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Child welfare worker fined for indecent behavior with junior high school girl

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The Yokohama Public Prosecutor’s Office has fined a 23-year-old child welfare worker for indecent behavior with a 14-year-old junior high school student temporarily placed in the center’s custody.

Kaito Yagishita, a child welfare worker employed at the Chuo Child Consultation Center in Minami Ward, was fined 500,000 yen on Tuesday for violating Kanagawa Prefecture’s Ordinance of Juvenile Protection, Sankei Shimbun reported.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Yagishita engaged in sexual acts with the girl at a hotel in Yokohama on April 15. He was arrested on May 26 and admitted that he was fully aware the teen was underage.

The two became acquaintances while the girl was in temporary custody at the welfare center and messaged each other on a social networking site afterwards.

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18 ( +24 / -6 )

Fined?!

18 ( +21 / -3 )

I really hope that in addition to being fined, he was fired, banned from ever working with kids again, and is going to face serious jail time. For goodness sake, Japan, why do you continuously let such heinous crimes off with such light reprimands? A 500,000 yen fine? That's not nearly enough to cover all the therapy the kid is going to need to get through this.

18 ( +22 / -4 )

The two became acquaintances while the girl was in temporary custody at the welfare center and messaged each other on a social networking site afterwards.

‘That is text book grooming, a sexual predator who’s sole motivation for getting the job is to get close to already vulnerable children for his own ends. And a fine? You are joking, you must be joking please what?, who the hell runs child welfare? What is their motivation?

14 ( +18 / -4 )

In japan, where you can pay 500000 yen to be able to violate a 14 year old girl. Lovely

15 ( +21 / -6 )

Believe me, if it was my 14 year old daughter, justice would be swift and permanent. I'll leave the "permanent" part up to everyone's imagination.

S

-3 ( +12 / -15 )

Is time for Japan to raise the age of consent from 13 to say 16? Would doing that make it more clear that 14 year old girls are off limits? Some cities have different rules even as high as 18 but the "default" age is still quite low. This case is of course far worse because she was in his care and was vulnerable. Surely he got more than just a fine?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

I searched for more about this and it turns out that his coworker was also arrested http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14358607

9 ( +10 / -1 )

So, essentially, government supported, high-class prostitution?

-1 ( +5 / -6 )

Yes I looked up a more informative article about this and it does appear there is a ring of Pedofiles operating within the child welfare services department. A investigation might be warranted, ha that’s going to happen.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

What did she expect in the hotel room? Board games? Not very bright.

-23 ( +5 / -28 )

@Darius

What did she expect in the hotel room? Board games? Not very bright.

You cannot be serious.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

So he was saved by the age of consent law that is 13 nationally, but it is sometimes different depending on the local government.

I am assuming that the dysfunctional family didn't really make a fuss, so he was not severely punished.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Same old inequality.

If a 14 year old boy got off with a 23 year old women, 99% of men would be thinking 'you lucky boy'... No charges against the woman I suspect too.

-7 ( +8 / -15 )

was fined 500,000 yen ...........

......... engaged in sexual acts with the girl at a hotel i.....................and admitted that he was fully aware the teen was underage.

Fined?! 500 000Yen fine? That is an april fools! That's equivalent to about one or two salaries, give or take.

I am sure we will hear sooner or later that it was not her first time, that she was dressed in a certain way and deserves that, etc.

He should be fired, then fined and maybe seek help. At least he'll be placed on the sexual offender list... oh wait! We still don't have one.

Age of consent my bass! You can make an 7 year old consent to anything and it does not make it legal

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

I am sure we will hear sooner or later that it was not her first time, that she was dressed in a certain way and deserves that, etc.

She was clearly consenting to this.

We all know how some teenage girls do this for money so they can buy designer shoes and bags. Nothing new.

-10 ( +10 / -20 )

Sounds consensual.

but why do love hotels allow children to enter with men, and why are 14 year old girls having sex? Too early. 16 maybe, but 14?

-14 ( +5 / -19 )

@Goodlucktoyou, I don't think you were ever a 14 year old girl.

It's simple for adults to say "oh, too soon for sex", tell me what your response was when you were told that yourself as a hormone crazed teenager?

2 ( +10 / -8 )

> Same old inequality.

If a 14 year old boy got off with a 23 year old women, 99% of men would be thinking 'you lucky boy'... No charges against the woman I suspect too.

I understand your line of reasoning, but would like to hear more. Do you think that 14 year old boys and girls are the same mentally and emotionally?

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

I knew plenty of girls 14 who got their trip with 18 year old boy driving.

None ever said they were violated and it is called nature.

If consensual, I cannot see where the blame is.

I have two daughters.

Clearly in France we are in another world for respect to romance, if it was romance.

If she is now 15 and she keeps loving him, can you say he is just a rapist. Will you keep locked in her room for years your daughters ?

One needs to teach your kids and that goes through by experience and confidence sometimes.

In the meantime, there are rapes of women of all ages which are not legally well judged with the perprator to walk free.

It has to be a case by case judgment and the article does not make me think the guy is a preyer at all. I may be wrong but is so easy to criticize based on age. Mental state capacity does not depend on age only.

-6 ( +9 / -15 )

Fined for having sex with a junior high school child? Sickening. This pedophile should be in prison for a long, long time - and the other inmates should be made well aware of his crimes.

3 ( +9 / -6 )

Is this not statutory rape? The guy only got fined meaning he keeps his job and goes on to do it again! This place can be mind boggling at times.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Come on now, Japan! This sicko sexually abused a 14 year old and he KNEW she was 14yo and he just got "fined"? Way to enable and encourage these sick, disgusting child predators, Japan! Why doesn't Japan have an offenders list?

Where I'm from, he'd be deep in jail. And if you're cool with the arresting cops, they'd even let you have a private "talk" with the sicko before they "accidentally fall down some stairs"!

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Foxes guarding the henhouse. Same everywhere.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

This is just gross. This pervert used his position to engage in sexual acts with a minor. A fine just doesn't seem enough.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

This is sexual abuse of a child. If you think that the child is to blame here, there is something very very wrong with you.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

In Japan, the age of consent is 13. Local prefecture statutes in most areas of the country raise the effective age to 16-18.

Germany the age is 14.

France the age is 15.

UK the age is 16.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

In Japan, the age of consent is 13. Local prefecture statutes in most areas of the country raise the effective age to 16-18.

Yes but you forget that in this case the child was under state protection and the creep one of those supposed to be protecting her.

In any other civilised country the legal concent age would not apply because of this fact.

He would have been arrested charged with multiple counts.

Consent is not an option when the person holds power over the other either by force or circumstances.

14 ( +15 / -1 )

I don't condone what happened. The girl wasn't in care at the time of the sexual encounter.

From the post

"The two became acquaintances while the girl was in temporary custody at the welfare center and messaged each other on a social networking site afterwards."

-3 ( +6 / -9 )

From my understanding, once these kids are taken they are locked up they have no rights and neither do the parents. There is zero contact, no lawyers and if the children have a second nationality you can request the Embassy to go in to interview the child but not alone.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What we have here is a classic case of "Grooming".

This is what sexual offenders especially child molesters do.

They "groom" the children often those they have some form of power or influence over often trying to make it seem consensual.

It is for this reason most civilised countries have laws protecting children from this practice.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

I am not defending anything. Just reading from the short post with limited facts.

With permission from the parents the girl could marry in two years.

-1 ( +6 / -7 )

Japan has been under pressure for years to raise the age of consent, which is 3rd lowest in the world:

https://historyofyesterday.com/why-is-the-age-of-consent-in-japan-only-13-year-old-e4363d0ea679

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Germany the age is 14.

France the age is 15.

UK the age is 16.

Yes and in all these places it is illegal for social workers, teachers, doctors, etc.. to engage in any romantic or sexual relationship with juveniles under it formerly under their care.

In the UK not only is it illegal but clearly stated in the codes of ethics for UK social workers.

12 ( +12 / -0 )

500,000JPY fine and fired???

What about JAIL time?

why isn't he locked up?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Yes and in all these places it is illegal for social workers, teachers, doctors, etc.. to engage in any romantic or sexual relationship with juveniles under it formerly under their care.

Yes and quite so. Just like doctors are not supposed to have a relationship with their patients or lawyers with their clients. Does that apply in Japan?

In the UK not only is it illegal but clearly stated in the codes of ethics for UK social workers.

And in Japan?

I posted the ages of consent because in most countries they are very low.

UK Code of Ethics

https://www.basw.co.uk/about-basw/code-ethics

I couldn't find anything specific as you mentioned.

Child sexual abuse and sex trafficking are very serious problems that society does not always defeat.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

@Bungle

Seriously?

Ok now I am starting to understand why the mother of the little girl near my house told her what she did.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Child sexual abuse and sex trafficking are very serious problems that society does not always defeat.

Especially when we obviously have enough men here ready to accept or make some sort of strange reason that nothing is wrong with all of it.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

@Antiquesaving

: sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object specifically : a psychiatric disorder in which an adult has sexual fantasies about or engages in sexual acts with a prepubescent child

QED.

Note that my quibble is nomenclature; I am not endorsing sexual relations with minors beneath the age of consent. Certainly not by those who have been placed in a position of trust.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Why Is the Age of Consent in Japan Only 13-Year-Old?

https://historyofyesterday.com/why-is-the-age-of-consent-in-japan-only-13-year-old-e4363d0ea679

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I am not endorsing sexual relations with minors beneath the age of consent. 

Age of consent 13!!!!!!

A 14 year old and a fully grown man in his 20s!

10 year difference when one is 30 and the other 40 but 14 years old!

Very simple question if it was your 14 year old daughter, would you just go "oh well she of age consent"?

4 ( +7 / -3 )

I'm sure this guy is stoked only having to pay 5 grand to rape a junior high school student. What kind of a punishment is a fine in this situation.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Age of consent 13!!!!!!

Settle yourself. In practice it is eighteen, and any care worker / teacher / guardian engaging in sexual activity with a minor would be committing a crime.

The 13 rule exists so that 13 year olds having it off with other 13 year olds isn't punishable by law. And no, I would not appprove of that, either.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Matters are not always so black and white. A female child can marry at 16 but a male child must wait until 18 because the female is considered more mature.

A 14-year-old girl who is more mature for her age, like 16-17 years and a 23 old male who can be immature like 18-19 years. Biologically the age difference decreases.

Underage sex is illegal mostly to protect young people from adults.

Many underage children are sexually active. Two 15-year-olds for instance.

Sex education in schools is seriously lacking.

Why was the offender in this case only charged with indecent behaviour?

2 ( +6 / -4 )

The 13 rule exists so that 13 year olds having it off with other 13 year olds isn't punishable by law. And no, I would not appprove of that, either.

No that is not the reason.

Different countries different reasons but most centre around the same thing.

Menstruation, these laws were put in not for sex but ordinal for marriage and avoiding what was not uncommon to marry off a daughter far to young.

In fact when an attempted was made in Canada to change the laws to include an acceptable age difference ( meaning 14 with 16 acceptable, 14 and 17 or 18 not) for some strange reason this was defeated the same happened in Europe.

So if it was really just so 2 juveniles could go at it then the 2 years apart compromise would have been logical.

Let's be honest, it is so a bunch deity old men can legally get what they want.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

You posted 9 comments without any recommendations on how to understand and how to change the underage sex problem

Actually I did:

acceptable age difference ( meaning 14 with 16 acceptable, 14 and 17 or 18 not) 

I pointed out this as it has been often proposed but as far as I know never enacted in to law.

So your example.

what happens when a male of 18 years marries a female of 16 years. Will they be guilty of underage sex?

Would be covered under such a rule but the above 23 year old and 14 would be a crime.

And if a 23 year old can't keep it in his pants until the child is old enough then he deserves what he gets, he is supposed to be an adult or are people now going to say sexual urges need to be meet or cannot be controlled?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Antiquesaving

the problems of underage sex and sex trafficking are greater than this single case. Like I said, in this case, the male broke the law and was punished but really we the readers of a very short post actually know very few details.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

> Today’s reminder for Japan’s *much-needed, public-accessible “*National Sex Offenders Database”. 

> 12( +17 / -5 )

It’s really disturbing that this post received any downvotes.

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Summary.

Age of consent needs to be clear.

Sex education taught in schools.

Sexual Offenders register.

Counselling and helplines for those young people who are sexually abused.

Therapy for offenders.

HIV/STD tests are made available.

Help when young girls get pregnant instead of some of the horror stories we too often read here.

Access to contraceptives.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

At the risk of repeating myself, and also getting some more negative cookie points from this honourable audience:

Castrate him!

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

A fine...............yeah, that'll teach him to never ever ever ever ever, do it again.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Jesus wept!

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Child welfare worker fined for indecent behavior with junior high school girl

So

the penalty for

having sex with a minor is fine

?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The Yokohama Public Prosecutor’s Office has fined a 23-year-old child welfare worker for indecent behavior with a 14-year-old junior high school student temporarily placed in the center’s custody.

There are no excuses here,

The 23 year old worker must be named and shamed, a duty of care is paramount.

There is a professional responsibility to the high school student.

All must reflect the behaviour of welfare officers responsibility to act accordingly.

Come on think about this.

He shares a cell with Chopper Harris, let see how he feels being his girlfriend

2 ( +2 / -0 )

pfffft. noboby wonders how it came to light? nobody thinks a girl in this situation might set up a guy and then report? morons, the lot of you. welcome to the real japan.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

nobody thinks a girl in this situation might set up a guy and then report?

How could she? Fourteen year olds can't legally consent. You're saying she set herself up to be statutorily raped? That's just stupid.

We as a society have decided that kids this young don't have the mental capacity nor worldliness to understand the effects their actions may have. As such. we place the onus on the adult, and make it very clear that adults aren't allowed to rape these kids who cannot consent.

Your entire premise is entirely ridiculous.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

zichiJune 17  03:46 pm JST

Why Is the Age of Consent in Japan Only 13-Year-Old?

That's absolutely insane. Nobody at that age is ready for sex or the possible consequences. Nobody.

Help when young girls get pregnant instead of some of the horror stories we too often read here.

Access to contraceptives.

They often get looked down upon and rejected by a puritanical society.

And sex education in America is just dismal.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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