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Shibuya AV company president arrested for rape

Shukan Jitsuwa Apr. 15
The president of an adult video (AV) company based in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward was taken into custody by officers from the Harajuku Police Station on March 25 for rape, reports Shukan Jitsuwa (Apr. 15).

The incident, whose victim was an aspiring model, occurred during an interview last July in the company’s headquarters, located inside an apartment building. The tabloid says the president, 49, uses the pseudonym Tsunehiko Origuchi. Sankei Sports (Mar. 26) indicates that the suspect’s real name is Koki Yamaguchi, residing in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, and that the victim is 20 years old.

(The company’s name is not provided but the Shukan Jitsuwa article includes a screen grab of the Web page for Ballon-Blue.)

Origuchi usually uses the name ‘Ryutaro Higuchi’ when scouting. “When he started, he scouted AV girls on a freelance basis,” explains a person connected to the AV industry to the weekly. “In one week, he could pull in 10 beauties. He was making six million yen in a month. From that time, he became really famous in the AV production industry. So a lot of companies were utilizing his services. However, he behaves badly with women; he’s always banging the actresses. Because of that, the companies don’t keep him around for a long time.”

He finally established his own company in 1993.

“By creating his own firm, he could earn even more money,” says a person familiar with the situation. “He had success scouting in Shibuya and Harajuku, where he would target erotically dressed, beautiful women.”

However, some of his ladies started writing about his extreme interview methods on the Internet.

“So he changed his appearance in public, but his style remained the same,” explains a street scout. “He is a real sweet talker and the ladies fall for it.”

Shukan Jitsuwa explains that these “talents” are best represented on the company’s Web page, in which 30 girls can be seen in a photo gallery. At the office, special photo shoot events are held for the benefit of amateur photographers. Two days after the arrest, everything was back to normal, with 15 amateurs snapping away and unaware of the incident.

“When Origuchi was arrested, he said that the encounter ‘was consensual,'” says a writer who covers societal issues. “He flat out denied the accusation.”

That’s not where the story ends — the article reveals that the victim is also a soapland (brothel) gal. “After he raped her, he paid 30,000 yen and she took it,” says the scout, implying that some kind of agreement existed. “It’s been going around that she later demanded an additional 2 million yen from him. He didn’t pay, and that’s why she went to the police.”

The truth is still a mystery, Shukan Jitsuwa concludes, but it appears that both parties are culpable to some degree. (A.T.)

Source: “Geino puro shacho taiho moderu shibo bijo wo osotta,” Shukan Jitsuwa (Apr. 15, pages 210-211)

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