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Osaka police officer accused of raping teenage girl at beach

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Osaka prefectural police said Thursday that a 27-year-old police officer has been arrested for allegedly getting a minor drunk and then raping her.

According to police, the officer, identified as Masaya Nagata, is accused of plying a female vocational school student, whose age was reported as between 15 and 19 years of age, with alcohol at a beach in Kaizuka on Tuesday, NTV reported. Although the legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years of age, Nagata reportedly pressured the girl to finish her drink in one go, causing her to become intoxicated -- at which point he allegedly raped her.

Investigators were quoted as saying that Nagata has admitted to giving the girl alcohol and to having intercourse with her, but denies rape, NTV reported. Nagata was at the beach with four colleagues and they were all off duty, police said.

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i really think it is time to have a separate category: (alleged?!?!?) police crime. this is sick.

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A cop with a mental balance sheet that needs an overhaul.

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Does Japan have something like an "IA" (Internal Affairs)? This kind of stuff should't happen, but it seems like recently, some police officers are doing some crazy things.

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Dear Japan, I know you have a lot to deal with these days but, please ensure that those whose are working hard work to rebuild Japan, are properly protected with people in uniform we can trust. Hope is fading. Concerned taxpayer.

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AnotherJP finest going the wrong way. JP Diet need to pass a law allowing for death penalty of police officer convicted of sexual crimes with minors.

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An Osaka public servant? Quick! Check him for tatoos! That's the only thing that would explain his deviant behavior. Seriousely though, do they let ANYONE become a police officer in this country? Is there no background checks, not psyhcological profiling of applicants? The article says he was at the beach with four other off duty colleagues. If it turns out they all witnessed or were in the vicinity of this act and did nothing, they should all be charged with accessory to rape and placed PERMANENTLY OFF DUTY!

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Rape should not be taken lightly. In Japan, the mechanisms for exposing misconduct are undeveloped in Japan, police behavior may well be worse than it appears. Most Japanese policemen still thinks they are still above the law. If this guy is found guilty, he should be in jail for long time.

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Man... Another madness, another day, but same culprit(s). It's about time for JT to make an exclusive page in particular for sick b-tard J-coppers.

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I'm sure the whole incident is "highly regrettable" and he will be "duly disciplined". In the fullness of time. When the stars are aligned just so. The department cleaning lady (from some employee dispatch company) will issue an apologetic regret that the whole incident was misunderstood by the public, that should wrap it up.

Trustworthy jcops...

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Another crime by a police officer... another slap on the wrist.

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jcop steals panties, jcop rapes minor, jcop caught taking pictures up skirt. Im starting to see a pattern.

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I think the J-police agency needs to be restructured and retrained. I think in Japan, the system is largely to blame for a lot of these tragic incidents to happen. With the proper training, leadership, transparency, Japan can have an exceptionally good police force.

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Still waiting for the combined "Police/Crime" section. Seems needed more than ever these days. This guy's just sick -- and a police officer knowingly giving her alcohol to boot!

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Yes, we see a lot of these. But background checks will not stop bad apples getting in. also, plenty of cops in other countries get up to all sorts of mischief.

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AWWWW COME ON!!!! ARE U SERIOUS?! DISGUSTING. dude NEVER trust any cops in any country lol i sure don't.

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Since bass4funk kindly mentioned the other cities as an example, I guess it's time for some perspective once again.

@Nigel

Did I say, NY and CA police dept. are THE quintessential, embodiment of a perfect police force? I did not, but coming from, born and raised in LA, I know full well what it was like and how it is now. You will always have a few bad apples, always, and I never said, that the police force in those cities are perfect, but as a citizen, you have rights, absolute rights. Whereas in Japan, you have none or they are not enforced, All I was advocating was that, it was an option and I don't think it would hurt Japan to rebuild or update their police force or are you saying that the J-police are doing an exemplary job in total as a police force. They can't even control the Bosozoku so I don't think it's a bad idea to try something different. This can only benefit Japan.

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Rape should not be taken lightly

Who is taking it lightly? He was arrested.

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also, plenty of cops in other countries

Seriously?!? That's your excuse for raising your arms and saying "shouganai"? Who's following who's example here? What on earth do you think you'll achieve by setting your standards as low as possible, as is so acceptable in Japan?

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Osaka ranks the worst prefecture in terms of rapes.

http://www.asahi.com/national/update/0802/OSK201208020055.html?ref=dwango

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that is the effect of wine is everywhere, at any time and for everybody""s pleasure in almost all occassions !

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The Japanese police department need a complete overhaul. They should be be a better role model for the community and police department should have no tolerance for bad behavior. Fired them if convicted. There are always good people looking for job in law enforcement.

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I'm sure he will end up being truly sorry for and put on paid leave until some other J-copper does something similar and takes the spotlight off of him.

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Sfjp330

There is no tolerance for rape. He will be fired.

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Where were his co-workers? I hope one of them arrested him. Plying a person of any age with alcohol for sex is low, a minor, that's a new category of depraved.

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nigelboy

There is no tolerance for rape. He will be fired.

Gee, only fired you say? I don't think that you realize the gravity of this situation.

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Investigators were quoted as saying that Nagata has admitted to giving the girl alcohol and to having intercourse with her, but denies rape, NTV reported.

Sorry but if an adult has sex with a minor than that is pretty much rape...

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0 Good| Bad DoLittleBeLateAug. 03, 2012 - 09:36AM JST

also, plenty of cops in other countries

Seriously?!? That's your excuse for raising your arms and saying "shouganai"? Who's following who's example here? What on earth do you think you'll achieve by setting your standards as low as possible, as is so acceptable in Japan?

Just pointing out cops are cops the world over. not saying it is ok or that we should accept it. Low standards in Japan? Really? You should get out more.

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Yes Thomas. And losing pension. What else can an employer do?

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This story is about OSAKA. While we westerners sometimes are quick to inject our values and make judgements that assume our police forces are that much better, we know that is not true. It is true that Japan's police force needs a serious adjustment. But, no one nation or city is beyond reproach. Any changes that Japan makes, will only abate this sort of behavior but will never eradicate it. Essentially, the status quo in Japan needs to be address and changed quickly to protect minors more effectively.

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Well smith. Crime does involve the police (arrest, investigation) so don't know why the reason for redundancy.

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Readers, please stay on topic. Comparisons with police in other countries are not relevant to this discussion.

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Who are going to defend the laws of this country if cops are not.

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J cops ? again? Geez.. The whole force badly needs major clean up and reform from top down. Since TIJ that is obviously not going to happen but gosh...the number of incidents involving Jcops is getting ridiculous.

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I wish there was a better idea of how old the girl was, rape is rape and 100% wrong, so don't misunderstand me here.

There is however a difference between a 15 yr old girl and 19 yr old woman. There is not enough information to make a valid judgement about the situation.

That being said though, the cop should have known better, but then what am I saying he IS a JP right?

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Nagata was at the beach with four colleagues and they were all off duty, police said

So one guy raped her while four "colleagues" watched. So there are FIVE criminal cops here, not one, and whether they were all "off duty" or not is of no consequence. They are all sworn officers of the law. Which apparently means very litte in Japan. All FIVE need to be charged with rape or with being an accomplice, and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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@Tom Webb

Yeah, the death penalty for everything! That's the solution to all our problems.

Now that I got my sarcastic comment to Tom's stupid comment out of the way, I can't help but thinking that many police(men?) in this country seem somewhat... immature. Drinking when not working is fine, I guess, but those boys MUST adhere to a higher standard than this kind of shitty behavior. Otherwise they might as well grow a mustache, put on the knickerbocker pants and work in construction.

But I guess the old adage "when drunk, anything goes" are liked by off duty police officers as well?

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If true, fire and jail him. Simple?

Death penalty? No.

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@LH10

AWWWW COME ON!!!! ARE U SERIOUS?! DISGUSTING. dude NEVER trust any cops in any country lol i sure don't.

There's a lot of hard working and responsible police around the world, including Japan.

Now I expect our usual "mature" posters to take the piss but police are the people we turn to if we're the victims of a crime.

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Badly behaving cops are nothing new - police are corrupt the world over. At least in Japan, the police keep their misconduct separate from their jobs and appear to commit their misdeeds when off duty.

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another day, another corrupt Japanese police officer's sexual scandal. This is seriously becoming a major issue in this counrty. Before people say "other countries have corrupt officers too", Japan is a small country, roughly the size of California. To have this many policemen sexually abusing minors is disgraceful, and says alot about the nation as a wwhole.

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i saw a reply that blamed this event on the wine. the wine did not rape this girl, the police officer did. there are countries that do not place limitations on beverages of any type..

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There's probably a lot of other police who would like to teach this guy a lesson. I know for a fact that some of them are very capable of doing so, punishment by his peers would be fitting and severe.

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This loser and his four buddies should be arrested. They had to have known what was going on. It doesn't matter how old the victim is. Intentionally getting anyone blitzed to get some is rape.

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Give him a break : He was off duty !!! Seriously, I don't care if he is a cop or high school teacher, his hierarchy will deal with it, and I wish they make him change career as yes, there are professions you can't do if you are not able to understand the legal age, and underage rules. . Now, let's wait for investigation. The guy was not a gentleman, but ... That could be anything, from the girl being 15 and he really profited that she fainted... and her being 19 yr 11 month and she was tipsy when she followed him to a Love Hotel and that's a case because she is a few days too young to drink.

Intentionally getting anyone blitzed to get some is rape.

All those guys that see you in a bar and offer you a drink....

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Cos, comment very wise. Never haste judgement. What about girl behaviour? Do girls in Japan accept drinking whatever they are told to start with? In many countries, the cop would have denied also forcing her to drink. Perhaps he was also drunk...

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Harsh punishment if so!

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Policeman involved again? Geeezzzzzzzzz... raping a minor and forcing alcohol... That is the product of Japan's porno proliferations. Sites, rental DVd's, etc..

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Consensual sex or not, she is still underage and this loser should be charged with carnal knowledge and supplying alcohol to a minor at the very least! It is 5-7 years in the pen in Australia for such an offense. He will get a three month paycut and have to make an apology. What a great culture!

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I think some of the posters have missed the word "allegedly" used in the first sentence of the article.

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This article doesn't tell the full story. 2 other officers who were with him are also under investigation for sexual harassment.

In Japanese: http://netallica.yahoo.co.jp/news/308926

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jpolice at it again...they should do a shake up of the whole police force

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Basically the problem is not the individual crime, which can and does happen in any country, but the culture of entitlement (by police, by men, by all sempai, etc) and the culture of hiding, and the culture of not ever criticizing.

So ppl aren't' punished (for every guy like this, caught, there are more un-caught), no-one tries to change the system, publicly wee aren't allowed to criticized the police (because since they are there to do good, they are good) and nothing changes.

Thats the real prob, as i see it.

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Gee, only fired you say? I don't think that you realize the gravity of this situation

No one said "only fired."

Maybe you'd prefer a stoning without trial, like in some of the less savory parts of the world.

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It's the beach - they're probably just wanting to do some hooking up, like spring break.

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Hasn't anyone noticed there's an "interesting" title on the same "page" :

More than 200 Canada policewomen file sex harassment class action

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I assume the following will occur based on similar incidents involving those who "help serve and protect the nation":

Large scale demonstrations and protests will occur demanding the police reverse the long-term pattern of misconduct by their members.

National level politicians will loudly advocate disbanding the police.

The Superintendent General of the National Police Agency and Chief Osaka Prefectural Police will visit PM Noda, bow and deeply apologize for the event.

The Police nationwide will hold a "day of reflection" to contemplate their responsibility to serve the public and receive special sexual assault awareness training.

A "courtesy patrol" consisting of senior police officers will be established in areas near police stations to prevent misconduct by off-duty officers.

A Special Action Committee on Osaka (SACO II) will be held to review measures to decrease the burden of the Osaka people hosting large numbers of police boxes.........
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Is there nothing sacred anymore....

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he was off duty, which means he wans't a cop when he had intercourse with her. don't get it mixed up.

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Nishikinohama beach is a real dump. Absolutely full of yunki's. Constantly patrolled by the on duty police and a very questionable place for off duty ones to even be. This was not a spur of the moment act. They went there to pick up underagers.

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For those of you who think that if the girl was older then there isn't a problem, I would say you need to read the article again. It's not JUST about an officer having sex with an underage girl, but a rape case. That means the girl was not willing to have sex with him but felt coerced.

This case is a bit easier for the police to charge the officer with as the girl is underage so it doesn't even matter if the sex was consensual or not.

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"with four other colleagues" What were the other off duty cops doing? Turning a blind eye? Encouraging? How could this happen on a beach? People in authority, i.e. cops, teachers, public servants, supervisors, etc. should be held to a higher standard, hence punished more severely. I can't believe there was even mention of the drinking age in Japan, rape is rape, regardless, the "alleged" intention is the same even if the victim is middle-aged. All five are are allegedly responsible. Poor kid.

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****WHY DO THEY ALWAYS TRY TO EMPHASIZE THAT THE POLICE OFFICERS ARE "OFF DUTY" OR "WERE DRUNK"? Whether they are working or at play....Police officers are should be held responsible for their actions because they are respresentatives of the law! And they are using the same brain to make judgement calls in and out of uniform. Japan's screening process for police officers requires some serious revamping.

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police officer accused of raping teenage girl at beach

So ? What else is new ?

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As much as I love Japan, its stories like this that generally make me nervous about visiting. :/

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Australia 60 times more reported rapes, OK but they are reported and acted on, so what would the rate be in Japan? This behavior is putrid, and it's not isolated or an individual action a "Group" of off duty police again felt it was OK to demean and sexually assault a juvenile. That's pedophilia.

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@Yuburu

I wish there was a better idea of how old the girl was, rape is rape and 100% wrong, so don't misunderstand me here.

There is however a difference between a 15 yr old girl and 19 yr old woman. There is not enough information to make a valid judgement about the situation.

My sentiment exactly. There is not a lot of meat in this article. Where exactly did the alleged rape occur? What kind of drink did she have? And why the huge age range? Is this a Japanese crime-reporting standard? It's odd.

It seems like a lot of knee-jerk reactions because of his off-duty police status.

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Oooh well done, Japan....we all feel much safer now.

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she got drunk and had sex with him, Sounds like his charge should be lowered to sex with a minor(assuming shes young enough). why would he bother getting her drunk if he was planning to rape her. so stupid, what if the genders were the other way around?

stop attacking men.

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Why would he bother getting her drunk if he was planning to rape her?

Well that's a toughie. I can't possibly imagine why.

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Most Japanese policemen still thinks they are still above the law. If this guy is found guilty, he should be in jail for long time.

That's not just in Japan; most Police anywhere know that they are above the law... they think they are the law...

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