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Man disappears in Osaka subway tunnel after filming up woman’s skirt

The Tanimachi Line in Osaka
The Tanimachi Line in Osaka (

OSAKA (TR) – A man who took illicit images of a woman inside a subway station is believed to have successfully evaded by capture by jumping onto the tracks and fleeing, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 8).

At about 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, a woman reported to an employee at Sekime-Takadono Station, located in the Takadono area of Asahi Ward, that a young man wearing a dark shirt and jeans had photographed up her skirt as she stood on an escalator.

After station personnel were unable to locate the man, a check of security camera footage showed a person meeting the woman’s description climbing down to the tracks of the Tanimachi Line and heading toward Sembayashi-Omiya Station.

Approximately 25 minutes after the woman’s report, power was temporarily cut along the line between the two stations — a distance of 1.1 kilometers — so that four workers could safely search the subway tunnel on foot, according to the Mainichi Shimbun (Feb. 8). However, the man was not found.

Station personnel believe that he escaped via Sembayashi-Omiya Station. A check of security camera footage taken just after the incident showed a person resembling the suspected illicit photographer climbing up from the track bed and taking flight.

The shutdown of the line delayed the final train of the day by about 18 minutes, which inconvenienced approximately 230 passengers.