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Iwate man arrested for stalking voice actress Haruna Ikezawa

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A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged in July under anti-stalking laws and for libel, after allegedly writing messages of harassment on voice actress Haruna Ikezawa’s website and sending emails from his cell phone, it was learned Tuesday.

Jun Sasaki, an unemployed resident of Morioka City, was arrested on July 10 for posting defamatory messages on Ikezawa’s website in February this year and for sending 16 emails from his cell phone from February to April. One message asked her to take the bullet train by herself up to Morioka, and another asked her to understand that his heart was breaking. He was charged on July 30.

Haruna Ikezawa, 33, is most famous for her voice work in “Keroro Gunso” (“Sergeant Frog”) – an animation series featuring a platoon of two-foot-tall frog-like invaders who try to conquer Earth. Sergeant Keroro is the leader of the platoon, but finds himself at the mercy of a family of three after he is captured while trying to hide in their home, and is forced to do meaningless chores and errands.

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One message asked her to take the bullet train by herself up to Morioka

Just like saying to someone that you don't like, "Why don't you go away and shoot yourself " and the next thing you know you get arrested.

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Sigh...people need to learn that no means no. While I'm happy the police actually paid attention in this actress's case, I'm a little sad that other women (non famous) don't get the same serious attention paid to their complaints of stalking. Stalking (by men and women) is a serious problem here in Japan and will continue to be as long as the police don't take proper action in cases involving normal men and women.

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morioka is a very nice place to visit. i'm sure that's all he was trying to convey

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There's something strange about stalking a voice actress. It reminds me of the old Steven Wright joke about using a silencer when shooting a mime.

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i heard his mother even offered to pick her up from the station. talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth

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Good job by the police. One stalker less.

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Why dont the cops ever arrest the boyfriends or ex-boyfriends who stalk or assault their partners? Like in many previous cases on JT. Like the guys who dont understand the word "over" or "no" and continue to harass. You know, the cases in which the cops say we cant press charges and then the girl ends up dead. Then again shes a celebrity. Any wonder this guy got nailed. Strange!

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How did he get her e-mail address? Was it posted on her site? People should have a clue. If you open up a message board, you got to moderate it. Not go to the polce and tell them the dude sent you 16 messages. Weird

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Sergeant Frog is a pretty rubbish anime. Weirdo.

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She is not etraordinary attractive. I wonder what happens in the head of the stalker to continue to stalk an ordinary woman for a long time...does he see a model instead of an ordinary woman? These people need psychiatric help/

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Ikezawa must have some pretty good connections to get an arrest for next to nothing.

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Glad to see a stalker taken out of commission. Best thing that could have happened for all concerned.

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?? This country's laws are all upside down. A guy sends 2 e-mails per week for 2 months with the worst thing he said being that his heart was broken and they bang him up and charge him with libel (?) Meanwhile girls are being murdered by ex-boyfriends despite reporting actual bodily harm to the cops and nothing gets done about it ! How messed up is that ? So if I send an e-mail to a girl and ask her if she wants to visit me in Tokyo then I can get banged-up and charged with libel ? If I tell a girl that she broke my heart then does that make me a stalker ?

Something smells of PR arrest/ cover-up after the recent stalking deaths messed up by the cops. They're just pretending to do something after all the cock-ups and this [unemployed] guy has been paid off.

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I agree with what other commenters have said: good on the Jcops for getting a stalker out of commission, but bad on Jcops for only taking action when the person being stalked was a celebrity. How many women have been assaulted or killed in recent months by ex-boyfriends or boyfriend-wannabes, despite the victims' complaints to local authorities? It's a despicable double standard. I'm glad that Ikezawa-san didn't have to suffer any bodily harm before action was taken, but I want to know what makes this man's actions somehow more criminally viable than a man who kidnapped his former girlfriend once, then wasn't detained and ended up kidnapping her again and killing her mother. Or the loon who killed the girl from the ear-cleaning salon, as well as her grandmother; the guy who actively stalked her in person, not just over email, to the point that the young woman had to have male co-workers accompany her home on several occasions. How is this blatantly provocative and dangerous behavior NOT worthy of an arrest warrant, but a bunch of stalkery emails and message board posts are? Is it just because they're in writing and therefore traceable? What wasn't arrest-worthy about the kidnapper? Something is clearly wrong with the anti-stalking laws in Japan. It's well past time they get fixed.

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i heard his mother even offered to pick her up from the station.

it would also explain why the guy is such a loser.

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The incident and charge are a little strange and unusual. It may help if Jun Sasaki stops watching a TV. More to life than this. Read a plenty of books. Even if Jun is lucky enough to be Haruna's boyfriend or husband, he will get tired of her and start looking for another woman. It happens to so many other men. Jun should know better. All of our lives are being dragged by our sexual greeds and selfishness. Even a married famous couple can get tired of each other, as time passes. Then a divorce starts and a search for a new person begins. It goes on.

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The reason they arrested him was because she's 27 years old. When she turns 30, she'll be an Oba-san and start stalking him.

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