JD Snapper Busted: “Photographing Women = Illegal”


A man has been arrested for taking a photograph of a young woman on a train, with lawyers explaining this constitutes criminal voyeurism even if she is fully clothed, in frame head-to-foot, and no actual pictures are taken.

A 40-year-old employee of Kawasaki City’s environment department was reportedly on board a train one evening when he decided to take a photograph of another passenger, a 21-year-old female university student – fully clothed, from a normal angle and with her entire body in frame rather than any specific portion of her anatomy.

This outrageous act prompted his arrest, as explained by sources familiar with the case:

The man used a camera in the shape of a USB memory stick, and when the student noticed she called police and he was arrested under prefectural anti-voyeurism ordinances.

The images he took had the woman in frame from head to foot, and there was no pantie or bra visible. Police report that even taking photos like this with a normal camera or smartphone will result in arrest.

A lawyer explains the fascinating legal logic behind arrests of this kind:

Anybody can be arrested for taking photos of an unprepared person.

The anti-nuisance ordinance is applied in cases where a woman is made to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable by photography of her body.

Her “body” includes her being fully clothed, so if you take photographs of a woman on the street and the police are called you have committed a crime.

Just pointing a camera or smartphone at her will be enough to trigger arrest, there is no need to actually take any pictures.

Thus any report by a woman that a man has pointed his smartphone at her in a manner causing her embarrassment or discomfort is enough to prompt the man’s immediate arrest – and up to a year in prison and a million yen in fines.

The lawyer’s advice is a heartening “run away”:

If there is trouble stemming from your photography of a woman you don’t know, you need to promptly leave and put as much distance in time and space between yourself and the incident as possible.

As a rule police will only prosecute such offences if you are caught in the act, so they are unlikely to pursue the matter.

So your only defence is to be prepared to “run away as fast as possible.”

Naturally all this has aroused considerable comment from those wretched males forced to run the gauntlet of the nation’s trains or unwise enough to carry a smartphone or camera on their person in public:

“Japan’s police and legal system is just a joke, isn’t it?”

“Only women?”

“Just looking at someone is now enough to get you arrested it seems.”

“Why is it OK for mass media to freely photograph people in public then?”

“I bet the main reason he was arrested was for the USB memory-shaped camera. He must have been at it on other occasions.”

“So? They can still arrest you just for pointing a smartphone at someone.”

“I would think security cameras could also get their operators arrested.”

“Not even having to actually take photos is the most dangerous aspect of it. Anyone with a smartphone could be arrested.”

“Hopefully they will arrest some foreign tourists so this gets international exposure.”

“Wait for 2020 and the stream of foreigners arrested for JK photography.”

“At least arrest all those JKs taking pics of baldies on the train and mocking them on Twitter.”

“Somebody tell me where I can still buy a pager?”

“It is dire if they can convict someone who never took a photograph without any third-party witnesses…”

“NHK is a criminal organisation!”


“So much for Google Glass…”

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    Avatar of Chris
    Comment by Chris
    13:12 01/09/2014 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Feminism: your civil rights end where our feelings begin!

    Avatar of Drax DriloX
    Comment by Drax DriloX
    13:20 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Your humans right ends where our whims begin!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    hey man I'd rather not have creeps photograph me

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yet a handsome man doing so is a compliment. So if a creep who doesn't fit your taste photographs you in a naturally beautiful pose it's voyeurism, but a handsome douche photographs you drunk, it's flirting.

    It's just the truth of the matter, so I don't give a fuck anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 06/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone you don't know who takes a photo of you without your consent is simply not ok (and I don't care if the guy is handsome or not)... It is never a "compliment", it is just creepy..

    Comment by Anonymous

    LOL! shut that bitch up!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 08/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    to cure yourself stop being a self-initialed prick and remember that when you go to a "public area" that it belongs to everyone. NOT ONLY THE WEMON. If a guy(or girl) takes a photo of you me or anyone else in a public place (park, train, etc...) then smile and pose, or frown and do something to make a scene. Anyone trying to take pictures of you without you noticing (weather it be for perverted reasons, or just artistic preference) will soon loose interest in you if you make a big enough scene. Maybe at the most you should be able to have his camera confiscated and all photo's with you deleted/given back. But there is no reason anyone should be arrested for photographing normal people in normal ways(for attempting to, or for just having a camera device).

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I once was at Hooters. My waitress was especially hot (and already had a boyfriend). I asked and she allowed me to take a picture. If the answer had been "no" there were a lot of other good things in Honolulu to take pictures of.

    It's good form to ask and to take "no" for an answer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 26/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thank you Spacemoose!

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:01 01/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    dat ankle.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:29 01/09/2014 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Don't mix feminism with japanese bullshit and paranoia !

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:48 01/09/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:54 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    just wait for femizionism to get em!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 01/09/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Feminism is the reason behind world and economic decline.

    Comment by Anonymous

    - signed a child

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 01/09/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Originally feminism wasnt a bad thing now it is nothing but The Spoiled Princess Ego Stroking Society

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Original feminism has always been bad. The ones that had a point were the sufragettes, and even then it was wrong to let them vote because they had the education of a child, and we don't let childs vote for obvious reasons. Education nowadays, specially on the US, is far worse regardless of sex, and as such you get the presidents you deserve.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    anon 9:50 you're a goddamn moron if you think women were 'uneducated' when they werent allowed a vote. There were plenty of educated women in those times, and there were plenty of uneducated men that did nothing with their time except get drunk and fight eachother then collapse in a gutter somewhere. The latter were allowed to vote. Your shitty outlook on the matter is therefore completely irrelevant.

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    Comment by Drax DriloX
    11:55 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Original Feminism" includes burning bras and the SCUM Manifesto...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 01/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Both are evil

    Comment by Anonymous


    Comment by Anonymous

    they're evil shit

    Comment by Anonymous

    And they're both shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 01/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why not?

    One is a product of the other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:53 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    This is only possible, because the police in Japan got nothing better to do with their time.

    Avatar of Dark Mage
    Comment by Dark Mage
    01:15 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It probably would be a good idea if they retire about half of them as they're a waste of tax dollars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean a waste of tax Yen?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:35 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, taking a picture of a person without consent is illegal in most developed countries.

    There are often exceptions like mass events or similar if you aren't taking a picture of specific person but rather the event itself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not on public property. People who bitch about having their photo taken on the streets should have their privileges checked.

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    Comment by Crommus
    00:52 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In germany the only illegal thing at taking pictures is the _publication_ of those pictures without their consent. You can take every picture you like, you just have to either keep them for you or disguise other peoples faces when publishing those pictures.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:46 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is not legal to simply take pictures of a person if they are on public property like streets or beaches etc.
    You always need the permission for it. A person whose picture was taken can demand to delete it and you have to comply.
    It is hard to enforce by the authority as they would have a lot of work (and money) to check every picture on your camera.
    Pictures of events or scenery which isn't focused on a specific person or group is not illegal as special exceptions normally incorporated into the law.

    Just taking a picture of someone is not your right. "Check your privileges!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:07 05/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nope, I have never seen any of those signs around here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish I could photograph you and put it online for people to mock

    Avatar of Falos
    Comment by Falos
    11:03 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    His friends/family probably put several pictures of him online already.

    I hope he doesn't do sports, or the team manager will have probably put a surprise picture of him in action online, without permission.

    Oh the shock, oh the horror, a scout might see it and recruit him with a full uni scholarship.


    Avatar of DrZaius
    Comment by DrZaius
    12:02 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    A train isn't public property. There are signs throughout Japanese train stations prohibiting taking photos of people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOT IN US!


    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No it's not you f***ing tard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    But shouldn't it be the same for men and women?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "if the police are called you have committed a crime."

    There goes my naive belief that it was suppost to be the other way around.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:36 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Where there are policemen, there is crime."
    Commander Vimes, Discworld novels, Terry Pratchett

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Great Series.


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    That last panty shot must of been the Perverted winds fault. Hooray mothernature! Fap Fap Fap!

    Avatar of Indra EMC
    Comment by Indra EMC
    20:29 01/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese police will arrest "Wind" for blowing school girl skirt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    or 'Water' for innumerable cases of fondling girls during their bathtime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good luck with that, maybe they will be so busy that this random stuff doesn't happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    And with that, it's no wonder why lonely perverts go to 2D girls to get their kicks. At least with them, feminism is a concept that doesn't exist there.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    15:38 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Unfortunately, the feminist movement is trying to censor 2D materials - there will be no more loli, rape, torture or loli-torture-rape manga. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:48 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    you know maybe you should examine why you enjoy that stuff in the first place, really psychoanalyze it

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You have to admit the urges and face them. That's what happened when I analyzed them. Deny them and pretend it's not you, it consumes you. Admit that it's what you like and simply ask 'why' and you realize you're like just about every other guy out there who has a sexual fetish built up from an event when they were a child that snowballed into whatever it is now. Keep pretending it's wrong or not you, and it'll become you whether you like it or not. Accept it and look for an outlet to let it be itself without hurting someone, and you learn more about yourself to the point of growing as a human being and learning to love yourself for who you are. It's a lot more simple than it sounds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nobody's denying that shit is fucked up.
    But we use the 2D stuff to get it out of our system and reduce the temptation to do anything for real.
    We got the urges, we can't get rid of them, we don't want to act on them. It's a lot control them as long as the internet provides us with nasty shit to jack off to.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Given the statement "A high percentage of men (and women) have pedophilic inclinations," it begs the question: what number is a high percentage and how exactly does one define pedophilic inclinations?

    Female pedophiles are virtually unheard of, and keep in mind the definition of pedophilia is an attraction to prepubescent children, and that means that those teachers who get on with their teenage students don't count.

    Avatar of Ore wa seitei Souther!! Nanto rokusei no teiho![Takemaru]
    15:34 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "reduce the temptation to do anything for real"
    I don't totally a agree with that statement.
    A high percentage of men (and women) have pedophilic inclinations, and they manage to keep themselves in check. But statistically speaking, it reduces the crime rate for the aforementioned reason.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:11 03/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Feminists hate all kind of porn because it devalues the sexual capital that women have.

    To put it in simple terms, women control the supply of sex, and how much that supply is worth is entirely based on how big the demand is. The more it's worth, the more it can be traded for.

    In other words, the hornier and more blue-balled the male population is, the more power women get. Therefore, for feminists, porn and prostitution needs to be banned - because it directly lessens the demands for their supply, and thus their power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:12 01/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.5)

    With that, it's no wonder why any male -- "lonely perverts" or otherwise -- stays away from actual human women. Apparently any action, or no action at all, while in the vicinity of a female puts Japanese males at extreme risk.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unless you're good looking and rich and have connections.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just the last two are enough... Look at their politicians...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, I never thought about the correlation between more and more young males opting out of relationships with women entirely in favor of 2D, and the complete and utter lack of feminism in anime.

    The yamato nadeshiko is dead, and feminism killed it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 02/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pfft Japanese women are also opting out of relationships and we still don't see more feminism in anime. You know why? because women don't believe in feminism and this includes places like Sweden. It is easy to tell since femininity is supposedly the patriachs method of putting down women. See any women in jeans and t-shirt? me neither...

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