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Civil servant spends 20 minute hitting on schoolgirl; gets arrested instead of a date

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

At 20 years old, Daigo Kobe is in the prime of his youth, and unsurprisingly he occasionally feels the intense desire for female companionship. So perhaps one could understand when Kobe, an employee at the ward office for Sagami City’s Minami Ward in Kanagawa Prefecture, become immediately intrigued by a young lady he happened to spot on the morning of March 12, and was smitten enough to try to strike up a conversation with her.

Less socially acceptable, though, is that the target of Kobe’s attempted pick-up was a 17 year-old second-year high school student who was on her way to class, ostensibly dressed in the uniform that her private school requires students to wear. Perhaps due to the age difference, Kobe’s overture was unsuccessful, and this is the point where a well-balanced individual would move on with his life and look for other romantic prospects, such as women who aren’t still legal minors.

However, on March 14, Kobe encountered the girl again, this time outside Yabe Station, in Sagamihara’s Chuo Ward. He decided to try his luck again, and launched into a 20-minute appeal that resulted in his eventual arrest. She called the police that same night, and they arrested Kobe on May 8.

According to the police, Kobe approached the girl at roughly 6:25 in the evening, telling her “I just can’t forget about you.” Following his declaration of 48-hour devotion, the police say he launched into a lengthy string of sexual proposals, including the straightforward “I want to work out my sexual desires.”

Kobe denies being so vulgar, claiming “I was trying to pick her up, and the only thing I said was ‘Let me hug you.’” Twenty minutes seems like a long time to continue repeating just that one sentence, though, which casts a shadow of doubt over his claims of innocence. The specific charge against Kobe is obscene conduct in violation of the Prefectural Anti-Nuisance Ordinance.

Source: Sankei News

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While I get the feeling that the author is embellishing the story here, sounds more like this guy was a stalker, and should be handled as such.

The specific charge against Kobe is obscene conduct in violation of the Prefectural Anti-Nuisance Ordinance.

If this law is actually on the books, I am disappointed it isn't used more often!

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*According to the police, Kobe approached the girl at roughly 6:25 in the evening, telling her “I just can’t forget about you.” Following his declaration of 48-hour devotion, the police say he launched into a lengthy string of sexual proposals, including the straightforward “I want to work out my sexual desires.”

Kobe denies being so vulgar, claiming “I was trying to pick her up, and the only thing I said was ‘Let me hug you.'*

I was ready to give the guy the benefit of the doubt, but no. LET ME HUG YOU.

No, stahp.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

This kind of behaviour gives men a bad name. If he can't tell from a young woman's words, reactions, and body language, that she is not interested and is only being civil because that's what they have been told to do (Don't be rude or hostile, just be polite and say No thank you), and continues to persist without thought or consideration, he deserves to be arrested.

5 ( +13 / -8 )

Do laws in Japan not have a "close in age" component? Would he have been charged if she was a 19 yr old minor too?

Propositioning someone near your own age is illegal?

He's doing better than some of the other stories here - he didn't grope her or force a kiss on her.

6 ( +11 / -5 )

He probably said だきたい (dakitai), which means a bit more than the innocent-sounding "I wanna hug you."

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Years ago, I was working at a university in Tokyo. There were two ways to the station, one, well lit but longer and the other dark, narrow and much shorter. Most of us took the short cut. One of the teachers, a short, black girl was walking home one night. She was from New York. A guy walked up behind her. He propositioned her. She walked faster. He walked faster, giving her a string of what he'd like to do with and to her. Then he made his big mistake. He put his hand on her shoulder. So she turned round and gave him a powerful upper cut to the jaw. She bent down, made sure he was OK and carried on walking.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Tip of the iceberg, but good for her calling the boys in blue. Lets hope that the younger generations are better at calling out pervs, this way they may learn.... they are in the wrong.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Sounds like a stalker to me. He seems to be trying to justify his desperate doggedness.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Years ago, I was working at a university in Tokyo. There were two ways to the station, one, well lit but longer and the other dark, narrow and much shorter. Most of us took the short cut. One of the teachers, a short, black girl was walking home one night. She was from New York. A guy walked up behind her. He propositioned her. She walked faster. He walked faster, giving her a string of what he'd like to do with and to her. Then he made his big mistake. He put his hand on her shoulder. So she turned round and gave him a powerful upper cut to the jaw. She bent down, made sure he was OK and carried on walking.

Yeah, and she is lucky he didn't press charges for assault, and get her butt deported, or worse. Never a smart idea to use violence,

Pray tell if you are such the man then why didn't you intervene, or even "walk" faster to assist her?

Men who stand by and do nothing are almost as guilty as the one's who are doing the stalking. From this story here, you sound like you were close enough to hear the conversation and witnessed the incident. (Probably going to respond that you "heard" the story from her another day...)

Guys that let crap like this happen are a problem too! But just like the Japanese men, they don't stand up and they let women get molested or worse!

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Although the difference between 17 and 20 is not so bad, but illegal, in my experience you date someone for six months or so before doing sexual things, with consent. The guy is a sexual predator and needs to be stopped before he does something even worse.

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Yeah, and she is lucky he didn't press charges for assault, and get her butt deported, or worse. Never a smart idea to use violence,

Except that she was fully within her rights to protect herself. He put his hand on her shoulder, that's considered assault. As for the rest of your comment, it seems like you didn't even bother to read the story properly.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

Its not illegal for a 17year old and 20 year old to have a relationship like girlfriend boyfriend. Its only illegal if sex is involved but

Any kind of sexual activity outside marriage is illegal but not if married

"Article 731 to 737 of the Japanese Civil Code stipulates the following requirements: The male partner must be 18 years of age or older and the female partner must be 16 years of age or older. A person who is under 20 years of age cannot get married in Japan without a parent's approval."

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Except that she was fully within her rights to protect herself. He put his hand on her shoulder, that's considered assault.

You don't know the laws of Japan. In the case given here, and yeah I certainly read it, she could have easily been arrested for assault.

Folks really need to understand how the laws HERE work. "Putting his hand" on her shoulder does not justify the response and is NOT assault, nor considered such here either!

Like it or not, SHE assaulted him, and her bending down to "check" on him does not justify nor excuse the act either.

Before coming back and saying something like "well it should be" find out about what is reality HERE first! Then you can "properly" comment!

BTW putting your hand on someone's shoulder is the level of harassment here, while the consequences can be embarrassing they are not at the level of assault. and using violence to attack someone turns the victim into a perp!

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Pray tell if you are such the man then why didn't you intervene, or even "walk" faster to assist her? 

I cannot understand why you have to be so insulting and suspicious. The person concerned told us about it in the staff room the next day.

You can ask, you know. It is more polite and much less annoying.

From this story here, you sound like you were close enough to hear the conversation and witnessed the incident.

Or that I heard about it from the person in question the next day. (See above)

I posted this story because it's relevant to the topic and with the hope of encouraging Japanese victims to fight back - though not necessarily physically.

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theFuToday  07:37 am JST

Do laws in Japan not have a "close in age" component? Would he have been charged if she was a 19 yr old minor too?

Propositioning someone near your own age is illegal?

No, according to this story, sexually harassing someone for 20 minutes is illegal in Kanagawa under the Prefectural Anti-Nuisance Ordinance.

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“unsurprisingly he occasionally feels the intense desire for female companionship.”

Gee, how does the author know so much about this guy? Or does he really know? It could be the guy feels that desire once a year, or every day.

Bertie, “One of the teachers, a short, black girl was walking home one night.”

You worked at a university that hired girls as teachers!?! Are we supposed to assume some stereotypical things from the fact the “girl” was black and from New York?

Also, as Yubaru points out, everybody should know that in Japan you can indeed end up in jail for 過剰防衛 Kajii our I, excessive or unjustifiable self-defense.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Yikes, darn autocorrect. Should be:

過剰防衛 Kajoubouei

2 ( +2 / -0 )

In Japan, a guy gets arrested for asking for hug

He's been arrested for what amounts to stalking and harassment. And rightly so.

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Kobe denies being so vulgar, claiming “I was trying to pick her up, and the only thing I said was ‘Let me hug you.’”

Let me hug you" .....guess he has been watching the news about a certain ex Finance Ministry bureucrat of late.

@ Bertie ....i for one like your story about the NY girl. Not sure why other posters are giving you a hard time about it. Power to her and I bet that creep never bothered her again, ...screw political correctness , when a douche approached her in a dark street with crude talk and put his hand on her , she gave him what he deserved.

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You don't know the laws of Japan. In the case given here, and yeah I certainly read it, she could have easily been arrested for assault.

Wrong. I've been here 20 years and touching someone uninvited, IS considered an assault. Stop trying to protect the perp with your obvious delusion.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Bertie, thanks for sharing the story. The negative reaction it prompted from some here is puzzling!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Also, as Yubaru points out, everybody should know that in Japan you can indeed end up in jail for 過剰防衛 Kajii our I, excessive or unjustifiable self-defense.

In this case the response was entirely justified. A woman on her own is pestered by a man who then goes to grab her and she strikes out in self-defence.

She took action that prevented further assault without being disproportionate and causing permanent injury.

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Before coming back and saying something like "well it should be" find out about what is reality HERE first! Then you can "properly" comment!

Good advice, Yubaru-san.

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.screw political correctness , 

Assault is not political correctness. Far too many people who post here are more focused on the "stories" than reality!

You hit someone, whether they "touched your shoulder" or not, you are guilty of assault. No questions asked.

Dont like it! Dont come here!

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Personally, I don't see anything wrong with a 20 year old dating a 17 year old. However, things are quite different in Japan and dating senior high school students is a taboo. This is mainly because high school students, especially private high school students, are forbidden to date. However, this guy seems like a bit of a creepy lurker and he should have just taken the hint in the first place.

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Wow--publicly shaming a 20 year old for hitting on a 17 year old. Jeeze--going to jail for saying "I want to have sex with you." Especially in a country with lowest birth rate, where over have the population have squeaks and aches in their limbs and joints, and where the men are typically pathologically shy to talk to girls to begin with. Great job at vilifying a man for being a man. Well played. 

It's funny the article said most blokes would just move on with their lives after hearing no--which is why most blokes have an intimate relationship with their hands. We wouldn't need nanpa jukus if most guys would realize that persistence kills resistance. I've never got one girlfriend with the first shot. I'm not that smooth or good looking; I've always had to try several times. But I've had some amazing women in my life because I didn't give up. Now, thanks to this public ridicule, this guy will most likely give up permanently along with other guys hearing about the story.

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“I want to work out my sexual desires.”

So he just wanted to molest or rape her, no? If he 'wanted' to work out his sexual desires so bad I'm sure he could find somebody - at least a hooker, who would say 'yes'. This guy is a stalker and he should've been arrested for that.

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Mr Noidall. So true.

And if she was annoyed, doesn't she have a single acquaintance to clear things out or ask dad to come and dem1nd explanations ?

What do parents do in Japan is useless to help children grow up.

20 year old men can get easily excited. That is life if you know life.

That guy embarassed her for sure and was silly enough perhaps to try again.

He did not touch her and no one to testify against him, not even other women in a train station ????

In the meantime, rape assault go unpunished or so little.

He got his name in the news for trying to flirt : try to assess the impact to other men on future fertility fate lol. Not helping.

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You hit someone, whether they "touched your shoulder" or not, you are guilty of assault. No questions asked.

Again, absolute rubbish! It's called self-defence and you're perfectly within your rights to use physical force to stop any unwanted physical attacks on your person. If the person you hit didn't touch you, then yes, that's an assault! I shudder to think that you would defend the perp against the victim!!

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Yubaru, totally understand your points and know the law is the law, however, there are times when the legal system will turn a blind eye to what we perceive as self-defense or even other situations. Example: I was hit by a truck on my motorcycle (quite some years ago). 100% his fault. I flew off my bike (bounced off his truck) and landed on the side walk head first. I got up punched in his truck twice, reached in the driver's side window and tried to pull him out through the window by the neck. (So the police said) I did sufferer a concussion and don't remember my actions. (Honestly) I wasn't charged for assault or anything else. As a matter of fact the driver paid for everything and personally delivered my bike to my house.

Perhaps more women should physically defend themselves. If these perverts see/hear that women are fighting back physically, maybe we will see less (hopefully none) sexual assault stories on JT.

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Nothing wrong with saying, "I wanna hug you"!

If you are a "creep", then it's better to let her know early on just what sort of person you truly are!

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

She didn't just walk off then? Or was he following her too?

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since1981,

Perhaps more women should physically defend themselves

You make a good point.

Here's another story:

Years ago, in Tokyo, I was on a semi-crowded train. All the seats were occupied and there was a row of people standing, most of them reading books or magazines. There was a guy standing right behind a girl. It caught my eye as there was space behind him and he didn't need to be standing so close.

Then I caught sight of his hips, gently moving back and forth.

I burst out laughing and said, in Japanese, "Idiot! Are you in heat or something?"

Many people joined the laughter. The guy looked sheepish and slunk off to the other end of the carriage and got off at the next stop.

Sometimes a little humour works too!

4 ( +6 / -2 )

High school girls flirt with me all the time on my way to and from work.

He must have been quite annoying for her to call the police.

As for Bertie's story of the NY girl, that guy could have filed assault charges against her and won. The court system would favor him in this case. As yabaru pointed out just touching her on the shoulder wouldn't be assault. But her response by hitting him would be.

Even if you don't like the way the law works doesn't mean anything as it's the law and it doesn't matter what your countries laws are. Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

When I first came to Japan I was on the Tube in Tokyo when I felt someone rubbing themselves up against my bum. I took a small step backwards on to his, (a basic knowledge of anatomy made it obvious it was a man touching me) foot and put all my weight on it. He soon found room to step away from me. I suppose, according to some apologists for harassment here, I should have been arrested for assault. Not him though. And what about the time I was waiting for my husband outside a bank on a busy street, when a man came up to me and grabbed my arm? I kicked him in the leg and he let go. Should have been arrested for that too, obviously, I'm sure he was just being friendly and I over reacted.

0 ( +7 / -7 )

Stalking is a serious crime and stressful and dangerous for the victims and the obsession of the stalker only grows in strength until some wrongful action leads to police intervention but even that does not always end it.

Like the revenge porn, the victims feel helpless in these situations, but the young girl made the correct decision to report him to the police after the second stalking attempt.

Like in other countries, stalking and revenge porn are on the increase with a record number of reported incidents in 2016. Some victims like Shiori Ino ended up murdered and the British woman, Lindsay Hawker at the hands of a Japanese man obsessed with Western women.

In 2017 the NPA reported there were 23,000 stalkings, an increase of 1.7% from the previous year.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Regardless of what you feel is right or wrong striking a person in Japan when you're a foreigner is a quick way to land yourself in trouble. I don't make the laws but I do know you would stand little chance in court. Your best bet is to run or shout for help, as the police tend to think of hitting someone should be a last resort if there is an opportunity to just run away.

That YouTube video is a very little use to most women as they would just watch it but not actually practice it and form the muscle memory to make any use of it. Most people with no experience will forget it right away and just act on the fight or flight.

Te best thing women can do is just avoid situations that put them at risk such as walking alone, walking down dark roads, ECT.

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It's come to the point where flirting with a woman can get you in trouble.

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Wow--publicly shaming a 20 year old for hitting on a 17 year old. Jeeze--going to jail for saying "I want to have sex with you."

He wasn't arrested for simply hitting on her. He was arrested because he refused to leave her alone and sexually harassed her. There's a big difference between those two things, but you're ignoring that.

Great job at vilifying a man for being a man. Well played. 

No. He's not being vilified. He's very rightfully been arrested for harassment/stalking.

It's terrifying when a man won't leave you alone when he's already been asked to twice.

It's even worse if the attention he's paying you is purely sexual, and he completely dismisses what you want and shows he has no respect for your freedom of autonomy - a huge red flag for a possible rapist.

It's funny the article said most blokes would just move on with their lives after hearing no--which is why most blokes have an intimate relationship with their hands. We wouldn't need nanpa jukus if most guys would realize that persistence kills resistance.

You are, in essence, defending a man who sexually harassed a 17 year old girl and are advocating for men to ignore a woman's "no" and persist.

Do you realize that you sound like a rapist? Men need to take "no" as the final answer. Women shouldn't have to be terrified into acquiescing or be forced into yelling or calling the police to get a man to leave her alone.

Women should be able to exist in public spaces without fear of harassment or bodily harm. Men who don't take "no" for an answer are showing themselves to be dangerous.

Remember what happened to Lindsey Hawker?

How can a woman tell the difference between a guy who just wants a date and a guy who wants to rape and murder you if their behavior is exactly the same?

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Why do people keep bringing up stalking?

He seen her twice. Most likely they cross paths on their daily commute. That is not stalking.

Also he wasn't charged with sexual harassment. He was charged with obscene conduct in violation of the Prefectural Anti-Nuisance Ordinance.

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Why do people keep bringing up stalking?

Because first time refused bit didn't take no for an answer second time the girl called the cops. Had she not then third time, fourth time..........

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It's come to the point where flirting with a woman can get you in trouble.

No. It's long past the point where men like this one should have learnt to leave girls and women alone in the street, and on her commute.

What on earth gives him the right to think any woman wants to be interrupted by some random bloke while she's going about her daily life?

Flirting is a two-way exchange. This was clearly not that. He ignored her lack of responsiveness. If he can't tell the difference between flirting, which is pleasant for both parties, and harassment, which is not, then he deserves to get into trouble.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

There's no clear line on this. It's impossible to say that the line is crossed at point X, or point Y. This same story could be written about a guy who didn't harass, as one who did. If this guy was hassling her for 20 minutes with sexual talk, then it sounds like harassment. If he chatted with her for 20 minutes that at the end said something that was creepy and turned her off, it wouldn't seem like harassment to me. It needs a trial to really determine which it is.

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Hitting on her twice does make it stalking. You can't assume he would ask her again and again. If he had a record of stalking maybe. It's probably just some young guy freash out of Uni seen a cute girl and tried to see if she was interested in him. I'm not saying his approach was spot on but he's far from stalking. I see the same people on my daily transit, even a group of high school girls who always say random obscene things in Japanese to each other about me. I wouldn't consider that stalking or harassment.

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Kobe's Mom: "You know what your problem is? You got no game!"

Kobe: "What you know about game? I got all the game!"

Kobe's Mom: "Now your father, he got game!"

Sorry Kobe, your new nickname now is Craig!

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

He flirts with a girl twice and people are calling him a stalker and saying he sexually harassed her. Seems to me some millennials are getting offended and jumping the gun on judgement.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

Seems to me some fragile egos are getting offended at being called out on their support of harassing behaviour, and are blaming the ones who are fed up of being harassed, ie the victims, instead of accepting that the behaviour they support is unacceptable.

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f this guy was hassling her for 20 minutes with sexual talk, then it sounds like harassment. If he chatted with her for 20 minutes that at the end said something that was creepy and turned her off, it wouldn't seem like harassment to me. It needs a trial to really determine which it is.

He wasn't charged with harassment he was charged with a selectively used prefectural law.

The specific charge against Kobe is obscene conduct in violation of the Prefectural Anti-Nuisance Ordinance.

There is a hell of a lot more to this story than the author who wrote it is sharing here.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

The girl called the police, told them what happened, and the police decided there's enough there for him to be arrested.

Let the police decide. At least there would be an official record that she called the police, even if the police decided there wasn't enough there to arrest someone.

Setting up a paper trail is better than no paper trail at all. Make the police make a decision if it warrants an arrest.

(Though it's strange it took the police from March 14, when she called, to decide to arrest him on May 8.)

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

(Though it's strange it took the police from March 14, when she called, to decide to arrest him on May 8.)

Detained but not yet charged, the article is passing along misinformation, police here will not "officially" arrest a suspect until the charges are official, and an arrest warrant is issued by the public prosecutors.

There is a hell of a lot of information MISSING from this article.

Articles like this, that pass along misinformation are a disservice to the readers, some who believe that what is posted here is 100% accurate, about Japan, when it most definitely is not!

5 ( +8 / -3 )

You find it is strange that he was arrested in May after the police were called in March, this is Japan and it's not a serious crime to talk to a woman twice. I'm sure they have more important issues to worry about. This article is just copy and pasted from another site that did the same thing.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Maybe they will get married later down the road and have a funny story to tell their kids. These articles paint a sad picture for Japanese men in the struggles of dating Japanese women.

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Wow. There are enough men here who defending this man that it scares me.

A grown man re-approached a teenage girl after she had already asked him to leave her alone.

That man man made explicit sexual remarks that frightened her enough that she felt she needed to involve the police.

Though he was told "no", the man kept up the sexual remarks for twenty minutes.

The police arrested him under a law that is used to arrest men for stalking and harassment. The police in Japan do not make arrests unless they are 100% certain to win - they always check with the office of the prosecutor to make sure the case will be a win.

It's quite clear that this is not the case of an innocent lovelorn boy who wanted to flirt. This is the case of a man who purposely and consciously stalked, sexually harassed, and terrified a teenage girl.

If Lindsey Hawker case has taught women anything, it's taught them that a man who is persistent is a danger.

Anyone defending this guy's actions is loudly declaring himself to be a danger as well.

Men can no longer pretend they don't understand social norms and use the "I was only flirting" excuse to stalk and harass women. #timesup #metoo

JT should take notice of these posts by these potentially dangerous men.

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The man didn't stalk the girl. He seen her twice. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. There's nothing wrong with flirting with a woman or a man. This case has nothing in common with the Lindsay Hawker case. Which is completely of topic. There isn't a single mention of her saying no to anything. One can add their own content to the story all they want in an attempt to make their points valid. Let's stick to what is in the article and not add in our own version.

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The law under which he was arrested is the law against public obscenity, which includes sexual harassment, molestation, flashing, and stalking. He deliberately went looking for her after she'd told him to leave her alone - that's stalking.

Flirting and sexual harassment are two very different things. It seems you don't know the difference, which should be a red flag to any woman you go near.

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Only two people (Kobe & the Girl) really know what he may have actually said, Now the question is who do you believe ??  regardless of the words that may have been shared between Kobe and the girl it seem he did not place his hands on her.. Words spoken you can soon forget - Unwanted physical contact you may never forget. Kobe you dummy you let this Fatal Attraction ruin you standing in society. Young Dumb and full of cum.

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No, Harryo, the question isn't "Who do you believe" because generally speaking, women don't lie about being sexually harassed. In addition, sexual harassment is a very common crime, pervasive in society, and almost the complete domain of males. There is no need for hyperskepticisim in this case since crimes of this type happen every single day.

I also would like, once again, to point out that the Japanese police do not make arrests unless they are 100% certain to get a conviction; the police are in constant contact with prosecutors and make arrests under their advisement. That's why Japan has such a high conviction rate. This is common knowledge.

This type of comment is typical of men who don't like that women are gaining some power and influence in society, and as a result feel their power to bully and harass women slipping away. I'm sorry if you feel a man being arrested for sexual harassment reflects badly on all men. If you want to solve that problem then maybe take some responsibility for the problem by supporting the women who are brave enough to come forward instead of calling them liars.

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I also would like, once again, to point out that the Japanese police do not make arrests unless they are 100% certain to get a conviction; the police are in constant contact with prosecutors and make arrests under their advisement.

This isn't entirely correct. The police will arrest someone without certainty of a conviction. Charges aren't pressed if there isn't a certainty of conviction. And it's the prosecutors that decide whether or not charges should be pressed, not the police.

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Yes, it is correct. The police won't make an arrest unless they are sure to get a conviction. Before arresting someone, the police consult with the prosecutors to ensure that once the arrest is made, charges will be filed, will stick, and lead to a conviction. Why do you think Japan has a 98% conviction rate, and such a low crime rate when it is clear that there are many more crimes happening than are actually reported in the news? It is because it is so extremely rare for someone to be arrested and then not have charges filed or be convicted. In fact, the police won't even make an official report unless they are very sure that the chance to arrest someone is good.

That is why the police routinely discourage women from making an official police report when they have been sexually harassed or molested. That kind of crime is very difficult to prosecute so they are extra cautious. I know this because it has happened to me several times and also to my friends, and the police told us exactly that. I have also been told that by crime reporters and lawyers with whom I have discussed this problem at length. Some examples:

My friend was threatened by a man with a knife in Kabukicho. She was chased but managed to get to the police box. The police came with her to look for the man, but they refused to interview the witnesses. Nothing came of it. She didn't have the energy to continue arguing with them, so report was made.

My friend and I were followed on the streets of Machida by a group of men. They were sexually harassing us and we were afraid to go home since we would be followed. We went to the police box near the station, but even though the group of men were standing across the street watching and laughing, the police refused to confront them. They asked us why we were out so late (it was 11pm, and we were in our 30's) and told us to go home. I asked to make a report and they simply refused.

I have more stories along those lines if you want to hear them. The point being, this man was arrested and charged; that means he did what the woman said he did, and there is no need for the kind of exaggerated faux concern and hyperskepticisim that I see coming from the men on this site.

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