A soldier arrested for sex crimes claims he did it to avoid being sent back to duties in Japan’s disaster areas.
The 31-year-old man, a petty officer aboard a submarine rescue vessel (pictured), was arrested for indecent exposure after he bared himself one afternoon at a Kanagawa video rental store.
According to police, he had already been dispatched to Japan’s disaster areas twice in order to help recover missing bodies at sea, and was set to go again in the near future.
He claims this was what led to his arrest:
“I felt that I did not want to go to the disaster areas. It was harsh work there, I was under a great deal of stress.”
Soldiers in lesser nations generally shoot themselves in the foot to avoid service – in Japan they apparently commit a sex crime instead.