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Taxi driver, woman arrested for making up-skirt videos in Osaka park

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Police on Wednesday arrested a Kyoto taxi driver and his female companion on charges of creating a public nuisance after they were caught making up-skirt videos on a slide in a park in Osaka's Minato Ward.

According to police, Isao Tanabe, 38, and Maiji Kurozawa, 25, were spotted by a passerby at about 11 a.m. Kurozawa was flashing her underwear while Tanabe was filming it. The passerby, a woman, called police.

Officers arrived on the scene and questioned the pair. The two told police they met via the Internet, and that Tanabe paid Kurozawa 10,000 yen to pose for the video. Tanabe was quoted by police as saying, "It's been a passion of mine to film women's underwear, and I have done it before."

The park is located in a residential area.

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Can you imagine a highly paid occupation such as this upskirt thing for females being in high demand in the near future.

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Flashing underwear is a crime now?

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Just cant escape those nosey old women who are have nothing better to do than to watch everything you are doing in the neighborhood, can you? They know whose trash isnt sorted, who has different guests over to their house on different nights and evidently also know when you are making videos in the park.

For a country where people seem to mind their business on really important things like when rapes and murders are going on, they sure spend a lot time calling the cops for minor things.

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No nudity, consenting adults, he does this through a mututally-agreeable business contract and not to strange women on escalators. And the crime is.....?

Where can I get some of this action? I'm a guy, but willing to flash my boxers to anyone for 1-man.

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Sorry but I cannot see the criminality in this.If she was wearing a bikini would that be construed as improper? Weird.

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Osakadaz

Considering that it is a public park and that there are probably families, or at least children, in it throughout the day, I would definitely say it is a crime, performing lewd acts in public, for example.

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Hang on - these 2 were basically making soft porn in a children's playground, on a children's slide, and you don't see a problem? Yeah, perhaps next time they can get the kids to join in, and he can make a few more bucks catering to the paedophiles.

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Blacklabel and InTheKnow ,the earth should be popultaed with more people like you and it will be fun for all of us to live!!! The two consenting adults could have done all of these things in a private setting. In case you did not know, these two could have done whatever they wanted in a love hotel. The idiot could have paid the hotel half the money and given half the money to the other idiot who desperately needed the money and everyone would have been happy.

All this happened in the morning in a park located in a residential area.

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I am not defending their acts in a public place, and yes they could have done this in a private setting, but that defeats the purpose of what they were trying to achieve. It's the setting and situation of being in public which makes these videos more exciting.

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Oh no here comes the "but what about the children......?" line that comes up everytime something that is for adults is done or said or shown. Not everything is for children, I am imagining (without any facts to the contrary) that this was done early in the morning with no one around except the neighborhood "busybody" who is in everyone's minor business.

Yeah could have done it in a love hotel but I am sure it was much more fun to do it in a "public place". But my question is, is it a "public place" if the public isnt reasonably expected to actually be there at that time of the day or night? :-)

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womanforwomen at 09:39 AM JST - 15th October

In case you did not know, these two could have done whatever they wanted in a love hotel. All this happened in the morning in a park located in a residential area.

Moderator: An off-topic part of your post has been removed.

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The only one who did anything wrong was the passerby who called the police. But we have to let her off because she probably did not understand what she was seeing.

Filming up a skirt with permission is innocent play. There is not even any nudity involved.

Even if kids saw, you think kids don't do similar stuff of their own accord? They do. And so what? I will tell you so what: not doing such things will lead to problems in later life. Its better they satisfy their curiousity now than grow up not understanding that boys and girls and men and women can and do play nicely together, much less grow up and not understand how to make such a connection.

What they did was totally benign. Anybody that has a complaint has only one leg to stand on: they should ask that all filming in public spaces require a permit and signs posted so that nosey passersby can understand at a glance what is happening. And Blacklabel makes some great points.

But your kids are going to see things. And if you can't explain something like this in an age appropriate fashion, then the problem is you. Just wait till you see a male and female dog in the park. Its going to be harder to explain than this.

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Investigator I love the way you think. I am soooo looking forward to the day, men and women will go naked in the park and have sex. It will be much more easier to explain to the children and it will be so exciting for the performers and the onlookers.

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womanforwomen: Investigator I love the way you think.

Thank you!

I am soooo looking forward to the day, men and women will go naked in the park and have sex. It will be much more easier to explain to the children and it will be so exciting for the performers and the onlookers.

It won't be easy to explain at first, but it will get easier with time. But I never would have suggested anything close to that, ever, because most people won't go for it. Just us. Luckily, what these two did was closer to having a picnic complete with honey next to Winnie the Pooh than what you described.

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You are all making assumptions. I'm going to assume that there were no kids around since it was early in the morning (most kids were probably already at school by 11:00AM) and not all parks are popular, so this could have been one of those tiny off beat neighborhood parks that hardly anyone goes to. If that was the case, where's the crime? Two consenting adults and no physical contact. Hell I've seen worse done in parks with people watching. Try going to Yoyogi Park in Harajuku on a warm summer evening.

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Investigator I love the way you think. I am soooo looking forward to the day, men and women will go naked in the park and have sex.

womanforwomen Me too. Be sure to send me an invite so I can join in you sarcastic prune.

Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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Oh and I am sure the police confiscated the parts of the video the had already made as part of the "ongoing investigation" right? :-)

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Never mind the kids, I myself wouldn`t want to go to a public park with my coffee and paper and have to endure some perv taking pics of some dopey girl legs akimbo on a kiddies slide right in front of me.

As it happens, 11am is a very popular time in parks for very young kids with their mums. Right before lunch and nap time. I don`t know if this park was popular with little ones or not. I am assuming no-one would be so dense as to do this in a crowded park full of little ones, so I am giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming the park was empty at the time.

I can`t really say if a crime has been committed or not, but they defintiely were pushing their luck.

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3 sad people. One that thought this is worth calling the police for, and 2 that thought this is worth doing. Actually make that 4 sad people, include me for reading the story and commenting. Also DarkNightLine - Ive seen worse in yoyogi in the middle of the day!

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If I was a passerby, I will call the police too. perverts should be jailed.

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I jog/train here. In 6 years I have seen a a few porns filmed here in broad daylight, no BS.... I keep running and tell myself shoganai....

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The two told police they met via the Internet, and that Tanabe paid Kurozawa 10,000 yen to pose for the video.

what sad man Tanabe is for needing to take pervert videos of women and pay for it (must be lonely, nerdy and pervert) and what a sad woman this woman is to agree to this for 10000 yen...

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kirakira25-I myself wouldn`t want to go to a public park with my coffee and paper and have to endure some perv taking pics of some dopey girl legs akimbo on a kiddies slide right in front of me.

Seems a lot easier for park bench sitter to avoid than my frisbee. Or the kids noisily playing tag. Or the dog that won't stop barking. Or that baseball. Yes, life is full of little annoyances for people with their paper and coffee. This one only counts if you lack willpower.

LoveUSA-If I was a passerby, I will call the police too. perverts should be jailed.

If they jailed them all....wait? Are you saying you want the planet to yourself?

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Oh no here comes the "but what about the children......?"

But what about the children?

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Seems a lot easier for park bench sitter to avoid than my frisbee. Or the kids noisily playing tag. Or the dog that won't stop barking. Or that baseball. Yes, life is full of little annoyances for people with their paper and coffee. This one only counts if you lack willpower.

Maybe I just lack willpower then. I can tune out tag, barking and baseball, but, again, I don`t really want to have people engaging in sexual acts right in front of me in the park. Call me old-fashioned if you want...!

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Oh, one thing I can say about it all though - at least for once we are reading about upskirt pics where the "victim" was actually a willing participant!

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I bet the police confiscated the video and the panties for evidence.

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I saw the same article on Japanese news-- they said there WERE little children and mothers in the same park playing when this happened... so.. yeah, still don't see why this was a crime???

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Not the kind of a crime where people would have to go to jail, but those people definitely should be removed from the park.

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I love this country!

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I saw the same article on Japanese news-- they said there WERE little children and mothers in the same park playing when this happened... so.. yeah, still don't see why this was a crime???

yes it still isnt a crime. Its an insensitive and fairly stupid thing to do, but not a crime. People in the park should have just said 'hey, weirdos - please go be weird somewhere else'.

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If they were arrested for 'creating a public nuisance', then it must be a crime in Japan. Maybe the problem was creating a nuisance without prior permission?

Anyway, we don't know whether the kids were being kept off the slide, what kind of clothes she was wearing, what color or size her flimsies were, what she was doing with her hands, and in what manner and from how close he was aiming his telephoto... a lot of unknown factors that could tip this heavily either way IMHO.

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people do get arrested without committing crimes. But yeah I agree, we dont know how much the two of them were 'getting into it'.

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you have GOT to be kidding me! If ever I feel bad about my life, all I need to do is think of these 2 losers

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dbung10, I am pretty sure you cannot be 'arrested' in Japan without committing a crime. 'Taiho' is a formal ceremony marking a specific step in the legal process.

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If there are no kids around let them have fun, but she could have tripled her money easily, and then even sold him the underwear to put on Yahoo Japan.

There are more than enough HS and other girls showing their underwear on stairs and escalators here, and I am sure you can ask for permission and go some place private and shoot shoot shoot. Maybe you can even rent an escalator for after hours shooting. Gods Speed. and good luck. Silly country but I love it.

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dbung10, I am pretty sure you cannot be 'arrested' in Japan without committing a crime. Yes you can. people get arrested after being accused of a crime, not after actually doing it. Most of the time the two go together, but not always. This isnt just a japan thing. Can be anywhere. Look at the guy that spent years in jail for something he never did. pretty sure he got arrested at some point during the whole thing....

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FYI. This is considered a crime under the Japanese legal system (Chapter 23 Article 174 for those keeping score). If another unconnected person can possibly see the sexual action, it is illegal.

In addition, since it is already established that others did witness this act, including minors, it is certainly going to be considered illegal.

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A public nuisance is defined as 'something that unreasonably interfers with the health, safety, comfort, morals or convenience of a community'.

I have mixed feelings about this because we cannot assume that everyone has the same morals as we do. So the problem is where do you draw the line between what is acceptable and what isn't. Some public displays of affection might even been seen as inappropriate and be uncomfortable for other people. I suppose, to be safe, one has to try to be aware of the morals of the community they are in. (That sounds rather ridiculous, though, doesn't it?)

I would say that these two people probably crossed that line but it's really a judgement call for the police.

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Get a room, you two ;)

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And this is in the JT "Crime" section. That makes it even funnier.

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whatever get their rocks off, as long as it was not in view or proximity to young children. That would be very irresponsible.

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“It’s been a passion of mine to film women’s underwear, and I have done it before.” What a perfect admission. Will he serve time behind the bars or will he walk to become bigger producer, to join the real movies world. Slap on the wrist, go home boy as longest you pay your taxes. I wonder if any children were around when filming this Amazon Jungle or was it clean forest?

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I dont know, in my opinion some things are "in public" and other things are just "outside" (or just "NOT inside"). When you watch some of the police programs on TV you sometimes see some young couple who went out of the way to park their car in a pretty much deserted area at 2:30am to mess around, but then the police pull up or some old person is walking their dog and walks by and sees them so they get busted.

To me, if its consensual and in a reasonably deserted place at a time of the night where you wouldnt expect anyone to be walking around, then should be no harm no foul in my opinion.

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Let's see... I can watch J-TV show showing girls in short skirts getting judo-flipped to see if the camera and show hosts and audience can catch a glimpse of their exposed panties as they land; I've seen women walking with skirts so short I can see their panties and butts hanging out below their skirts as they walk through the busy concourse of Yokohama Station (and I'm 185cm!!), and been exposed to panties of all sorts by J-women who seem very comfortable squatting with open legs, changing their socks on the train, etc, etc. This action by the J-police is laughable. If the prudish moms didn't like it just just ask the guy to move... it's not as though he was having sex with her.

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Umm...I repeat what I wrote before. It is illegal in Japan to do what they did or what is being reported that they did. It is a law on the books in Japan. That is what they were arrested for. TV programs and the like have nothing to do with it.

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One more thing, I wonder how many of the people who are posting that this is 'no big deal' have also posted something along the lines of how bad or crazy Japan is getting lately. Could it be that more and more bad and crazy things are being accepted as normal? Certainly something to think about. A park paid for with tax money should be a place to be able to take children without worrying about asking the woman to stop posing for lewd pictures and a man to stop taking lewd pictures. I can't believe that this expectation of public decency being respected at a public park is being questioned.

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kinniku:One more thing, I wonder how many of the people who are posting that this is 'no big deal' have also posted something along the lines of how bad or crazy Japan is getting lately.

I guess its a lot easier to pose that strawman question rather than just do the leg work and find out. As someone who thinks this is no big deal, no, I am not of the opinion that Japan is any more bad or crazy than it ever was. In fact, its far better than my home country on that score.

I can't believe that this expectation of public decency being respected at a public park is being questioned.

Oh my goodness, public decency! Its amazing to me how people are calling this a sex act. It seems to be only because the man was getting aroused. Its always the fault of the man! If the woman walked through the park with a string bikini complete with massive cleavage showing above her top, it might raise an eyebrow, but if she got arrested people would come here and defend her right to wear what she wants to the teeth. Yet she is arousing men against their will. But any man caught gaping would get condemnation. Any man taking a picture would get more, and could be arrested, but the main reason floated would be because he did not have permission.

This situation is so much more benign. And in neither case would a pre-school kid (the only age kid that would be in the park at that time) have any clue or concept of what was going on.

But calling either a sex act or a violation of public decency is going over-board. It also discriminates against men, and only nets women if they give permission to look or film. Kissing or hugging would be more overt than this, and yes, some Japanese do complain about those. Wisely, we tell them to stuff it when they do. We should be telling them to stuff it with this situation too.

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I guess its a lot easier to pose that strawman question rather than just do the leg work and find out.

What 'leg work'? A simple daily read of a lot of what gets posted here shows an awful lot of whining about how crazy Japanese are or how Japan has gotten. Just because you are not one of these people, does not mean the phenomenon does not exist. While I am asking, why is it a 'strawman'? My main point is that the actions described in this article and Japanese versions of the same are, in fact, illegal in this country. My comments on the opinions of others do not take anything away from this fact. So, it is not a 'strawman' if you would like to use the term correctly. It is merely an observational question.

But calling either a sex act or a violation of public decency is going over-board.

That is your opinion, based on your experiences in wherever you are from. However, it is considered a violation of the public decency act in this country and that matters legally, whereas your opinion does not. I even provided you with the specific law above.

Again, it doesn't matter what you think is obscene or not. It only matters what the legal system considers obscene and the Japanese legal system (and I) disagree with you. That is why they were arrested. They broke the law.

BTW, if you would like to speak of strawmen, let's look at yours, shall we?

Its always the fault of the man!

Nobody said that...strawman #1

If the woman walked through the park with a string bikini complete with massive cleavage showing above her top, it might raise an eyebrow, but if she got arrested people would come here and defend her right to wear what she wants to the teeth.

Bikinis and underwear are not the same,plus this was a planned performance not just some woman walking along wearing legally recognized attire...strawman #2

Any man taking a picture would get more, and could be arrested, but the main reason floated would be because he did not have permission.

The has nothing to do with taking people's pictures without their permission. This man had her permission. It was what they were doing while the photography was going on that is illegal....strawman #3

This situation is so much more benign.

One, you don't know how they were posing or how much could be seen. Two, what these two did was illegal. Walking around in a bikini is not...strawman #4

But calling either a sex act or a violation of public decency is going over-board.

Just to repeat, that is your opinion, but it does not match the laws of Japan.

Kissing or hugging would be more overt than this

How do you know? You don't know what these people were specifically doing and what kind of hugging and kissing are you attempting to compare it to? BTW, hugging and kissing in public are legal in most cases. What these two are accused of doing is not.

Wisely, we tell them to stuff it when they do.

Who is 'we'?

We should be telling them to stuff it with this situation too.

Well, I think 'you' should consider boning up on Japanese law before you decide to tell others what is legal and illegal in Japan. If not, you might find yourself on the 'stuffed' side of the argument.

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I am not sure where the crime is in this story? Wtf?

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