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Accused train groper claims he has been arrested on trumped-up charge

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A 38-year-old unemployed man who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of groping a woman on a train in April has denied the allegation, saying he has been arrested on a trumped up charge.

The alleged incident occurred on a packed train on the JR Saikyo Line between Shinjuku and Ikebukuro stations at around 6:40 a.m. on April 4, Kyodo News reported.

Police said Toshiake Haga is accused of putting his hand up the skirt of a woman in her 20s and pulling her underwear down a little bit. Another male passenger heard the woman react and grabbed Haga who was handed over to a station employee at Ikebukuro Station.

While police were being called, Haga broke free, jumped onto the tracks and ran several hundred meters before hopping over a fence.

Train services on three lines were delayed for about 20 minutes.

Haga, who has also been charged with forcible disruption of business, has denied the groping charge. He was quoted as saying he ran because he felt he had been wrongfully detained.

Police said Haga was arrested after an analysis of surveillance camera footage taken at the station and on a nearby street.

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Get a life.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Not the sharpest tool in the monooki.

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-7 ( +4 / -11 )

If you’ve been on a pack peak hour train in Tokyo you’d know it is impossible to avoid some contact with women that may be misconstrued as inappropriate. However, putting your hand up a girl’s skirt goes far beyond an awkward passing moment. If he sticks to his story it is only his word against hers and is unlikely to be charged without a credible witness or a forced confession.

6 ( +10 / -4 )

The whole crushing commute style is uncivilized and fosters antisocial activities. I am now on a green car with my own seat across Tokyo and it reaches a modicum of civility. If you have the means take the green cars and avoid the daily train freakshow.

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

If you’ve been on a pack peak hour train in Tokyo you’d know it is impossible to avoid some contact with women that may be misconstrued as inappropriate.

It is very possible. I ride the Tokyo rush Monday to Friday. On a packed train, I wear my backpack on my front (as JR's request) and keep my hands at eye-level or above.

The backpack creates a boundary and my hands are easily accountable for. It's the gentleman's code of honour.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

I believe he is innocent.

-1 ( +7 / -8 )

No way. The details are too detaily.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Can't say for sure about this because there were no real witnesses. Many will say the woman would know but due to angles and contact, there's no saying for sure if it's the right guy, er...person. If at all possible, I avoid being near Japanese women because they are already paranoid just with you being around them. I also put my hands up high. or hold my phone, etc if a hand that is not clearly visible because them being paranoid makes me paranoid too.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Tough nut to crack this one. Give him another few weeks in the slammer. Maybe he will be able to recall his actions.

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Just waiting for the crowd of folks here who will tar and feather this guy purely based upon the female who make the accusation.

Give him his day in court!

6 ( +10 / -4 )

There are a lot of gropers here in Japan, there is zero doubt about it, and most of them are very sneaky and never get caught.

However there are a lot of false accusations from women also, and that's a fact too. You know, a man here can lose his job, status, etc if he is condemned because of this.

So it's always better to have clear evidence before condemning on or the other.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

The possibility does exist that the sexual assault occurred but this guy wasn’t the perpetrator. I sometimes commute on insanely crowded trains where I have 6 or 7 people jammed up next to me and if one of them ever grabbed my rear end from behind (or something similar) I could see myself having a lot of difficulty telling who did it.

Not sure if that was the case here, its equally possible that he just plain did it.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Not sure if that was the case here, its equally possible that he just plain did it.

And just as equally possible he didn't.

But it's rather clear, to me, whether or not you think he is guilty.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

"Toshiake Haga is accused of putting his hand up the skirt of a woman in her 20s and pulling her underwear down a little bit."

A little bit?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

And just as equally possible he didn't.

Er yes, that is the point I was making.

But it's rather clear, to me, whether or not you think he is guilty.

How can it possibly be clear to you? There aren’t enough facts in the article to draw a conclusion about what actually happened.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

They have a 99% conviction rate for gropers. This is guilty before proven innocent and isn't "justice".

2 ( +4 / -2 )

No way. The details are too detaily.

This article is more like CliffsNotes...skimmed. Details? These are paltry.

Yet the comment gets more upvotes than downvotes....and now you know why innocent people panic and run. Loads of us have been through this crap too many times with people. Most of you think you are Sherlock Holmes but most people, including police and judges, are as presumptive as Inspector Lestrade, basically the comic relief of the Sherlock Holmes stories.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

disgusting to give the name of the guy even if it not yet sure he did it (is it legal to do this in Japan?).Even if proven not guilty his life is finished. Reputation is everything in Japan.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

…saying he has been arrested on a trumped to charge.

The correct expression is “trumped up.”

Moderator: Thanks for spotting that. It has been corrected.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I remember the Spa article on Japan Today a few years back recommended to run because you have no chance.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

He's unemployed, so he's already guilty of failing the public harmony, and no one will believe him even if innocent.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I think I remember an incident about a man who was accused of this crime, on a bus, , stigmatized until he was actually found innocent. Even though initially found guilty, the bus video evidence, proved he didn't. Couldn't, have done it.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Ah, here we have a problem in typical News reporting / dis-information.

Imagine if the guy was 4ft and the girl 6ft, the train carriage sways and he reaches for the lower strap but his hand hits an embarrassing region of another passenger - he pulls away and snags their underwear... he's now under duress regardless how hard he apologizes....

Is that an implausible situation ?

I Predict, "Groping charges" are going to be on the rise in Japan since Women without employment, will see that as an easy way to get easy money from men.

Men should beware, and move away from Women in train carriages as this type of "groping charge" will be the new thing against them. Indeed if there's a Women only carriage, then men should stop Women from boarding the non-women carriage - in order to protect themselves.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

A rape can begin with a grob.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

How do they identify him just from a grainy photo of a random person???

0 ( +0 / -0 )

 If he sticks to his story it is only his word against hers and is unlikely to be charged without a credible witness or a forced confession.

maybe this works for Japanese but if you’re a foreigner and accuse of groping no matter what it’s game over. For a foreigner it’s best to haul ass if beings accused of something you did not do because the girl was miserable and pmsing at the same time wanted to inflict harm on anyone with false accusations. It’s possible.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The culprit could have been the other male passenger who grabbed him. A great way to escape an accusation the instant the victim discovers what's going on.

 camera footage taken at the station

This happened inside a packed train. So that footage would be presumably worthless on the main charge.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

So, just out of interest. I commented ‘get a life’ in reference to the groper, to which a load of people gave the thumbs down. Now. I really don’t care if people downvote or not, we live in a democracy and have free speech to some extent, but do those same people think that telling a man who sexually assaults an innocent women to get a life is somehow inappropriate? Are people more offended by a comment reprimanding a sexual predator than the sexual predator himself?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Saw a report on tv a few weeks back. Potential gropers are standing in line on the station platform behind the target women when entering a crowded train, making sure they are just behind the woman when going in. Then the civil police officers standing around where checking for any hand touching.

If police has a video of the guy behavior on the train station platform, it is a sign, but not sure the train cameras can exactly catch the act. Escaping from the scene does not go in favor of the man. If he was innocent, he would have stayed and defend himself

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I mean if he just would have taken the police write up he would have been fine looking at other stories like this sadly… but escaping police custody is probably not letting that happen now lol

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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