|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.|
Wayward woodwind teacher arrested for showing schoolgirls how to blow 2008,01,08
Shukan Post 12/21-28 By Ryann Connell
Celebrated schoolgirl woodwind orchestra instructor Yoshihito Hagiwara faces a long time behind bars after he allegedly got the girls in his charge to blow an organ that had nothing to do with music, according to Shukan Post (12/21-28).
Hagiwara has entered a guilty plea to charges of breaking the Child Welfare Law and the Law Banning Child Pornography.
During the most recent hearing in his trial late last year, prosecutors told a family court that 33-year-old Hagiwara used his position guiding the woodwind group at a posh private high school to lure young girls into sex by telling them they needed it to improve their musical abilities.
Prosecutors say he maintained sexual relationships with some schoolgirls by telling them sex would allow them to perpetuate the improvements that copulation had brought about to their skills with an instrument.
Only three students at the school have pressed charges against Hagiwara, but prosecutors pointed out that he had been in charge of the musical group at the school for nine years and had lured at least 13 schoolgirls into his clutches.
"A raid on his home netted photos of half-naked schoolgirls who had taken off their uniforms and even many pictures of the girls engaged in sex with him," an officer involved in the police investigation into the case tells Shukan Post.
"There were photos of several different students."
Police say Hagiwara had fashioned a tiny shed to act as a storeroom for the music students, where he would take girls for sex.
"Hagiwara realized that he held a powerful control over girls who were worried about their musical abilities. He would mail or telephone or verbally offer the girls a private lesson to get them alone with him. He was having sex simultaneously with several girls at times," the investigation insider says.
"There were even times when he would shave all the hair off a girl's body, telling her he was 'exorcizing her demons.'"
Police said nearly all of Hagiwara's victims had been virgins until he got to them.
Those who know the school where Hagiwara worked are not surprised it took until late last year before he was caught.
"Hagiwara was almost like a god to the woodwind group," a source from the school tells Shukan Post.
"Some of the students used to refer to themselves as 'Hagi(wara's) Orchestra.'"
Hagiwara was a talented flautist as a child, and completed a musical course at a junior college in Tokyo before returning to his parents' home in Yamanashi Prefecture to help out with the family business.
He continued playing his flute, though, making a name for himself by winning contests and putting on outstanding shows.
Hagiwara started helping out at the school in 1998, when he was employed as a special instructor.
Even when the school hit budget problems and could no longer continue to pay him, Hagiwara stayed as a volunteer.
When Hagiwara first started instructing, the school was not particularly well-known for its musical achievements.
However, growing numbers of his charges began winning musical contests, and demand for his tuition grew to the point that in recent years, he was overseeing 60 third-year students a year.
But even as his reputation for excellence grew,he exploited it to seduce his students.
Despite which, however, Hagiwara's parents still can't see their son being entirely in the wrong.
"We always had students coming over to our house. I know the girls who pressed charges against him very well," Hagiwara's mother tells Shukan Post.
"I can't help thinking that they might have been trying to monopolize him for themselves."
Officials from the school where Hagiwara worked, which the weekly refrains from naming, say their institution is as much a victim as the girls Hagiwara is accused of preying on.
"News of the incident came as a terrible shock. I didn't know the instructor. If I had known what he was doing, I would have stopped it. We only learned about what was happening the day before he was arrested," the school's vice principal tells the magazine.
"We've heard that there were no victims among current students and none of the parents are planning to sue us. We've just got to sit back and look at the incident calmly. We're not following every single development in the court case."
Psychological counselor Yasuyoshi Takadaira, meanwhile, argues that Hagiwara's alleged victims have been subjected to potentially irreparable damage.
"Sexual experiences for women in their teens determine how they view men, love and sometimes life itself for the rest of their lives. To have been forced into a relationship that they could not easily repel causes deep scars that can later manifest themselves in the form of a nervous breakdown or other psychosis," the shrink tells Shukan Post.
"Talking about what they went through can also be extremely painful and is not something that can be achieved easily." (By Ryann Connell)