Friday, March 14, 2008

Subway Gropers, Compensatory Damages, and Lawsuit Industry in Japan

"A senior at Konan University was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of fabricating with his girlfriend a molestation that allegedly occurred on a subway in Osaka in early February.

"The arrested man, Fumiyuki Makita, 24, from Yamashina Ward, Kyoto, is a student of the university's law faculty. The police will send papers to prosecutors on his girlfriend, 31, who allegedly conspired with Makita to pretend she was touched by a man on the subway. The woman has turned herself in to the police and was quoted by the police as saying, "We made it up to get compensation from the man."

"According to the police, the woman pretended to be groped by a 58-year-old company employee while on a train running between the Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line's Dobutsuen-mae Station and Tennoji Station at about 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 1.

"Makita and the woman grabbed the man and turned him in to the police at Tennoji Station. The woman complained to the police that she was molested by the man, and Makita, pretending he had never met the woman before, said he saw the man touching the woman's hip in the train."

By Yomiuri Shimbun(3/13/2008), Link to article (last visited 3/13/2008)

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