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SDF pilot arrested for taking photos up girl's skirt at train station

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A 42-year-old Air Self-Defense Force pilot has been arrested after he took photos up a girl's skirt at a train station in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as Shigetaka Katagiri, took photos up a 27-year-old woman's skirt with his smartphone, while riding an escalator at Nagareyama Otakanomori station at around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, TBS reported.

Police said that while taking the pictures, Katagiri's phone came into contact with the woman's buttocks, causing her to notice and cry out. Katagiri attempted to flee the scene, but was chased and caught by the woman and a man who had been nearby at the time.

According to Ministry of Defense officials, in April of this year, Katagiri was transferred from the ASDF to the Ministry of Defense Inspector General Headquarters. As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols.

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"As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols"

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According to Ministry of Defense officials, in April of this year Katagiri was transferred from the ASDF to the Ministry of Defense Inspector General Headquarters. As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols.

I'd facepalm harder, but due to these cases being all too frequent, my nose is now in a somewhat fragile condition.

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Is "girl" really an appropriate term in the headline for a 27 year-old?

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Police 'Down' Pilot. (As a pilot he should be shooting aerial photography, not on the ground.)

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Oh, the irony !!! Due to the late hour of the offense, will his defense be that he was drunk? He and his high flying Smartphone will both be grounded.

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@Burning Bush.

Hear, hear...especially seeing this in the article:

up a 27-year-old woman’s skirt with his smartphone

Bad form, Japantoday.

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oh not another one again:

A 42-year-old Air Self-Defense Force pilot has been arrested after he took photos up a 27-year-old’s skirt at a train station while riding an escalator in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture.

Police said that while taking the pictures, Katagiri’s phone came into contact with the woman’s buttocks, causing her to notice and cry out. Katagiri attempted to flee the scene, but was chased and caught

As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols. (sic)

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Here we go with the pervs with the upskirt shooting

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Can't these pathetic lowlifes just use the internet for porn like the rest of the civilized world?

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Absolutely everything is Japan is backwards and opposite.

If you say Good then it was bad. If they bad then it's good.

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"His phone came into contact with her buttocks...." Ha ha, that's bush league. Page 1 of the hentai manual.

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When I want my fix I just google shaved Japanese....

No need to go around taking photos of girls panties, hell you simply need to ride the train and you will get your share, even if you don't want it! People in this country really need to learn how to sit properly.....

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And who takes the pics that they guys would Google for.

Often it is the chase of getting a good shot that drives them. If not they could hire a girl.

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"As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols." Seriously, you could not think this stuff up... WTF Japan, it seems as if when you become a public servant or get a job in uniform here you get issued a manual of upskirt photo shooting or something...

while taking the pictures, Katagiri’s phone came into contact with the woman’s buttocks, Thats too damn close.. Btw, can`t wait to hear his bureaucrat bosses countermeasures - wonder if they might issue him a "severe reprimand letter" and "take steps to restore public trust" over this "regrettable incident" ...next.

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I remember years ago when camera phones were introduced with the ability to turn of the shutter sound. My Japanese girlfriend at that time told me that she didn't like that feature because too many guys would use it to take perv pics.

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it was an accident guys, he was looking at his phone when he bumped into the girl and he panicked when the girl started shouting...its not as it seems

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Voyeurism is a criminal act and in the mental health profession we define it as a mental disorder. It is considered to be a paraphilia which is an abnormal sexual activity. As such it is important for people with this mental illness to seek professional help. Seeking professional help from a professional psychologist or psychiatrist will help you understand yourself and your disorder. It will help you deal with your feelings, and emotions changing your behavior to a better way of life. Unfortunately there are many misconceptions about mental illnesses in modern society. We should never judge a human being or make them feel inferior for having a mental disorder and treat them with respect and dignity. Be grateful you don't suffer from any mental illnesses.

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She probably felt the shock waves of his sonic boom. Unfortunately for this hypocritical pervert, he was unable to escape.

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Too late to bail out now?

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Can we change this appalling sexist headline. A 27 year-old is not a girl.

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You'd think that being a pilot, he wouldn't have to resort to underhanded sneaky practises like that with the ladies.

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What a dweeb! And then the woman chased him and caught him. If he were in the US, the teasing from fellow soldiers would be worse than any fines or jail time, but here they'll be asking him what kind of camera he prefers. Where is ijime when we really need it?

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Zichi, I gave you a point.

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Why...... I just do not understand why?

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Voyeurism is a criminal act and in the mental health profession we define it as a mental disorder.

@Novenachama The legal and psychological definitions are two totally different things. Lots of guys have been busted for this that no psychologist would determine was an actual voyeur in need of psychological treatment.

Taking upskirt photos is not proof that a man that is abnormal or even a pervert. Its just proof that he violated laws and social rules to get what near every man wants.

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Pilot named Katagiri

Oh wow another one

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what's wrong with buying your porn? why harass females who don't care to show their private parts in public? there are plenty of females who like to show all their stuff on the internet or as a job(strippers, av stars). there is definitely something wrong with people who do this. would you want some pervert taking secret panty shots of your mother/wife/daughter? anyone who doesn't think this is a problem is crazy.i just don't understand.but at least he went after a grown woman and not a underage girl.and although i've long since left my girlhood behind, i still am and always will be a GIRL!

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Don't understand how the phone could come into contact with her buttocks. Way to close to get a decent picture. Maybe bumping her legs, but her buttocks? And I assume the police found at least one picture on his phone. Otherwise, not much of a case. Lastly, JT really should change "girl" to woman. Rather sexist to call a 27 year old a "girl."

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Taking upskirt photos is not proof that a man that is abnormal or even a pervert. Its just proof that he violated laws and social rules to get what near every man wants.

"What every man wants" is readily available, especially in Japan. This guy prefers a picture of the clothing that covers what every man wants because he's such a dweeb. He especially wants to take pictures of someone who has not invited him to do so, so yes, he has violated laws and social rules, but he is also a pervert with a capital P. They ought to post his picture at nearby train stations on the Dweeb board, and issue paintball guns to female victims to tag him.

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anyone who doesn't think this is a problem is crazy.

@rydangel Agreed. But I think the real arguments happen over the exact reasons why its a problem or even exactly why so many men are doing this. Some people just don't want to hear the truth about some points of masculine nature and think that suggestions of "just watch some net porn" are really going to be a solution.

In truth, men don't really want porn. Porn is just a substitute for what they really want. What they real want is real, live women, and every step closer to that is more compelling than the last. But this method of getting closer to real live women is very selfish, very inconsiderate, and therefore against laws and social norms. But its madness to think average men are not at least tempted. All us straight guys have been tempted. Most of us don't go there simply for fear of being caught and publicly humiliated.

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As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols.

Ha ha! Now that is funny! I have caught perverts with their cameras stuck up a girl's bum over half a dozen times. The first time I tried to nab him and I was the one who got into trouble from the police. He got a warning and was out of there in half an hour. I got detained for nearly two hours and was told by the police to stay out of Japanese business. Another time I enthusiastically asked the guy to show me the photo he took. His reaction was priceless! His jaw dropped and he bolted from the station. Now, I just give them a thump on the shoulder and a dirty look. The reaction is still the same though. They runaway like the pathetic little cowards they really are. Bloody sicko perverts!

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Police said that while taking the pictures, Katagiri’s phone came into contact with the woman’s buttocks, causing her to notice and cry out. Katagiri attempted to flee the scene, but was chased and caught by the woman and a man who had been nearby at the time.

According to Ministry of Defense officials, in April of this year, Katagiri was transferred from the ASDF to the Ministry of Defense Inspector General Headquarters. As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols.'''

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Probably he is assigned because he is an expert in pervert action in past. A majority of people do not behave like that so he is not normal - he belongs to a pervert category. Well, fellow perverts may defend him but because of his position, and he was caught by two civilians and there are bunch of eye witness, Ministry of Justice in in a biggest trouble in its history.

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Mind you, my understanding is that what these men are arrested for is causing a disturbance in a public place or disrupting business when it happens in a train station. The idea being that JR does not authorize you to do this sort of thing and it hurts their business when you do it. Just like a protester or busker etc.

Despite what most people think, taking these pervy photos is not clearly a crime per se. (Although the physical contact in this particular case would probably amount to a crime). I image that someday one of these guys is going to fight the charges to clarify this point.

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"As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols."

Too classic! As usual the screening protocols for jobs in Japan are strict and the job requirements tip-top.

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As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols.

Who gave him this position?And why? He is obviously unsuited.

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whats the harm exactly, just try looking up the elevator and you are very likely to see lots of ass.. the guy just wanted a reminder.. pitiful maybe but there is no harm to the woman, she is totally anonymous. And hey, if the woman dont like guys to look up , either wear something under or a longer skirt or dont ride elevators.. do they expect every guy to just look down...or is that ignorance ?

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"Off we go, into the wild blue yonder, flying high, into the [censored]."

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I know there have been some court cases in the US (Massachusetts) recently about this, and it was decided that upskirt videos were legal. Some people want to change the law so that it becomes illegal. The crux of the argument was that if body parts are covered, and it is in a public place, then it is not illegal, but I really think this is missing the point, which is the right of the woman to privacy. People have the expectation, when they are in public, of not having their undergarments photographed.

If someone gives permission, go to a room and do what you want, but out in public, if someone photographs a woman's private areas against her will, especially touching her the way this guy did, I think he deserves some jail time and a fine at the very least.

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@ Disillusioned "I got detained for nearly two hours and was told by the police to stay out of Japanese business."

aint that something, those like that should all come out with their feelings like that...so that all other than Japanese can be enlightened cause once the WRONG people know this....

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Maybe if the girl was wearing a long dress instead of a mini skirt while going up an escalator, this would not happen.

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@Farmboy

It's probably a difficult issue since it clearly is so obviously wrong, but it's hard to isolate in words exactly what is illegal about it without catching other perfectly legal photographic activities.

I think the problem with making a general principled statement about privacy like 'People have the expectation, when they are in public, of not having their undergarments photographed' is that every case would then have to turn on it's own facts. Specifically, what can be seen in the photo that a child or short adult could not have seen? If we don't criminalize the act of taking the photo itself, it would get even more complicated if there was no dispute that a photo was taken but the evidence was deleted before the police ever arrived. The only alternative seems to be exactly what the police in Japan are doing which is attacking the problem through somewhat unrelated charges.

I would also throw into the debate that some cultures find ankles to be the most erotic thing about a woman. If a woman's shoe were to accidently slip off in public and someone were to take a photo, causing her great personal embarassment, can we say that a crime has occured? (It's just something to think about!)

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That's what fighter jocks call a Heads Up Display (HUD)...

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ITT: Feminists complaining that being called a "girl" is offensive. You know, there are actual, real female issues out there you could be tackling instead with your time instead of this translation. Last I checked appearing youthful was an ideal in Japanese society anyway.

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Obviously not a stealth fighter pilot.

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'Maybe if the girl was wearing a long dress instead of a mini skirt while going up an escalator, this would not happen.'

In Japan, I've read about mirrors on the end of sticks and tiny 007-esque cameras in women's toilets. These people are ingenious. If Japanese women wore the burqa, these pervs would still find a way of getting a panty shot.

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M3M3M3,

Looks like they did get it banned in Massachussets, right after the ruling I mentioned, where the guy who was doing this went free. Evidently, as you said, with the desire not to restrict normal photography, the wording was tricky, but they did manage to get the job done.

http://news.yahoo.com/ruling-massachusetts-bans-upskirt-photos-164436809.html

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This occurred in Japan, not Massachussets that is one of 50 states, not entire USA. Nothing o do with Japanese Ministry of Defense official whose action caused 2 civilians captured him .... Japan, not Mass,

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Thanks @Farmboy

I didn't find the specific wording of the Massachussets law, but I found the summary which is:

The legislation makes the secret photographing, videotaping, or electronically surveiling of another person's sexual or other intimate parts, whether under or around a person's clothing or when a reasonable person would believe that the person's intimate parts would not be visible to the public, a crime

It's very crafty. The reasonable person standard seems to deal with situations where the photo is deleted but there is some other evidence (witness, cctv etc) about what the photo 'might have' caputured. But it still seems quite difficult to prosecute without clear evidence. I suppose passing any law, whether it can withstand a challenge or not, is enough for US prosecutors since it makes plea bargaining possible.

@toshiko

The reason Massachussets is relevant is because it is the only jurisdiction in the world that seems to have passed a law explicitly criminalizing this sort of behaviour. It could be a blueprint for Japan.

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Too classic! As usual the screening protocols for jobs in Japan are strict and the job requirements tip-top.

@smithinjapan What is truly classic is the continuing surprise that people given authority misbehave, and often with some sort of relation to the authority they are given, despite it happening over and over and over again.

Something is only truly ironic if happens infrequently. When its a pattern, its different.

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Oh, the world is full of strange people. Especially in Japan, and in summer, seeing some lady's underwear flashing from under a very short skirt is a very common occurrence, even if you don't want it... why did he had to take a picture?

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@JT

Where did you get this story from?

I just googled "Shigetaka Katagiri arrested" and JT is the only English news source with this story. (There are also 2 "blogs" I found with the same story, as far as I looked, that have the same story word for word, apparently getting their news directly from this site)

Which is odd. I thought other English sites based on Japanese news would have this story too.

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It's not a made up story if that's what you are suggesting.

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/news/CK2014080602000243.html

By definition, someone must always first to break/translate a story. You have just experienced the phenomenon known as 'news'.

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His name should be changed to OnnaMiri. 女身リ

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@M3M3M3

Just asking. No source is shown.

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Too late to bail out now?

He did not have permission to buzz the tower and his evasive maneuvers were lacking.

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Crash and Burn.

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That's why I always wear at least knee-length skirts. Makes these guys' lives quite difficult.

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Where did you get this story from?

@ReformedBasher

Here is the report on TV Asahi: http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000032078.html

This particular news report said that his phone touched her legs (足に当たった). It didn't say anything about the phone touching her buttocks.

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All the commenters on here who are recommending porn are the problem too. Even if this guy is sick to the core, so are those who buy porn because both kinds of men view women as sexual objects and have no respect for women as a human being.

These perverts are a major problem in Japan. They should be ashamed of themselves. Basically, these men prefer to have the character of an animal over the character of a disciplined, honourable and wise person?? Someone you would want to look up to, not look down at.

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Can we change this appalling sexist headline. A 27 year-old is not a girl.

Considering the maturity level of those in their twenties, especially the female sex, in Japan I would say that "girl" is an appropriate word.

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"a 42-year-old Air Self-Defense Force pilot has been arrested after he took photos up a girl’s skirt at a train station in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture... According to police, the suspect, identified as Shigetaka Katagiri, took photos up a 27-year-old woman’s skirt..."

Can't blame Katagiri for being curious about a 27-year-girl-woman, lol. Seriously, though, some Japanese dudes are weird and dumb...

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@Crush Them

Let me review the legal definition of voyeurism. In the criminal code a person who, for the purpose of obtaining sexual arousal or sexual gratification observes a person who is engaged in a private act without the consent of the person being observed for that purpose, and knowing that the person being observed does not consent to being observed for that purpose, is guilty of an offence. In other words it is a crime. If a person decides to go see a psychologist or psychiatrist it is up to the professional practioner to evaluate and determine the most appropriate treatment if necessary and then decide whether the person has a disorder or not.

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SDF pilot arrested for taking photos up girl's skirt at train station

This Special Defense Freak (SDF) was using his smartphone screen as a Heads Up Display (HUD) to pilot up a young woman dress. I guess he crash landed. He should never fly again!! LMAO

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@M3M3M3: How about Nevada? We don't have similar law like MS because such actioned people are just accused of attempted rape, etc, He had camera so more charges would be added in Nevada justice system.

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JT the title is misleading. "Up girls skirt " suggest a younger girl not a 27 year old young woman.

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Maybe if the girl was wearing a long dress instead of a mini skirt while going up an escalator, this would not happen.

Sigh...... theres always one in every thread like this, isnt there?

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According to Ministry of Defense officials, in April of this year, Katagiri was transferred from the ASDF to the Ministry of Defense Inspector General Headquarters. As inspector general, Katagiri had been in charge of enforcing sexual harassment prevention protocols.

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Probably the office is a dumping place of experienced perverts? Giving general title.

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Would the phrase "only in Japan" be appropriate in this case? You'll never see anything like it anywhere else in the World on a commuter train from a Soldier that's supposed to be protecting the citizens...

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@NathalieBAUG. 09, 2014 - 01:03AM JST

Maybe if the girl was wearing a long dress instead of a mini skirt while going up an escalator, this would not happen.

Sigh...... theres always one in every thread like this, isnt there?

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So there is always people who blame victime. I sigh, too.

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With guys like this protecting Japan, who needs the likes of China, the Koreas and Russia?

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OMG! So MANY perverts, even in police and SDF.......

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Maybe if the girl was wearing a long dress instead of a mini skirt while going up an escalator, this would not happen.

Don't be jerk: stop blaming the victim!

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@MeanRingo

With guys like this protecting Japan, with regard to protecting, there is always someone thumbing down, a comment as if Japan, can do no wrong, this is also expanded to protecting its image. Fine you can keep your dreams to yourself but dont try to impose your disdain for the truth on the world. It will never work.

This is also a characteristic of many parts of Asia, as a Politician in America once said as he refered to "that part of the world"- I wont name him. Another counter part are the thirsty and simps, as was indicated on another website.

Therefore hidden behind the repetitious thumbs down on sane post gives you a glimps of the pervasive sickness/ fanatasy/disdain that exist for any comment deemed as not "saving the face". Not to be confused with the "poker face"

They may continue to thumbs down rational reponses from other than the rigid Japanese cult, but thankfully other websites call such thumbs down's for normal rational assessments as ridiculus. If criticism, and critical thinking is disliked/discouraged , coupled with censorship, the world should fully know such practices becuase the are pervasive and stem throughout this cult. this...btw the UN already knows this. Pluralism, and double standards are the order of the day. Just compare the news titles here.

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@Sensato

Thanks for the link.

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It is summer so many people wear a short skirt. Long dress in summer?

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If it's free to see, then the world can share in on the fun!

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Is it wrong that I literally sighed in relief hat it WASN'T a junior or senior high school student he was photoing?

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im glad that wasent my sister that creep would feel my fist in his face u dont behave like that in public i hope he gets what he deserves

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I can see it now:

"I swear officer, I was just messing with the camera on my phone when I tripped into this woman, and I just happened to get a clear picture of everything underneath her skirt."

Yeah, ok. And he's the sexual harassment and assault guy. Good job.

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