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Man arrested for stalking woman repeatedly placed notes in her handbag

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A 33-year-old man arrested on suspicion of stalking a woman in Tokyo repeatedly placed handwritten notes with his contact details inside the woman’s handbag.

Police said Kohei Miura, a company employee, has been charged with violating the anti-stalking law, Fuji TV reported. According to the warrant, Miura approached the woman, who is in her 20s, in his neighborhood in Shibuya Ward between May 2020 and January this year. The two did not know each other, police said.

In addition to following her to supermarkets and convenience stores, Miura placed a note with his contact information, including Line ID, inside her open handbag three times. The handwritten note read, “If this isn’t too much trouble . . .”

Police said Miura, who was arrested on Tuesday, has denied stalking the woman and quoted him as saying, “I don’t even know who she is, and I never followed her.”

However, more than 10 women have consulted police about receiving a similar handwritten note from the suspect.

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This guy needs to work on his game.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

The thing is, if a guy can get close enough to surreptitiously slip a note into your bag, then he can get close enough to stab you.

Men hurting or even murdering women for rejecting their advances is not a rare occurrence, and these women were right to be alarmed, were right to call the police, and it was right that the man was arrested.

In one moment, women are berated for not being more careful, and are victim-blamed for their own sexual assaults. Then in the next moment, women are being belittled for being worried when a man repeatedly follows her. You don't get to have it both ways.

And guys? Women get to reject you for not being rich or good-looking; in fact, women get to reject you for any reason at all. And good news - men get to reject women, too - for any reason at all.

Justasking Today 07:03 pm JST

Maybe he's not good-looking. If he is, most would have seen his actions as "cute".

rgcivilian1Today 04:57 pm JST

if he had a salary over 1 million yen per month, he wouldn't be having such a hard time in attracting any of the women. Too many women today have to high standards.

Clearly, some men just haven't yet gotten the message that they aren't entitled to women's attention, which completley justifies the the fear women have of directly or clearly saying "no" to men.

Think about that the next time you wonder why women beat around the bush or otherwise don't say "stop" directly to a man's face when he shows her unwanted sexual attention.

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The handwritten note read, “If this isn’t too much trouble . . .”

well, at least he was polite, we here so many stories on here about guys exposing them selfs or leaving body fluids on skirts, etc. may be hes a bit shy, it would have been better if he had given a note or letter directly to the lady, rather than using a covert method.

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’Cut & dry”: it’s ‘Stalking. Keyword: “repeatedly”.

“ ‘repeatedly’ between May’20 & Jan’21...didn’t know each other, ..following to supermarkets & convenience stores, ...notes with his contact info, inside her open(?) handbag 3x’s (?).. “If this isn’t too much trouble . . .”

Police said Miura, denied stalking and quoted him as saying, “I don’t even know who she is....”

Here’s a clue! “No answer: no response to your Line, ...move on!”

He did try playing ‘the numbers game’:

However, 10+ women have consulted police about similar handwritten note from the suspect”.

Verdict: Serial Stalker.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

What a creep

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If he is, most would have seen his actions as "cute".

What on earth do you base that on? These women didn't know who was stalking them. Do you think that woman enjoy constantly being followed and having someone invade your privacy? Not knowing if this stranger stole your personal details, your address, your keys? Anyone who believes that women like living in fear is deluded, as well as very lucky that you don't have to live every day being careful where you walk and who is behind you.

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Police said Miura, who was arrested on Tuesday, has denied stalking the woman and quoted him as saying, “I don’t even know who she is, and I never followed her.

Err, what? Then how did the notes get in the handbag? Does the stalker have a stalker?

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StrangerlandToday 01:01 am JST

In some 50 years of life, it's never happened by me, nor around me. I must be the luckiest freaking guy on this entire planet, considering how it's not rare.

You know, I've never been robbed, and neither has anyone I know. I've also never had a house fire and neither has anyone I know. That must mean it's quite rare or never happens to anyone at all.

How many women do you know around you who have been murdered for rejecting advances? How about other posters? How many murdered women do you know? Apparently it's not rare, and happens regularly.

If you want to know how many women each year are murdered by a stalker who is either a stranger or an ex romantic partner, you can google that.

Start with "Eliot Rodgers" and "Marc Lépine". Then for Japan, you can move on to Tomohiro Iwazaki and Tatsuya Ichihashi. Those are just a few; there are many, many more.

And don't forget to also do a google on the number of women who aren't murdered, but who are beaten up, stabbed, or raped by stalkers and ex-partners.

Also, you can google how many women each year are simply stalked and terrorized, who live in fear and have had to quit their job and move house in order to avoid their stalker.

I'm one.

I also advise you not to ask people such questions as "how many people do you know who have been murdered." They might just tell you a story you wish you had never heard.

My best friend's mother was murdered by her ex-husband who stalked her.

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I know women who have been raped, sexually assaulted, stalked, followed, had someone enter their home under false pretences, physically attacked, lived with domestic violence and emotional/financial control.

Oh, but I don't personally know anyone who has been murdered - yet - so it must not be a problem.

ffs.

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Credit is due: “Good job, NPA!” This one, they took seriously.

The last headline was Feb. 5  “No. of recorded crimes in Japan...”

“NPA report on stalking; police rec’d 20,189 consultations in 2020: remaining above 20K/year since 2013.”

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he should have gone on tinder or bumble! He was desperate to make a girlfriend.

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I figured you wouldn't actually do it, so I did it for you.

Keep in mind that the police keep track of both the number of consultations that did not result in a warning to the stalker, as well as the number of stalkers they do give warnings to; but there are many other cases where women don't report their stalkers at all. They just "gaman." After all, this is Japan, where women are told they shouldn't talk so much in meetings. They are well used to not being listened to or believed.

I tried to report my stalker. I went to the police twice, in fact, but back then (2005) the anti-stalking laws weren't very strong so the police didn't made a report or warn my stalker, so I imagine it was only counted as a "consultation".

They told me that since the stalker had only made threatening phone calls and emails, it "didn't count" as "serious" harassment. They said they could only act if the stalker physically attacked me.

Since I couldn't count on them helping me, I moved house, changed jobs, and avoided going to the places where I knew my stalker regularly went. I also had to drop several friendships because the stalker knew some of the same people I knew, and was getting information about me from them.

The stalker kept harassing me for over a year. I had to live with the fear the stalker might attack me for a very long time, and even now I'm still afraid to give any details because I have no idea whether the stalker will read it, recognize it, and then start up again out of pure spite.

You have never had to live with this yourself; I can only hope that reading about it will give you some empathy for what stalking victims go though.

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-03/28/c_137930994.htm

The NPA said that the stricter anti-stalking law may have led to the number of reported cases in Japan dropping by 161 a year earlier to 2,464 cases in 2018.

One of the reported cases did, however, lead to murder, the agency said.

The vast majority of stalking victims were women, said the NPA, accounting for around 90 percent of all reported cases, with the number of victims totaling 18,949 in 2018.

The police agency said that 43.3 percent of the stalkers were predominantly current or former boyfriends or girlfriends, compared to reported acts of stalking carried out by strangers, which stood at 7.5 percent in the recording year.

In cases where the unknown stalkers could not be identified, the agency suggested that the growth of social media and its use could be responsible for this figure.

The NPA also added that in terms of the number of consultations dealt with by police and public safety authorities regarding instances of stalking the number had dropped in 2018 from a year earlier.

The agency said there were 1,523 fewer consultations, with the figure standing at 21,556 consultations and reports.

The figure for 2018, however, marked the sixth successive year it has topped the 20,000 mark.

Authorities here, meanwhile, issued 1,157 orders against acts of stalking in 2018, marking a new record high.

This was a 70 percent increase in the issuance of such orders compared to a year earlier, the NPA said.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Pssst.......I like you. Do you like me?

I was uhhh wondering, uhh, if I uhh, do you uhhhhhhh, like stuff?

Hey, Taka, can you ask her if she likes me likes me? But don't actually ask her if she likes me likes me. Just see if she does. See?

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In addition to following her to supermarkets and convenience stores, Miura placed a note with his contact information, including Line ID, inside her open handbag three times. The handwritten note read, “If this isn’t too much trouble . . .”

This guy is as smooth as sandpaper. If I was the girl, I would've posted his notes on social media to warn others if the authorities didn't do anything that would change the situation.

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I wonder if there has been any studies to determine why men have so little empathy towards women.

You mean, you haven't already figured it all out?

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Feel sorry for the victim and the other women. This individual should be sentenced to about sixty ("60") years in prison with zero chance of parole during the sixty ("60") year term.

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You need to approach women directly. The note thing only works in your imagination.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I wonder if there has been any studies to determine why men have so little empathy towards women.

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While there is no ethical excuse for his behavior, . . . should not the particular details be left confidential?

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Maybe he's not good-looking. If he is, most would have seen his actions as "cute".

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Men hurting or even murdering women for rejecting their advances is not a rare occurrence,

In some 50 years of life, it's never happened by me, nor around me. I must be the luckiest freaking guy on this entire planet, considering how it's not rare. How many women do you know around you who have been murdered for rejecting advances? How about other posters? How many murdered women do you know? Apparently it's not rare, and happens regularly.

Clearly, some men just haven't yet gotten the message that they aren't entitled to women's attention

It's true. Some guys are complete losers.

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

And I have daily tons of spam mails in my mailbox, often from strange credit money, other gray zone or red light businesses. Nothing at all is done in all those countrywide cases, although it’s nothing else than this guy’s handwritten notice, only just in a more modern digital way.

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Also, you can google how many women each year are simply stalked and terrorized, who live in fear and have had to quit their job and move house in order to avoid their stalker.

I'm one.

I'm sorry to hear that. It must have been horrible.

I have to add to your comment though, one case does not prove an absolute.

-6 ( +0 / -6 )

I've never been robbed, and neither has anyone I know. I've also never had a house fire and neither has anyone I know. That must mean it's quite rare or never happens to anyone at all.

Oh, both of these definitely happen, but if you live in a first-world country, they're both quite rare.

-7 ( +0 / -7 )

if he had a salary over 1 million yen per month, he wouldn't be having such a hard time in attracting any of the women. Too many women today have to high standards. Granted that by stalking or the appearance of stalking in his case notes is not the way to attract the ladies but rather as he has learned quite the opposite effects.

-8 ( +5 / -13 )

Oh, but I don't personally know anyone who has been murdered - yet - so it must not be a problem.

Where is anyone saying it's not a problem?!

-8 ( +0 / -8 )

Back on topic please. Posts that do not focus on the story will be removed.

Value of men=0.

Value of women=everything. 2021.

-9 ( +0 / -9 )

Could he have been set up?

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