Regarding the July 29 articles “Woman slashes six at train station” and “11 nabbed in record porn seizure”: Can anyone in Japan explain to me why the woman who slashed six at Hiratsuka Station is not identified by name, and why it remains “legal to possess child pornography for individual use.”

The police managed to find out how old the slasher suspect is and that she is a “part-time employee from Chigasaki.” That’s helpful, isn’t it? How did they do that and not find out her identity? Is she being “protected?” It seems to me that only when victims die in Japan do the authorities delve into the details of the suspect’s life. It doesn’t make any sense. This woman should be clearly identified and her case followed closely (perhaps it will be), since the list of nut cases with knives seems to be growing almost exponentially in Japan.

And what kind of logic is used by authorities in nabbing 11 people in a “record porn seizure,” including videos “depicting sex with children,” when it remains legal to possess child pornography for individual use. Does that mean it’s OK if some nut case watches kiddie porn at home, but not OK if he decides to sell it and make a “billion yen in five years.”

There is something wrong with a country that allows people to “possess child pornography for individual use,” and lets a “suspect” that has been subdued by bystanders to be led away in the glare of cameras without being identified by name.

david chester