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Man arrested for stealing woman’s underwear, setting fire to her house 2 days later

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Police in Osaka have arrested a 28-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of breaking into a 36-year-old woman’s home, stealing her underwear, then setting fire to her house two days later.

According to police, Shohei Nakajima broke into the women’s house in Joto Ward by entering through the toilet window between 2 and 5 a.m. on Dec 25, Kyodo News reported. Police said he stole 14 items of underwear. The woman called police on Dec 25 to report the theft of her underwear.

At around 4:40 a.m. on Dec 27, Nakajima — who lives in the neighborhood — returned to the house, placed a tire at the front door and set it on fire. The woman and her two children, who had been asleep, managed to get out safely before the fire gutted the two-story wooden house.

Police said Nakajima, who was identified after an analysis of street surveillance camera footage, has admitted to the charges but denied intent to kill when he started the fire. He also told police he had stolen underwear from other women’s homes in the past.

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That's a special kind of crazy.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

In cases like this, the perpetrator needs to be made to buy the victim a brand, new house. That's a lot of money for a handful of underwear.

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"...denied intent to kill when he started the fire"

Who cares about this idiot's intent? Regardless of that, he put this woman and her family at grave risk, as well as firefighters and other emergency responders. He needs to do time.

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I feel sorry for the woman that she was violated and lost her home. However, I am glad they managed to get out safely.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Must've been really disappointed in her underwear.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Perv and arsonis. Slap him with a minimum 5 years non suspended sentence. But we know stealing panties would only earn a slap on the wrist, just as arson lately. Or maybe the prosecutor drop the charges for "lack of evidence" or some other bs like that.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Weird mix of crime. Stealing underwear and setting fire!

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To steal woman's underwear is sick but not dangerous, however to set a fire is a very different matter - arson is a serious felony. This crazy guy should be sent to a secure mental ward or to jail for long time. Something must be wrong with his brain.

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Secret police code for..... identified from his mobile phone signal.

Unless there's already a suspect, how would they know whose signal to check? Or, are you saying that they have all mobile phone services provide a list of all phones that were in the vicinity. It would have to be vicinity, as phone tower based location is not as accurate as GPS location, the latter of which the phone companies do not have access to.

In this case, due to the times involved, it may not be a big list to work from. but, during normal waking hours, the list of "suspects" could very well be too big to consider.

OTOH, once they have a suspect, that suspect's location history can put them at the scene of the crime. If they get access to the phone itself, the more accurate GPS-based history, if that function hasn't been disabled, could really implicate a suspect.

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If you’re living on a first or second floor home/ apartment never hang any panties/ lingerie outside for perverts to see. Dead give away.

And how do you break in through a toilet window? Most bathroom/ shower windows I’ve seen are maybe only big enough for a small child to squeeze through and don’t open completely anyway.

He set fire to the house and denied intent to kill? Well, if he wanted to get her attention he sure got it! Glad the woman and her children got out.

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girlinjapan

Yes, Japan is incredibly safe for women compared to most countries, safe for men too.

Dont get afraid of Japan guys, if you check data you can see how safe it is.

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but denied intent to kill when he started the fire?

bbq?or any other "reason"?

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Gaijinjland - And how do you break in through a toilet window? Most bathroom/ shower windows I’ve seen are maybe only big enough for a small child to squeeze through and don’t open completely anyway.

tora - The toilet window? The guy must have been a silent ninja midget.

In many contemporary homes in Japan, the toilet window is easily big enough for a human male. Certainly for an average Japanese male, who is 5-10cm shorter and 15-20kg lighter than their counterparts from Europe, Oceana, or NA. (I wish I was 15-20kg lighter!!!!)

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Nakajima? What a wierdo. Makes every JT reader's skin creep and hair stair on end.

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The toilet window? The guy must have been a silent ninja midget.

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falseflagsteveDec. 31, 2022 02:01 pm JST

girlinjapan

Yes, Japan is incredibly safe for women compared to most countries, safe for men too.

Dont get afraid of Japan guys, if you check data you can see how safe it is.

As a man, how would you know what the experiences of women are like?

Also, why would any women care what it's like in other countries, when we live HERE?

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Japan is such a safety country for women.

Japan most definitely is a dangerous place for women because there is no place safe for women.

And, considering the legal system here is completely shite when it comes to domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, we can also be sure justice won't be served.

Not to be rude, but why are you in Japan if its so "dangerous for a woman"? What about women in India? Women who MUST live by certain religious rules or face ubjust punioshment and even death? Women who are forced into marriage to someone they don't know? Places in Africa and so on? Do you think those women would rather live in the places they live where with no freedom or live in such a "dangerous place" like Japan?

Here are some statistics from 2023 thus far for sexual assault!

https://wisevoter.com/country-rankings/rape-statistics-by-country/

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I don't understand the reason for the setting the fire.

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falseflagsteveJan. 1 07:45 pm JST

Girl in tokyo

As a man who also knows females and as a human who has the ability to understand and empathize, yes I can understand many things.

I affirm my statement, Japan and all western countries are safer for women than men. The highest risk group in all developed countries for assault, murder and also suicide is young males.

Anyone who believes that Japan is a dangerous place for women is out of touch with reality.

Men don't have the slightest idea what women experience, any more than women know what it's like for men to experience the world. We can't, any more than we can know what life is like for mothers when we aren't one, or what it's like to be elderly when we are young.

Japan most definitely is a dangerous place for women because there is no place safe for women.

And, considering the legal system here is completely shite when it comes to domestic violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault, we can also be sure justice won't be served.

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Police said Nakajima, who was identified after an analysis of street surveillance camera footage.

Secret police code for..... identified from his mobile phone signal.

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GaijinjlandDec. 31, 2022 11:55 am JST

If you’re living on a first or second floor home/ apartment never hang any panties/ lingerie outside for perverts to see. Dead give away.

A lot of women who live alone hang men's clothes outside just in case.

Japan is so very safety.

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Girl in tokyo

As a man who also knows females and as a human who has the ability to understand and empathize, yes I can understand many things.

I affirm my statement, Japan and all western countries are safer for women than men. The highest risk group in all developed countries for assault, murder and also suicide is young males.

Anyone who believes that Japan is a dangerous place for women is out of touch with reality.

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girl_in_tokyoToday  07:16 am JST

Japan is such a safety country for women.

Yup. And no doubt the downvoters, assuming they understood your sarcasm, are not women.

Hope this guy goes to jail for a long time, but I know hope is different from reality.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

And people here still say how safe it is to live... here.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Poor woman (36 years old, that's important for some reason) loses her underwear, her house and nearly her and her children's lives on Christmas Day.

Don't know what to say except welcome to the freak show and in Osaka you get a front row seat.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Japan is such a safety country for women.

-12 ( +13 / -25 )

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