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NEC research chief arrested for molesting girl on train

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A 44-year-old man was arrested under prefectural nuisance laws on Tuesday, after he allegedly molested a third-year high school student while riding a train to work.

Kenji Sato, head of the Research Department at NEC Corporation's Common Platform Software Research Labs, is accused of touching the 18-year-old girl's lower body at around 7.30 a.m. as the train traveled between Hiyoshi and Musashikosugi station on the Tokyu Toyoko line. A train security staff member witnessed the incident and apprehended Sato.

The girl had earlier consulted the police, telling them the man had molested her more than 10 times starting in January, and police notified the railway company.

Sato has admitted to the allegation, and was quoted as saying: "She was my type. She kept quiet when I touched her at first, so I kept doing it."

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That was a special research he was doing.

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CaptainPanchira, I lived in Japan for 15 years. A perv on a train is causing plenty of turmoil and should be confronted. The point of my post was that girls and women need to learn it's in their best interest to speak up when assaulted.

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masterkun: I don't think police should be taking the attitude of 'let things work themselves out' in cases of groping especially since no one seems to teach young girls that it is NOT okay if someone touches them without their consent. If girls knew that someone will back them up and help them out in these situations they would be much more likely to come forward.

As it stands now, no one takes it very seriously so the message to these girls is--You are not as important as men. You are just around for eye candy and to please men. And if a man touches you, you should just let him cause that's the way it is.

Police officers, and parents & teachers should all be sending the message that this type of behavior is NOT okay.

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It seems, she enjoyed it first 8 times, reported on the 9th, so he got caught on 10th, right?

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Molenir wrote- "Hes been arrested for being a nuisance, not for molesting a girl, assaulting her repeatedly."

The police are not judge, jury or executioner. They are just police! What he gets arrested for and what he gets charged for in court are two separate things! Besides, the police do this as a tactic so they can rearrest people on separate charges a few weeks later and keep them locked up indefinitely. If they charged him with everything at once he would be out on bail in three weeks!

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CaptainPanchira wrote- "Japanese people don't cause a turmoil because that's not their style! they are not Rambomono, like for instance ... Chinese."

Japanese are not the only people who don't start cracking heads when they don't know what is going on. The girl was not complaining, she was not being held down, her mouth was not being covered, she was not fighting him...it might have been difficult for anyone to have any idea what is going on. Even the groper himself noted how docile she was!

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It was better this way, Sarge. Tromping on his foot might have brought brief satisfaction, but no prosecution. He'd just pick a different victim and continue in his ways.

Hes been arrested for being a nuisance, not for molesting a girl, assaulting her repeatedly. Please note the difference. At worst, he's outted and will have to pay a small fine. Remember this is Japan, they don't believe in punishing anyone except the worst offenders. And even they normally get off with a slap on the wrist.

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keika1628 at 03:18 AM JST - 18th February: He was researching her software and found it was not cross platform so the grope crashed

He should have used a Cross Assembler to resolve incompatibilities or he could at least have utilized some try/catch/final statements!

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He was researching her software and found it was not cross platform so the grope crashed

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What a loser perv.

@CaptainPanchira-Well, maybe they should. This most certainly would diminish the problem. A good slap in the face or kick where it hurts. To allow this and not do anyhting about it is absolutely stupid.

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jianadaren at 06:47 PM JST - 17th February: When will Japanese women (and girls) ever learn to say something? Never hear of this in China~

Never been to Japan huh? Japanese people don't cause a turmoil because that's not their style! they are not Rambomono, like for instance ... Chinese.

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It was better this way, Sarge. Tromping on his foot might have brought brief satisfaction, but no prosecution. He'd just pick a different victim and continue in his ways.

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"She kept quiet when i touched her at first so I kept doing it"

I wonder if he would have kept doing it if she'd stomped on his foot or kneed him in the nuts.

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“She was my type. She kept quiet when I touched her at first, so I kept doing it.”

I hope the warders give you the rubber hose treatment while you are in the can. Lets see you stay quiet when being violated scumbag.

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Japanese will be Japanese!

Moderator: How is this off topic. The story is about Japanese men molesting girls on the train. A common occurrence in Japan.

Moderator: Please lift the level of your contributions which are currently among the lowest on the discussion board.

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Did she inform them each and every time totaling ten, or just once about the ten times at least he did it? Was she finally bored and tattletaled on him?

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Sorry, but anytime the cops' standard procedure is to allow the crime to happen again, especially when the could have easily identified the guy, I'm going to criticize.

Well if you want to jump to conclusions and assume the worst about the police based on 5 brief sentences.... I think it would better to be well informed first. Sounds like the police did a good job and arrested a serial pervert after a complaint was made.

They can't do much without a complaint, you know.

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Well I have to like the attitude of the Japanese Police. Let things work themselves out....and frankly most things do. Be it a domestic problem or a fight on the street. Arrival of the police only inflames the situation. If only America and Australia could learn. Less is better. People react to authority in unpredictable ways. Police intervention causes more harm than good.

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Hey that girl did the right thing! Some gropers are clever...the first few times, they might touch just enough to make a girl wonder if someone just bumped into them because the carriage is so crowded. If she didn't react at first, then he might have gotten braver and the next couple of times she realized she was being groped but was not sure where the hand came from. Eventually, she obviously had it figured out but had brains enough to know that a) it would be his word against hers and b) pointing the finger at the wrong guy could ruin him for life. She was brilliant to report it, the police were brilliant to call the railway company who were then brilliant enough to plant a staff member on board to act as a witness and back up both the accusation that she was being groped and to confirm the right guy was nabbed for it.

For a change, there is a story on here about some authorities not completely mucking things up. Nice work.

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Yea, it is really mysterious that same thing happened more than 10 times in the past, consulted with the police and no action was taken other than just notification. And in this time the sleep of police ended but why this time, need investigation.

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This creep managed to find this girl at least twice a week. It's very possible that she tried to avoid him but he kept following her.

These cops took the lazy way out by telling the train station staff. They should have just sent a plain-clothes female officer with the girl and after a couple of days...wham! You catch the guy in the act! Pretty easy.

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@paulinusa.........are u serious. 3 years for touching a womans butt. You would get less here if you killed your own child. Then again you guys give out 50 years for stealing a car and things. No offence to you. Pardon the pun. Skippy Peanut Butter is the best. It is actually.

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So women should appear submissive and fully cover themselves. Women are molested in Muslim cultures, and they do all those things.

This girl probably tried to avoid this guy and he kept finding her, she realized no one else on the train would back her up, and eventually told the police.

Stop blaming women for the weakness of men.

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Well maybe these young little pretenders shouldnt dress like street corner hookers then. Even the NEC research chief is human. Give him a break.

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Women must understand that the world is in 'SEX AGE' beware with your dressing-up and most of all body language. Don' look any man into his eyes, because if you do that you asking for trouble.

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10 times in the past???? How the hell can you meet up with the same girl in a packed train for so many times ?? Something is not normal here. Most likely the cop is the " intruder " here that disrupted a nice little fantasy between the horny old geezer and the horny young chick.

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When will Japanese women (and girls) ever learn to say something?

it is the culture of this country, always agree to anything

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When will Japanese women (and girls) ever learn to say something? Never hear of this in China~

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Train groping in Japan will never go away as long as the chauvinism is assumed to be inherent in Japanese society.

However, education in women's magazines and the "Train #1 for women only" policy makes it easier for train security and the cops to catch them red-handed.

In America, this is a sex crime, and a punishable offense.

In Japan, it's a crime with a fine.

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Amazing that anyone is coming down on the cops. They outsourced because their presence at the platform or on the train would have alerted the bloke in question in the way seemingly random train security would not. Since they let him approach the girl again (and I don't think an 11th time was going to break her) there is now an eyewitness who is not a cop. What this equals is an almost air tight case against the man. I would think that is the most desirable outcome for most of you.

But bear in mind, the only hole in the case is that the girl waited so long to complain. There is nothing on Earth the cops can do about that. They got the best result for what they had to work with. If they had just walked on the train and asked "Is this the bloke?", then it would be simply her word against his. You just can't please some people.

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This crime was so horrible the girl must have had memory lapses each time, which explains why she never jumped on an earlier train, turned to face the other passengers, or used the women's only train, or any manner of other defensive actions. You actually buying this? Actually it is amazing how ignorant people are of female sexuality. If she was not just curious about all this, then she was enjoying it. And why talk now? Because she has had her kicks and now wants to get paid. Seriously, is there any other explanation for this happening 10 times while knowing its the same guy before going to the cop shop or doing anything at all?

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Probably standard procedure is for railway security to handle these things as trains go a long distance, traverse many jurisdictions and/or prefectures. Think before you criticize.

Sorry, but anytime the cops' standard procedure is to allow the crime to happen again, especially when the could have easily identified the guy, I'm going to criticize.

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Sato has admitted to the allegation, and was quoted as saying: “She was my type. She kept quiet when I touched her at first, so I kept doing it.”

............this guy needs he teeth kicked in...........

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Japanese will be Japanese!

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10 times and they didn't do anything about it until now? LOL keystones at their best

LOL!! (^_^)

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10 times and they didn't do anything about it until now? LOL keystones at their best

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I'm curious to know what the average sentence these train groppers get.

Nothing, they just have to say sorry because it's there word against the womans, unless there is video or a police witness nothing can be "officially" proven, it is more of a public shaming which is a shame in itself.

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I'm curious to know what the average sentence these train groppers get.

They just pay a fine or something

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The train staff just happened to see him? I usually only 2 staff members on a train and this guy saw this incident on a packed train? mmm...

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I'm curious to know what the average sentence these train groppers get. Does anyone have an answer? In the U.S. a sentence for something like this could probably be 2-3 years and even more. I always read reports about these crimes but never learn what the outcome is.

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Holy Crap, how much is wrong with this?? Who is to blame: The girl who quietly allows it to happen, the old guy who thinks the girl is "his type" because she puts up with his groping, NEC who hasn't taken strict action against lowlifes like this, or the local police for leaving the apprehension up to the railway company.

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I want to go to Train Dreams, Mike. Do you think the cops from the local koban will be there?

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The girl had earlier consulted the police, telling them the man had molested her more than 10 times starting in January, and police notified the railway company.

I'm not blaming the girl for the disgusting actions of the groper, but I assume that she got on the same car every time. If this had happened more than ten times, why didn't she at least get on a different car in the train? Unless the guy followed her on the train? In any case, good on her for reporting to the cops and the security staff for apprehending the guy.

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Prefectural nuisance laws? Sounds like a farce charge. Doesn't Japan have sexual assault laws that can be used in cases like this? This sounds as ridiculous as charging somebody for illegally disposing of a body instead of murder just because the police are incompetent investigators. C'mon! Take a step out of the stoneage and crack down on the perversion, molestation, assault and exploitation of women with some laws that have stiff penalties and long jail terms.

I find it even more ridiculous that after the girl complained to police they "informed the railway company". Are they really THAT lazy that they expect the railway company to do their job for them?

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gogogo: NEC powered by Infiltration (... of body parts)

corrected!

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There is even a special bar in Yokohama (called Train Dreams I think)where chikans and chijo (female perverts) can go. They pay 10,000 yen and can stay for 2 hours and touch uniformed young people. There is train noise going on and the participants never see each others faces.

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But still I can't understand a women not slapping this guy as hard as she could.

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Always wondered why statutes such as this are called "nuisance" cases. Nuisance to whom? The victim? The public? Why have such trivial descriptions for a fairly serious crime?

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The girl had earlier consulted the police, telling them the man had molested her more than 10 times starting in January, and police notified the railway company.

But the police were too busy taking bribes and checking for stolen bikes.......

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This girl is 18...not 11 or 12....the guy must have thought it was ok since she did not resist...18....c'mon this is old enough to make a good decision!

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Shackle at 10:30 AM JST - 17th February

 These Japanese boys have gotta lay off the porn!...

...Take your testosterone filled testicles to the local brothel, where you can repent with a professional lady.

That is a very interesting proposition... don't buy porn, go see a prostitute... hmmmmmmm.....

Shackle: after much deliberation, I believe your suggestion might be unrealistic due to the economic value of buying porn over "repenting with a professional lady".

Besides, this guy is 44 yrs old, probably with a family, and works everyday, so he probably doesn't watch porn (or doesn't have the opportunity to watch porn) "48 hours a day" like you imply.

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Haha, i guess this stuff happen alot in trains eh? specially in asian countries. Cool stuff!

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Sato has admitted to the allegation, and was quoted as saying: “She was my type. She kept quiet when I touched her at first, so I kept doing it.”

Another reason why I'm not here for the long haul: a society whose companies wouldn't fire a scumbag like this because it might 'cause problems at his house financially', etc.

I hope Japan is OK with it never being viewed as a democratic, progressive, internationally-minded nation.

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2020hindsight, yes, you are right. Glad you frankly told your experience. When this happens unaware to you, that is the reaction most of the time. A few react otherwise. BUT today, quite a few kniow that this can happen and know what they could do to avoid it. There are a few women groping the little boys too. As Shackle mentioned if it is all that you feed your mind, both men and women, what else can you expect to happen. Maybe, the brain automatically switches to that mode all the time. I was pretty surprised to find what sakura symbolises to some people. It took a while for me to get used to it.

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Yet another loopy Japanese stalker. Sadly, for every one that gets reported and caught there are thousands more go unreported. It is a sickness in this society.

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womanforwomen

They said that the women sometimes do enjoy these surprising encounters. Some of them enjoy it and when they get off the train, after the incident do not look at the groper and pretend that it did not happen.

It may be that they are too embarrassed to confront the situation. How can you say it's the woman's problem! Jeez, it is inappropriate to make sexual advances on the train. There is no proper way to react to it for a start.

And maybe they do enjoy it. When I was younger, a girl molested me on a train and I enjoyed it. However, it is not appropriate behavior. And maybe just because you have no choice to get out of the way.

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See what happens when you watch porn 48 hours a day!!! These Japanese boys have gotta lay off the porn! They seriously believe that they can molest with impunity...... this aint the 1400s boys! Take your testosterone filled testicles to the local brothel, where you can repent with a professional lady. Go now to love and serve the Lord. Peace be with you!

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The men and the women here have to understand that this is inappropriate behavior. From what I hear, it is a problem with both men and women. My Jcolleagues both men and women and aged 50 and over, with good exposure to other cultures were talking about this. They said that the women sometimes do enjoy these surprising encounters. Some of them enjoy it and when they get off the train, after the incident do not look at the groper and pretend that it did not happen. The younger women today see it as an opportunity to make a little money. This has something to do with the culture of asia where it is always the women who is at fault in case of inapproprite sexual encounters. She should have resisted the advances.

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Sato has admitted to the allegation, and was quoted as saying: “She was my type. She kept quiet when I touched her at first, so I kept doing it.”

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Obviously, the cops don't care too much about high school girls getting molested on trains.

Obviously they DID care, for a) she complained b) they did something about it c) the guy got caught. What more do you want?

Probably standard procedure is for railway security to handle these things as trains go a long distance, traverse many jurisdictions and/or prefectures. Think before you criticize.

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As long as they keep paying hush money or settle out of court not much will change in this culture. The men (women too) have deep sexual issues derived from a thousand years of many things that contributed to many of their society issues as well. The cops never want to get involved as I hear they are underpaid as it is...and I also have zero faith in justice or even proper simple cop duty here. This whole chikan thing will never go away.

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The answer to Japan's chikan problem: Steel-toe-shoes... they can be used to protect more than toes!

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Doesn't take long for the gropers to grab the train-related headlines again.

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Hahaha she kept quiet, so I guess he thinks she liked it! Hahaha how some of these intelligent Chief heads can be so socially inept is beyond me.

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“She was my type. She kept quiet when I touched her at first, so I kept doing it.”

In fact, she did not keep quiet insofar as she notified the police immediately. So this proves the causal link between the police inaction and the repeated (and totally avoidable) sexual assaults. Yet again a situation where a girl would be entitled to sue the cops, city, prefecture for damages in any other place but, alas, it will never happen here.

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...Diddler

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Why the heck did the girl let this guy grope her for so long?

This thread is going to be long, BUT, why the hell didn't the police intervene when they were notified? Railway staff have NO legal means to arrest this guy. That's what these keystone clowns are for.

The girl should be allowed several kicks to his nether regions.

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But Japanese girls/women also have serious issues. Why the heck did the girl let this guy grope her for so long? He's pathetic for groping her and she's pathetic for allowing it to go on for so long. Grab some "#""s women!!

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Japanese men have serious issues...

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The girl spoke to police about the man in January, telling them he had molested her more than 10 times, and police notified the railway company

WTF? Why would they notify the railway company? Too busy to leave the koban? This is disgusting. The cops don't know how to do police work so they leave it to private railway security?

All they had to do was ask the girl what time the guy was on the train, send a plainclothes officer with her and bag the guy, but instead they chose to notify the railway company security.

Obviously, the cops don't care too much about high school girls getting molested on trains.

I can understand why some women don't want to report things like this to the cops. It's not that their afraid, it's that they know the cops are utterly useless.

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