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Teacher nabbed for using mirror to peek up girl's skirt


A 32-year-old teacher has been arrested for using a mirror to look up a high school girl's skirt on an escalator at JR Ebina Station in Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the suspect, identified as elementary school teacher Kazuteru Muramoto, 32, got behind a high school girl on the escalator at about 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported. He allegedly lifted up the girl's skirt and used a mirror from his pocket to have a peek.

A station security guard saw Muramoto and detained him on the spot, Sankei reported. Muramoto was quoted by police as saying that he didn't actually look into the mirror.

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Just put the mirrors on your shoes like normal people.

18 ( +21 / -5 )

Book smart with no common sense, decency, ethics, or morals! This dude is a product of society here that promotes the degradation of women. It's sad to say the least.

11 ( +17 / -7 )

"Yeah....uh....I got behind her on the escalator, lifted her skirt, pulled out a mirror...BUT I DID NOT LOOK INTO THAT MIRROR!!"

-3 ( +6 / -8 )

time to put psychological tests to use when hiring teachers.

-8 ( +4 / -11 )

Peekaboo I see you. Doesn't this loser have the Internet, or is he another statistic with a cell phone and so called connected to the net. The net is a joke in this country.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

He will deserve whatever punishment he gets, but much more for actually touching the girl's clothing than anything else. But still, at least he did not touch the girl herself.

Yubaru wrote "no common sense, decency, ethics, or morals! "

Did I miss the part where he rode a bike while holding an umbrella, didn't stand for an old person on there train, cheated on his tax return and blew up a bus load of nuns? He might be lacking in those qualities, but to say he has none of them, well isn't that a whole lot melodramatic? He tried to get a peek up a skirt. When kids do it, its passed of as a prank. When adults do it its something of a misdemeanor.

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

What, can't afford a miniature camera on a teacher's salary? Just shows the dire situation that teachers don't get compensated enough these days!

2 ( +6 / -4 )

And Japan`s perversion continues!!

-8 ( +6 / -15 )

If its not the police its our teachers.. But heyho it could of been worse, he could of been looking up the skirts of his own students.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

He should have got a HS teaching job, he could see that all he wanted, till he was sick of it.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

These high school girls with their short skirts are partially to blame... they're tempting or even entrapping guys with their seductive clothing.

-5 ( +18 / -23 )

I hope he loses his job, social status and income.

-5 ( +7 / -11 )

I say outlaw dresses for use as school uniforms... heck offices too. Only for Japan though... does not seem to be a big problem in other countries but I could be wrong.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

As long as pop culture and the media continue to fetishize young girls (e.g. AKB48), these upskirt peepers will think of their habits as normal.

13 ( +12 / -2 )

These high school girls with their short skirts are partially to blame... they're tempting or even entrapping guys with their seductive clothing.

Nah, there is nothing wrong with a little eye-candy. It is the jerks that don't know how to behave around it that are the problem and to blame completely.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Ahhh, the old "I smoked the joint, but I didn't inhale" argument.

4 ( +8 / -4 )

maybe there is a market for blinding underwear?

4 ( +4 / -0 )

That station is insane with HS kids. From what I recall they recruit for the magazine and video rackets there (bosos). This guy I am sure has been at it for years.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

"Mirror, mirror, in my hand...who's the dumbest in the land?"

5 ( +7 / -2 )

It,s not the first time we,ll be reading this kind of panty related crime and it definently won,t be the last...

3 ( +3 / -0 )


1 ( +2 / -1 )

Their skirts are too short. This is the problem. I mentioned this to American Foreigner as well.

I was in McDonalds the other day just enjoying my cheap Big Mac cause I didn't want to eat on the train ;-). Anyway, some high school girls came in and they sat at one of the booths. The girl not only sat like a boy but then proceeded to lift up her leg to fix her socks. This was one of those fashion-obsessed make up girls.

That wouldn't be the first time either. If you are a respectable woman then you have no idea. If you are bold enough, sit down at a table with a group of male friends and ask the question. How often do you get exposed to a woman's underwear and flashes of her genital areas. The answer is YES, many times. Sharon Stone has nothing on a Japanese girl.

You think I'm some lucky guy? Think I'm making this up? Do the math for yourself. Take the average height of a Japanese high school girl average 160cm , then factor in an adult male over 190+cm. That's a 30 cm difference already. Now we could try to calculate the average incline of stairs and escalators in this country which is about 30 degrees.

PLEASE feel free to correct me anytime or add to this.

So we have J-Girl average 160cm + Adult Male 180-190cm + Stair and escalator slope of 30 degrees. So how short would her skirt have to be to cover her private areas? Or how short is it?

If she's any shorter than that then you would need a mirror.

Unfortunately, and this is very true, we men can ride the train, use the stairs or escalators and be exposed to J-girls bottoms EVERYDAY without any effort on our parts. You could even be in the bottom level of the Green Car, roll up to the platform and end up flashed. It's not that you want to see it and she's not TRYING to show her private regions. They simply don't know how to dress themselves.

This guy is obviously a sick puppy but the fact remains, you don't have to make any effort at all to see someone J-girls crotch area. This society and the Ministry of Education has made absolutely sure that the uniforms are too short.

Now this is absolutely unfair to men. He's a pervert, yes he is. A stupid one at that but Japan's society set him up. Yes, I said it. I'm pointing the finger at those responsible for the welfare and safety of women.

Who on Earth sends their daughter out in a hooker uniform? It doesn't take a genius to see that your daughter as she's about to leave the home is dressed like a promiscuous young lady. A mother is responsible for the protection of her children. Instead of going with the flow, mothers need to cause some friction with the Ministry of Education and demand that their daughters be able to wear long pants when they feel like it. It's cold out there, why are female students still dressed in skirts?

When women start to dress respectably then men will perhaps act respectfully. I'd love to see more women arrested for indecent exposure. Instead of police chasing cyclists in Tokyo.

You want to hate the players. I choose to hate the game. Go after the people who set this up.

-10 ( +10 / -19 )


It,s not the first time we,ll be reading this kind of panty related crime and it definently won,t be the last...

nothing in this article mentioned panties

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Apparently the skirts are longer, but girls roll them up around the waist to make them shorter. I used to feel sorry for them until i found that out. They more than likely don't leave the house looking like they do later in the day - they roll up their skirt after they leave.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

You want to hate the players. I choose to hate the game. Go after the people who set this up.

No, I don't think we want to go so far as to prevent girls from wearing short skirts. It's their right as Japanese high school girls to wear very short skirts.

Also, it wouldn't be Japan without high school girls in very short skirts.

So I think we need to leave the situation as it is.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

Its been to the point of just being stupid for a long time... maybe they could come up with matching shorts to wear under the dress. Something that comes down a few inches at least and make it mandatory wear.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Just because a girl is wearing a short skirt does not in any way condone a man, a man who just happens to be an elementary school teacher entrusted with the care of children, to lift up her skirt and try to get a peek using a mirror. I wonder how some of the guys who post on here would feel if a man did something inappropriate to them and the man's reponse was 'Well, you were wearing tight jeans/ thongs...' whatever.

I agree some girls look like they are only wearing a belt over their undies instead of a skirt. A lot of girls hoist their skirts up to look shorter. That's not a new thing. Girls have been doing that for decades. If you are riding the elevator and some girl's butt is waving at you in all it's glory, fair enough.Putting your hands on that girl is just not acceptable.

I see tons of guys with very nice, denim clad butts. I might have a little feast with my eyes but that's it.

15 ( +16 / -1 )

I've been here 26 years and may have seen a knicker flash perhaps 2 or 3 times. I don't know where people are getting this all the time scenario. I say you have to be on the lookout to rate daily sightings.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

In Japan, and now in more and more parts of the world, you can see more but you play less. This goes against nature and create pervert feelings. Hey, he just touched a skirt and girl did not complain (no suing). Only the guard reacted. Must have been a gay LOL

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Perverts, both the teachers and schoolgirls.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )


the short skirts are meant to draw attention and some girls love that. but it doesn't give any man a license to go any further than look. your line of reasoning would also make him blameless if he went off and raped her.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

A few years ago, I was riding the JR Hokkaido line going to Numazu for a business meeting. Since the train ride is quite long, I brought a book to keep me busy. I took a short seat that was facing other seats. Along the way, some schoolgirls rode and sat beside and in front of me. I didn't mind them ... then they started chatting ... one of them was putting on some make-up, and another one was rummaging her bag. After the make-up was done, she was fixing her socks, then suddenly lifted her entire leg and placed her foot on the seat to fix her socks better. Even though I was seated diagonally opposite her, her undies were certainly showing a lot.

I guess the otehr girls noticed my discomfort, I changed the level of my book so I wouldn't be staring, so the girls whispered to each other (does anyone notice that their whispers are quite loud sometimes?) and started giggling.

When they went off the train, one of the girls even knocked on my window and when I looked, they waved at me and started giggling again.

Some men may be perverts, but the girls themselves are a tease.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

@Samantha Zoe Aso

I agree. Enjoy the scenery but don't touch. At least, don't touch without a proper introduction.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Females in this 'male-dominated' society are well skilled at 'passive' aggression via these kinds of sexual power trips.

@ Samantha Zoe Aso,

You can't compare males and females symmetrically as you have done. They are sexually different creatures. One is a hunter, the other wants to be hunted.

I feel sorry for this society. These kind of frustration creating scenarios don't help on top of an already hi-stress environment. On top of it all, I wouldn't be surprised if this girl goes ahead uses this incident as a bragging point amongst her friends.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Straight up, this guy is just a neanderthal.I wrote it before and I'll write it again. I do not get blaming the victim. We don't even know the length of her skirt. It is quite possible it was a reasonable length. However, let's say it was short. Why should the rest of us be deprived of nice things to look at because this idiot could not behave? What is next? We don't make excuses for someone stealing a good looking car, do we? Neither do we for someone who rips open the plastic wrapping from comic book in a book store because the cover is interesting. Should we make excuses for someone taking a bite out of a delicious looking cake at a bakery? The fault is with this man and him alone.

2 ( +6 / -4 )


Result of Japanese society is more perv, not enough children. I prefer more sex, enough children and satisfaction coming with it. Study shows that fathering induces more reasonable sex behaviour. No wonder. Nature!

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

There's no question that skirts are too short, but it's ludicrous to claim that the girls are to blame. An adult man must take 100% of the ability for his stupid actions.

If I steal a candy bar, do I blame the candy bar because it was too enticing?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

The J-girls i have spoken to about this say they have short skirts mainly for attention from guys. One of them likened to guys having a flashy car - It makes sense... it is a good feeling when someone looks at your car with envy, but not so good when someone tries to break into it. Or steal it. Doesnt mean you shouldnt have a nice car though, but sometimes you have to be careful where you park it, just like girls should be careful where they flash their short skirts

2 ( +2 / -0 )

but it doesn't give any man a license to go any further than look.

OK, the guy went too far, but with all these nubile high school girls in tiny skirts here in Japan ... well a guy has got to have incredible self-restraint...

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Ben, I agree with you on the part that the problem lies with the man, and thr man alone. I too, enjoy looking at a nice pair of legs, but you got to admit, some of these school girl's skirts are way to short. I guess it kind of falls under, "Would I let my school age girl wear a skirt that short?"

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It seems no thread is complete without NetNinja's overly long, pointless, insane State of the Union address. Now he actually has devised some sort of mathematical theory blaming girls for sexual harrassment. (160-differential+-avererage mens height divided by a 30 degree angle multiplied by number of times preator has had actual sex)

Once again, I salute you, NetNinja.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

Women-only escalators; it`s simply a matter of time!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I like the impressive analysis provided by NetNinja. If all these pervs thought like this, problem solved.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Funny that some women defend this kind of clothing. But the thing here is they are not a woman yet, they are still kids or girls and they don't have the right to make school uniforms into fashionable clothes. If Is this is ok then maybe in the future we might see female bank employees, nurses and OLs turn their uniforms into sexy clothes before and after the leave work? please stop defending this because it's wrOng from the very beginning. If you don't want people to stare at you, wear proper clothes and act decently.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

" Muramoto was quoted by police as saying that he didn’t actually look into the mirror. "

LOL! "I didn´t inhale" revisited.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

That is a new line for me. "I didnt actually look in the mirror" lol wonder if will hear it again down the line. I mean like lifting the skirt isnt bad enough, he focuses on the mirror. idiot.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

He didn't gaze into the mirror. What's the problem?!


-3 ( +1 / -4 )

@Nonanon. Hunter and predator. Exactly who is hunting who? You've heard the term 'maneater' I presume. And I am presuming by 'hunter' you are referring to men. If not, I stand corrected. I've met quite a few female hunters in my time. They have a lot more panache than to resort to smoke and mirrors!

Women like to window shop too. Nothing wrong with looking. Stimulates the ole cardio vascular system.

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One more thing is this. Only for the men here, if you ever find yourself falsely accused of groping or up against a woman with a big ego who claims you sexually harassed her in some way. You had better hope the cops are willing to measure her skirt and record your position, stance and all the other little details.

We all think, it won't happen to me. You had better hope someone will take the time to consider everything. If you get a conviction, you could lose your job, money, family, just about everything. You'll have a lot of time to blame society for allowing girls to wear short skirts on a crowded train. She might even make a mistake. It might havebeen someone else touching her and she thought it was you.

It's easy to solve. All you need is a public decency law banning lewd clothing or uniforms worn in a lewd manner. Require JR and all forms of public transportation to deny access to such skirts. Allow victims to sue JR for millions of yen each time. Eventually either women will change or we'll have a segregated society.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Agree with Samantha.

Met a chinese(not really important) lady not very young and told her she is welcome for a chat at any time as we got close. So she came over and yapped about her visa problems(wanted marriage), etc, turns out she is still married in china and has 4 kids there.

Of course I was "all hands off", many predators out there of all ages and races/nations. Plenty of stories online/media of course on guys that were taken and had to pay the price.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

 A sin is a sin.

It is not a sin. As a Japanese high school girl she has a right to wear a very short skirt.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

This guy is obviously a sick puppy

followed in NetNinja's next breath with...

Now this is absolutely unfair to men. He's a pervert, yes he is. A stupid one at that but Japan's society set him up

So he's a "sick puppy", but Japanese society has "forced" him into wearing elaborate mirrors on his shoes to look up skirts.

Simply unbelievable..

2 ( +5 / -3 )

They sell spy video cameras in pens and other smaller novelty items in akibhabara, cant these guys just find a girlfriend..

1 ( +1 / -0 )

He allegedly lifted up the girl’s skirt and used a mirror from his pocket to have a peek.

What's unbelievable Hoser is that you didn't read this.

He is a sick puppy. Society has set the stage though.

Do you want to call it a day? I'd gladly help you toss this guy in a bin somewhere. I'll grab his legs,you grab his arms, we toss him into the slammer and then we can bicker back and forth about the small details over a couple of cold ones.

Not sure, when you are going to bury the hatchet but when you finally do I'll have a cold one waiting for you. Then maybe you'll see I've always been on your side. I simply see a different angle on things sometimes.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

back in the day it was so hard for a gaigin to get H.S. or whatever level teaching job here...now I see why..they're already taken by such...

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Doesn't this loser have the Internet?

It's probably more about the "thrill" if you will, than actual sight, or what have you.

Ahhh, the old "I smoked the joint, but I didn't inhale" argument.

Well, not necessarily. Maybe he didn't look, but rather stared. Those things are different, else the words would not exist.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

With a mirror everything would be reversed.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

This hits home for me as I just had an upskirt photo taken of me on Monday this week. Before we all go assuming I was wearing a micro miniskirt, I wasn't. It was an above knee slightly flared one. I thought the man behind me was close on the escalator and when I turned, my leg hit his camera that he had between my legs. I tried to give chase, but 10cm heels and shock made that difficult. My point is that not all of this crime is targeted at high school girls in short skirts.

And more importantly, even if a woman wears a short one, I'd like to believe men are more than just animals with no self restraint.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I'd like to believe men are more than just animals with no self restraint.

And I would like to believe you are correct in this belief and that when you are not, that they are arrested and are expected to take the blame 100%.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Maybe he didn't look,

He probably meant to say that he didn't have a chance to look.

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"Maneater" is a concept that has been around as long as women have been: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMk_OYEQW7U

"Spray on Jeans": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iYpboTjtoQ

" Baby got legs": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7eNDZLwo8Q

And way many more.

Lets face it as a male you are attracted to legs and there is no denying that and the girls and ladies know just how to play it right, Ladies shush now, we are all part of the game.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

With a mirror everything would be reversed.

It is certainly going to turn his world upside down.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

With a mirror everything would be reversed.

Well, not everything; the gender would not be reversed, or does it?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

The girls are a tease? Are you kidding?! It DOESN'T MATTER if the girl is wearing nothing but a bikini. Her body is her own, and MEN need to stop sexually harassing them! The only, absolutely ONLY person in fault here is the pervert teacher. Men, quit trying to justifying being disgusting pigs by trying to explain why women are "totally asking for it". Sick.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

In jail will he look up yakuza criminal pants too?

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

@Lauria~ Sorry to hear about your recent experience. What a perv! I wonder if he was married? Had kids? I know we'll never probably know but ....It just makes me cringe. The last guy that groped me as I was getting off a train got a fistful of my umbrella in his mouth. It might make him think twice next time.

0 ( +1 / -1 )


Of course it matters.

If the girl was wearing a bikini and in the beach, it won't be a problem ... but wearing a short skirt (even considering the fact that girls even roll up their skirts to make them shorter) and going up stairs, riding escalators and other activities that compromise the exposure, then it is a different matter altogether.

Using your same logic, then the jewelry store owner in Tochigi shouldn't be blamed for having his store robbed, because he didn't have any security systems. It's his responsibility to safeguard his business, not the cops.

What part of "private parts" spell "public" to you?

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This dude is a product of society here that promotes the degradation of women. It's sad to say the least.

rong! He is not product of the society. He has some problem and behaved this way. Society's rules say this is BAD, so if he's a product of society he would think it being BAD also.

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

then the jewelry store owner in Tochigi shouldn't be blamed for having his store robbed, because he didn't have any security systems

He should not be blamed for the robbery. The robber should. This girl should not be blame for having someone pick up her skirt, the person who did it deserves the blame 100%.

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That would be in a PERFECT world, open your eyes the world is flawed as are all its members.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

I will never understand why so many of these sad cases risk their livelihoods and reputations for a glimpse of knickers, when the internet has more wankfodder than you could shake a stick at, freely available at the click of a mouse.

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Fault and blame are measurable things, even in this imperfect world. If this man had not touched what he should not have, he would not have been nabbed. Trying to lessen the crime by blaming the victim does not sit well with me. People are assuming that this girl had a short skirt. Do you know for a fact that she did. Do you assume that all these crime victims are only mini-skirt wearing females? If this was true there would be no sexual assalts whatsoever in countries in which women must cover up. Recent studies have shown that, regardless of the clothing styles, sexual assault is actually quite rampant in countries such as Egypt. The women simply do not report the incidents. So, let's face the fact that it is the criminal not the victim that is completely to blame here.

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This place has the worst in how they deal with perversion . Women's only train cars point to how laws are not stringent enough to deter these sicko people from pulling this crap. It wasn't long ago you could walk past a vending machine that sold used high school girls panties ....true pervert material !

0 ( +2 / -2 )

I agree with everything that netninja said. The solution for this is just change their uniform. Mangas, movies and animes, all of them always showing scenes of sexy school girls flashing their bottoms. Of course your are going to grow a pervert.

Why the hell these girls are wearing mini skirts without even wearing some kind of shorts under? Any one is going to look at, even accidentally, as their wear sometimes like hookers.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Remember the scene in Lord of the Rings when Gandalf exclaims "Do not tempt me further!". According to some here it did not matter how much Frodo and the Ring tempted him, it was all Gandalf's fault if he took the Ring.

Anyway, if we are going to lay blame, there are three basic ways to do it: 1) blame it all on the man, 2) blame both the man and the girl to some degree, or 3) blame it all on the girl.

Well some have chosen 1 and some have chosen 2. But what annoys the hell out of me is when those who chose 1 accuse those who chose 2 of actually choosing 3. No. No one worth responding to chose 3.

Its hard to tell why people do this. But I expect its that typical daft attitude that blame has to be all one way or all the other. Well, It doesn't. I don't how the girl was dressed so I cannot say for sure. But if she was dressed a certain way, I don't give a damn that someone used a mirror to get a peak. Women who dress so as to invite it are not worth my tax yen busting men just for trying to get a peak.

Women who don't want peaked at should dress the part and not toy with a man's sexual imperative.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Unfortunately the school system is in trouble. Graduate teachers are dropping out as they are made home room teachers and its very stressful with demanding parents and care for students. This guy should be sentenced to be a home room teacher for the result of his career- the toughest punishment of all.

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moonbeams2 asked: If I steal a candy bar, do I blame the candy bar because it was too enticing?

Whether the excuse is given any validity at all might well depend on the ease of stealing that candy bar.

Still, even if it was just sitting on a park bench, you will still get some condemnation, but many will have words for the owner of the candy bar too, if it was his habit to leave his candy bars laying around.

But if you steal it from a convenience store, I doubt you will get any leeway. That is because the candy bar was surrounded by four walls, there is probably only one entrance/ exit, and there is no doubt security cameras filming, all in an effort to prevent you from stealing the candy bar.

In my mind, a super mini skirt is more like a candy bar on a park bench.

That said, if there are candy bars on park benches much of the time, and you get used to stealing them, on days when they are hard to find, I would not be surprised if you took a crack at a convenience store. This girl might have been dressed appropriately, but got targeted because so many other girls wear super mini skirts.

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God... the comments on this board. Blaming the victim? Seriously, men. Seriously, stop trying to justify pig-like behavior. It is NEVER the girl's fault. NEVER. It is ONLY the harasser's fault. You're pretty ignorant if you think women have to wear short skirts to get sexually harassed - I've been groped on a train when I'm wearing sweatpants and a hoodie for god's sake. STOP BLAMING THE VICTIM. Stop it. Now. If you harass and abuse women, and judging from the comments of how "she's asking for it" is many of your opinions it's no stretch of the imagination, learn to some degree of self control and keep your hands to yourself. It's not that hard to be a decent person.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Too many people here have issues. Just because someone dresses sexy doesnt give you any right to touch them etc. Look at situation in swimming pool or beach. Girls are wearing bikinis, they are nearly naked. Does it give you any right to molest them? Hell no.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I read this and remembered the old Pee Wee Herman skit with the mirror on his shoe (Like the first person on this thread mentioned). It is strange that a person would stoop to such a level for a look at a young women's pants. Sick? Bored? Frustrated? Very strange but I'm sure a Japan Today reader has a theory.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Yubaru states: "This dude is a product of society here that promotes the degradation of women."

Please, Yubaru, humor us and substantiate this.

Women may be degraded in rare cases, but not in 'society here', which means society as a whole.

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Like I said earlier indirectly. Rules laws and ethics. People are pointing fingers at everything on here. Ultimately responsibility lies with all parties mentioned. Parents for not stopping their daughters for dressing in a specific fashion . Teachers/school system for allowing students to do such as well. Social ethics, laws making people responsible for enforcing them, for not punishing people severely enough that give in to temptation or for having total disregard for the laws and unspoken rules that society carries. Any man that points the finger and says "it was too tempting" deserves little respect. Yes people will look but looking is natural in a primitive sense. BUT a opposite to this natural theory is the people who blame these young girls are probably the same pedifiles that endorse child porn by purchasing it online. There are issues that need to be addressed from all angles here.

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Not commenting on teachers. Not commenting on the apparent moral decline in Japan. What I WILL comment on is how people will throw their livelihoods away for something so incredibly stupid!

If I were to rate myself, I would say my libido is above average, yet I've NEVER felt the urge to do something that would get me arrested or at least fired (I work for a public school system). I cannot begin to understand these people who would throw their life away just for the chance to look at a girl's underwear-covered crotch. The "reward" is so miniscule compared to the price paid.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

These high school girls with their short skirts are partially to blame... they're tempting or even entrapping guys with their seductive clothing.

To choiwaruoyaji: You do realize the schools require the female students to wear such short skirts. It's not like they chose to wear them. So they are not a fault. And even if they are so tempting, one should not sexually harass someone just because you are sexually frustrated. It's just wrong. How would you feel if someone sexually harassed you because of what you were wearing. People who sexually harass others need to get a life. (=.=) Makes me sick!

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Did I miss the part where he rode a bike while holding an umbrella, didn't stand for an old person on there train, cheated on his tax return and blew up a bus load of nuns? He might be lacking in those qualities, but to say he has none of them, well isn't that a whole lot melodramatic? He tried to get a peek up a skirt. When kids do it, its passed of as a prank. When adults do it its something of a misdemeanor.

Look at the article again, is this topic about anything even remotely close to talking about the other problems in society here that you have mentioned? Nope don't think so.

When topics like the one's you brought up here come up feel free to take a look at what I do, or for that matter don't post, and comment accordingly.

If you think a peek up the skirt by a 30 something TEACHER no less is no big deal, and yeah that's what I read from your post here, I think your ideas demean women in general because of it.

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Folks NO SCHOOL in Japan DEMANDS or has any rules that are written, verbally or otherwise, where girls HAVE to wear short skirts. Now then do the schools enforce their own rules? That's another subject altogether.

Once other thing, girls roll up their skirts coming to and going from school. Many times they roll them back down when they get to school to follow the rules and once out the gate, roll them up, or as I have personally seen, actually change their "long" skirts with a short one whilst walking down the street on their way out of school.

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@Maitake What,s he looking for???Bananas, Cigarettes!! Somehow I don,t think so!!!

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Society's rules say this is BAD, so if he's a product of society he would think it being BAD also.

Like with so much the only "problem" is that he got caught. If society thought it was "BAD" then pray tell why all the sexually titillating young girls in super mini-skirts on TV all the time....sorry AKB.

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Muramoto was quoted by police as saying that he didn’t actually look into the mirror.

Well that's a relief. I believe him - after all he IS a teacher! That's funny.

He should come up with a better excuse and say that he was checking student's skirts in order to prevent perverts from peeking.

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@nukeprotest You have received my thumbs up for the day. We are all against the guy. That much is clear. It's just that those with a broader view of the situation are willing to see that society has some role to play in these scenarios.

As some say, stop attacking the victim. No one said "She's asking for it" No one said "Women are inviting it".

However, some people, are not considering all the factors. First off, cannot expect ANY gender to be without flaws. There are some things that are just human to do. We want a civil world but we just aren't there yet. It's doubtful if it will ever be.

I firmly believe in the Pavlov theory when it comes to all things. Anticipating your response, men are animals indeed. We are a different species on this planet but we aren't necessarily evolved beyond our innate instincts.

Some of the ladies here who are defending themselves. To you I say, I understand. Whether or not you are sexually harassed on the train I would always argue against the female gender walking around showing her bare bottom as if it's your civil liberty to do so. I NEVER, EVER, want to see women touched or harassed on the train. You are wrong if you think the civil dress code should allow your gender to walk around ass hanging out.

I love you as women. I think you're beautiful. Yet still I don't want to see your "genitalia" or imprints of your genitalia all up in my face while I'm eating food or with my date.

I love lions and tigers. I'm just a cat fan. Lions and tigers when they aren't hungry are beautiful majestic cats. Now you can't expect them to just behave when you put your little girl right up to the glass when they haven't eaten in a while. Look but don't touch?!? Before you put your little morsel up to the glass that cat was just chilling.

Once again, I'm not saying you ladies have to suddenly become nuns. I'm not saying that. The female tiger hunts more than the male, FACT!! The female pray mantis always kills the male. Of all species the female is always the most aggressive and the most dangerous. Don't be fooled. They are passive aggressive. Have you ever thought that by wearing your skirts so short that your bottom is exposed that maybe you are harassing MEN? That probably does not compute, right? Didn't consider that angle right?

There are some bad players out there but most of all, more than anything, the game is messed up. The Ministry of Education won't change or enforce it's rules. The parents want to have confabs with their children instead of burning that stuff (Daisy Dukes, Hot Pants).

Just the other day, I saw a strong parent. Took his daughter's laptop and shot it up. My hats off to this man. You live in my house, I pay the rent, you aren't going to be "Girls Gone Wild" in my house. The video got over 22 million views on YouTube. Response videos confirm and support his position. I'm pretty sure he doesn't let his daughter leave the house dressed inappropriately.

It's not cause he's trying to be bossy. He's protecting his daughter. She won't understand today but in the future perhaps she will. That's the sacrifice. Being a parent or a teacher is not about popularity. Protect your daughters! Until Japanese parents start doing just that we'll talk about this next week.

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What an abominable pervert!

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Maybe they should just make the escalators with a higher slope so that everyone can see and there will be no need for mirrors and thus problem solved.

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would u go into a a bad neighborhood and flash your jewlery? we alk know most men are perverts in all nations but japan.. , we all know this. its a proven fact that we men think about sex a million times a day. to have self control every min is hard and we all men are bound to crack. think about it women...

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well considering what I just saw last class when a HS girl lifted up her leg and put it on a chair, and now reading this article...

It was the last class for the year and she knew exactly what she was doing. I didn't want to look but it did catch my eye.

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Thank you netninja for all of your qoutes. You are one of the few decent men living in indecent times. There seems not that many of us in the world today indeed. Its sad that this generation is being allowed to self-destruct completely. This is not just a japan problem. If you think its bad only in japan you should take a trip to south korea. Women/girls today simply don't dress respectably PERIOD.

And it does start in school. I can't even teach a class with out being flashed by some random 16/17yr old. Your not looking for it but its there. It starts in school and then college. Women condition themselves to dress in this manner. They have so for so long that TO THEM THIS IS NORMAL. Many will never understand now. They have passed that point so long ago that it seems useless to discuss this topic with them at all. Laws must be created to address it. Or be prepared to witness an even greater social breakdown that was has occured in the pass 10yrs. I.e. lower marriage rates, higher divorce rates, abortion rates, sexual assualts, rape, abduction etc etc etc.

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seconded Shiningfinger. They really all think it's just normal, it's a pity. For the rest of the world, Japanese High School girls is a category of porn.

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Girls all over the world do this. If it is mandatory for girls to wear skirts, ie school uniforms; the girls will adjust the length. It was especially true in the 1960's. Girls in parochial schools do it. But Japan is the only country where men/boys do skirt meguri, skirt flipping. Never seen it anywhere else. I guess it was so bad that some elementary school now prohibit girls to wear skirts in elementary school. There are also now high school uniforms that include a pants suite. So guys, the days of high schools in skirts may be coming to an end. As for Japanese social issues related to women.... Japan has the 2nd highest suicide rate for women in the world. Number 1 is Korea. And in 50 years when Japan's population is down to 65% of what it was a few years ago. Can how Japanese men treat Japanese women be the cause. Could it possible be.... Will Japan ever have an Empress? It was a much better country when they did according to Chinese historical records. But Japan will not even admit they had an female ruler and the people liked it that way. Teasing perverted Japanese men are the only power Japanese girls have.

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So guys, the days of high schools in skirts may be coming to an end.

lol doubt it

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nukeprotestFeb. 16, 2012 - 08:24PM JST

In my mind, a super mini skirt is more like a candy bar on a park bench.

@nukeprotest: You just shouldn't take what's not yours. That's all. End of story.

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isn't he a bit too old for this high school trick? using a mirror, or dropping a pen, picking it up and then peeking. i should have sued my classmates back then. and to think that our school skirt was below the knee.

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I don't understand why he needed the mirror if he was going to lift the skirt. What was he checking...the hem line?? Baka.

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