|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.|
Osaka oddball's pantyhose fetish has women up tights 2003,09,05
Shukan Jitsuwa 9/18 By Ryann Connell
Osaka has found itself in the unlikely position of being home to a criminal with a tendency to leg it, according to Shukan Jitsuwa (9/18), but that's not to say he has a propensity for running away.
Over the past three years, 16 Osaka women, most of them young hostesses with bulging purses, have reported being assailed by a man who sneaks up on them and holds them at knifepoint while he fondles their thighs and calves.
But this man is content to treat his victims the way some amorous dogs treat their masters by focusing his attention on women's legs, then lurching off when he's had his fill.
Nobody has reported being physically hurt by the man described as being in his 20s with dyed brown hair parted in the middle and he has yet to rob any of his victims.
"Nearly every case has been exactly the same. He has sneaked up behind a woman using an elevator or emergency exit, whipped out a knife and demanded she lift her skirt and show him her legs. He then rubs their legs, mostly the thighs and calves, without ever taking their pantyhose off," a police beat reporter for a national daily tells Shukan Jitsuwa.
"One woman did report that he had fondled her breasts, but he has directed his attentions almost exclusively to their legs. He never forces them to remove their pantyhose, never licks them, or anything. He just moans and groans as he rubs their legs and barely says a word."
Osaka's oddball first appeared in 2001, striking three times.
He hit again four times last year, but has already attacked nine women in 2003.
Statements victims have provided the police make it almost certain that it's the same man getting a lift out of legs.
"Wearing pantyhose and a skirt is the trait that every victim has in common. Because this year had such a cold summer, there were more women wearing pantyhose than there usually would have been, so we've had four cases since June alone," a police insider tells Shukan Jitsuwa.
"About 70 percent of the victims have been nightclub hostesses going home after a hard night on the job. They've all been carrying a fair amount of money, but he hasn't showed their riches the tiniest bit of notice. All he seems to want to do is feel their legs.He did order one woman to remove her pantyhose and give them to him, but she called him an idiot and he ran off empty handed. He appears to be a pretty weak type."
At the moment, the man only faces indecent assault charges as he has not robbed or hurt any of his prey.
Osaka cops have created a likeness of him and made up 4,000 posters that have been stuck up in stores across the metropolis. But further police action seems unlikely.
"Actually, the cops questioned one guy from Naniwa-ku who often rented leg fetish videos at a store in the ward, and kept an eye on him for a while," the hack tells Shukan Jitsuwa.
"But, the reality is, it's not a violent crime and, having only assigned a handful of officers to the case, the cops aren't really all that serious about tracking the criminal down."
September 5, 2003