Police have warned the public about a man who called a schoolgirl cute.
The incident occurred at 11:20AM in the Osaka suburb of Izumisano, when a passing middle-school girl encountered a stranger in the street who told her she looked “cute.”
The miscreant is described as being in his twenties, wearing a black jumper and of light build.
As always, police advice schoolgirls to carry an alarm and sound it if they encounter any suspicious person.
Whilst previous incidents have included such gems as men being reported to police for walking in the street or asking for directions, online there is some suspicion about the motives of a man who approaches random schoolgirls in order to comment on how adorable they are:
“Don’t bother with 3D.”
“Didn’t they arrest him?”
“A normal man would not approach some random JK and call her cute. She’s right to report this one.”
“But just saying ‘good morning’ is no good, too…”
“So is ‘excuse me’…”
“It can’t be helped for something like this to be reported.”
“He probably actually said something like ‘hey cutie, nice ass you got there!’ or whatever.”
“In Osaka any talking to schoolgirls is out.”
“Osaka is a scary place.”
“Little girls are untouchables. Even if they are in trouble, it’s better not to get involved.”
“In middle school English textbooks, they teach that ‘Americans praise girls they only just met’:
‘Jim: Yuki, you look great in that sweater.’
‘Yuki: Well, Jim always says nice things to me. Is he in love with me?
‘Mike: Oh, … I don’t know. Maybe he’s just very polite.’
Sunshine 2 (平成20年3刷発行) p 39”
“Over here you get reported just for talking to a girl.”
“It doesn’t say whether it was in the morning or at night. If it was at night, wasn’t it her fault for being out so late?”
[It seems the police reports are given in 24 hour format, so the “11:20” reported presumably means it was in the morning – although the report is silent as to what she was doing out of school and whether she was wearing a uniform]
“So a 20-year-old guy trying to pick up a 15-year-old girl on the street is now a criminal? You can see young people doing that anywhere in the world.”
“What can you say, it’s Osaka.”