Societies the world over are being destroyed by evil fiends who prey on the purest and most innocent segment of humankind. Regardless of religious, cultural or educational differences, there can be no acceptance of unlawful or even slightly questionable acts against our children.
Japan is day after day becoming a haven for predators and filth who, due to social ineptitude, mental illness or possession by pure evil, take pleasure in acting out or simulating acts of violence and sexual violation against children. The acid in my gut writhes as I picture them.
The backstreets of Akihabara provide a safe haven for this scourge. In fact, an entire subculture and commercial industry has sprung up because of its existence, one that flourishes as the disease spreads. Japan is stigmatized by the international community because so many of its men are incapable of interacting with females their own age. These “men” are driven, through pure sickness, to force their human desires onto innocent children too young to understand yet old enough to have their lives stolen and their futures severely damaged. Facets of manga culture even encourage adult involvement with children— fantasies are created, illustrated and published to fuel the paraphilia of these pathetic vermin.
As reasonable human beings, each of us must squirm every time we read news of child pornography and sickening crimes against young girls and boys. We live with these fiends among us and we tolerate their existence, make jokes about their crimes, and generally regard them simply as freaks among the human population.
Our society punishes criminals for an innumerable variety of acts, some of which are truly heinous and others which are simply based on legalistic interpretations and arbitrary decisions of what the law should be. Yet there are some things that human beings regardless of creed or color intrinsically feel to be filthy, immoral and illegal, and crimes against our children is one of them.
Street gangs the world over have adopted a zero-tolerance policy against pedophilia and violence against children, and a similar rule often exists within prisons, where child molesters are targeted by other convicts. I cannot always condone such vigilante methods, but in the case of rodents who have stolen the childhood of one of our young, no punishment can ever be sufficient.
When it comes to acts against children, the punishment should fit the crime. The offenders should have their innocence stolen and should be physically prevented from repeating their actions. Castration, amputation of their weapons (i.e. hands), and being forced to live as slaves are all punishments that I would happily inflict on those who hurt kids.
A few years ago, I experienced an ugly incident that caused me to adopt my own no-tolerance policy. I was in Incheon Airport with my family when I saw an odd-looking fellow in a fishing vest taking photos of my daughter. Usually, I am not adverse to people with cameras, and I didn’t interfere. Minutes later I walked past the guy and saw he had a scrapbook in which he was pasting children’s faces onto pornographic images. I immediately kicked the camera out of his hand, stomped on it until it was completely smashed, and cracked the memory stick in half.
The guy didn’t move. Instead, he looked at me, bowed in apology, and ran away. This all happened in the departure lounge in front of about 20 people, and as I went to sit back down with my kids, I could hear others chattering about how the guy was obviously a pedophile and how he was reading dirty magazines and taking photos of people for the last hour or so. Nobody did anything, and I may not have either until he involved my own little girl. From that day on, I vowed to protect all children from anyone looking to harm them.
We can make a better future for all of our kids by simply hitting the problem at its foundations. We should no longer tolerate any glorification of sexual or violent acts against children. When we see people with questionable books or pictures involving children, we should shame them. If we know of people with dubious intentions towards the innocent, we should act to stop them.
Homosexuals, Christians, heathens, Muslims, illegal immigrants, the homeless, rightwing extremists — you are all welcome in my world. But those who exploit and abuse our children, please be warned that your days are numbered.
“BPA” is the loving father of two children. This commentary originally appeared in Metropolis magazine (www.metropolis.co.jp).© Japan Today