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Not-guilty verdict for man in women’s toilet: he had to go so bad it clouded his judgement

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By SoraNews24

What could be described as a trial – all 20 days of it – concluded last Wednesday, involving a man that stood accused of entering the women’s restroom without possessing the legal amount of X chromosomes to do so.

According to reports, last December the unidentified 64-year-old was walking along the streets of Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, when nature called. However, this was unlike a friendly call from an old high-school chum; this call had all the urgency and fury of a bill collector whose wife he also had an affair with.

With every second of the essence, the man frantically hurried to the nearest venue he could find that would probably have a public restroom. To his luck, he was right near the sprawling Hamamatsu Science Museum which did have facilities in its front lobby.

After a panicked trot across the floor of the museum he spotted the restrooms that were reportedly marked with the sign pictured above, available on Amazon. The main purpose of the sign is to acknowledge that staff also use the restrooms, and is a bit of a parody of a typical restroom sign, with the woman and man figures bowing in apology.

He then rushed through the entrance and beelined it to the nearest available stall. However, by the time he realized that he had entered the women’s room it was too late. He was arrested and brought up on charges of invading the ladies room. If found guilty he would have to pay a fine of 100,000 yen.

However, the man pleaded not guilty, insisting that the sign he saw with both a woman and man together strongly suggested that it was a unisex restroom. The prosecution discredited that claim saying that there was additional signage that clearly delineated the entrances to the men’s and women’s rooms.

Presiding judge Ayako Sasabe agreed that the different rooms were clearly marked. However, given the man’s need to powerfully defecate, which was proven by the testimony of eyewitnesses who saw him walking around the hall quickly and looking for a toilet, and given the potentially misleading sign, there is reasonable doubt about his criminal intent.

Among readers of the news, no one argued with the ruling, but everyone wondered how what tends to be little more than a really awkward mistake boiled into a full-blown criminal trial.

“That kind of thing happens all the time. I’ve even done it and quickly darted out when I saw a urinal.”

“It’s fine as long as he didn’t do anything bad while he was in there…”

“They arrested him for something like that? If the gender roles were reversed it wouldn’t have gone that far.”

“This is a landmark ruling! I’m going to a women’s restroom right now!”

“I see old ladies going into men’s rooms at rest stops all the time. Nothing ever happens to them.”

“Women’s restrooms are all private anyway. They all have their own stalls so if a man enters no one is affected.”

“I used to work at a mall and always got a laugh when I checked the security cameras and saw guys frantically looking for toilets.”

The defendant’s legal team is also of the mind that this was an overreaction to a simple mistake. They are currently reviewing the details of the ruling but one lawyer told media that the arrest was “overkill,” suggesting they may file a countersuit.

Sources: Shizuoka Shimbun, Hachima Kiko

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what a waste of tax payers money to go to court over a issue like this, simple mistake

28 ( +31 / -3 )

It took 20 days to decide the obvious? Prosecutors ar just juvenile.

20 ( +22 / -2 )

20 days? That is short for Japan! I was expecting longer! They need something to do, so let's just pick on a old man with a snall bladder who REALLY REALLY needed to pee! Japan law at it's finest!

8 ( +12 / -4 )

If the want to enforce this rule then they need to start arresting women. Statistically, I believe women are the main violators of these laws. I have typically seen middle-aged to senior women going in-and-out of Men's restrooms at major events, bars or clubs.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

Years ago, I got out of a large parking ticket by pleading that I had to run to the toilet. It worked

10 ( +11 / -1 )

It wasn't to pee as I understand it. Anyone know the fine for defication in a public area? Might be cheeper? Seen it a few times walking the dog in parks. But those responsible were in obvious distress so I get it. Few close calls myself a sudden peculation in the nether regions and you know it's not a simple clench going to stop that Avalanche.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

I have typically seen middle-aged to senior women going in-and-out of Men's restrooms at major events, bars or clubs.

younger women did this a lot back home. never seen any middle-aged women do it though.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

20 days!!! For this??? Unbelievable!!!

12 ( +13 / -1 )

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

11 ( +13 / -2 )

He was arrested and brought up on charges of invading the ladies room. If found guilty he would have to pay a fine of 100,000 yen.

Clearly the police will be out to aprehend all the Oba-chans who just by pass the queues of men at events and festivals and enter the Mens restrooms. I'd love to kjnow what the actual charge was. "Invading the ladies room" doesn't sound too official.

However, given the man’s need to powerfully defecate

Surely *"given te man's urgent need to defecate" *would be more appropriate phrasing. The use of the word 'powerfully' conjures mental images of the poor man about to unleash forces unseen since the last of the Saturn 5 rocket launches in 1973.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

“That kind of thing happens all the time. I’ve even done it and quickly darted out when I saw a urinal.”

I can relate to that-

This happened to me a couple of times. I absentmindedly walked into the women's toilet and immediately darted out.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Previously that museum has female mark with slim futuristic icon that people can simply ignore, while it has big male-female sign that said for staff which meaningless since if it's toilet everyone should be able to use it.

This article show that old sign.

https://www.2nn.jp/newsplus/1611258983/

So people can easily mistaken only see that male-female sign, which really depends where that person point of entry. People usually only try to find one single sign not to try to check all available sign before going into toilet.

By now it seems that that museum already changed it's sign

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/shizuoka/20210121/3030010093.html

. He was arrested and brought up on charges of invading the ladies room. If found guilty he would have to pay a fine of 100,000 yen.

Lucky for him that he fight for it, otherwise he will be labeled as pervert for the rest of his life. So simply bad sign that exist.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

My senior MIL often goes into the clearly marked MEN'S restroom. Her excuse is always that she didn't see the sign.... because she didn't bother to look! The Mrs has chided her numerous times but the response is always just to laugh it off and say "mendokusai!"

4 ( +4 / -0 )

20 days!!! For this???Unbelievable!!!

Only in Japan.

Posibilities :

1) The once hard working Japanese now have too little to do.

2) The signs are unclear.

3) He pleaded not guilty. That is crime in itself in Japan.

4) Japanese prosecutors are "thick".

(Ment retrospectively. Japanese prosecutors, although "thick" are extremely nasty.

5) Japanese judges are even "thicker" for not throwing the case out in 30 seconds.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

@sourpuss

younger women did this a lot back home. never seen any middle-aged women do it though.

Like someone said earlier, the women's lines tend to be quite long for the toilet because women take more time in the toilet and/or go more frequently. My Japanese ex-girlfriend has to use the toilet every time we go out even after using the toilet before we leave. I thought she had OCD. Some just do not want to be bothered waiting. Some of the older ladies may also just want to see some man meat!

Men tend to be more efficient and sometimes gross, so the wait times are shorter.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

i can't count how many times I've used the women toilet in the HUB

does it makes me a reincident criminal?

5 ( +7 / -2 )

How about those places that have two toilets: a women's one and a women's/men's one? If the latter is full I'll just use the women's one.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

All respect to this guy. He could easily have done what some people do and just release it in public.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Another waste of police resources and the court’s time..

7 ( +7 / -0 )

This is SO funny. Hey when you have to go you have to go. SHAME on those who pushed for a trail.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

How is that a crime. If you gotta go, you gotta go. I don't care who is using the stalls, they're private anyway.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

A 20 day trial for a possible ¥100,000 fine? Just think about that for a second or two. That’s absolutely ridiculous.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

After a lunch of Indo curry, I can definitely relate.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Anyone who is surprise that it took 20days clearly has never been to a court before. Firstly the police has to file a report and send it to a prosecutor. Questioning witnesses and gathering proof and facts. While the victim find himself a lawyer and has to discuss with him how to proceed. Then you have a appointment to appear at court at a specific time. This is not some restaurant where you can just make a reseveravtion in a single day. Usually it takes at least more than a week for the judge to have available spot in their schedule for you and review your case.

Is not like the guy spend 20 days in prison. He was fighting the case in order to not pay the fine. He is still free to stay home and wait for the day to appear at the court.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

when you need to go and closest from you is combini and mens toilet is occupied but time taking accupant and ladies tilet is available and you really cam just in time...as me i will use ladies toilet no doubt.

but by japanese "morals" you should do in your pants.

wondering what is is seriously going on here?

gov misusing taxpayers money for unecessary extravagancies like tokyo olympics,new missile shopping or g to travel "capmaign" and no one is held responsible for single penny????and here is poor guy who had no choice and going be fined?

hey guys give me a break!!!!!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Whoever called the police on this man and decided to press charges should themselves be charged with willfully wasting public resources.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I was at a train station with my son. He suddenly need to use the toilet, the men's only had a urinal. which was inappropriate when you have a 5yrs with diarrhea. We had no choice but to dart into the ladies. I was panicking the whole time we would get into big trouble. It was such an eerie feeling. But it had to be done.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

I once, whilst in a convenience store saw some poor fellow of a certain age, almost bent double needing to relieve himself.

I told him to use the ladies, and stated I would stand outside and if necessary, explain his predicament.

The elderly gentleman was almost in tears.

Regardless of age or gender we have all been there, yes.

Where is the compassion?

7 ( +7 / -0 )

The case for unisex toilets grows ever stronger.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

If he hadn't gone to the ladies' and cacked his pants instead, the police would still probably have found something to charge him with.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Is this actually a crime punishable by criminal law? If so, then surely the situation that exists in many places where there is a unisex toilet and a women's toilet must negate this law because it is discriminatory against men by not having a men only toilet ( many conbinis have this rediculous arrangement ) .

2 ( +2 / -0 )

This case is just ludicrous on many points. Obviously, the guy had to go. When you gotta go, you gotta go (no pun intended). 20 days is way too long and costly to the taxpayers. There are more serious crimes out there. I just decided this is way less than 20 minutes. There is a saying that "The fastest person will always have the advantage." Apparently, this judge is not so fast with his head. Shame on the judge and the person who reported this person.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Years ago, I got out of a large parking ticket by pleading that I had to run to the toilet. It worked

If I only knew last year.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

@Hiro

You must have a different concept of “trial”.

Reading the article sounds like this matter was in court for 20 days, assuming Monday to Friday trial sessions that’s nearly a month!

I’d say must judges would throw out the case here if it even got past the prosecutors’s office!

Was this really in the public interest? What was the ultimate offence committed?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I was walking into the clearly marked men's restroom in Matsumoto station, Nagano, a few years back when someone who was clearly a middle-aged Japanese female walked in in front of me and was about to do her business. I think turning around and seeing me - clearly a foreign person- and my beard, moustache etc and then observing me unzip my pants at a urinal got her to realize she was in the wrong room. Didn't bother me but she was out of there faster than a speeding bullet train! Mistakes happen. No trial was necassary in the case in the article either. Waste of time and money when a stern warning would have sufficed.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

I once, whilst in a convenience store...

Thanks for the anecdote @itsonlyrocknroll, this site badly needs post like this even once in while

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I'm sure he was far more relieved once he got to the toilet than when he left the courtroom, but it's still a welcome relief to what never should have been a trial. There is probably not a person on the face of the earth who hasn't accidentally at least STARTED down the corridor of the wrong washroom. If people are caught and it's innocent enough, I think a stern look and a warning would do just fine.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

but by japanese "morals" you should do in your pants.

Yes Matej.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

If it wasn’t for perv toilet cams on the internet, it is just an emergency.

he is lucky, I nearly got beaten up by a carriage full of angry women after accidentally getting on the women’s only one in the Cairo subway.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I don't know how many times I've seen old geezers in Ciba just unzip and let it go at the kerbside, often with an accompanying hawk and spit. This chap, by comparison, is a cultural sophisticate.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I use both in convenient stores. They are single toilets. No big deal.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

still fine,if he was say in China will do on street,very norm...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Unlike his unfortunate visit to the loo, two weeks of litigation was no rush to judgment, but what a waste of time and money over a pile of manure when to err is only human! Blame it on the vindaloo!

2 ( +2 / -0 )

reckless:

After a lunch of Indo curry, I can definitely relate.

Well, they don't call it a vindaloo for nothing.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

i can't count how many times I've used the women toilet in the HUB

does it makes me a reincident criminal?

You are lucky HUB's staffs they won't be bothered by such thing while that museum they apprehend that poor 64-year-old. Seeing new toilet sign in that museum, they are realized that sign can lead people go to wrong direction and decided to change it finally.

The defendant’s legal team is also of the mind that this was an overreaction to a simple mistake. They are currently reviewing the details of the ruling but one lawyer told media that the arrest was “overkill,” suggesting they may file a countersuit.

Of course now he has right to file a counter.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

It happens, who’s going to Cast the First Stone ?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Why was this case ever allowed to proceed to trial? What a colossal waste of time and money.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yet in Singapore the men's and ladies rooms adjacent with a booth between them. A lady sits in the booth observing both rest rooms to ensure toilets are flushed ($1000 Singapore if you don't!) and things are kept tidy. However standing in the men's room one can clearly see through the open booth windows into the ladies room.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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