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Man held for camera voyeurism in first arrest under new child porn law

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 33-year-old man for secretly taking pictures of a young girl's breasts through a gap in her clothes.

According to police, it is the first arrest under a new law banning possession of child pornography, which includes secretly taking photos or videos, TV Asahi reported Friday.

Police said the suspect used his smartphone to take photos of a young girl's breasts down the front of her tank top aboard a train on the Odakyu line in October. He was quoted as saying, "I get excited to peek at the breasts of young girls and I got on the train for that purpose.”

TV Asahi reported that police believe he has taken similar photos of more than 100 young girls over the past two years.

The new law, which went into effect, last summer, made the possession of child pornography illegal. Previously, only the production and distribution of child pornography had been banned.

Campaigners had long urged Japan to toughen its stance on child pornography, complaining it was a major source of the material for global markets.

The law bans possession of photographs and videos depicting real children aged below 18, but it does not include drawings or digitally-created imagery.

Anyone who "possesses child pornography for the purpose of satisfying his/her sexual interest" faces imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to one million yen.

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The new law, which went into effect, last summer, made the possession of child pornography illegal. Previously, only the production and distribution of child pornography had been banned.

Funny. Taking a picture is, by all means, production of child pornography.

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One year in prison for getting your jollies with images of under aged girls? Is that all??? How about chemical neutering? That would stop them!

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Disillusioned, not even that. It's "up to" one year in prison, or a fine of "up to" one million yen.

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I don't condone his behavior by any means. But, does a partial view of a breast qualify as porn?

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Really seems to be a resistance to recognition of child pawn here, the language used is not at all derisive but cloudy? Bit more strength in the vocabulary might help enforcing the wrongdoing of taking photos of a young girls Brests uninvited on a public transport service.

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He gets on trains solely for the reason of checking out girl's breasts? Creep!

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Then, many popular fashion magazines are now classified as child porn? My guess is that his illicit photos were of cleavage at most, which abound in the fashion magazines.

People used to say to gawkers, "Take a picture, it'll last longer" but that was long before compact cameras and cellphones.

Note to pervs: keep your eyes, hands and electronic devices stowed away.

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"One year in prison for getting your jollies with images of under aged girls? Is that all??? How about chemical neutering? That would stop them!"

While forcing others to take more drastic measures to hide their activities. No thanks.

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Although this surely is s creep, arrested for the act of taking photographs is BS. Surely there must be other paragraphs to pin this under? Harassment? Photography in itself can not be incriminating. Also, how come are these fools are always "quoted" as uttering self-incriminating "statements"? And how come the police ALWAYS suspect the perp is guilty of MANY more similar occurances, yet have not done squat to PREVENT these occuances. Smells like made up "truthts"....

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Also, how come are these fools are always "quoted" as uttering self-incriminating "statements"?

Sleep deprivation. The other other torture.

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IF they get serious about enforcing this law, Japan is going to need to construct a separate legal system to cope.

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I am not defending this guy, but I don´t quite get the article. He gets "young girl’s breasts through a gap in her clothes"... what is that even supposed to mean? Since when do young girls even have breast? And what gaps in clothing? I am confused. And all this happened on public transport, so are really talking about "child porn"? Bad behaviour, violation of privacy, I guess so, but somehow I had thought that "child porn" is more sinister than some idiot taking photos in train. What am I missing?

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I don't condone his behavior by any means. But, does a partial view of a breast qualify as porn?

Exactly. A lot of these AKB, SKE, NMB girls are underage and they are releasing photo books of themselves prancing around in bikinis. What is that considered?

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While I don't care to know this man's obsessions, Clearly he is a victim in this case. As is this girl he has taken photos of. I think perhaps he can be charged with harassment but child pornography? I don't see how he is guilty of that crime? Was she naked and performing sexual acts on this public train while he captured media of her??

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What am I missing?

Aska WilliB. A sense of societal norms?

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Anyone who takes away the INNOCENCE of a child is wrong. A childhood should be filled with love, caring, respect, and above all; INNOCENCE.

Adults should act like ADULTS. An adult does not pose a child in a provocative way to be photographed. An adult does not do anything sexual with a child.

An adult does not confuse a child about what love is. This also applies to sons, daughters, stepsons, stepdaughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, or ANY child. {A child (also called a minor) is anyone under 18 years old}.

Photographing or videotaping any minor being sexual VIOLATES that minor and produces "CHILD ABUSE IMAGERY" (formerly known as child porn). - "Child abuse imagery" is evidence of a CRIME. VIEWING the crime is a CRIME. And viewing the crime RE-violates that child. And SHARING the crime is a CRIME. And SHARING the crime RE-violates that child. Even VIEWING a "sexual selfie" of a minor is a CRIME. (photos AND videos) And viewing the crime RE-violates that child. And SHARING the crime is a CRIME. And SHARING the crime RE-violates that child.

You DON'T have the RIGHT to violate the privacy, chastity, and dignity of a child.

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I am old and wise. I am retired and a philanthropist. I hope and pray to reach the conscience of the pedophile out there. Maybe I can prevent a child from being exploited or even sexually assaulted today. I wrote this methodized and perspicuous comment about curime because I am taking different things that people in law enforcement have said about this scourge, and I am using my English degree to spell it out from beginning to end, so those few bad apples can read it. If I can save one child, I have done a good deed. :-)

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Skimming through these comments I see two camps. Those who recognize this for what it is - a man acting in a predatory fashion against a young girl, and those who don't recognize this. Bending/interpreting/inquiring into law and wording as to what degree what he did was or was not criminal is beside the point.

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I can't condone what this guy did, but all he did was photograph a girl's bosom! And the girls in the junior idol mags show more skin than this girl did! The new anti-CP is so vaguely worded!

And ever since the LDP returned to power, the Japanese police had gotten way Tokko-like as of recently!

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But, does a partial view of a breast qualify as porn?

Let's see: a partial view of a breast taken without permission and for sexual gratification, one of more than 100 in the last two years.

Hard core it ain't, but it is a guy objectifying children to get his rocks off. Hardly innocent stuff.

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He is quoted as saying “I get excited to peek at the breasts of young girls and I got on the train for that purpose.”

Creepy without a doubt.

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Truly amazing some posters don't get what this perp was doing was wrong, WAS making child porn, was invading privacy etc.............WTF!

It DOESNT matter how much of a child's breast he is getting, the dude needs to be charged & locked up PRONTO!! Pretty damned simple!

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GW,

Truly amazing that people like you jump on the CP-bandwagon as soon as something is out of your reach. Was what he did wrong? Probably. Was inappropriate. Definitely. But CP? Sure, he's a perv walking around taking pictures of young girls, but legally, I dor one want clear definitions and not some vague "stone all them heathens"-mentality. That belings in the past. If this guy should be locked up, he should be so by rule of law and not by arbitrary opinions of the day or laws "interperted"... Japan is already paranoid when it comes to snapping photos and does not need to up the ante there.

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These kind of laws are stupid; its ridiculous give that importance to these trifles

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knoxH,

OK do tell me how this differs from the idiots taking say upskirt shots or putting camera's in washrooms etc???

I guess your fine with those as well, just a "bit creepy" or something...............sorry man what this guy is doing is VERY wrong, very simple to see that, those making excuses, saying its not a big deal...............I think need tore-examine their logic!

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