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Man arrested for raping woman in Tokyo; admits to similar crimes from 4 years ago

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Police have arrested a 43-year-old man on charges of allegedly raping an unconscious woman whom he had drugged with sleeping pills prior to his assault on her.

The perpetrator, identified as Go Sato, a self-employed man from Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward, was arrested Tuesday on charges of sexually violating the woman in her 20s at his apartment on April 27 this year. According to police, the two had become acquainted via the internet and Sato had invited her to his apartment for dinner. He slipped sleeping pills into the salad he made for her, Sankei Shimbun reported, and raped her after she lost consciousness.

Police also discovered a video camera in Sato’s apartment that has reportedly documented the entire act. According to police, Sato has admitted committing the crime and has further admitted that he “had been doing it for the past four years.”

Sato told police he had used sleeping pills that had been prescribed to him from a hospital.

Police are currently analyzing the video footage and investigating the possibility of other rapes conducted by the perpetrator.

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What an idiot. If he had a woman already in his apartment she obviously had some attraction to him.

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If he had a woman already in his apartment she obviously had some attraction to him.

Not necessarily. In fact, I think that one of the largest complaints amongst women these days is that some men have an expectation that if a woman goes somewhere alone with a guy, it means she's interested in him sexually.

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Not necessarily. In fact, I think that one of the largest complaints amongst women these days is that some men have an expectation that if a woman goes somewhere alone with a guy, it means she's interested in him sexually.

Conversely, I think that one of the largest complaints amongst men these days is that some women have no sexual interest in them, if though they've agreed to go on a date and even back to his apartment.

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Conversely, I think that one of the largest complaints amongst men these days is that some women have no sexual interest in them, if though they've agreed to go on a date and even back to his apartment.

So should the woman sleep with him out of some sort of obligation? Or how should this problem be rectified?

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@Strangerland...you’ve made very good argumentative points! However, it just surprises me that women still go to apartments of men who they have no interest in sexually! These types of cases are highlighted every now and then but women seem to take no action to change their behavior! Of course, we men are worst then animals at times! What this creepy man did was really a terrible crime and he should be punished accordingly! But even so why do women go to creepy peoples apartment especially after just getting acquainted on the internet. It’s sort of asking for trouble! I guess there are unwritten rules of dating which people should follow. For a man, if a woman goes to his apartment, it definitely implies she’s interested in him sexually ( it’s just the way the mind of most men work ).

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She was prevented from saying either yes or no - by the sleeping pills.  The creep deserves serious jail time.

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@Kniknaknokkaer - Conversely, I think that one of the largest complaints amongst men these days is that some women have no sexual interest in them, if though they've agreed to go on a date and even back to his apartment.

This is because too many Japanese guys are after a 'one hit wonder' and usually on the first date. Some women will, but most won't. Just because a woman agrees to go on a date or even back to the apartment does not mean she wants to get her rocks off.

The loon in this article is a sexual predator and needs to have his civil liberties cut off (and other things too) to ensure his predatory desires have faded.

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it just surprises me that women still go to apartments of men who they have no interest in sexually!

Why? Do you only go to guys apartments when you are sexually interested in them? I hang out at my buddy's apartments all the time, and I'm not interested in them sexually in the slightest. What changes when it's a woman?

even so why do women go to creepy peoples apartment especially after just getting acquainted on the internet. It’s sort of asking for trouble!

It's definitely not always the best idea. Ideally women could go to any man's house without fear of being raped. Realistically, some guys are rapey. It's a sad reality.

That said, plenty of women go to plenty of guys houses all the time, and there are no issues whatsoever. I've brought girls to my place to hang out with no sexual intentions. I've also brought girls to my place with sexual intentions, and had them say no. The proper thing to do is apologize, wait until they leave, then go have some 'private time' in the shower. If all guys could learn this, it would be a better world. Women could live in less fear of rape, and men could therefore spend time around women who aren't living in fear of rape.

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Completely agree (as often is the case...) with Strangerland.

Why should a lady not be able to visit anybody's home... ?

Suggesting that this is an issue that she caused by visiting his apartment is just sick.

I had ladies at my place without ever being aggressive to them... for sure you pick up the sign when they are interested in something more than a glass of wine...

If more men understand this... than maybe ladies would feel better about dating and feeling free to visit our place...

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I can't get over comments saying a woman has it coming because she went to a guy's apartment. Whoever thinks this way is sick. Unfortunately, normal interaction has gotten perverted. A person of either sex should be able to be in the other's company without having to worry about whether the other person will get too aggressive. Respect each other's feelings and you will have no problems.

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I had ladies at my place without ever being aggressive to them... for sure you pick up the sign when they are interested in something more than a glass of wine...

Yeah but that's the actual strange thing about this piece and is why the discussion about a woman's 'obligations' are not necessarily relevant here.

From the article, it sounds like she didn't even get the opportunity to say yes or no. The man was just set on raping her from the beginning. The fact that she went to his apartment in the first place, suggesting she 'may' have been up for it anyway, just makes the man's deviance even more worrying.

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Blah blah with all the psycho analysis’s here. Nobody was there.

You don’t need to bother analyzing Japanese men and women cause rest assured, calculating human behavior and personalities is kinda tough due to variations.

This guy meets girls on the Internet and does all he can to get them to come over then he gives them pills and then rapes them.

Whether someone may have wanted to have sex, being one hit wonders...has exactly what to do with this crime?

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He’s sick to do that with a passed out woman. So clearly needs treatment.

He’s a criminal to make that woman pass out. So needs enough jail time too.

sad specimen

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Why? Do you only go to guys apartments when you are sexually interested in them? I hang out at my buddy's apartments all the time, and I'm not interested in them sexually in the slightest. What changes when it's a woman?

Hanging out at your buddy’s apartment is totally different from what I meant in my comment! My comment is directly related to the situation from the article ( women going on dates to guys apartment whom they met online / barely knowing the guy ). You failed to understand my point of view and steered a bit off topic by relating to personal anecdotes! Reflect on the case based on the article! Of course it’s ok to hang out at apartments of friends and someone that you very well regardless of gender. But better and safer options are available for women while dating strangers that they meet online.

If the situation is reversed, would a woman invite a man that she met on the internet or barely know to her apartment for dinner without an ulterior motive? Chances of this is extremely low or near impossible! So they should realize that if a guy does the same than something must be on his mind!

The safe world that you hope for women will never exist because there are monster men out there. You claim to have had past encounters and acted purely like a gentleman but not all men are like you! Therefore, it only takes common sense for women to act in a manner that is safe for them.

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No matter what reason she went to his apartment, she does not deserve to be raped, and it is not her fault. Hence why it's being investigated as a crime.

For all we know the guy could have claimed to be a chef or good at cooking and said he wanted to cook for her, some women may see that as a harmless romantic gesture. If he has done this multiple times, he was clearly good at talking to women online and may have put forth a more trustworthy persona to trick them.

Or who knows, maybe she did go intending to have sex with him. But taking away her autonomy to have sex on her own terms, to say yes or no on her own, is rape regardless of whether or not you think she wanted the D.

In any case, women should not have to tip-toe their way through life and be held accountable for being victims of men's bad behavior. If a woman's presence or existence is enough to "provoke" you, the problem is you, not her, and women should not have to live a life of fear simply because you refuse to do the bare minimum required to be a decent human being.

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Unfortunately in vast majority of cases in Japan if a woman enters a room with a man of her own volition and he rapes her the man will not be penalized

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So police are looking at the video to see if he has done this before???

fair enough you might say.

However. Think on this...

there may be other victims.

They may well want to keep quiet what happened to them from getting out for a multitude of reasons.

and the j-cops will just stumble in and possibly do untold damage. We all know how they can be right?

Theyve got their man. Nobody else came forward. And who would, knowing the whole cop shop has probably had a looksee??

throw the book at this guy and be happy he got caught.

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If the situation is reversed, would a woman invite a man that she met on the internet or barely know to her apartment for dinner without an ulterior motive? Chances of this is extremely low or near impossible!

It's happened to me.

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The article title: admits to similar crimes from 4 years ago

The article contents: he “had been doing it for the past four years.”

So which is it? These are two different things.

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So should the woman sleep with him out of some sort of obligation? Or how should this problem be rectified?

No. Common sense should prevail and the woman in my opinion should leave a situation in which she is not comfortable. The defendant in this case denied her that right. Even though she met this guy on the internet which in my mind is a red flag, I understand most rapes happen by friends or family members unfortunately.

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I can't see any posts suggesting she deserved it because she went to his apartment, mine doesn't say that. Strangerland said what he thinks womens complaints are about men and I , playing devils advocate, said what I think mens complaints are about women. I think men are generally more sexually motivated when meeting women, I don't know what women think, i'm not one. A lot of men do get pissed off when they feel they have been led on by women which was my point, only a proper saddo would do what he did though.

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would it count as rape if instead of giving her sleeping pills he gives her some aphrodisiac or how they call them here "biyaku" to artificially induce her arousal and then she "willingly" participates?

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would it count as rape if instead of giving her sleeping pills he gives her some aphrodisiac or how they call them here "biyaku" to artificially induce her arousal and then she "willingly" participates?

Is that your favorite porn scenario?

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would it count as rape if instead of giving her sleeping pills he gives her some aphrodisiac or how they call them here "biyaku" to artificially induce her arousal and then she "willingly" participates?

That's a fairly grey area. If she gave consent for sex, the question would be whether the consent is valid due to the fact that she was drugged. If you consider that we have already decided that there are situations in which consent cannot be given even willingly, it could be seen how drugging someone into a 'horny' state would take away their ability to consent.

That all said, I don't think there are any aphrodisiacs out there that will cause a woman to suddenly want sex with someone she was not interested in before. There are drugs that can remove inhibition, but those are not aphrodisiacs, they are date rape drugs. Aphrodisiacs are thought to increase desire, but that desire has to exist in the first place.

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A lot of men do get pissed off when they feel they have been led on by women which was my point

I've been annoyed by it myself. And my thought was 'this sucks - why would she come back to my place if she didn't want to fool around?'. What I didn't think was 'she came to my place, so she's having sex whether she likes it or not'.

There is nothing wrong with being annoyed by it, and I think it's good for women to understand that men can feel this way, so that they can avoid unintentional differences in expectations.

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Bang on the money ^^^^

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To anyone saying women should feel safe at all times, I agree completely!! But in the mean time, while we wait for the rapey guys and the creppy guys and the violent guys to learn that raping, being creepy and violence is bad and that self-control is good, do you have a more immediate solution than the typical "guys shouldn't do this", "girls shouldn't do that", etc. ?

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Since this is being discussed...

I’ve always admired ladies who would make things clear for me. It seemed like it was simple because they were also clear about it themselves. Some girls will tell me “I don’t wanna have sex tonight”, or “Can I stay over but it doesn’t mean we are going to do things”.

Imo this was helpful info, as I knew they liked me and it set the tone. A guy tends to wonder whether or not he’s getting laid. Instead of waiting for the awkward moment, these ladies would let me know and sometimes they’d go against what they said even, but communication about it helped.

Only an evil person would drug or rape someone on a date, but since humans are evil you gotta be really careful going to people’s houses for first dates.

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Btw, - an amateur giving sleeping pills to someone - not checking their medical history first, let alone giving a haphazard dose (mixing it in a salad in this case) can very easily result in death.

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Men should not rape, but women should also take caution because not all men are equal, some are creeps.

Dating 101: never go to a guy’s apartment especially on first date.

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Dating 101: never go to a guy’s apartment especially on first date.

And don't have sex before marriage either!

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Really you have to drug a girl in Japan in order to have sex. What a loser.. If she had an allergic reaction to the pills then what, she dies and you dump her body in the street. Truly an IDIOT and should spend a long time in prison getting beat and raped by his fellow prisoners and rethinking his actions.

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