“Lynched” Chikan Commits Suicide


A man has committed suicide after police tried to pressure him into confessing to groping a drunk woman even after she withdrew her accusation, completely ignoring the beating the man received at the hands of the woman’s companions.

The incident began one night with a common enough occurrence – a 25-year-old man, an employee of Japan’s space agency JAXA, was accused by a drunk student of touching her abdomen on the platform at Shinjuku station.

Her two friends proceeded to attack him, pushing him down a flight of stairs and beating him. After this police arrived and promptly took him into custody as a suspected chikan, ignoring his pleas of innocence and his accusations of assault.

The man was finally released by police at 5:45AM the next morning, after signing a written promise to return for more grilling later.

Rather than heading home, he headed to Waseda station, familiar to him from his university commutes. At 6:40AM, he threw himself under an oncoming train. Services were delayed for 40 minutes, affecting some 24,000 people.


His mother was distraught at this course of events, regarding it as a grotesque miscarriage of justice:

“Police dropped the charges against him as he is dead. But my son would never have done such a thing in the first place.

His friends and teachers from university and his co-workers at JAXA all tearfully denied that he was capable of such a thing.

The police never even questioned his accusers, and they never told him the court had dropped charges.

In fact, the man had been wearing a recorder he used in his English studies, and much of his questioning and pleas of innocence were recorded, including him asking police “will my life be ruined by false charges like the people on the news?”

Even more damning were the circumstances surrounding his questioning, which was recorded completely and subsequently made public by the mother in her campaign for redress:

“The victim’s confirming all of this.”

“They’re saying you are the one who assaulted them.”

“Today is about the chikan case. If you want to bring charges for assault, do it yourself.”

As if this were not enough, the accuser is said to have actually withdrawn the charges, saying “I may have been mistaken,” but police did not tell him and instead continued trying to pressure him into confessing.

Technically he was not even arrested, instead having just been taken in for questioning.

The mother is said to be looking to bring a case against the police, but reports no lawyers are willing to take up the case, saying it is too difficult to sue the police.

Many claim Japan’s extremely high conviction rate is in significant part due to police interrogation techniques bordering on torture, resulting in confessions of questionable legitimacy.

Add to this fact chikan charges are more often than not based solely on testimony from victims in packed carriages, and it seems apparent a miscarriage of justice is underway on a grand scale on the nation’s trains, with often tragic consequences for those falsely accused.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    20:02 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He looks really handsome and would have made a nice husband...What a waste of a good man...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:34 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Technically, drunk people should not have any credibility when recalling events. A case like this elsewhere would be thrown out.

    Anyway, Japan will keep declining in population since men and women there seem to live in totally different worlds..

    Comment by Dark Mage
    03:51 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The word of a drunk person is of zero value in fact it should be considered to have negative value in court cases.

    Injustice like this makes me wish I had a certain notebook and a list of names.

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    Comment by Pacpon
    01:45 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha love it that when a guy commits suicide it gets a bunch of sympathy but when a girl does it, it's hilarious. I feel bad for him none the less. Suicide is not funny, especially when people troll and push already depressed people over the edge.

    I would hate to live in Japan, too much pressure to be perfect. To much potential shame to live with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    he killed himself and hurt is mother! and friends and family! idc what happened to him! he's a loser!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's simply for womans to lie...
    Every fifth rape is being doubted.
    So it's the same with grouping etc
    And even you are able proof that the accusation were wrong, your live will be destroyed from the society...
    Suicide is best choose when your live starts to become uncomfortable. This world has no worth, so don't care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Equality where now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that Equality Now is really happy about what's going on. And is properly laughing on the guy who's dead.

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    Comment by Reo
    23:51 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it was me, I would've probably do the same thing as him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:32 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    her beat the shit out of him and police do nothing?
    so normal citizens can enforce justice?

    poor fellow
    as an employee of jax, he would've been more useful to society than that bitch

    Comment by Dark Mage
    16:30 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He would have been far more useful to society then the lying bitch and all of the abusive cops in the precinct combined.

    This is a loss the country can't afford.
    Japan has fallen very far behind the rest of the first world in space flight.

    The bitch and her friends should be arrested for assault.
    Since the cops were so incompetent to take the word of a drunken harlot over that of an upstanding citizen they should be hog tied and thrown into the flame trench under the next H2 to lift off.
    Really even a child knows the word of a drunk person is of no value these cops are dumber then the average 10 year old.

    I think I'm being quite lenient in giving them a quick death by being incinerated by a rocket exhaust vs eaten alive by army ants.

    The good news the exhaust of a modern rocket engine is so hot that the hottest part of hell well seem slightly chilly like an autumn morning by comparison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad. The guy was good-looking. He could've been a pop star.

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    18:56 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That polices and her friend were so stupid, they probably would still believe that bitch if she reported that the guy uses telekinetic powers to molest her..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    theres usually a good way to handle this kind of crap. If you get accused, accuse her of stealing from you, cause most girls nowadays carry around cannabis in their bags, being caught with that takes all the attention away from you. If they freak out about not having their bags searched, you can pretty much guarentee you can walk away free, then all you do is make a deal for them to take back the charge. Thats about our only defense against these false charging bitches on the train. Not the best way to handle it, but a way nonetheless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If he had telekinetic powers he could have done this.
    The cops would have soiled their panties and yes they probably do wear panties and let him go.

    Though with those cops I'd lean more towards good ol scanners style head explosions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dunno after playing Phoenix Wright I don't think Japanese court system is all that bad

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 23/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... you played a video game which idealizes the court system. Bravo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 08/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played it and i can't see how anon would get that impression. That whole game is about justice done wrong while the only characters which give a shit are the protagonist and his rival prosecutor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:04 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    omg. there was a movie called "i just didn't do it" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Just_Didn%27t_Do_It [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Just_Didn't_Do_It] - the protagonist is also falsely accused of groping still from the movie - [http://static.mysoju.com/images/upload/I_Just_Didnt_Do_It_.jpg.]http://static.mysoju.com/images/upload/I_Just_Didnt_Do_It_.jpg.

    and the main character frigging looks like this guy.

    that aside, people who abuse the legal system - to get an innocent guy's life ruined just because they *think* he groped them. this is despicable and makes me lose faith in humanity day by day. i'm female. i don't think i can ever do something like this to another person.


    Comment by Anonymous
    16:32 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why doesn't someone invent a special ink that's invisible except to black lights.

    Make girls put it on their pantsu and breast area and then you could actually tell if someone was being molested since the ink would show up on their hands. -.-

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:01 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And girls will have tits and asses shining on black light...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would show my sympathy to him and his family loss. Life's cruel, hang on tight.

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    Comment by domination
    02:26 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He was a sankaku reader!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 10/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    stupid drunks are bad enough.
    but stupid drunk bitches are worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 11/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those japanese again with their inability .
    I pity them even though i only like their manga/samurai culture

    Comment by flood
    04:15 12/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just hate it when the article authors post the pic of the DEAD guy... -_- looking at you....

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    Comment by Musashi75
    08:29 14/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is fucked up. everyone who does not want molested should ride an extra train waggon. he was so young damn and extraordinary and died !

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    Comment by Tangleons
    15:32 10/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anybody thinking of filing a petition AGAINST chikan accusation?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:56 09/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan should hire some US lawyers

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    Comment by Sandalphon
    05:23 26/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inept Japanese police cowards.

    Being drunk on the street is a crime where I live, I'm not sure how it is in Japan, but that would be enough to press charges against that student.

    Excuse me while I go take a ride on of those trains, I will be right back.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:52 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    make sure its packed

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 26/12/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Mitsuko
    19:38 10/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The zero tolerance approach to this is exactly what Japan needs. The only people who disagree are the men who want to be able to get away groping all they want.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Many claim Japan’s extremely high conviction rate is in significant part due to police interrogation techniques bordering on torture, resulting in confessions of questionable legitimacy."

    "Though if he was foreign he would've been held for 20 days without contact with the outside world, which is completely legal in Japan..."

    What kind of training do the police receive in Japan anyway? What kind of education does society get in Japan as well? This could be believed of especially violent underworld killers but not of ordinary citizens and much less police.

    So much for the First World reputation Japan has. This only happens in 3rd World countries with uneducated or religious extremist citizens who believe in honour killings, or decaying developed ones like the USA who appear to have a system that breeds a culture of sadism in enforcement. I think the world expected more from this nation of supposed open-mindedness, tolerance and civility.

    Nevermind that Japan has all that fabulous Harajuku sub-culture or most liberal Anime happening, or that we hear of it's sex positive vibes and red light districts all the time. This makes a traveller want to give Japan (also USA) a miss in their travel itinerary just to punish them.

    "Her two friends proceeded to attack him, pushing him down a flight of stairs and beating him."

    They could have bundled him off to the police station at most. Assaulting someone is ILLEGAL, pushing someone down stairs could have resulted in death. The police should have arrested and automatically charged the other 2 people for assault even while the groper himself also needed to be taken in but only questioned and only charged and then brought before a court to be determined if guilty.

    A grope or two is results in a moment of embarrassment. Even a series of long hard rakes or a finger up you know where (don't get any ideas guys) does little lasting harm that justifies someone being thrown down stairs. A cry for help would have alerted nearby passengers who could have mediated. In this case it could be the Chikan who needed to cry for help or needed protection and not the victim.

    With this one incident involving the police as a barometer, we all know what to expect of the rest of the brittle state of law enforcement in this nation. An accused murderer could be shot dead on the spot then! Where is due process? Doing that sort of stuff also does not give the police a right to torture him.

    A nation that with citizens that take the law into their own hands rather than turn over offenders to the police and courts, or that brutalizes it's own citizens to the point of death deserves no respect. There appears to be much unpleasantness beneath all the purported open mindedness of Japan for this kind of thing to happen, where is the law when you need it?

    The assaulters of this poor victim are still at large and unpunished are they not? Charge them already ! Sue the police as well and demand compensation for using torture on civilians for civilian offense to the point of causing psychological harm that resulted in the suicide of an as of yet not even proven guilty man. Who is going to take care of his old parents now? The assaulters? The police? Society owes exmeplary and aggravated damages to the poor parents, the anguish must be unimaginable . . .

    You can't demand the life of a man for a chikan case. Not even a rape case, maybe mass rapists like in the 'Rape of Asia' by war criminal soldiers, but not this poor guy for a lousy grope!

    If he really was guilty, a reasonable fine after a court conviction, a formal apology from the guy to the gropee and some counselling sessions would have been all he deserved. If he were all bad and unapologetic, a stint in jail at most ! But DON'T TORTURE HIM?!? Or throw him down stairs? Whats wrong with the Japanese? No amount of cultural events can offset or mast such propensity to barbarism by ordinary civilians and police.

    So much for Japan's justice system - damn 3rd world behaviour under a 1st world veneer, just like the USA who tasers grannies talking big with butter knives or targets harmless civilians for being of Latino descent . . .

    What a horrible nation . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:37 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the heck is up with the Japanese? Do they enjoy destroying each other's lives and peace of mind? At least when I play mind games there's nothing vital at steak. There is absolutely no reason what so ever why this should have happened!

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Way to go Japanese cops. Glad to see you're completely spineless and incompetent. I've got a brilliant idea! Why don't you punish the two chicks for beating him up? Fucking split tail bitches.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:31 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    loser! if you commit suicide your a fucking loser! dont blame the police! or the lady or boyfriend! yeah their all jackasses but this loser killed himself! what a coward!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's no justice in the world and there never was. Sympath for the mother and family of the young man, conscience will catch up on the women and the police invovled and they will suffer over time for their mistakes, justice though? No.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this moron killed himself! i have no mercy! look at what he put his mother thru! all becuz of a little pressure from the police! soldiers get shot at daily for yrs on end, come home get chastied by the people they protect, cant find work due to "violent veteran" sterotypes and still dont kill themselves!...this guy is a loser!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where is Phoenix Wright when you need him????

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:10 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    soredemo boku wa yattenai...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm... I'm thinking that I definitely need to keep my hands high up in full visibility for all to see, clinging onto a rail or the like, if I ever visit Japan and use their trains. Yet I'm a female.

    Egads, these stories always worry me, because in such crowds everyone bump into each other not by choice but by lack of space. Unless someone's ridiculously obvious about it and vigorously groping you with their hands, it's going to be difficult to tell if someone's just forced to stand too close because of being packed closer than sardines or if they're just using the situation as an excuse to press their bodies against yours. Meaning that unless the perps were being obvious, how can they be certain they were being molested? But then again I only have experience with London's underground tube, including during rush hour. Pretty scary enough as it is, and have no desire to get onto any Japanese trains during rush hour.

    I sure as hell wouldn't feel comfortable claiming someone tried to molest me, unless I was certain. Certain being something stupid-obvious, like shoving a fondling hand up-skirt between my legs. But that would just result in me trying to break some of those fingers so they'll never feel tempted to do that ever again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hands high up in the air at all times? Useless.

    Bitches can still say you 'hump' them. There's no escape. Either that, or carry gay porn.

    Yet I'm so straight, I don't wanna risk getting hit by homos because they'd think I'm one of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:56 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    25 years old and employed by JAXA -Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency-. Seriously this guy can contribute a lot for the society yet his life ended in a miserable way.

    For whoever say "OMGWTFBBQ what a loser sucide", let me get this straight. An accusation of molesting is a life time stigma that will follow you even after you died. This is even worse than when the bank blacklist you, ruin your credit reputation. Any employer will just throw your CV into trash bin right after they see the accusation. And you think this kind of fk up only happen to Japan ? No the whole world is the same


    This man saved life of 152 passengers yet
    "Airline Korean Air - which has a fleet of Boeing 777s like the one Peter flew at BA - turned him down because his CV showed he was a pilot in charge of a plane which had ''crashed''. "

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 08/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminism strikes again!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor guy
    There really is no justice in societies these days.
    If they keep doing this, innocent guys will become bad, and start doing it

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this pisses me off since I'm a space enthusiast and hopeful worker myself >:(

    I hope that girl's name is shown all over the internet and her life and privacy ruined

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    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    08:55 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The "Modern Women who seek to destroy men" strike again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You dolt, the 'modern woman' withdrew her charges. It's the police that kept pressuring him.

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    Comment by Artefact

    She still accused him and stood by whilst her companions assaulted him.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Services were delayed for 40 minutes. 24,000 people. And he recorded it? That kind of random trauma will force a person to be a terrorist.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:48 07/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Making people late is hardly terrorism but considering someone guilty before proven innocent and coercing false admission of guilt is a form of terrorism.
    The only terrorists here where dressed as police officers.

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