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Panties stolen from man in Nagoya by male/female team of thieves

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

By most metrics, crime levels are very low in Japan. Unfortunately though, panty theft isn’t unheard of, and so ordinarily someone getting arrested for stealing panties wouldn’t be all that noteworthy in and of itself.

However, an incident that took place in Nagoya was anything but ordinary, even by Japanese panty theft standards. Last week, the police arrested 25-year-old Koki Mori for breaking into a home in Moriyama Ward, the same part of the city in which Mori lives. After gaining entry, Mori made off with 34 pairs of panties.

One might expect that Mori’s crime was the result of his infatuation with a woman who lived in the house, but according to police reports the sole occupant of the home is a 37-year-old man. In another unexpected twist, Mori’s accomplice in pulling off the panty raid, who has also been arrested, is a woman in her 20s.

The burglary happened back in November, but it wasn’t until last week that investigators arrested Mori and his partner in crime. “I entered the home and stole panties and other items,” admitted Mori, and a search of his home turned up some 170 stolen items. It’s unclear whether Mori knew that there was a treasure trove of panties inside the man’s house (either for his personal use, decorative purposes, or perhaps for guests), or if he’d already decided to rob the place and just happened to come across, and decide to snag, a few dozen pairs of panties during the heist.

Ostensibly, the panties will be returned to their rightful owner once they’re no longer needed as evidence in the case. It’s likely, though, that after several months in the thief’s possession, the owner would rather just replace the lingerie, especially since, according to police estimates, the total market value of the 34 pairs of panties is a mere 4,500 yen.

Source: Tokai TV via Yahoo! News Japan via Jin

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You just can't make this stuff up.

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Probably the most bizarre headline I've read for a long time.

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This is going to be the "only happens in Japan" headline around the world for the near future.

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Oh my. :)

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For those who's not Japanese, "panty" refers to men's brief in American English.

This is not a case of thieves stealing a dude's women's panty collection.

-11 ( +4 / -15 )

Thanks, @Samit Basu, but North American English is my native tongue, and if a man in the U.S. ever referred to the panties he was wearing, he’d be laughed out of the room and reminded of it for years to come.

Please check an American English dictionary like Merriam-Webster or American Heritage to confirm.

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Ha ha ha that is so funny, just what I need on this grey dreary day. A ray of sunshine ha ha ha

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the panties will be returned to their rightful owner once they’re no longer needed as evidence in the case.

Alright! Just uh......just gonna file this under uhh......"WTH" for future reference!

Like seriously! Who would happily take them back? I know they said the owner would most likely not want them back, but the fact that that option was available?

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I Love Japan !!..

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This is going to be the "only happens in Japan" headline around the world for the near future.

Mate, Olympics in an exploding mutating pandemic will probably bet panties, hands down.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Another fascinating, informative and insightful article from SoraNews.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Gender equality a little bit misunderstood....lol

2 ( +2 / -0 )

4500 yens only.

How long did it take them to assess to that special price ?

My dozen knickers are worth way more than that, if washed ;)

Learning thieves for sure.

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For those who's not Japanese, "panty" refers to men's brief in American English.

Thanks, @Samit Basu, but North American English is my native tongue, and if a man in the U.S. ever referred to the panties he was wearing, he’d be laughed out of the room and reminded of it for years to come.

Please check an American English dictionary like Merriam-Webster or American Heritage to confirm.

Samit is correct. He was not saying that the word "panty" in English means men's briefs. He was saying that Japanese often refer to men's briefs as "panties".

My wife does it all the time, no matter how often I correct her.

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Really bizarre but very entertaining to read. Definitely only in Japan. Maybe he was planning to replace them with a new set of panties like that thief who loved sniffing old shoes.

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Sora news needs to get a Pulitzer.

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The trick is to get the knickers in a twist.

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Oh Japan! Never a dull day. I understand every word in the article but have no idea whatsoever what really happened or why.

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@Samit Basu

For those who's not Japanese, "panty" refers to men's brief in American English.

Did you mean in Japanese? That’s most certainly not the meaning in American English. I’m American, and as Gwylly said, it most certainly is NOT used to mean men’s briefs. :)

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@GaryPen

Samit is correct. He was not saying that the word "panty" in English means men's briefs. He was saying that Japanese often refer to men's briefs as "panties".

He clearly wrote “in American English.”

And besides, I don’t think that’s what it means in Japanese either. My Japanese husband just laughed and said no when I double checked with him. “panties” refers to women’s underwear in both American English and Japanese.

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One might expect that Mori’s crime was the result of his infatuation with a woman who lived in the house, but according to police reports the sole occupant of the home is a 37-year-old man. In another unexpected twist, Mori’s accomplice in pulling off the panty raid, who has also been arrested, is a woman in her 20s.

What?? I tried to come with with a funny comment, but I don´t think I can top the article as it is.....

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He clearly wrote “in American English.”

Yes. "Men's brief" in American English. Not "panty".

Pretty clearly, indeed.

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Yes, Lunatics come in all shapes and colors.

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It’s likely, though, that after several months in the thief’s possession, the owner would rather just replace the lingerie, especially since, according to police estimates, the total market value of the 34 pairs of panties is a mere 4,500 yen.

If, indeed, the translator meant 'panties' as understood in Amerilish (sorry...), the above sentence from the article is "just adorable". What is it about news in Japan that causes me to suspect that "market value" was NOT the main concern of this 'collector'. Yeah, I know it's presumptive but this story did not gain national attention because no one else had such thoughts... this whole 'panties' thing for so many men is so sad it's absolutely hilarious...y'know, ya just feel so bad for the people stuck in that kind of behavior but it is sooo paralyzingly silly just thinking about it creates a contant, almost compulsive laugh...oh no, I HAVE TO turn the page or I'll suffocate...this one got me somehow...

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Thanks, @Samit Basu, but North American English is my native tongue, and if a man in the U.S. ever referred to the panties he was wearing, he’d be laughed out of the room and reminded of it for years to come.

Ever hear of Manties, lol?

http://www.manties.net/?vm=r

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So much less trouble overall to just order what you want on-line and have it delivered. No risk, no drama. Some people just have no judgement.

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Hi, @garypen.

Thanks for your input. In my many years in Japan, I’ve never heard パンティー used in Japanese to refer to men’s underpants. The article also mentions “lingerie,” a word I’ve also never heard used for men’s underwear. So after reading the article — clearly about female undies — I couldn’t get the meaning of @Samit Basu’s sentence and parsed it as having “panties” as the subject.

Your reading also works, and your point is well taken. If given the following choices, which one would you tend to use?

1. For those who are not British, "crisps" refers to “potato chips” in American English.

2. For those who are not British, "potato chips" refers to “crisps” in American English.

(Or 3. For those who are not British, "potato chips" in American English are what the British refer to as “crisps.”)

Finally, a Google search using the keyword パンティ showed lots of female undergarments, but no men’s briefs. The original title on Yahoo News is:

37歳男性宅に侵入し女性用下着34枚盗んだか 20代男女逮捕 男「パンティーなど盗んだのは間違いない」

Thanks again, though, @garypen & @Samit Basu. Any food for thought is a good thing. Stay safe and enjoy GW!

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Years and years ago I had my underwear stolen off the lines. Just the underwear. Shirts, trousers and socks left alone. I was on the first floor, which made the theft easy.

I told the story to my next door neighbor, a professor of French. He said this had happened many times before in our apartment buildings. He said a colleague of his heard someone making noises on the balcony. The colleague was sure it was the underwear thief but he did not was to draw the curtain in case the culprit was a fellow professor.

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