Police have arrested an unemployed 28-year-old man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a junior high school girl in a park toilet on Oct 2.
According to police, the suspect, Shuji Araki, approached the girl as she was walking home at around 10 p.m., Fuji TV reported. He told the girl to be quiet and that if she yelled out, he would kill her. Araki forced the girl to go with him to a nearby park and then he sexually assaulted her in the public toilet, police said.
Police said Araki was identified through street surveillance camera footage.
Araki, who has admitted tot he charge, is also being questioned over a threat he reportedly made to another school girl a few days later in the vicinity of the Oct 2 incident.© Japan Today
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Poor girl — and it is absurd that a jhs girl would be walking home alone at 10 p.m., even in "safety" Japan.
These small-scale crimes involving sexual deviants/perverts are ubiquitous in Japan, and I would argue far more common, yet far less reported, here than in any other developed country.
Every woman should've pepper spray, people just can't learn how effective are.
That's so traumatizing and scary for that young girl! That guy is just sick, messed up.
Where in Tokyo was this?
It happened in Edogawa Ward, apparently either Kasai or Nishi-kasai. The perpetrator lives in Nishi-kasai.
I couldn't find a source that gave the specific name of the park.
If he threatened to kill her, it should also be attempted murder.
Thanks Sensato...I live close by. :(
No link to the sexualization of children and school uniforms in pop culture, of course.
I agree ! It's the fault of the Japanese school system... After school, "cram school" and/or "club activities"... and now, as the days grow darker, it's probably only going to get worse. When I was a school girl, I always had to be home BEFORE dark.
AT 22:00...walking home FROM SCHOOL... in her SCHOOL UNIFORM???
I think we all know the answer to that one... But well done for the girl for reporting it!!
Every single day, tens of thousands of kids of this age walk home alone without incident. If you live your life by not doing something because of risk levels like that, how are you ever able to step get into a vehicle, or even leave your house for that matter?
That anyone still dares to do so does speak well of Japan.
this is not Singapore where children are safe walking home from after school activities at night.
If all the incidents were reported... like this brave girl reported hers... if would be a different story!! :-(
You know, other than the fact that it is.
Of course. And people are right to be scared of the boogieman too.
seriously who lets there kids walk home late at night by themselves.. even in safety Japan its not as safe as people think especially when they walk by themselves at times of highest risk. Now her parents will always wonder if I had just picked her up by car or even rode to meet her on bicycle. The risks drop dramatically when you walk in twos or more.
Except that, you know, it is.
Unemployed…The devil will make work for idle hands to do.
What a pig...castration!
"this is not Singapore where children are safe walking home from after school activities at night."
Singapore is 10 times more safe than J-land, and the police are much more fair to westerners, and the people are more more friendlier, and no earthquakes, and radiation.
Stranger land: " Except that, you know, it is."
He says, on yet another thread about a child being sexually assaulted. Tell that to the girl, strangerland.
Wasn't there just an opinion question yesterday about whether people saw AKB and the like as harmless fun or specialized Lolitas? Nah! Can't be anything but a coincidence we have a young man doing this kind of thing!
Sigh. Another logical fallacy.
If you are going to tell children to make sure they are never anywhere where there is a possibility of getting sexually assaulted, they would have to lock themselves into jail cells, and make sure no one has a key. Because kids can be assaulted everywhere and anywhere, and at any time, including their home, at their school, on the way home, in the morning, evening or at night. It's better to teach kids how to protect themselves, and to teach them how to act smartly, than to panic.
So to get back to my point - Japan is a very safe country, and tens of thousands of kids walk home without incident late at night every single night, without incident. I have made no claims that nothing ever happens, nor that nothing can nor will happen. But if you are going to eliminate behaviors based on the actual level of risk, then you would need to stop getting into cars, because you could die any time you get into a car. People die in cars every day, at any time of day. Have you eliminated cars from your lifestyle? Because if you haven't, you are a hypocrite.
Actually, Japan is safer than most people think.
Strangerland: "So to get back to my point - Japan is a very safe country, and tens of thousands of kids walk home without incident late at night every single night, without incident".
Again, you say this, literally, and have said it before, on a thread reporting the incidents that you say Japan is "without". So, if you want to talk about being illogical, look in the mirror. YOU are the one in threads where people are saying things are becoming less safe, saying it's perfectly safe. I say again, go tell this kid and her family how safe everything is and see where it gets you.
Readers, please stop bickering. Focus your comments on the story and not at each other.
No this is this is Japan where children are safe walking home from after school activities at night. It is really tiring to see these kneejerk comments about Japan being not safe every time an incident is reported. Fact is, Japan is one of the safest places on earth; that of course does not mean that there is no crime at all. Some crime exists everywhere, even in Singapore.
Jim McBride. I agree. Those that criticize the girl or her family for allowing her out late are effectively blaming her for the assault.
why don't they introduce a sex offenders register like we have in the UK? the more serious offences go to prison , but, some of the lesser charges, like Chikan on trains, inappropriate actions in schools get a warning and put on a register, IF he/she carries on and get caught again, the offence gets ramped up and then gets charged with a more serious offence. this register is a nation wide, so if mr XXX moves to another town or village he has to report to the local police so he can tracked and monitored
Completely agree with Brian Wheway. A sex offenders register and a more comprehensive DNA database of criminals would be very helpful. I hope that the victim and her family get proper counseling. I also hope that the rapist (Don't want to print his name again…) receives the highest possible sentence under current laws.
Obviously my individual positive votes are not enough. So I will voice my support for Strangerland's sensible posts here.
And I will once again point out my incredulity that police have once again managed to identify a person via street surveillance footage within days.
I am of a mind that the police have quite a register on US ALL already.
That would be a lesser issue if she had been raped at 6 p.m (which is the hour when most crimes occurs) ? Back at 10 pm on a Friday night, for a 16 yr old, that's nothing special.
Oh, that's darkness that transforms men in to werewolf sexual predators ? The street lights were off ?
So you've never been the character your pretended on this board. In France, high school finishes so late (5 or 6 pm) that there is no way that teens get back before dark from October to March. OK, nobody cares. My point is it's BS to say J-people let their kids outside at crazy hours, and that would be so different from other countries. In average, that's even the contrary. You can see countless 20-somethings that have never crossed a road without either Mum holding their hand or walking as part of a school kid regiment. And that doesn't protect them, that makes them weaker preys for the rest of their lives.
Totally ineffective, you have more risk to spray yourself if you can reach it. Try French boxing, aikido or krav maga. Not that frail little girls can become strong like those beasts, but they can get reflexes to kick back and run away, which is often enough to escape street assaults (for me so far).
Because its effect ranges from no effect to making things worse. Plus its authoritarian to the degree of fascism.
Neither the UK nor the US are places to emulate with regard to sex crime or attempts at law enforcement on the topic. If there should be emulation, it should be the other direction. Clearly.
So he can be arrrested relatively quickly because when the police look at the surveillance cameras over a period of days they find THE SAME GUY doing the SAME THING, EVERY DAY... and then they go down there THE NEXT DAY and arrest him.
Japan is a law abiding country with a low crime rate... apart from the ONE GUY who does THIRTY CRIMES before he gets reported!! :-(
I teach in high and college. Many of the girls I speak to have had experiences similar to this, most of which have gone unreported. The subculture of Japanese men is extremely deviant and many of them have unhealthy sexual fantasies about young girls. I'll bet this predator had AKB photos in his phone.
"Police said Araki was identified through street surveillance camera footage"
Damn these intrusive surveillance cameras, er, I mean, thank God for them!
Japanese men don't like women... or children... or themselves for that matter!!
@lostrune2 4:44p JST - I believe you must mean "kowai" (with am "o") This means scary.
From my understanding, Japan doesn't have a "sex offenders" register, fair enough, it does rise a few conspiracy theories but we'll save that for another day.
At the very least, are rehabilitation facilities and services made readily available for such individuals? In any case, I am certain many of these offenders would seek help and advice from the early stages of the depression. One work hope before the symptoms became this severe.
Alas I believe not enough emphasis is put on such services if any. It would fall under the wellbeing of your subjects or rather safty of the members of the public. Normally such responsibility falls on the government presently in power.
It's rather disturbing and the facts that, the adult entertainment industry in Japan is not policed or hardly ever policed means, many adult content parading the likes of Lolicon (underage indecencies) are readily accessible.
This not only implants sick ideas in the minds of people suffering such illness, it also servers to introduce such grotesque and sickening thought to the wider public. It's simply not helping the situation.
Poor girl. I've been involved in amateur boxing for some 15 years now but I consider myself totally non-violent outside of the ring but man, if I saw an incident like this taking place......
As a poster earlier said, kids should be taught self defence and fighting skills as part of their lessons at school. A lot more useful for their lives than some of the other stuff in my humble opinion.
Raping a kid?? Hope this "guy" experiences the same inside. Should be hung.
Does "sexual assault" basically mean rape? Anyway, schools should teach students how to handle these types of situations.
I think that's the problem... that he's not hung!
Thanks for the input...
Have you eliminated cars from your lifestyle? why would I!? but i teach my kids to always wear there seat belts, and drive as safetly within the speed limit etc. theres always risk in almost everthing you do, its doing the little things to minimise those risks. saying that kids walking home late by themselves is as safe as having somebody walk home with you or pick you up is just plain deluded, yes the risks are small but ill take the later anyday.
I had a hotel room across from a cram school recently. I could see the class clearly through the window as it got darker. The class finished about 21:00. The female teacher was out of the class faster than the students. She had a car waiting to pick her up. She was out of the building and in that car like a bat out of hell.
And then I saw the kids shuffling out... one by one... to walk home... ALONE!
Welcome to Japan everyone!! :-D
I normally agree with many things you say but I have to sort of disagree with you this time.
Yes, Japan is safer and it is true that tens of thousands of kids walk home safely without incident late at night, but having said that, as a parent, if the possibility of your kids getting somehow involved in incidents, then I would try to avoid that possibility the best I can. If my kids have to come home late in the evening, as much as I can I would like to be there to pick them up. If it's possible for my kids to not to be out late at night, then that'd be best. And one of several reasons why my kids do not go to Juku, is because of that. We get materials for them to study at home and so it saves them time to go and return home (and they're not tired the next morning, either).
Again, like you said, most of the times it's safe and kids come home safely, but I would still avoid my kids being out late at night as much as possilbe. I wouldn't take a chance.
It doesn't matter how safe a country is. JHS kids should not be out past 8pm. Period. Another thing, teach your kids, especially your daughters, martial arts and self defense. This can and does happen in midday too. All kids, but especially girls, need to learn how to defend themselves.
Look at all the American helicopter parents posting here and voting down people who don't think you should lock up your daughters at nightfall until they're of voting age. Disgraceful.
@SenseNotSoCommon The sexualization you refer to is not the uniform, its how they are worn. Have a look at a middle school students uniform. Ive VERY rarely seen them have skirts above their knees, improper fitting shirts, etc. I wouldn't find a middle school student sexy, nor should any person, but the point is THAT is what it is meant to be. The 1cm from the seeing everything length skirts, super tight shirts to "show form," loose socks from back in the day, custom ribbons, etc are all choices made by the girl, illustrated by the girls which leave the house with their skirt to their knees and by the time they reach school it is rolled up so much that is barely covering anything.
Those are all modifications banned by nearly every school, they carry out checks occasionally where hair colour and makeup is corrected etc but during my high school years no one ever got busted for having too short skirts. The skirt isn't usually rolled up, it's cut. About half the length is discarded.
Again...J-Gov is all reaction rather than anticipation when protecting the welfare of minors!!
Strict action needs to be taken against people who commit such disgusting crimes,maybe if they castrated rapists it would deter would be rapists from even thinking about such actions,poor girl is going to be traumatized for the rest of her life. That guy should be beaten every hour on the hour by that girls father.
If it was my daughter, he would be!!!
Parents, it's worth encouraging your kids to learn some (at least) basic judo or karate.
Thanks for the input...
This could have been avoided if parents and teachers used their brains. Honestly, the dark brings out lots of people with sick intentions... cause they are too cowardly to show their faces.
Good on this girl for reporting this crime, I hope that her heart heals and her mental well being also.