Police: “Chikan Guilty Until Proven Innocent”

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A man accused of groping a schoolgirl on a train was exonerated in court by forensic tests of the alleged victim’s pantsu which could find no trace of his DNA, but in spite of a not guilty verdict police still refuse to acknowledge this “unexpected” outcome, and are considering an appeal.

The 35-year-old Saitama prefecture man found himself accused of groping a schoolgirl on a packed rush hour train, and police rapidly charged him.

Unlike untold numbers of other falsely accused men, rather than accept the charges and plead guilty, he resolved to fight the charges, but he soon found that, unlike in normal criminal trials where defendants are innocent until proven guilty, when accusations of sexual assault are levelled against a man he is expected to prove his innocence to courts.

His alleged victim claimed he had put his hand up a skirt and copped a feel, causing him to be arrested on the spot. Strenuously denying the charges from the outset, police still prosecuted on the girl’s word, with prosecutors saying “We can trust the word of his victim when she says ‘I caught the hand of the person who groped me'”, and seeking a ¥400,000 fine.

Such a case would normally result in a conviction, but astonishingly the accused was able to prove his innocence – DNA testing of the alleged victim’s pantsu failed to demonstrate any match between material found and samples taken from his hand, and forensic tests of fabric residue were unable to find any trace of his garments on her clothing.

Under just what circumstances the girl’s pantsu and uniform were taken by police is not described.

The court found him innocent – he reportedly wept for joy at hearing the verdict.

However, police are still considering appealing the verdict, on grounds which can only be guessed at.

A lawyer involved in one of the rare cases of successful defence against chikan charges relates the prevailing police attitude:

“Police will proceed with a prosecution even if they don’t have sufficient evidence.

Despite all the attention false charges of groping are attracting, police and prosecutors just don’t care. Even in this case, although the objective evidence was enough to demonstrate his innocence, the prosecutor still said it was an ‘unexpected verdict.'”

With some men driven to suicide by brutal police handling of such cases, pressure is most certainly mounting.

A support group for victims of false accusations is even more scathing:

“The police should know the results of their tests on the fabric and DNA. But in spite of this they are still considering launching an appeal against the innocent verdict!

They’re actually denying the results of their own forensic testing, which they claim to have absolute confidence in!”

A candid police source reveals their thinking about the issue:

“The base criminals responsible for these attacks are nothing but lies and excuses from start to finish, it’s a real shame their victims are put through this. If there’s nothing at stake for either party, our assumption must be that ‘the chances of him being the perpetrator are extremely high.’

We don’t just blindly accept the woman’s testimony, but with our hatred of this despicable crime,  in the end I suppose it comes down to ‘contempt for men.'”

Recent years have seen courts become increasingly concerned about seeing actual evidence of such crimes provided, but in the end it remains impossible for male commuters riding Japan’s overcrowded trains to avoid contact with female passengers, and when accidental contact does occur proving  it was not intentional is a virtual impossibility.

It would appear that travellers on Japan’s rail network unfortunate enough to be male must still prepare for the worst in the event of being convicted on the basis of the infallible testimony of a woman in a packed train.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Someone get Phoenix fucking Wright on the case

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 30/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He never loses a case. But, that old Judge must judge this cases too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess i'm lucky i don't live in japan... Although i'd like to visit it in the future (when i'll be able to have more money)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:47 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Long story short, don't use public transportation.

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    Comment by kumesana
    01:19 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Get accused in crowded streets instead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Epic Win Comment

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:22 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There was an anime recently that had this in it at the start and it was very funny. But in Japan I believe the only solution is for guys to dress up in drag and really look like a very cute gurl plus do the holding 2 book trick thing that makes some girls look really cute. Thats the only way they will get by plus be prepaid to scream in an ultra high voice if some girl starts getting too close. /lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:39 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Correction: That's the solution only for lightweight androgynous guys.

    Some 300-lb otaku's only at best going to look like a 300-lb girl. Do we need more of that? I kinda think not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know that all those human rights things haven't been very good friends lately but this is literally what international human rights were made for.

    To protect people when their government is being unjust.

    In this case if the appeal goes and he's declared guilty he could go towards the international court for a bigger appeal.

    I think this is awesome. There was bound to be at least one japanese with the balls to fight for his case and his innocence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japan is not bound by the judgments of an international court unless it has agreed by treaty to be bound by such.

    Even then, international human rights regimes (like the ICJ, or UNICEF oh noooooooooo) tend to concern themselves more with ethnic cleansing and the abuses of multinational corporations than people who are at least privileged enough to ride the train every day.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan needs to separate genders on trains

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since there are special women train cars, why not make special men train cars. Problem solved. Men can't grope no woman while there is no.

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    Comment by kumesana
    01:02 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It'd be fair. But I'd like to travel beside my female friends. Let alone the unlikely event that I'd date someone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    guilty presuption in england world?
    oh yeah!
    sayonara democracy! hello new middle age!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SOREDEMO BOKU WA YATTENAI!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its amazing, no adays they can get dna evidence of a dry finger print or or natural oil on someones skin...japan sucks! i cant imagine a country where you can be tryed for the same crime multiple times...the 5th amendment in the consitution prevents that in america

    Comment by Dark Mage
    05:16 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well what about the idiot sex crimes acts such as Megan's law and the Adam Walsh act?
    Both these laws violate the fifth and eighth amendments.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 09/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bitches and whores...

    Fuck the police! How dare they try and send an innocent man down!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 19/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The man should start calling women chikan whenever their hands touch on his crotch or ass on the train. Even the playing field.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 04/05/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In Fascist police states, Innocence proves nothing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 31/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    unfortunate enough to be male?
    Woah, let's ignore all the molested women. After all is not the pervet male who gropes them the one at fault, right?

    Comment by Dark Mage
    16:21 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A lot of this esp after reading Anon 14:13's link The police seem have their hands tied by a broken system.

    As for girls yelling Chikan when no grouping occurred it might be a good idea to remember the story of the boy who cried wolf.
    Eventually the police will simply start ignoring such claims knowing they are probably false and then someone will get raped but no one will believe her.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 15/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't work that way. What will happen is that the police will continue to send innocent people to jail, and ruin their lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 13/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And they wonder why the birth rate is going down. They've got half the male population in jail and about 39 percent of the remaining half are only into 2D women, which consider all this chikan business, I can't blame them. Also about 79 percent of women in Japan have no/little interest in sex with Japanese men (now that the worlds opened up, Japanese dicks just aren't big enough). So we have about 21 percent of the male and female population of Japan producing and raising kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    DNA of the panties from someone groping them for 10 sec? LOL? Isn't it obvious what's really going on?
    Just try imagine the scene and the policeman going:
    "Hey miss, you said you got groped? Can you please give us your panties? We need them for evidence!" ...

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    Comment by Eriol-kun
    12:34 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't anything new, really. It has been studied countless times. There is even a very interesting movie/documentary done in 2007 called それでもボクはやってない which outlines the case of a young citizen undergoing the same case. It has a lot of insight into Japanese legal procedures, I recommend it as a watch if you are ever planning to travel to Japan or are simply interested in the Japanese judicial system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks Eriol-kun, I'll look into that

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    Comment by kuraform
    12:37 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not that I'm saying it's her fault for being in the wrong place but if it meant so much to her why didn't she just move to the women only carriage?

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    Comment by AniPsy
    12:41 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Becouse she can't get any easy money in the wonenazi carriage..

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    Comment by psycholoner
    12:41 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I just watched the first ep of Seitokai Yakuindomo. Remember to keep both hands in the air above your head!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That makes it very easy for pick-pockets, you know? We guys just can't win.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then place all valuables not in pockets or put something like a built in taser if you tased a girl with it, accuse her of groping you

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    Comment by kumesana
    00:10 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That, and I can't see how that ritual can somehow prevent a woman to pronounce the Japanese words 'You grope me!'

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:11 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With 99% conviction rates, Japanese courts aren't exactly "innocent until proven guilty" to begin with...

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    Comment by kumesana
    00:07 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Indeed. There's still indignation left towards the accuser, fully aware of it.

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    Comment by Eriol-kun
    12:26 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not surprising.

    This has been studied countless times. There was even a greatly educational film done about this in 2008, named それでもボクはやってない that documents the trial of a young man that gets labeled a chikan by a schoolgirl, when he never did anything. Check it out, it shows just how messed up the Japanese judicial system can be.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Government and rail system is obviously good at tackling the problem.
    - High risk of false charges,
    - Heavy consequences on male side,
    - Do nothing about it.

    Last I read, that's safety regulations fail.

    Also, I thought Japan introduced "Female only" train carriages for a reason. Females going into packed mixed carriages are asking for it.

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    Comment by casiopao
    17:42 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of those money sucking woman is only targeting the male for their money even sometimes if the male just accidentally push her a little she claim that the male already grope her.

    So what can we male do? Sit down and cry because we are born with a rod in the middle of our balls.

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    Comment by Kei-chan
    18:46 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, theres a defence against this, although its a bit...morally debatable. If shes carrying a bag and isn't paying attention to your hands, drop your wallet into her bag and ask the police to search her bag.

    It works, my friends have done it when they've tried to pull this shit against them. It may be wrong to do it, but its wrong to fake groping charges.

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    Comment by kumesana
    00:13 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correction: it worked once.
    Now women will claim the *truth* about that part: that you purposely dropped your walling in their bag to avoid the charge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you are gonna be accused anyway is better to just grope the girls, after all at least you will have couped a feel. I would go for the 12 year olds, but that is my preference.

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    Comment by kumesana
    00:22 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it lowers the mean age at which you'll get accused of it. This means less time to enjoy other things.

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    Comment by EyE
    13:10 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's so easy to get out of the accusation, just have gay sex with one of the police officer

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:35 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you are caught you could also pretend to be hard gay.

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    Comment by kumesana
    00:19 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah. As we heard, they care what they're told.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ok so the solution to groping charges is grab the policemans weapon and start killing people left and right then get killed by a police sniper.

    I don't get why the falsely accused chikans commit suicide instead of murdering a few cops, taking hostages then stand near a window so they can get their heads blown off.

    They die either way, but at least they can take a few of their persecutors out with them.

    DOWN WITH POLICE STATES!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 03/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. In today's Orwellian police states only a dead cop is a good cop. If you have the chance to lessen the oppression and violence by our overlords, don't hesitate and pull the trigger!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they have family... not only would they shame them, it'd probably make life hell for them as well.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 04/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And commiting suicide won't?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 05/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    what, in Japan, land of seppuku? Suicide is the national pastime.

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    Comment by kumesana
    00:16 06/07/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's way worse if you make them the family of a bloody murderer. (If that wouldn't, I wouldn't say no of getting the world rid of a life-shattering evildoer before I kill myself. No, I don't mind the evildoer's family much. The overall benefit would be better.)







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