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Man arrested for allegedly having sex with minor at welfare facility where he works

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Ishikawa prefectural police have arrested a 41-year-old man on suspicion of having sex with a girl under the age of 16 at a welfare facility where he works.

Police said Hiroyuki Uemoto is accused of having non-consensual sex with the girl at the facility in Hakui City at around 11 p.m. on March 14, NHK reported. 

Police said Uemoto has admitted to the allegation and quoted him as saying he did it to satisfy his sexual desires.

After the incident, the girl contacted a relative who reported it to police.

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Sick!!

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Japan really needs a sex offenders’ register to stop the likes of this guy changing jobs and repeating the same behaviour.

It’s scandalous they don’t have such a thing here, especially since the sexual crime rate seems so high.

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The article should use the proper word in this matter which is rape.

Japan as a society should move forward and teach it’s men to respect women not just in words but in facts!

Rapists in this country do not get the harsh punishment that they deserve.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

Police said Hiroyuki Uemoto is accused of having non-consensual sex with the girl at the facility in Hakui City at around 11 p.m. on March 14, NHK reported. 

So...rape?

The phrasing used in the title made me assume that the minor had consented to the act (even if minors can't really give their consent), hence using the term "having sex". If the minor did not consent, which the article states, then the term you are looking for is "rape".

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Rape is a prominent theme in Japanese porn and implants within Japanese men the desire to do so should the opportunity arise.

As much as various posters want to deny this we'll simply continue to see the daily onslaught of rape, molestation etc.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Also, this is the second article in a day on here where the title includes the word "allegedly", despite the arrested perpetrator admitting that he committed the crime.

7 ( +12 / -5 )

“Also, this is the second article in a day on here where the title includes the word "allegedly", despite the arrested perpetrator admitting that he committed the crime.”

I don’t know where you’re from but in civilized countries, admission alone does not convict a person. You need proof of guilt to convict a man.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Why soften the language here

Under Japanese law as worded in the penal code, "forcible sexual intercourse" is rape, "non-consensual intercourse" is not. This has been news about a year ago: Japan decided to amend the penal code to clarify the illegality of non-consensual intercourse, but I believe that change is not in effect yet (the current penal code does not include amendments younger than 2020).

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/dev/randomToday  06:58 pm JST

Why soften the language here

Under Japanese law as worded in the penal code, "forcible sexual intercourse" is rape, "non-consensual intercourse" is not. This has been news about a year ago: Japan decided to amend the penal code to clarify the illegality of non-consensual intercourse, but I believe that change is not in effect yet (the current penal code does not include amendments younger than 2020).

Yes, the law changed a few years ago, so why hasn't the news media caught up yet?!

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Yes, SICK, no background check yet!?

Guaranteed he did it with other girls and may be !? before. This is NOT his first.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I'm sorry, I don't get it. What's the difference? "non-consensual sex" and "rape"?

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Meiyouwenti

Admission alone certainly is enough for a conviction in Japan.

It’s what the police here seem to rely on, more often than not.

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what's the difference? "non-consensual sex" and "rape"?

the welfare officer could claim that he didn't force her so it wasn't "rape" but the law states that the victim is a minor and not legally able to consent, thereby "non-consensual sex"

after the incident, the girl contacted a relative who reported it to police

well done to that girl!!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I remember, many years ago in Hiroshima. An American English teacher was detained for taking one of his 17 year old students out drinking and molested her. He paid the family “compensation money” and the case was dropped. What is the age of consent in Japan?

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My friend's child was taken to one of those facilities, and at the age of 10 was able to escape through a window at 4 am in the morning by just taking an elevator down to the first floor. Her child walked to the nearest train station and a man offered to take her child home on the back of his bike. At 530 am her child rang their doorbell, she was furious and finally the police contacted her at 8 am asking if she had seen her child. She had a video on her doorbell and showed the police her child ringing the doorbell.

The point of this story, Japan needs to find more foster homes and there needs to be more checks done in these homes and protection for these children.

My friend left Japan, her child is happy and doing way better.

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What is the age of consent in Japan?

Since last year: 16, upped from previously 13, with the option to revisit that number in 2028 to possibly up it again.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

In a just world, complete physical castration should be performed on this sexual predator to reduce his chances of re-offending. 30 years prison as well.

I hope the poor child can somehow mentally recover from this sexual assault one day.

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Since last year: 16, upped from previously 13, with the option to revisit that number in 2028 to possibly up it again.

The federal age is 16, but every prefecture is 18.

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BertieWoosterMay 11 08:30 pm JST

I'm sorry, I don't get it. What's the difference? "non-consensual sex" and "rape"?

Could be that the girl did consent, but under the law she can't? Not saying she did, but maybe that is what the police got out of this? She can't consent at that age, hence the charge? Not defending this at all, I think jail for a long time is what he should get regardless.

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Could be that the girl did consent, but under the law she can't?

No, it couldn't be that, because legally, she can't consent, so she couldn't have consented.

There's a reason this law exists. The law isn't that way because it assumes minors never want to consent, the law is that way because minors aren't old enough to fully understand the implications of consent, and therefore are not able to do so, putting the onus on the non-minor.

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Although to answer the question, I think that there is probably a law against something called non-consensual sex, and not a law against something called rape. And what the law calls non-consensual sex, is what colloquially, society calls rape.

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StrangerlandToday 01:38 am JST

No, it couldn't be that, because legally, she can't consent, so she couldn't have consented.

There's a reason this law exists. The law isn't that way because it assumes minors never want to consent, the law is that way because minors aren't old enough to fully understand the implications of consent, and therefore are not able to do so, putting the onus on the non-minor.

When you write things like this, I always upvote you. Maybe we agree on more things than not.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

So...rape?

The phrasing used in the title made me assume that the minor had consented to the act (even if minors can't really give their consent), hence using the term "having sex". If the minor did not consent, which the article states, then the term you are looking for is "rape".

Make you wonder who's side the media is on.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Another pervert who chose to work with children to satisfy his sick attraction to them. No doubt he is also addicted to online pornography and ho knows what else. His devices should be examined and if found guilty his testis removed.

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I'm sorry, I don't get it. What's the difference? "non-consensual sex" and "rape"?

One is surprise sex maybe?

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There's a reason this law exists. The law isn't that way because it assumes minors never want to consent, the law is that way because minors aren't old enough to fully understand the implications of consent, and therefore are not able to do so, putting the onus on the non-minor.

I don't get this either, I'm afraid. Fully understanding the implications of consent has little to do with age, surely. There are plenty of adult women who've consented without understanding the consequences and I'm sure there are precocious Lolita type girls who fully understand the trouble the adult would get into. I can see that it would be very difficult to prove either way.

Isn't this what judges are there for? To decide whether the accused is innocent or guilty and to assign punishment?

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I don't get this either, I'm afraid. Fully understanding the implications of consent has little to do with age, surely.

By that logic, an 8 year old can fully understand the implications of consent. Or a 3 year old. Or a 9 year old.

Of course, this is silly, as we know they cannot. So there is a point at which they go from not being able to understand, to being able to understand. This point is not overnight, but rather a gradual change over a number of years, and during those years, we protect the kids that are starting to become old enough to understand how consent works, while not yet being old enough to understand the implications that come with it.

There are plenty of adult women who've consented without understanding the consequences

And sometimes that's legally coercion that can come with legal consequences for the sexual partner.

and I'm sure there are precocious Lolita type girls who fully understand the trouble the adult would get into.

So we should expose all of our children to danger because there may be a few exceptions that are able to fully grasp the issue?

Also, where do you suppose these kids are getting these adult levels of experience from?

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Strangerland,

I get what you are saying. I'm thinking of an example.

Years ago I was giving counselling. The lady in question had been molested by an uncle when she was 12 years old. She told me that she was in a terrible position. She wanted to tell her mother, but couldn't because she knew that her mother would be really angry and it would cause big trouble for her uncle. It certainly was not consensual. She was far more aware of the consequences than her perverted uncle. She understood where the adult didn't.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The headline says "having sex", but the article seems to describe actual rape. Not the same thing...

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

A sex offender's registry does nothing to prevent a first offender.

It does nothing for the poor victims who don't report the crime.

More robust laws are needed for these crimes.

Social programs making it easier to repost these crimes are needed. (Not like the child welfare services that return kids to their abusive parent)

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