On May 18, Hiroshi Komabashiri, superintendent of police affairs at Kyushu Prefectural Police headquarters, bowed before reporters and issued a “deep apology” over the recent indiscretions of the men in blue.
As Friday (6/6) reports, between March and May of this year alone, three Fukuoka cops had been arrested and charged with serious offenses. One involved a 48-year-old inspector in the mechanized riot police, who was accused of attempted rape of a woman he'd met in the course of an investigation.
The case that really took the cake, however, was that of Hideaki Maeoka, a 58-year-old patrol inspector assigned to the Tobata police station in Kitakyushu City, who was arrested on suspicion of violating the juvenile protection and anti-prostitution laws.
“The suspect’s main work involved making the rounds in a patrol car, but he got involved in illegal ‘moonlighting’ at a ‘deri-heru’ (delivery health, or outcall sex service) operated by a female acquaintance,” a reporter for a nationally circulated daily tells Friday (6/6). “He conducted job interviews and drove the girls to and from their assignations. He also took calls to the shop.”
Licensed deri-heru services are legal, but limited to erotic massage culminating in oral or manual stimulation. And, needless to say, they may not employ staff under age 18.
“He is also alleged to have interviewed a 17-year-old girl who applied for work at the shop, and personally gave her ‘orientation’ in ‘honban play’ (actual or simulated intercourse) techniques. He cautioned the girl not to let anyone know she was under 18. Last November it appears he fixed her up with a dozen or so customers."
A 36-year veteran of the force, Maeoka had been assigned to Tobata, one of the seven wards in this industrial and port city of 5 million, from 2004.
“He didn’t talk much on the job,” an unnamed colleague tells the magazine. “He gave the impression of being quiet, and didn’t stand out. But he seldom missed work, and came across as a straight arrow. Up to now, he’d received three citations from the top.”
Maeoka’s moonlighting became known when the abovementioned 17-year-old girl was detained the previous November on suspicion of possessing illegal stimulant drugs. Under questioning, the girl admitted she had engaged in intercourse with deri-heru patrons on a regular basis. At this point the investigation was turned over to internal affairs, and in May, Maeoka’s involvement came to light.
“When police showed the girl his photograph, she recognized him as the one who’d interviewed her for the job. That prompted them to file charges,” says the abovementioned reporter.
The “club” where Maeoka moonlighted maintained a stable of about 10 fillies, who, according to its advertisements, ranged “from young girls to housewives.” It charged a basic fee of 13,000 yen for 60 minutes, with other “options” offered for between 5,000 to 10,000 yen.
“When the suspect was arrested, Eriko Ishimatsu, the former operator of the deri-heru (which had closed in February), and her 21-year-old son Kazuya, were also charged,” says the journalist. “They had first become acquainted over a decade ago, when he patronized the snack bar where she worked as a hostess.”
“Maeoka claims he ‘helped out,’ but was never involved in the running of the deri-heru operation,” the reporter continues. “But the prefectural police are alleging he was deeply involved, and getting paid for it.”
The day following the press conference, station chiefs in north Kyushu convened to mull countermeasures to prevent further infringements by their subordinates.
The fundamental duty of the police is “to protect and to serve,” remarks an indignant Friday. In the current state of affairs, the magazine asks, who can we depend upon to maintain law and order?© Japan Today