|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
The transvestite tales of a public pen-pusher 2006,06,20
Shukan Asahi 6/23 By Ryann Connell
"She" strutted into the train carriage, hitched up "her" black miniskirt, and slumped down on the Hankyu Line train seat with "her" legs spread.
From a hole in "her" pantyhose protruded an object that not only gave away the fact that "she" was a "he," but also suggested that he was in a very happy mood,indeed, according to Shukan Asahi (6/23).
He/she was 56-year-old Yutaka Ikeuchi, who was arrested for indecent exposure.
Police collared him when he tried to escape after a group of girls on the train started asking him what the hell he thought he was doing.
"He gave us a false name at first, but then let us know that he had an apartment in Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture," a police source tells Shukan Asahi.
When he's not prancing around Kansai wearing women's clothing, Ikeuchi is actually every bit as stiff and staid as he was on the train; only in a different way, as the head of the general affairs division in the Amagasaki Municipal Government's Welfare Bureau.
Ikeuchi joined the government in 1973, filling a number of prominent positions and becoming a veteran pen pusher.
Public servants are shocked at the fate that has befallen him.
"His wife called us one Monday morning, saying that she hadn't seen her husband since he left their home early Saturday and wondering if something had happened to him," an Amagasaki official tells Shukan Asahi.
"We had no idea he was into cross-dressing. We were shocked when the police contacted us and told us about it."
While Ikeuchi may have a 30-plus-year career shuffling papers, that's not the only career he can boast of carrying out for more than three decades -- he's also been dressing up as a woman since his 20s.
Ikeuchi is a member of an Osaka crossdressers' club.
When he was arrested, he was on his way back to the Toyonaka apartment where he stores his women's clothes before dressing as a man again and returning to his wife's side at their home in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture.
"You can tell clearly at first sight that he's a man, but his walk and hip-swaying showed the results of 30 years of practicing. When he was arrested, he was carrying a bunch of condoms and tampons. He wasn't wearing undies when he was arrested, either. Apparently, he'd been messing around at the crossdressers' club and was so excited he forgot to put them back on again when he left. I don't know exactly what he'd been getting up to there," the investigation insider says.
"His wife apparently had no idea he'd been doing this for years."
Amagasaki Mayor Aya Usui, who, the weekly makes a point of noting, is a former airline stewardess, has promised to crack down on Ikeuchi.
Ikeuchi has been suspended from work pending a decision on how to treat him. He has admitted his guilt in the case.
"I wanted liberation," the weekly quotes him saying to the police.
In the meantime, Ikeuchi is trying to keep a lid on the incident.
"I beg you, keep this quiet," Shukan Asahi quotes Ikeuchi saying when its reporters approached him at home to question him about the case. "It's gotta be kept quiet or it'll cause uproar." (By Ryann Connell)
June 20, 2006