Man faces charges for trying to buy schoolgirls’ panties
October 5, 2005. Mainichi News
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa — A man faces charges for tracking schoolgirls on the street while in his company car and pestering them to sell him their panties, prosecutors said.
The 24-year-old man, whose name has not been released, has been reported to the Yokosuka Branch of the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office, where he faces a charge of breaking a Kanagawa Prefectural Government ordinance aimed at providing youth with a wholesome upbringing.
The man, from Yokohama, has the dubious honor of being the first person to be reported to prosecutors since the ordinance was expanded in July to outlaw even the encouragement of used underwear purchases.
He admits to the allegations against him.
“I had no idea what I was doing was a crime. They were wearing really short skirts and I got all excited. I didn’t want new panties, I wanted used ones,” the man told prosecutors.
Police said the man drove up behind a group of three schoolgirls in their teens on Aug. 31 and followed them for about 140 meters, urging them to sell their underwear.
He used phrases like, “Your skirt is caught up. I’ll buy your panties for 1,000 yen and your bra for 500 yen. Sell ’em to me,” police said.
The man was driving a company car from the interior renovation company where he worked. The girls remembered the license number, which they used to report the man to authorities.
The Kanagawa ordinance has since July forbidden the sale of, or encouragement to sell, used underwear belonging to under18s that contains traces of feces, urine, saliva or other bodily fluids. (Mainichi)
If you haven’t heard it before, Japan has a thing for panties. I am glad that I live on the second floor, because I have several friends who live on the first floor of their apartment complexes and have had their underwear stolen. At the school where I had problems with students, I caught boys more than once trying to catch a glimpse of mine and even had an attempted skirt flip. You go into any figurine shop selling anime/manga figures, you are bound to find ridiculous amounts of them showing their panties.
But….why did this obsession have to go to Minnie Mouse?!