Police have arrested a man for kidnapping a 2-year-old girl from an arcade with the intent of sexually assaulting her.
The incident took place at a Sapporo game centre (arcade), where two parents who lived nearby took their 2-year-old daughter to the premises whilst they played.
They apparently left the infant unattended for long enough for a 28-year-old man to take the child by her hand and lead her off.
According to police, he took the girl away from the arcade on foot, but as she started crying he took her to another game centre some 450m away where he handed her over to staff saying she was a lost child.
Staff became suspicious and called police, who arrested the man on suspicion of kidnapping the girl with the intent of sexually assaulting her.
As well as criticising the actions of the alleged perpetrator, some concern has also been directed against the parents for taking their 2-year-old to an arcade and then leaving her unattended, not even noticing her abduction.
Some have also expressed suspicion that this may be another case of heavy-handed police arresting a man for the crime of helping a child, as it is apparent from the wording of the report that he has not confessed and that it is the police who consider his intent was to kidnap and rape a 2-year-old.