“I was at work, so I didn’t even know it had made the news. But a friend contacted me and said, ‘Maybe it’s ……,’ and I said, ‘Yeah! and I went to ……. The police didn’t call me to tell me what was going on, and I didn’t know what was going on.
The wife of Shomei Tabuchi, 54, an official of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, who was arrested by the Shizuoka Prefectural Police on June 12 on suspicion of aiding and abetting indecent exposure, said, “I don’t know what’s going on. Tabuchi was the organizer of an “orgy” of about 130 people at a rental villa in Kosai City, Shizuoka Prefecture, from June 11 to 12.
The revelations began with an anonymous phone call to the National Police Agency at the end of May. The party was organized by Tabuchi and Saeko Kato, 51, a self-proclaimed nurse who was also arrested on charges of aiding and abetting public indecency. The two used the “LINE” bulletin board to gather people under the name “2022 Hamanako Fest,” and the suspect Kato was mainly in charge of accounting. The site of the event was a private lodging facility called “S” located on the shore of Lake Hamana. On the night of the party, about 130 people, including 65 male and female couples, were having an “orgy,” repeatedly going in and out of “S.” (A reporter from a national newspaper)
Other suspects arrested for public indecency were Shizuka Sato, 34, a self-proclaimed vocational student, and Toshiya Kamei, 52, a self-proclaimed company owner. These two were caught for indecent acts in front of several people. Tabuchi, Kato, and Sato admitted to the charges, while Kamei denied some of the charges, saying, ‘I couldn’t see them because I had my clothes between them.
Tabuchi is a resident of Narashino City, Chiba Prefecture. He lived with his family in a green residential area. His home is a house with a nameplate that reads “Tabuchi” in Roman characters, and the plants and trees in the yard are well cared for. A neighbor said, “He lives with his wife and two children.
He lives with his wife and two children. I knew he was a Japan Self-Defense Forces officer, but he is a normal person, 170 cm tall with a medium build. However, although some JSDF members commute to work in uniform, Mr. Tabuchi was always dressed in a suit. He sometimes came home in an SDF vehicle with a special license plate number. I got the impression that he was very busy and was not at home very often.”
Around the evening of June 14, Tabuchi’s wife came home and approached him.
I hadn’t heard from him for a while, but since he is a member of the Self-Defense Forces, I thought he might be away for training or something. There are times when he is not here. I thought there must be some confidentiality issues, and I thought there were some things I couldn’t answer even if I asked him, so I didn’t want to dig into the details. …… In the meantime, the police asked the SDF if he was a member of the SDF.
Of course, Tabuchi did not tell his family about his “orgy hobby,” as his wife continued. Tabuchi’s wife continues.
I have no idea about his ‘hobby. I really don’t know why this happened. （I don’t know anything at all (about Kato), but I have to think about the future. But I have to think about the future. I have my husband to think about, but more than that, I have to protect my children first and foremost.”
The prefectural police had made careful preparations to uncover the suspect. The prefectural police were prepared for this case and showed no signs of slowing down in the future. The reporter spoke to us.
The suspects were charging 10,000 yen per couple. The rental fee for the accommodation at the site was approximately 70,000 yen. The income was approximately 650,000 yen, and even after deducting various expenses, it is thought that they made more than 500,000 yen. There is also information that a similar party was held at the same facility last year. It is not yet known whether Tabuchi and Kato were having the orgy as a hobby or as a “business. In any case, the authorities believe that they regularly hosted such parties and are investigating them for any additional crimes.
The wife’s expression and tone of voice showed a strong sense of confusion and anxiety. I wonder if Mr. Tabuchi understands the feelings of his family.
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