The man followed a voice actress idol several times when she left her home for work and when she returned home. He even took pictures of her with his smartphone as they passed each other.
On July 20, the Mejiro Police Station of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Ryusuke Kabashima, 34, an unemployed man living in Toshima Ward, Tokyo, on suspicion of violating the Stalker Regulation Law. Between June 14 and 18 this year, he allegedly stalked and harassed a specific young woman on at least three occasions. Kabashima confessed to the crime, saying, “I am sure that I did it.
The victim was a member of the idol group “22/7” and a voice actress. Fearful of the repeated harassment, Ms. Kawase consulted the police in mid-June. In mid-June, Ms. Kawase, fearing repeated harassment, consulted the police and complained that she was being followed and ambushed by a suspicious person.
The suspect, Kabashima, voluntarily submitted his smartphone to the Mejiro Police Department in early July on suspicion of taking spy photos of another woman. Analysis of other videos and images left inside showed that the date, time, and location of the shooting matched the damage to Ms. Kawase. We asked Mr. Kawase to confirm this, which led to his arrest,” said a reporter from the society department of a national newspaper.
Mr. Kawase seems to have suffered a great deal of psychological shock as a result of the incident. His office announced, “After discussions with all parties concerned, we have decided to suspend his activities for a certain period of time. Since images of several women were left on Kabashima’s smartphone, the police are investigating the suspect as if he is guilty of an extra crime.
Stabbing a former boyfriend in front of a train station and at his apartment
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of tragic incidents stemming from stalking and inflected favors.
In February ’22, a man posing as a courier broke into an apartment in Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture. A woman in her 40s was seriously injured, including a fractured skull, when he hit her with a blunt object. The arrested man had been in a one-time relationship with the woman’s eldest daughter, who lived with the woman, and it is believed that he had developed a one-sided grudge against her since their breakup.
In January of this year, a then 38-year-old single mother was stabbed multiple times and killed in front of JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture. The assailant was a former boyfriend, a restaurant employee, who had repeatedly stalked her.
In June of this year, a teenage female college student was stabbed to death in the grounds of her apartment in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The man who stabbed her with a kitchen knife was her former boyfriend, a self-proclaimed company employee. It is said that he had been threatening her for some time, saying he would kill her if she broke up with him.
According to the National Police Agency, the number of emergency restraining orders issued to prevent perpetrators from contacting their victims jumped from 69 in 2000 to 1671 in 2009 and 1744 in 2010, a 25-fold increase in 10 years. The number of consultations on stalking comes to around 20,000 cases every year.
The police are calling for attention through their website and other means. Even if the stalking behavior has ceased once, there is a high possibility that the stalker will become a victim again. It can develop into a serious incident. Victims are urged not to worry alone, but to consult with the police as soon as possible.
If you feel you are in danger, report the situation to those around you and share the information with them, as this is the key to solving the problem.
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo