disillusioned:

These kinds of B & E sexual assault are becoming quite common in Japan.

Says who? Have any evidence for that?

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Surgical castration.

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Stewart GaleToday  12:54 pm JST

What does “blame it on the water trade” mean?

"Water trade" is a euphemism for prostitution.

A lot of people blame the police...how are you going to hold the police accountable when the yakuza are so strongly aligned with politicians? -Do a little homework on Abe's grandfather etc.

Also very apparent that a lot of guys want to avert their eyes from the correlation between the sexual services industry, adult paraphernalia shops, hentai/simulated/real rape porn, and these type of crimes.

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What an IDIOT, he will loose his job, spend some time in jail, loose his girlfriend or wife if he has one, loose his kids if he has any, and end up on the streets over a the thrill of violence.

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Surgical castration.

I wouldn't go that far. Try talking to a therapist before you make any rash decisions.

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Also very apparent that a lot of guys want to avert their eyes from the correlation between the sexual services industry, adult paraphernalia shops, hentai/simulated/real rape porn, and these type of crimes.

Wouldn't legalized prostitution help prevent these type of crimes? You would think it would decrease the number of sexually frustrated men.

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I hope he gets a good long stint in the clink. I have my doubts, though.

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