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Senior Chiba police officer arrested for indecent exposure on train

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A senior Chiba prefectural police officer was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly committing an act of public indecency on a train. Police said that Masaki Morikawa, 57, who was promoted to commanding officer of the prefectural police force on Feb 8 after previously serving as assistant chief of police, is accused of exposing his genitals to a 23-year-old woman sitting opposite him on a Sobu Line train at about 10:30 p.m.

Several other passengers helped to subdue and detain Morikawa, while the woman reported the incident to the station staff. Morikawa has denied the charges, saying, "I have no memory of this."

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ha ha ha!!!

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This is an example of Japanese Police leadership?? Sad!!

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...Oh wow. Was he drunk or something? He had to be subdued and detained, it's not like it was one person's word against his (not that that would invalidate anything). Why would he lie about it?

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“I have no memory of this.”

Well, he's always got a bright future with the DPJ if he gets canned from his police job. He'll likely get suspended with half pay for a month, and be demoted, but that's probably it. Anyway, if the woman saw this and other passengers knew enough about it to subdue the guy, it's pretty clear we have yet another example of a fine J-cop -- actually been a while since the last police officer groping/lewd act.

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Caught after his promotion only the day before. Really long tenure! And he is/was the commanding officer of the prefectural police. Simply amazing!

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who was promoted to commanding officer

Oh, he was going "commando" alright!

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Probably still hung over from the "omedetou" party all night and may very well not remember this stupid incident. Doesn't get him off the hook, though.

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Demote him and transfer him to Saitama Prefecture.

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It's like an old joke.

Women who are unconfortabe seeing a man's "manlihood":

a. Should try to be more open minded.

b. Should avert her eyes.

c. Shouldn't sit across from him on the train in the first place.

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All together now..."suspended sentence"...with a 10% pay forfeiture for three months. Nobody will put this man in jail.

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@techall: This lewd behavior is NO JOKE. It's illegal. Why do you think it's the woman's responsibility to be more open minded, avert her eyes, etc.? Why further victimize the woman? Why do you assume that she was "uncomfortable"? What if this woman was a girl instead and this public servant again chose to expose himself in public? What if this woman was your daughter/sister/mother/wife? Thankfully others on the train felt compelled to act responsibly so this person could be apprehended. And, BTW, it's "manhood" not "manlihood" - lol.

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Nobody will put this man in jail.

I hope not. It's stupid, offensive behaviour, but hardly worth prison.

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sctaber56: I'm sure techall was being sarcastic, (this is obviously wildly inappropriate behavior for anyone).

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He was probably just a little warm and had to cool off a bit.

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One of our office staff likes to expose himself to the ladies when drunk. He too probably does not remember the next day. Unfortunately I do.

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@Kenguy: You're far more generous than I. My point is that, in this case, the woman sitting innocently on the train was the person wronged, not the man, though probably drunk, behaved illegally when he chose to publically expose his genitalia to her. As for me, sadly I don't think techall was being sarcastic and possibly may not feel that this really was lewd and inappropriate behavior.

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@sctaber56: Kenguy is right, I was being sarcastic. I didn't make up the joke, I just quoted it. Anyway, If he has no recall of the incident he either was so drunk he had memory blackout, in which case he shoudn't be a cop, he has alzheimer's, in which case he should not be a cop or he is lying through his teeth, in which case he should not be a cop.

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I have no memory of this... i.e. "Kioku ni gozaimasen" has been a very old trying to get out of jail free card used by politicians for years...

I prefer police doing silly things like this than going around beating people senseless like they do here in Australia and many other parts of the world. The bad thing about excessive use of force by police is, they never get done for it.

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he has an impressive ( shocking !! ) " resume " !!

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KSB1978: "I have no memory of this... i.e. "Kioku ni gozaimasen" has been a very old trying to get out of jail free card used by politicians for years..."

Hence my comment that he'd make a good DPJ member. Regardless, it's not 'silly' at all, it is a criminal offense, and he should be subject to the full extent of the law. Like politicians, sadly, he won't be, for that is the way of position in Japan. A Republican in the US just submitted his immediate resignation for simply sending a shirtless picture of himself, due to the embarrassment he caused his family and what not. In Japan, this cop will simply get a minor slap on the wrist for committing an actual crime by pulling his junk out on the train and later saying, "I have no memory". The law will side with him, and it will be justified by a punishment that means nothing in the long run.

Hey, as you said, police everywhere do wrong, and sometimes the consequences are far more severe than they are here (ie. the victim of the police crime dies), but that is no excuse to let it go or treat it any less seriously.

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hahahaha “I have no memory of this.”

That is the best he could do? lol

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@techall: Thanks for the clarification. I agree with you 100% about this guy having no business being in law enforcement and protecting the public when he's the menace! As for my own experience when I was a much younger woman living in Japan, I was gropped twice in downtown Kyoto by some fellow who, when I caught up with him and gave him a real earful, he just looked at me incredulously as if to ask,"What have I done wrong?" Fortunately he didn't get so far as to expose his "manhood"; then and now the memory of the experience is still gross and very upsetting none-the-less.

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I am wondering if this guy seriously has all his marbles about him, to do something so utterly stupid in front of so many witnesses. A touch of mad cow perhaps? Early Alzheimers? It just seems so crazy to do something so obvious especially given the position he is in.

I got flashed in Shibuya once. I just shook my head, tutted sympathetically and said "Kawaiso, ne" and walked on.

Bet that guy won`t do it again for a while. I actually walked away feeling guilty for victimising HIM!

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Some men do stupid things, and that's all there is to it.

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Some men do stupid things, and that's all there is to it.

Sarge - I've done some very,very stupid things in my time - on the drink especially - but I'm pretty sure I've never exposed myself on a train like this policeman! Where do they get these turkeys from?

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He must have been dead drunk !

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Some men do stupid things, and that's all there is to it.

Sarge, what is wrong with you? You describe this disgusting act of perversty as simple stupidity? Very sad.

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Exposing yourself in public is stupid (as well as illegal), but unless he's getting a sexual thrill from it, I'm not sure it could be classified as a perversion. Seems to be just another case of alcohol destroying a person's judgement and, therefore, their career.

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I think this could have been handled a bit differently:

The woman should have gotten a really good look, then laughed her butt off and pointed "Chichai, ne" and this dude would never, ever do this again. It strikes at the very idea of being a man, and he would be embarrassed and run away.

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The woman should have gotten a really good look, then laughed her butt off and pointed "Chichai, ne" and this dude would never, ever do this again. It strikes at the very idea of being a man, and he would be embarrassed and run away.

men think that women really yearn to see the ugliest part of men's body. yuck. this is a big misunderstanding. No woman wants to ever see that. The nightmare.

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I'm not sure it could be classified as a perversion.

It certainly is not normal! I cannot believe that there are people who wont classify this as a perversion.

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Hell, why doesn't he just say he was mentally unstable at the time. Then it would be all okay.

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I just can't understand why he did this after earning a high ranking position, making big bucks and sitting pretty just for his so-called moments pleasure.

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A "no-name - wanna be guy" whom was given a taste of power and it went WAY over his head - thought to be publicly invincible? A total loser!!

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