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A 64-year-old Japanese man was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of violating vice laws by placing ads for sexual services in a Taiwan newspaper.

Shinji Tamaki offered stimulating massages and other sexual services for women and couples in the classified ad section of a local Chinese-language paper in early March.

While Tamaki’s ad failed to attract customers, it did draw the attention of Taipei city police. Tamaki was arrested at a downtown hotel after midnight Monday.

Police officials said they turned Tamaki’s case over to prosecutors later Tuesday.

Tamaki, who moved to Taiwan after retiring in Japan a few years ago, reportedly told police he used to earn his living doing translations, but that business recently turned sour, sparking him to enter the apparently lucrative sex business.

Officials with Japan’s unofficial mission in Taiwan, the Taipei Office of the Interchange Association, could not immediately confirm Tamaki’s arrest.

The China Times Express evening edition carried a photo showing the bespectacled Tamaki being led away by police. Another evening paper also carried the suspect’s photo.

Classified ads offering stimulating massages and other thinly veiled sexual services are ubiquitous in local Chinese- and English-language papers.

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