Police have arrested two men for the crime of photographing a group of cheerleaders on a stage, although some have criticised them for an excess of diligence when all the men were found to have taken photographs of was their thighs.

The incident occurred at a Kanagawa prefecture high school “culture” festival where a group of 27 high school girls were performing a cheerleader dance on stage.

Two men in the audience, a 36-year-old civil servant working for the prefecture and a 43-year-old banker, disgracefully attempted to film the girls as they cavorted, taking close-ups of their bare thighs and clothed bodies.

A vigilant teacher noticed them brazenly using their cameras and decided they were suspicious, and their photographs were checked by teachers at the school’s staff room and they were reported to police as voyeuristic perverts.

The pair admit photographing the girls, saying they did it together as part of a “hobby,” and that they met at another such event and have been photographing other schoolgirls in public as well.

They have both been charged with indecent activities and trespass for attending the show in the first place.

There has been a certain amount of confusion amongst Japanese as to how photographing cheerleaders on a stage constitutes criminal voyeurism:

“What is wrong with photographing cheerleaders?”

“How can you get arrested for this?”

“How is this voyeurism?”

“If you don’t want people taking photographs or watching them why hold a cheerleader show on a stage?”

“But they only took photos of their thighs?”

“If photographing anyone but your friends is a crime, they might as well ban cameras.”

“Since when is photography banned at these events…”

“It’s creepy but I don’t see any crime.”

“Yet this is legal:”


“They should arrest that NHK cameraman then.”

“Odd that all the paparazzi photographers never get arrested just because they do it for money.”

“They are doing it for the money rather than to satisfy their lust, so it’s quite different.”

“Doing it for the money frankly seems more creepy than just doing it out of lust…”

“What about NHK and its cameramen taking pictures of wet schoolgirls getting uplifted by typhoons?”


“I thought the whole point of cheerleaders was the short skirts and panchira.”

“And yet the mass media happily photographs gymnastics and beach volleyball all the time.”

“It seems excessive that these two get their names dragged through the national press for this when there are murderers and worse who never have their names made public.”

“Why just arrest them like that? You’d think they’d at least warn them to stop photographing. It’s not even clear if the school bothered telling anyone it had banned photography.”

“I reckon they could get away with this if they took normal photographs and then just enlarged the bits they were interested in on their computers later.”

“They took photos of their thighs, they are obviously guilty!”

“It was only a close-up though? And not even of their underwear.”

“The whole point of cheerleaders is to show off the girls though…”

“They obviously weren’t supposed to be at the event either.”

“You lot wouldn’t like it if a bunch of creepy old guys were photographing your thighs whilst you were up on stage either.”

“How can a public performance in a public place possibly constitute ‘voyeurism’ or ‘peeping’?”

“This country is becoming seriously oppressive.”

“If this is a crime, then the cheerleaders themselves must be guilty of public indecency.”

“Nice to see our police and teachers have their priorities straight – kids are being bullied to death in schools, and they focus on the important stuff like this.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:55 11/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    “You lot wouldn’t like it if a bunch of creepy old guys were photographing your thighs whilst you were up on stage either.”

    If you don't want people to protograph your thighs, you probably don't go on a public stage wearing a short skirt and start dancing. Just a thought.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:13 11/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Suddenly thought of Chappelle.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:47 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Whores always play the victim, thou they dressed like whores.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, they whores might want to appeal to some of the audience. It doesn't automatically mean they have to be absolutely indiscriminate about accepting the attention that comes back at them, without concern about where it comes from and in what kinds of ways it does. Nothing wrong with that. If I dress as, say, an anime otaku, it doesn't mean I'm out there to buy any anime-related paraphernalia someone might want to throw at me.

    Even if this particular case should be a non-issue, unless they were disturbing the performers or the audience. A regular bootleg.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 06/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bootleg? What does that mean? Dictionary no nice :U

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:33 13/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL, whore means one of two things...

    1. exchanginbg sex for money
    2. just about every other women when it is a lonely otaku hating on women for whatever rejections they had in the past (usually the context used on this site)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:44 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's in a school, it's not a public place. Nothing wrong with the situation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're wrong. Only non-creepy guys may ogle sluts. That's why these guys were arrested. What world do you think we live in? Once where girls dress in skimpy outfits and dance on stage in public for just anyone?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the girls don't like to be watched wearing a short skirt, they should wear Burkas. That way, they are 99.9% safe from creepy oglers. Might get arrested as terrorists though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese women wants to be seen, by young hot western looking men that they see in movies, as opposed to old soggy looking creeps that make up the entirety of Japanese male population.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    this logic is the same logic that puts the blame of rape on a woman because of the clothing she wears.

    this is wrong no mattet how you look at it. photographing close ups of areas like these is a blatant violation of personal space. im not even mentioning the fact that theyre high schoolers. good on the teacher and police, shame on these comments from online japanese readers.

    Comment by Taylor
    06:41 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How many times must I tell you? 3D Women Ruin Lives. Don't fall to the temptation. If only adam had 2d moe instead of eve we would all be living in a perfect paradise where no bad things ever happen.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    09:36 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently God didn't like the idea of Adam standing around in the garden fapping in front of the animals in his birthday suit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ikr... thats like porn star wants people to watch their film for their acting skills.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you don't want people to steal your watch and break your face, you probably don't leave the house and walk around in public. Just a thought ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Believe it or not, that certainly is going to reduce the chances of someone "stealing your watch and breaking your face afterwards".

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....why don't cha just NOT WARE THE WATCH.....

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 12/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well if you kill yourself, nobody can steal _your_ watch anymore because there won't be _you_. It's not valid a reason for such action though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 12/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There's absolutely no need to resort to such extreme actions like killing yasself.
    Less "going out" and more "staying at home" is sufficient, easier to do, and it's assured to work.

    In short: your 'argument' sucks.

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    Comment by Tiax Anderson
    07:56 12/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except that you may not be able to stay indoors. If you require to go outside for work, school or simply shopping, you may not have a choice.
    You could stop wearing a watch, but work or school might limit you to that choice as well.

    Which is exactly where this differs from not wearing short skirts the length of an ant. After all, there are plenty of choices besides those clothes. You may argue that their club requires them to wear that, however there are other clubs. So that's not a good argument either.

    Bottom line is, like some infinities are greater than others, so are some choices more free than others. Which clothes to wear is one of the choices with the greatest amount of options in all 1st world countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 14/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:34 11/09/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Well. You cant easily do things that you do when seeing tights in real as opposed to their photos. And most people don't want for some creepy guys constantly doing it with their photos because who nows how it turns out afterwards... :)

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    Comment by Hoshi
    00:53 11/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I can see them being thrown out if they were photographing in such a way that it was disturbing to the performers and/or the other attendants, but I don't get "being charged with trespass for attending the show"-part. Was it not open to the public?

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    Comment by Gitami
    01:25 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need to define the cultural festival, is it open to all public or for the public neighbourhood, or just for the relatives and friends of the students. Did anyone invite them etc, is the high school a private school or an actual public school (though there's some crazy definition between private and public school in the Japanese use of the concept)

    Comment by 436345tgf36f4e
    01:15 11/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    That is pretty indecent of them to just take pictures of their thighs like that especially being 36 and 43. It's pretty creepy, but I can't see this as being Illegal. Unless there was this massive ban of photographs at the event, these guys should be free to go. Like an anon mentioned before me, if you don't want to be photographed you should not be on a stake in a miniskirt in the first place where you have to accept the fact that people will have the right to take your pic for w/e reasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 12/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is very relevant comment on the Reddit: It's about jailbaits but it's very relevant to the case.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They are a bunch of pussies after all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    There is so little love in this world that people strive it even the wrong way.

    Comment by Taylor
    06:27 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's actually pretty profound and philosophical. What are you doing on sankaku. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, we exist too :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:59 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm not surprised, this has happened in the good ol' US of A as well:

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why the holy fuck would the teacher(s) even care! It's not even indecent in the first place.

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    Comment by Pyrus
    09:43 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The teachers don't want any competition. They consider those girls their personal hunting stock & don't want any outsiders beating them to the punch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:13 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does this mean there's an official photobook being prepared right now, and that it will be made mandatory learning material at some point?

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    Comment by Gitami
    01:21 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    There's more picture? Fix the link!

    I have my priorities straight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah all we need is a panty-shots. The article text is unnecessary excess here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And in other news, people all over Japan are arrested for the crime of being male in a public space.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is just plain stupid. If taking pictures of fully-clothed people during a public performance is a crime, everyone with a camera should be in jail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:50 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Disgusting, japan is a totalitarian police state. I wonder when they start to shoot and maul people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny, some girls who don't want to be photographed are on cam at night stripping, am i missing something?

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    Comment by Ishmon16
    12:21 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It has to be a Ninja taking the pictures.

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    Comment by cpc65
    11:37 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thigh fetish? Maybe would be even better if a Thai thigh fetish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:01 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm kinda more worried about those guy bystanders in those photos. Poor fella might get arrested lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:29 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    there aren't any typhoons where i live ;_;

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:43 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Land of the Rising Skirt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:49 11/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...That sounds like my type of land!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 13/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think dudes should be arrested for that kind of thing. They should be dealt with in a more discreet fashion...shove that camera up their arse sideways & give them a few boots to the head as you "escort" them off the premises. That's how we protect our young ladies from pervs out where I live at least.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 13/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their cheerleaders dress so much more conservatively than over here. I really like their uniforms and style!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 12/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wind = man`s best friend.

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