Earlier this week a junior high school teacher in Fukushima was arrested for performing indecent acts on a 15-year-old schoolgirl.
This incident in itself isn’t especially newsworthy, as such events aren’t exactly uncommon. Although the fact that the two had known each other for some time and were caught furthering their relationship in a car park makes something of a change. As generally it’s a clandestine meeting between two strangers in a hotel room, with money being exchanged at some point during the proceedings.
What makes this story ever so slightly interesting however is that the 36-year-old teacher has been hit with something of a double whammy. First of all he will be charged with performing indecent acts on a 15-year-old, but he is also being accused of breaking a Fukushima Government ordinance. One that is primarily aimed at â€œgiving youth a wholesome upbringing.â€
Now whether the teacher can convincingly claim he was unaware of the girl’s age remains to be seen, but as far as the ‘wholesome upbringing’ goes, he’s in an awful lot of trouble.
I’d be curious to know what was meant by indecent act, knowing that the legal age for sexual intercourse in Japan is 13 years old (you don’t trust me? check interpol: http://www.interpol.int/Public/Children/SexualAbuse/NationalLaws/csaJapan.asp. Maybe the public place and the school reputation weighted heavily in the whammy…
If you check the united nations home page it says, the legal age of concent is 13 in japan but it differs from prefecture to prefecture. In hokkaido it’s 16,tokyo 18 etc. don’t know about fukushima, didn’t have to check that one.