At around 11:30 a.m. on December 9, officers arrested Hideaki Shoji, a resident of Yokohama, after he allegedly came up from behind a 21-year-old female college student and shot digital images up her skirt as she stood on a platform at Kuhonbutsu Station in Setagaya Ward.
Two days before, according to Shukan Jitsuwa (Jan. 9-16), the cyber patrol division of the metropolitan police observed that in March a person had uploaded multiple images to the site Nozokix. Using the photographs, the division then confirmed the perpetual peeping took place at Kuhonbutsu Station, located on the relatively small Tokyu Oimachi Line.
“On the day (of the arrest), officers had staked out the station,” says a local news reporter. “They nabbed him red-handed.”
According to police, Shoji, who was charged with violating the Tokyo government’s public nuisance ordinance, had uploaded a total of 1,000 illicit photos of 500 women to Internet voyeur sites since 2011.
Shoji reportedly admitted to the allegations, saying that he spends between five and six hours on train platforms each Saturday.
According to Shukan Jitsuwa, the suspect said that he really got a charge out of reading the comments that followed his posting of the images on the sites.
The magazine quotes a crime journalist who says that private railways offer chances for ‘delta zone’ shots, which refers to how the tapering of a pair of a woman’s underwear resembles the mouth of a river. “On the platforms, you can get good shots of office ladies and college gals sitting on benches,” says the journalist.
A look at the sites linked by Nozokix reveals images — some of which are for sale — of the nether areas of women squatting over toilets, riding trains and shopping.
Shukan Jitsuwa concludes that advances in technology are forcing females to increasingly be on guard against criminal activity. (K.N.)
Source: “Eki hoomu de 500nin tosatsu ma taiho,” Shukan Jitsuwa (Jan. 9-16, page 187)
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