One of the more bizarre stories of 2014 in Japan has taken yet another turn.
Last week, Tokyo Metropolitan Police re-arrested Ikki Jin, a 30-year-old resident of Suginami Ward, who has been accused of drugging and robbing multiple men in the metropolitan area.
After her first arrest in July, a number of tabloids reported that Jin, who is female, suffers from a gender identity disorder and prefers to dress and speak like a man.
Now, reports Shukan Bunshun (Sept. 18), Jin is expecting a baby.
“During the investigation it was revealed that she is pregnant,” says an investigator. “She has had her breasts reduced and received a prescription for male hormones, but the lower half of her body is that of a woman. Right now, our utmost concern is the identity of the father.”
Such interest is due to a claim by Jin that the father forced himself upon her while she was comatose.
“If that’s true, there may be a case for the crime of quasi-rape,” says the same investigator. “Abortion was a consideration, but the time to do that safely has passed. Now it seems that she intends to give birth.”
In the most recent arrest, officers accused Jin of dropping a sleeping powder into a drink consumed by a 48-year-old company employee inside a taxi and robbing him of his wristwatch and a total of 65,000 yen in cash on October 17.
On July 7, police arrested Jin for lacing a drink consumed by a 23-year-old male with a sleeping powder and robbing him of a total of 350,000 yen in cash and valuables in February.
A few weeks later, police re-arrested Jin, this time accusing her of swindling a 32-year-old man employed in the real estate industry using similar methods in December.
Four months after that crime, law enforcement publicly released footage from a security camera of the perpetrator as she shopped with the victim inside a convenience store.
Other victims subsequently came forward, with each claiming to have been swindled by a woman who introduced herself as “voice actress Aiko.”
Police believe that Jin has carried out the same crime on at least 21 male victims in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture since 2012.
At her first trial at the Tokyo District Court on September 10, Jin pleaded innocent to the charges, according to the Sankei Shimbun (Sept. 10).
Other news reports have indicated that Jin is six months pregnant. Should she be required to serve time in prison, her ability to give birth in a hospital while incarcerated is a human rights issue protected by law, says Shukan Bunshun.
“After childbirth, she will be able to raise the child in the prison detention facility, as necessary,” says the same investigator. (K.N.)
Source: “Konsui goto ‘seiyu no aiko’ ni ninshin hakkaku ‘umitai’ no shogeki,” Shukan Bunshun (Sept. 18, page 49)