“Voyeur” Innocent: “The Woman & Cops Made It All Up!”

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In a shocking turnabout for a Japanese court, a man accused of a crime by a woman has been declared innocent after it emerged police just made up their report which stated “he enjoyed watching peeping porn” and “seeing that women aroused my animal instincts.”

In 2008 the Yokohama man was using a Tokyo escalator when he made the mistake of using his mobile phone behind a woman.

She saw him “looking at pictures” on his phone and concluded he was engaged in some form of voyeuristic trespass against her person, and reported him.

He agreed to go along with police for questioning, and by the time they had finished they had an interrogation report which stated “his hobbies include watching voyeuristic pornography” and “seeing the woman aroused his animal instincts.”

The man was charged and convicted of voyeurism, his sentence being a 300,000 yen fine.

According to reports from 2010, by then it was established the officer responded to the man’s protestations of innocence by shouting at him to “quit your lying” and writing his confession for him, whilst prosecutors chose to ignore the fact no pictures were ever found on his phone.

Over 5 years after his arrest the courts finally overturned the guilty verdict, finding that “on investigation it transpired the investigator had produced a report at variance with the facts.”

For this “illegal investigation” the courts ordered police to pay the man 1.1 million yen in compensation.

Japanese news reports covering such crimes typically include darling extracts from the confession of the suspect – though in light of cases such as this it seems not unlikely that an uncertain proportion of them are actually the work of police either writing whatever they feel like or coercing from their prisoner with the threat of pre-trial detention longer than the likely sentence.

Amongst actual Japanese there is outrage that police – and the man’s accuser – got off so lightly:

“The woman is innocent?”

“She should pay compensation too!”

“Unbelievable that fabricating a police report does not result in a prison sentence.”

“This happened in Japan!?”

“5 years of being dragged through something like this and all he gets is a paltry million yen.”

“Just hiring the lawyer must have cost more.”

“Just making out that a man is probably a sex criminal because he watches pornography is pretty desperate stuff to put in a police report.”

“Just using a mobile on an escalator gets you convicted as a sex criminal!?”

“If you don’t get a lawyer they will completely make up their report. There are some very bad cops out there, accusations like this are the tip of the iceberg.”

“This is routine for them. They write the confession they want, then make you cross out the bits you claim not to say and sign it. They don’t even see anything wrong with it.”

“He should be getting 30 million for being embroiled in something like this.”

“Not only do the police not get prosecuted, the woman’s testimony is unconditionally believed over that of the man?”

“How badly does Japan coddle its women?”

“No consequences at all for falsely accusing him of this, how nice for the woman.”

“Japanese police are just totally useless…”

“It’s like they are just admitting it because they can’t get away with it this time. How barbarous would foreign countries think Tokyo’s courts? And what does that sum say about how seriously we take our democracy?”

“This woman should be made to wear trousers for the rest of her life!”

“Without dealing with our rotten police force and the ability of women to fabricate any charges against men they like and still be believed it is hard to see an end to cases like this.”


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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:25 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The woman should be ordered to be his live-in maid, without pay, for the next five years. Anything that occurs during that time to her in that house/apartment, which she will not be allowed to leave, will not be considered a crime.

    The police officers involve deserve to be placed in stock in public for no less than 7 days without reprieve. The public may do whatever they want to them, excluding murder. Thereafter, they will be beaten to death.

    I'm sick of this bullshit of cops getting off without punishment when they screw-over an innocent persons life by making shit up because they're lazy assholes. Round them all up, mass execute the fuckers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    the woman isnt really responsible for any crime. had the police not outright fabricated a confession, and instead just checked his phone and realized there was nothing of the sort to be found, there would be no issue. give the woman a warning, and apologize to the guy

    the police that broke the law to charge someone of a crime they didnt commit are the reprehensible ones

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:22 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    On the contrary, fabricating testimony is a crime. Not as bad as extracting false confessions mind you, but still rather serious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But the article doesn't say anywhere that she fabricated anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:10 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    now that would be justice..

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Screw fining them, jail the pigs and prosecutor.

    Then give the man the annual compensation of the pigs and prosecutor, out of police and attorney's office; forever.

    He gets the justice he deserves, and the departments get an annual reminder of cost of corruption every year at budget time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:42 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sick bastard. Not even a murderer deserves such cruel treatment. I can't believe the people who voted this crap to +1.

    Comment by Anonymous

    The woman did nothing wrong. She reported that she believed she had been violated, as is the correct course of action. The police are in the wrong for assuming guilt and not bothering to do any investigation.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    00:21 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Woman also did something wrong or how do you believe it possible to become a voyeur while watching someone IN PUBLIC. The only way to get someone for that is if it is a stalker. Or at least that's how it should be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, women never do anything wrong. It's always the men. Having a penis automatically makes a person a felon. That's the way society works.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 21/12/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Its not her fault, wearing a skirt,and he took out the phone its perfectly natural to assume he was peeping, after all its not like this isn't common at all in japan right???? and the fact that he went along with the police even though they didn't find anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    If he run, the punishment could be more severe..

    Since he is confident about his innocent, he probably thought he'll spend time talking to the police, get his phone checked and after no picture found, released from the charge. One day max, opposing what happening right then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:05 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...and in one piece.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    00:24 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    His one mistake: he talked to the cops.
    Never ever talk to the cops. No matter where you are no matter which country. Never talk to the cops. Especially if you wish to stay innocent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Common? This is common in some girls' heads - the imaginary audience.

    Newsflash: people in the city don't notice anything, ever. And they play with their phones everywhere, including when crossing the street.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well a close friend (girl) of mine would always wear clothes that showed quite a bit (especially breasts) and would make dirty jokes without getting embarassed, but as soon as she catches someone look at her breasts she would get quite angry. Once a friend of mine even touched her ass and she was even more angry, but she never reported things to police..... It is just.the femmlnists who should have their brain checked up thinking that they can go around half naked and then report whoever watches them

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your friend sound like a slot and has nothing to do with feminism and more with some kind of personality disorder. The real issue is the Laws they have to be changed and better check and balance need to be implemented. For a country of disarmed individuals I am impressed more men don't find them selves doing long prison times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 24/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Priceless until someone fucks the hell out of it then her body isn't priceless. It has a value...a value that decreases day by day. Besides how priceless can something be if you know for a fact that in the future, it will never again look as good as it does right now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Part of the reason why some women get upset at anyone looking or touching them is because they know their body is priceless in many ways.

    Nobody wants to give something for free at their own expense.

    Some also enjoy the thrill of affecting others, but they want to keep full control. Being touched violates that power fantasy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:14 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Glad the courts actually somewhat came through.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Of course we all wished for more, which may include job termination and public shaming of the officers involved, along with that woman actually getting raped for destroying that man's reputation and life.

    Alas, the judge granted the full extent of punishment allowed by the laws which dictates this offense. At least this one does his job.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The woman hardly did anything. She reported him because she thought he was being a creep. It's up to the law enforcement to handle it from there and determine if he really was being a creep or not, and its really not her fault that they failed so spectacularly. She probably wouldnt even know about it.
    Similarly, If a woman did something that made a man truthfully think she was committing a crime against his person even when she wasnt, and he reported this 'crime', it's not his fault if the police are idiots about it.
    Stories like this being sensationalized are what keeps victims of actual chikan from speaking up, because some dudebro is eager to shout 'NO U JUST FAKIN IT' or something.

    Comment by Anonymous

    That's going a bit extreme, remember, the woman just thought he was taking upskirt shots and turned him in because they thought that, she wasn't intentionally trying to destroy someone, just protect herself. Remember, the police are the true, true problem here. She doesn't seem to have done anything wrong, just a very bad mistake. The other stuff of public shame of the officers I agree with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 21/12/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Protect herself? If she hadn't got carried away by the moment and paranoia, she should've been able to think rationally. I don't think she's even sure that he repeated it. Just one moment of disgust and immediately he went to the barn.

    Do you realize what kind of society Japan has? Hypocrites as the lot of them may be, image is practically everything. God knows what this man had to deal with for over 5 years before the court cleared him of the charges. The stigma of being accused as a chikan may have cost him relatives, friends, hell even a job. People, especially women, would start to think thrice whenever he's around them. And the stigma usually lasts long after the verdict, just because he used to be accused as a chikan. If anything goes wrong and he happens to be in the vicinity, all eyes will be on him first and foremost.

    There is a serious need for Japanese lawmakers to amend the laws so that false reporters are made to be accountable for their actions, and that the maximum amount awarded to the innocently accused is increased to take into account the economical and emotional effects they may have gone through in the years of the trial. Then again, Jap politicians are currently more engaged in playing the nationalism and feminism card.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:47 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    HEAR THIS AND KNOW THE TRUTH! WOMEN ALWAYS HAVE BEEN, AND ALWAYS WILL BE MASTERS OF ATTENTION GRABBING.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guys, don't forget, girls here (Japan) are worried about this stuff BECAUSE IT HAPPENS TO THEM ALL THE TIME.

    ALLLLL OF THEM. Whether or not you like it, or partake in doing it to them, they're always worried about it. ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 04/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's hardly unique to Japan, you know...bs I live in the U.S and I don't hear they're worried about it raped is shocking

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @18:31 - That's hardly unique to Japan, you know...

    Comment by Anonymous

    If you think someone should be raped for making a mistake, I hope you get raped by an entire prison at once.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They usually do... after a coupla decades.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    in justice we trust!

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    Comment by Renzo
    11:07 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    There should be a law to prosecute the woman.

    The reverse burden of proof MUST be conducted in this

    case.

    It just seems unfair that a woman can just got off and

    got extra 500,000 yen just say 'I'm being peeped!'

    While it's all only by assumption.

    The police and the woman involved MUST pay the fine,

    it should exceed 10 million yen + 5 years suffering

    + good name rehabilitation by the courts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Why? None of this would have been a problem if the police had just done their job and let him go.

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    Comment by Renzo
    12:56 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Because basically she has ruined the man's reputation and life.

    He lost his job, must pay the charge and being in detention for 6 months while following the procedures

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its a miracle that this guy didnt kill himself ..yet.

    Comment by Char
    11:56 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    The police were being arrest happy.

    In the US such a wrongful arrest would have cost them far more then $11,000.

    Esp considering they tried to write a confession of guilt for him the officers involved would be dismissed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're living in a backwards hillbilly town then, it would be all over the news if they wrote a confession themselves over something like that, the officer would be put in prison, his superiors suspended pending investigation, and the woman's name would be blasted all over the tv.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    unlawful arrest lawsuits can get you a long way if you can actually find a lawyer that will take the case ( good luck with that though)

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    Comment by Kan Ika
    14:56 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's because the state would've paid the tab instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pff. You're living in a dream world. They would have been reprimanded at best in the US.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is not the first time false accusation was thrown, and a while ago a guy and one executive guy even kill themselves because the society pressure from being accused.

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2010/05/07/lynched-chikan-commits-suicide/

    http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2012/12/26/chikan-branch-manager-commits-suicide-i-didnt-do-it/

    I think Japanese Police should use their head more and learn how to be more competent law enforcer, and be flexible not charging when it is clear there is no proof.

    A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

    The media also need to stop putting the suspect on TV, because apparently many Japanese people are too dumb to understand a person that is free from charge is innocent, and is free from any kind of shame. There are so many to lose even when in fact the guy didn't do anything wrong, so stop broadcasting the person.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    None of this would have been a problem if half of us weren't stuck with a penis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:20 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    While the police fucked shit up, the one who started all this shit is the woman who was so full of herself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 22/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    TELL THE B1TCH TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND GET HOME TO DO SOME COOKING AND GIVE BL0W JOBS.!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:27 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You shouldn't need proof to signal for a potential crime. That would make most of them impossible to report, since getting the proof is most often a crime by itself, if not outright dangerous.

    It just seems unfair that a woman can just got off

    They likely didn't have enough evidence to pin anything on her. Unfortunately law cannot be always fair, but it's better than assuming guilt. This case is a fine example of where that line of thought leads to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But still, proof is needed before throwing the guy into jail, and clearly this police have none of that.. he even make a fake proof to make guilt of the guy.

    I also get this feeling that Japanese woman is going overboard with the sexual harassment thing, for instance reporting a guy because:-

    1. He was talking to her (asking direction)
    2. He was smiling to her
    3. He accidentally touch a girl when the train stop (inertia people..)
    4. He accidentally touch the girl while moving, since the train is so packed.

    WTF man.

    If it such big problem now, then make separate train, separate elevator, separate everything according to gender. Then we can stop all the paranoid.

    Interestingly, I've heard there is train for female only in Japan, and yet woman still ride the man containing carriage.. should make a male only carriage as well, so the future of all the good guys in Japan wont get stained by the wrongly accusation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    beats america where i dunno YOU GET SHOT DEAD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And your pretty little dog, too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, better to be shot dead, than when you're alive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 21/12/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The NPA doesn't have the DICK to go against the real criminals; the Yakuza and the upper caste of Japanese society who bully kids into suicide, robbed hardworking men off their jobs, and straight up murdered and ate a French woman.

    Fucking wankers, the lot of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Classic no backbone people, they only brave and want to show their "bravery" when they are dealing with helpless people, and when asked to deal with powerful and influential people like Yakuzas, they turn into chicken.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If all they can do to pretend they're worthwhile is this kind of shenanigan, then they're not worth paying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 23/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because the real criminals and the people who make the laws are one and the same. The cops serve them and enforce their interests, hence "law enforcement".





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