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Posted in: Man found innocent of molesting charges by claiming he was pickpocketing See in context

For all those confused about this, "Molestation" includes all levels of sexual assault from touching the genitals above outer clothing,to below outer clothing but above underwear, to below the underwear and digital penetration.

J law structures it's penalties for"Chikan" on those three tiers.

Quite often, men who "Molest" refers to men who have digitally penetrated their victims on a crowded train - and quite often their victims are middle schoolers. It is widespread sexual assault of minors.

Additionally, it is not abnormal for the molester to climax during the assault.

Please do not confuse this with "butt patting" in an office.

Final note:- Safe Japan has only recently classified sexual assault as a crime. It had previously been only an offence, with punishment no more than a fine.

Japan's legal system is not yet mature but don't let's walk back the little progress it's made with assault, and reduce the prevalence of sexual assault to talk of "butt patting".

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Posted in: 41-year-old woman found strangled to death at home See in context

We can perhaps deduce that there was no sign of a break-in as someone who had a key did it? Boyfriend perhaps?

Break-ins and home invasions are sadly an accepted part of life in Japan - far different from parts of Europe, the US and the developing world where people leave their front doors unlocked and keys in their cars.

Why else would women routinely avoid renting apartments on the ground floor and prefer auto lock apartments over those without.

My commiserations to the daughter, and I hope that she finds a parental guardian to live with until her education is complete.

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Posted in: Woman slashes husband for not washing his hands after using toilet See in context

I challenge the female readership to tell me that they haven't been in a public toilet in Japan and seen woman after woman exiting the stalls after a number two, only to stand in front of the mirror to fix their hair and make up - without ever washing their hands. There is a good reason why colds spread so quickly in Japan. This knife weilding gal should be praised for her understanding of germ theory.

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context


You have rather a lot of free time.

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context


Your reading comprehension is atrocious. I referenced the yakuza in response to your acertion that all gangs resembled south american prison gangs - tattoos and all. Clearly your acertion was factually incorrect.

I've always stated this is a low level gang with no affiliations. I believe that you will find that position is shared by both the mainstream media and twitter if you search in Japanese.

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context

GW, great post.

WilliB, I'm afraid that I am not seduced by the imagery that infers that gang members are necessarily tattoo'd vest wearing thugs that inhabit prisons or peddle drugs on street corners. I think that an understanding of organised crime requires a stronger analysis of supply chains and access - a model for success in this field would be the Japanese Yakuza and how they have been able to strike a pact with the Japanese ruling class to co-exist within a framework that allows them to operate in nominated industries with impunity. It may come as a surprise to you that while many gang members wear tattoos, many others wear suits, and others school uniforms.

As I mentioned before, there are many levels of gangs in Japan. Evidently, membership of even the lowest level of unaffiliated gang in Japan can spell death for a member.

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Posted in: 18-yr-old suspect admits killing Kawasaki boy to punish him See in context


This was a gang. They may not have tattoos like gangs from Hollywood but it clearly was enough of a gang to have strict hierarchy and discipline that extended to death for acts of disobedience. I suppose the question you have to ask yourself is: Is that the kind of behavior you would expect from non-gang members?

Japan is awash with gangs - from these low level gangs to "ledissu" and bosozuku, which act as feeders to serious organised crime which openly run massive sections of the expansive Japanese illicit entertainment industry. They never got around to dealing with Al Capone here - they had a cup of tea with him instead.

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Posted in: Kawasaki boy told friend on Line he might get killed See in context

Yubaru, LaWren and Fishy have written a lot of sense here. Along with the lack of child protection/wellbeing services there is also a lack of mental wellbeing related services which often compounds the problem. Fern Gully touched on the value system that contrubuted to this outcome, however no-one has yet begun to explore why there is such a prevalence of gangs in Japan, and how very quickly truants find themselves recruited into the gangs and brothels. These are not experiences from which young people walk away unscarred. Tragically, as in this case, some do not emerge from these experiences alive.

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Posted in: Fireman turns himself to police for flashing student last October See in context

Exposing yourself to a child or adult is criminal sexual assault in most western democracies. The term 'flashing' is unhelpful and makes this act seem lighthearted. 'Groping' is another term that should be substituted by 'sexual assault' to convey its criminal seriousness. Perhaps then, there may be some headway made with addressing the epidemic of sexual assault that has been cultivating in Japan for so long. It is right that the police follow this individual case to conclusion.

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Posted in: Tokyo named safest city in world; Osaka No. 3 See in context

Tokyo has an incredibly high rate of sexual assault and is a city where even today children and young women are assaulted in public transport every day of the week. As there is very little provision of mental healthcare in this country, victims of sexual assault overcome with shame and with no-one to turn to often runaway from home and find themselves in the precarious situation of trying to fend for themselves to get by. The expansive entertainment and sex industry often recruits these vulnerable youngsters for consumption by married men in the myriad of girls bars, snacks, and soap land brothels easily accessible throughout Tokyo. I wonder what the weightings were in this report between clean air, cyber protections, and sexual predators putting their hands into the underpants of school children on trains.

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Posted in: U.S. Embassy warns citizens about drink spiking in Roppongi See in context

Magnus, The substantive point was not the particular nationality of the gangs operating vice or 'entertainment' and I used 'yakuza' as a euphemism for 'Mafia' or 'organised crime'. Whether directly managed or subsudizing organised crime 'entertainment' in Tokyo is very much part of the underworld of world of vice. I am grateful however that an informed person has highlighted that 'entertainment' in Japan is of a very Japanese or Asian origin and operational structure, and again, that the suggestion that Africans monopolize and proliferate this industry is laughable. I would however disuade anyone from participating in vice - however benign it seems.

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Posted in: U.S. Embassy warns citizens about drink spiking in Roppongi See in context

Amazing display of naivety by very many posters. Titty bars and vice are a very Japanese industry. Every single town across this country has some variant of the theme pay-to-play - whether its 'snack', kyabakura, 'night clubs' 'pubs', 'girls bars'. These are all places where you pay to get drunk with women, look at them in various states of undress, and touch them. Soapland and prostitution is never too far away either. The idea that Roppongi is the center of vice in Japan in laughable. Vice IS entertainment in Japan. Just take a visit to Kanda or Kinshcho or any other place where suited males flock to after hours. All run with impunity by the yakuza.

Additionally, Japanese women working in vice have long been raiding their customers wallets after the deed is done, have been known to fake assault and demand large sums to not go to the police - there is nothing new or imported about this racket.

As someone wisely said before, stay away from vice and you will have no issues. Live life decent and you'll never be sat in the holding room of a titty bar with a fist in your face because you are arguing your 400,000JPY bill.

Go home to your wives, or get a girlfriend - or man up and face the consequences of playing in the yakuza's den.

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