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Seven face charges over Kyoto ‘up-skirt’ shots taken at Kiyomizu Temple

Kyodo

The Kyoto Prefectural Police are taking action against at least seven men who allegedly photographed up the skirts of children, teenagers and women visiting Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto this fall.

The police said they arrested three of the men, filed criminal papers with prosecutors against another three and plan to do the same for the remaining man. The men, aged between 31 and 52, are from Hyogo, Wakayama and other prefectures, the police said.

The men ostensibly were at the famous tourist spot to take landscape photos but were instead taking “up-skirt” shots, including of an elementary school student and a 17-year-old high school student from Yamagata Prefecture, of people visiting on school trips.

The seven reportedly owned up to the charges, saying they came to the temple because there are many female tourists and stairways for up-skirt opportunities.

The police have been cracking down on the invasive acts since September, after discovering several up-skirt shots taken at the temple had been posted on the Internet and online messages saying the temple is a popular spot for such surreptitious photography.

They also found witness reports that said some men were seen with a zoom camera during the popular autumn tourist season taking pictures from the bottom of the temple’s stairs looking up.

  • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

    Taking photos up elementary school girls skirts would get them put on the Sex Offenders Register in other countries, but in Japan, sex crimes against children are just part of ‘Japan’s unique culture’, ask the UN!

    • 大千釜 創雷

      You are showing up on almost every article in which you can speak ill of Japan… And look at all your malicious comments… What the hell is wrong with you? Is it so amusing for you to speak bad about Japan and her people?

      • Hendrix

        You again… i knew it.. don’t tell me, were they Korean or Chinese? ..so it’s ok for you to speak ill of other countries but of course the gaijin can’t say anything negative about Japan even though this disgusting act was carried out by Japanese men it doesn’t even raise eybrows with someone like you.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        When did I ever speak ill of any other nations? As I stated before, you can “criticize” Japan or her people all you want, but comments like “sex crimes against children are just part of ‘Japan’s unique culture'”, “Another example of the deep seated perversions that pervade the lives of Japanese men” are nothing but absurd generalizations. Hilarious how you call me a racist for accusing the Korean terrorist based on circumstantial evidence but you show no hesitation in making ludicrous generalizations of 120 million people. You are far more racist than I am.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        When did I ever speak ill of any other nations? As I stated before, you can “criticize” Japan or her people all you want, but comments like “sex crimes against children are just part of ‘Japan’s unique culture'”, “Another example of the deep seated perversions that pervade the lives of Japanese men” are nothing but absurd generalizations. Hilarious how you call me a racist for accusing the Korean terrorist based on circumstantial evidence but you show no hesitation in making ludicrous generalizations of 120 million people. You are far more racist than I am.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        ‘The Korean terrorist’, ‘The Korean terrorist’.
        You mean ‘Korean suspect’.
        There hasn’t been a trial. He hasn’t been found guilty.
        You accuse posters of anti-Japanese racism, but your anti-Korean xenophobia is blinding you.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        Whoa, you are so sensitive about criticism over the Koreans. You even stated in another comment of yours that sexual crimes against children is part of unique Japanese culture, yet you accuse and call me a racist for calling the Korean man a terrorist because he hasn’t been found guilty in court yet?

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Yes.
        Being found guilty in court = guilty. That’s it. Nothing else.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        Sorry, but I keep calling the Korean man a “terrorist” because there is sufficient circumstantial evidence, not because he is Korean.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Yes.
        Being found guilty in court = guilty. That’s it. Nothing else.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        ‘The Korean terrorist’, ‘The Korean terrorist’.
        You mean ‘Korean suspect’.
        There hasn’t been a trial. He hasn’t been found guilty.
        You accuse posters of anti-Japanese racism, but your anti-Korean xenophobia is blinding you.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        ‘The Korean terrorist’, ‘The Korean terrorist’.
        You mean ‘Korean suspect’.
        There hasn’t been a trial. He hasn’t been found guilty.
        You accuse posters of anti-Japanese racism, but your anti-Korean xenophobia is blinding you.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        When did I ever speak ill of any other nations? As I stated before, you can “criticize” Japan or her people all you want, but comments like “sex crimes against children are just part of ‘Japan’s unique culture'”, “Another example of the deep seated perversions that pervade the lives of Japanese men” are nothing but absurd generalizations. Hilarious how you call me a racist for accusing the Korean terrorist based on circumstantial evidence but you show no hesitation in making ludicrous generalizations of 120 million people. You are far more racist than I am.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        I read the news story, the story disgusts me, I comment. Simple. That is what the comments section is for.
        Now that’s cleared up, maybe you want to get back to commenting on the STORY instead of commenting on ME?
        CREEPY STALKER!

      • 大千釜 創雷

        A stalker? Hahaha. I am also a Japan Times reader. Naturally I frequent this website to check out the latest news, and you just keep popping up in the comments of articles that make you think it’s OK to slag off Japan. Just because you can criticize Japan DOES NOT mean you can make ridiculous generalizations of the ethnic group. I know how big the sex industry is in South Korea, but if I made a generalization and said “This is integral part of Korean culture” or something like that, I’m sure you would call me a “racist” or a “right winger” again.

    • Hendrix

      What’s even more sickening is that beacuse it was ” Japanese” people that were doing this then it’s all ok, if they were Koreans or Chinese then there would be uproar that we would never hear the end of.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        No one is saying “it’s all OK because they are Japanese”. If they were Chinese or Korean, of course people would view it in a different way. Why, you may ask? Because they CHOSE to come to Japan. Japanese people committing crimes in Japan is normal. There no surprise to it.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Yes, in Japan it IS normal for Japanese men to sexualize underage girls. I’m glad to see you admit it! In other developed countries, it is a crime. It’s called ‘pedophilia’.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        Not normal at all, which is why the Japanese media, such as the Japan Times, report such crimes. Stop playing dumb.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        These Japanese sex-pest terrorists should have their names, addresses, employment history, salaries, and photos published by the Japanese mass media! Just like they did for that Korean suspect.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        Taking upskirt photos can hardly be regarded as an act of terrorism. Stop with your nonsense already. How immature can you get. And I actually agree with you on the part that their faces should be revealed by the media, but they won’t as it is not that big an incident.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Yes, it is sexual and social terrorism against Jaoanese women. Stop double standard of treating Japanese woman like sex-slave.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        You don’t know when to give up. Haha.

    • Hendrix

      What’s even more sickening is that beacuse it was ” Japanese” people that were doing this then it’s all ok, if they were Koreans or Chinese then there would be uproar that we would never hear the end of.

    • Frido

      I didn’t want to compare apples with oranges but you’re just inviting.
      I prefer a unique culture where some despicable persons take up-skirt photos to a unique culture where the acquisition of automatic firearms and preparation for terror acts in public training facilities is completely legal. I prefer the stairs of Koyomizu Temple over a certain social service facility in San Bernardino!

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Well, why are you making the strawman argument that there is a choice between these two types of crimes? There isn’t a choice between the two; America doesn’t have a lack of pedophiles due to having a gun crime problem, does it. You’re jumping to conclusions that I’m an American, and trying to take a cheap shot at me based on that. I’m not American, I’m Japanese.
        And BTW, I prefer a culture where people don’t own guns and carry out mass shootings and also don’t commit sex-crimes against children.

    • Frido

      I didn’t want to compare apples with oranges but you’re just inviting.
      I prefer a unique culture where some despicable persons take up-skirt photos to a unique culture where the acquisition of automatic firearms and preparation for terror acts in public training facilities is completely legal. I prefer the stairs of Koyomizu Temple over a certain social service facility in San Bernardino!

  • Hendrix

    Another example of the deep seated perversions that pervade the lives of Japanese men… upskirt pics, groping on trains and general sexual harrasment, they should be made into olympic sports for 2020.

    • 大千釜 創雷

      Another example of how you can be a racist towards the Japanese. No hesitation in making ludicrous generalizations of them, yet you call me a racist for accusing the Korean terrorist. You have such an “impartial point of view”, gaijin.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        You are a total racist. You make me ashamed to be Japanese.

      • 大千釜 創雷

        How exactly am I a racist? Answer me. No generalizations of any other ethnic groups, no racial slurs. How the hell am I a racist?

    • Alok Singh

      upskirting is an English word, and not without reason! It is an international ‘sport’ – you will know when you open the web. Do not target just Japanese men for it.

    • Alok Singh

      upskirting is an English word, and not without reason! It is an international ‘sport’ – you will know when you open the web. Do not target just Japanese men for it.

      • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

        Maybe international problem, but this is story of Japanese sex crime in Japan by Japanese pervert men attacking elementary school children. So no apologizing for sex crimes, ok?

      • J.P. Bunny

        Yes, it may be an “international sport”, but it is not openly accepted accepted in other countries. Get caught in such activities and you are labeled a pervert, or pedophile. Here, you can get your pedophile/pervert fix at any convenience store magazine rack. Years ago, the TV program “11pm” used to give tips on the best way to view up skirts.

      • Alok Singh

        I agree, but things have changed recently, as this news post also suggests.

    • Alok Singh

      upskirting is an English word, and not without reason! It is an international ‘sport’ – you will know when you open the web. Do not target just Japanese men for it.

    • Alok Singh

      upskirting is an English word, and not without reason! It is an international ‘sport’ – you will know when you open the web. Do not target just Japanese men for it.

  • Hendrix

    Another example of the deep seated perversions that pervade the lives of Japanese men… upskirt pics, groping on trains and general sexual harrasment, they should be made into olympic sports for 2020.

  • disqus_vBekJrf7g5

    End of the day, Japan = pedo society.

    • 大千釜 創雷

      Look at yourself. You are the most racist person in Japan Times comments. Don’t even try and justify your absurd generalizations.

  • blondein_tokyo

    In every article that mentions sex crimes, there are apologists in the comment section making excuses and trying to downplay both the severity of the crime, and how disturbingly common they are.

    I have told people who ask about Japan’s reputation as a safe country that yes, it’s very safe, and you generally don’t need to worry about violence here. If the person asking is female, however, I add that you do have to be very careful about sex crimes such as underwear theft, upskirt photography, flashing, groping, sexual harassment, and so on, because it’s not uncommon here. The reason it’s so bad, however, isn’t because it’s more common or more violent. It’s because of how lightly it’s treated by the police, particularly if you are a foreign female.

    You won’t be murdered, robbed, or assaulted, but if you are here for any length of time, it’s likely you’ll be groped, grabbed, or sexually harassed in some way; and if you go to the police, they will take a report only if you insist, and then they do nothing with it.