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Son of former Democratic Party lawmaker rearrested on suspicion of molesting two young girls

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Police have rearrested the 21-year-old son of a former senior member of the opposition Democratic Party on suspicion of molesting two elementary school girls in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, last month.

The suspect, Yosuke Ogawa, is already under arrest for assaulting another elementary school girl as she walked home in Tokorozawa at around 4 p.m. on Oct 31. In that case, he grabbed the girl who fell down and injured herself. Ogawa was subsequently arrested on Nov 2.

Police said that Ogawa, who is a student at Nihon University, has also been charged with attempting to molest two elementary school girls in separate incidents within 10 minutes of each other as they walked home on Oct 20 in Tokorozawa, Fuji TV reported Thursday.

Police said Ogawa has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he has always had an interest in young girls of elementary school age.

Ogawa’s father, Katsuya, 54, who was the Democratic Party’s secretary-general in the House of Councillors, resigned from the party when his son was arrested on Nov 2, and publicly apologized to the girl and her family for his son’s aberrant behavior.

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So, the sins of the son, reflect on the father!

I know the reasons, and the culture behind it all, yet I am still and probably always will be too, amazed at the lengths parents in public positions here will go to in taking "responsibility" for their off-spring.

This young man is sick, he needs help, and he also needs to take responsibility for his own actions!

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But you can expect the charges to be dropped, and this guy will never do time, because the victim's family will be compensated handsomely

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Police said Ozawa has admitted to the charge

Ogawa not Ozawa.

Ogawa’s father, Katsura, 54,

Katsuya not Katsura

Moderator: The typos have been corrected. Thank you.

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Moderator: The typos have been corrected. Thank you.

Most welcome.

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As usual, the father will bow, cry and apologize on tv and his child molester son goes free.

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this problem needs to be addressed from the core of japanese society.

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father too busy he had a sick child.

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This isn't the current US, it's Japan. He'll got off Scott-free.

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Good that the Democratic Party is no longer the main opposition force!!;) We have our beloved CDP now!

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YubaruToday 07:22 am JSTSo, the sins of the son, reflect on the father!

I know the reasons, and the culture behind it all, yet I am still and probably always will be too, amazed at the lengths parents in public positions here will go to in taking "responsibility" for their off-spring.

i don't think he resigned to take responsibility for his son's crime. i think he resigned because he was humiliated by his son's actions.

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 I am still and probably always will be too, amazed at the lengths parents in public positions here will go to in taking "responsibility" for their off-spring.

They are quite happy to use their predecessors name to further their own career, so they should carry the can if junior messes up. Not sure I agree with it, but TIJ

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In Australia he'd be facing 7 years in the pen for each offence and go on the kiddy fiddler list. What's he gonna get in Japan? Bugger all, of course! His father quit his job, which will be his punishment.

admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he has always had an interest in young girls of elementary school age.

He also needs some serious psychiatric help (and a good beating).

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In Australia he'd be facing 7 years in the pen for each offence and go on the kiddy fiddler list. 

This is Japan, he will be in Government within 5 years, watch this space

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This is Japan, he will be in Government within 5 years, watch this space

Naughty.

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He shouldn’t be out and about in the first place. Rich people get away with murder and criminal obscenities while the poor pay for it.

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He is a very dangerous person to children. He must be sent to the Psychiatrist, Hospital for treatment. He has a mental health problem. The parent is responsible for his well-being and other parents' child's safety. Prevention is better than later apology to other parents for what their son has done.

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I'm glad he admitted that he had special interests and in young elementary girls. That's a step in the right direction if he realizes its a problem.

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I would put him in front of a firing squad!

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