Saying “Good Morning” to Schoolgirls a Crime


From the advisory reports of Tochigi prefectural police:

“Around 16:30 an incident occurred in the city where a man walking on the street spoke to a girl primary schooler, saying “Good morning”, etc.

The man was in his thirties or forties, about 170cm, thin with short hair, and wore a black turtleneck, grey vest, cream trousers and carried a black bag.

When somebody you don’t know tries to speak to you, you should run away without talking to them, sound your crime prevention buzzer, and immediately report the incident to police, even if you are at home.”

The original report.

Is it any wonder people are reluctant to help schoolgirls when any attempt to interact with them, let alone help them, by a wicked male at least, is regarded as criminal conduct?

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    Comment by Danielion
    06:04 01/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Freedom of speech or even the willingness to protect someone is not shrinking in this situation. The circumstances define the outcome. This situation would probably had led to rape. Don't twist the notion around:
    What business can an unknown man have, beside the obvious, to greet a girl who's a stranger to him ? Would any parent be cool with the fact that a stranger is talking to their kid? Why I think they'd approach their kid, and even if the men had not planned anything they'll still see him suspiciously. Oh and the title should have been:
    Saying "Good Morning" to school girl's a crime (for men)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:39 22/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But you don't KNOW he would have raped her. You're trying to prove intent without there being a crime attempted. you are treading on a very dangerous slippery slope.

    Comment by deleted
    21:48 02/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    The laws and police in Japan are a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 04/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ohayo (good morning) can pretty much be said at all times of the day, it's just like hello, and casual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:25 04/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Stuff like this makes me wish I was born a girl. Girls don't become wanted criminal for talking to people, but guys can't breath the air as a girl without being considered a molester.

    Comment by someone.
    16:59 09/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by AJ
    01:36 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When i was in Japan, those schoolgirls constantly started talking and smiling and waving to *me*!

    Damn, now i see how they were just trying to trick me. ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 11/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    soon staring at young girl for more the 5 second will also constitute a crime

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

    It's 8 in Ohio and I'm not kidding.

    Comment by Philo
    11:34 10/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It's not as if i was gonna rape her... hard"

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:13 22/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is kinda suspicious for a man to say good morning at 4:30 PM to a total stranger, but if he didn't do anything else, I see no reason for it to be a crime.

    But it is Japan...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:03 23/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like teasing my admirers with jail when we pass each other in the mornings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:30 12/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So it's really a crime for being polite? just ridiculous

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 16/11/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    errrr wat

    When i walk around or go to the shop or just am on the street if i go into a building or open a door etc etc etc if i make eye-contact with people (and i usually do) i always say "Hello" or "stay well" <- (its something we say in our country).

    I dont go around thinking about raping people im just generally a well-wishing and happy person and i want to share the joy.

    Also i smile when i make eye-contact with people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 12/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow the logic is idiotic.. That or I'm the weird one for saying good morning to so many people on the way to workxD fuck I'm probly the weird one, oh well!

    Avatar of BloodThirstyNogitsune
    01:03 30/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh c'mon where I come from it's polite and friendly to say "hello" or "how're you doing" when walking past people even if they're strangers, stuff like this puts people off of touring the world!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:44 17/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok so simply put there was a greeting in this case a "good morning" which can be used as a general greeting... but the person is assumed as a criminal for it... could he not simply want something like lets say know the direction to a... w/e that might be to ask something harmless... time for example... hell there are so many things u can ask a random stranger... be it a kid and if it was 4 30 pm... all the kids were going home... so most likely there would be no one but kids...

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    Comment by alex1_phang3
    01:29 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is some very disturbing stuff . . . the man is definitely suspicious . . .

    Avatar of alex1_phang3
    Comment by alex1_phang3
    01:22 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, being polite and all to little school girls is a crime in Japan . . .

    OMG does that mean its OKAY to take them to places and . . . . . .

    this world is screwed

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As long you don't open your mouth, then yes.

    Comment by Garland
    Comment by ipood
    01:54 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saying good morning to people is a crime? I like to say it to random people sometimes myself when I'm in a good mood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 30/12/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're goin to jail mister

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    Comment by TheAndySan
    Comment by jjj
    04:01 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Either the man has something going on up his mind or are the community just paranoid.

    Comment by BuggyBY
    02:36 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am at a loss for words.

    Avatar of Zonic505
    Comment by zonic505
    23:09 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Hey bud. What are you doing here in jail? I went crazy & shot about 50 people."

    "I said Good Morning to a school girl"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:31 12/03/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then it's the second guy who gets ass-raeped in the prison shower for being a "sex offender."

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    Comment by Dee
    Comment by sero
    15:53 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    i believe japan acknowledges that every Japanese man is born a pedophile . thus why they go to such lengths to prevent any pedophilyng .

    Comment by FunkMasterFlex3
    06:21 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have a mouth then your a potential rapist.

    Comment by SG
    03:22 02/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're in man in the 30's then your a potential rapist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:25 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you are a human you are potential rapist.
    (females can rape others too)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you are a man you are a potential rapist.

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    Comment by AsakuraZero
    15:10 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    in the life there are limits also in mathematics but human stupidity doesnt have

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    Comment by Chris
    11:40 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."
    - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:12 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by 2Kocs&1cup
    03:37 10/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    why don't we just kill the fool? come on i got the guns we can take him out really quick it'lll be 1, 2 minutes tops.....bring your kid it can be like a father son thing you know?

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    15:07 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, that's definitely going too far.
    Being considered a criminal for being polite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 25/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And those damn schoolgirls somehow still get raped anyway.

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    Comment by tyciol
    13:45 31/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It makes me wonder, what if there's some depressed teenage girl who is about to commit suicide and some nice guy saying 'good morning' is what makes her reconsider and choose to live? We are preventing that.

    Comment by EvidentManiac
    16:15 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait... why is he saying good morning well into the afternoon? Pretty sketchy!!

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    Comment by Kuro
    17:09 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good morning at 4:30 pm? Must be fresh from the basement dungeon.

    Really, this is insane. Bad translation perhaps? I hope so.

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    Comment by Dee
    18:21 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG you're right! How could the guy mix up with day or night. 4:30 PM is way pass morning. He could be trying to pick her up. That guy's definitely a pedo.

    The police could have said "suspicious fellows" instead

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    Comment by Artefact

    That's what the report says, I've triple checked it.

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    Comment by taishi tetora
    09:17 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    so. . . . polite = criminal?

    being a good = evil???

    something wrong with people these days . . ( ;;=_=)a

    Comment by Dirty Ralph
    21:03 12/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay! It's Opposite Day!

    Comment by Lord Byegone
    10:08 14/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok, estas leyes preventivas ya llegaron demasiado lejos.

    Si decirle “buenos días” ya es un crimen, entonces es mejor esperar a la noche y en la intimidad de la habitación decirle “buenas noches, hasta mañana” :3 xD

    Comment by SilverTide
    06:35 26/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Japanese, people often greet each other with o-hai-you. It means something to the effect of "it's early" but you can say it to anyone who you've seen for the first time that day, no matter what time it is.

    Comment by Bukimi
    13:06 14/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    IIRC the Japanese have very specific time-limitations on what greetings & salutations they use
    I don't know the specifics, but something like using ohayou past 10am or 11am is quite the gaffe

    Comment by Robocop
    21:11 12/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite. I was going to say that myself. It does sound a little fishy, but then, maybe he had just woken from a deep sleep after playing his fav game all night or watching a "Sailor Moonathon" (in keeping with men preying on schoolgirls) and he really wasn't sure what time it was as he didn't have a watch or something to that effect.

    i would hardly call him on this alone, though. Etc might be that he was asking her the time of the day as he realised that the sun was higher in the sky than he first imagined, and then he remarked on what a nice looking time piece she was wearing herself.

    ok, now i'm just talking shit cause i'm tired. whatever.

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