Ja­panese man ‘hid in gut­ter to peep up skirts’

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TOKYO: A man in Ja­pan who hid in a drain for five hours, al­legedly to snap pho­tos up women’s skirts, was given away when passers-by spot­ted his hair stick­ing out of a grate, po­lice and re­ports said. Ya­suomi Hi­rai, 28, al­legedly squeezed him­self in a sec­tion of a gut­ter 28 cen­time­ters wide, with his head un­der a piece of iron grat­ing, a po­lice spokesman said yes­ter­day.

“His hair got caught at the edge of the grate, which drew the at­ten­tion of some pedes­tri­ans,” the spokesman with the Hyogo pre­fec­tural po­lice in Kobe said. The al­leged of­fence took place in the port city Au­gust, but po­lice said that Hi­rai’s ar­rest on Mon­day came af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Po­lice did not elab­o­rate but the Sports Hochi tabloid re­ported Tues­day that Hi­rai kept him­self in the small space for about five hours, hold­ing a smart phone to take pho­tos from un­der the grate.

Lo­cal re­ports said it was not the first time Hi­rai has been ar­rested for the same of­fence, which vi­o­lated a lo­cal ordinance pre­vent­ing nui­sance acts. He was nabbed two years ago af­ter squeez­ing him­self into a gut­ter al­legedly for the same pur­pose, Sports Hochi said. Hi­rai re­port­edly told po­lice at the time that he wanted to be re­born as “part of pave­ment in the next life.” Pe­cu­liar of­fences in­volv­ing the ha­rass­ment of women and girls are fre­quently re­ported in Ja­pan. In 2012, sev­eral high school girls from a small neigh­bor­hood re­ported to po­lice that they were tack­led by a sock-steal­ing thief. —AFP

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