If You Swallow an SD Card with Illicit Photos, the Cops Will Know

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Earlier this month, a 55 year-old junior high school teacher allegedly took pictures up a young woman's skirt at an anime shop in Osaka's geek district, Den Den Town.

The teacher, Manabu Wakita, admitted that he was following a 20-something woman around, but "absolutely" denied that he took illicit photos of her with a small-sized camera. Staff at the anime shop Animate reportedly noticed something suspicious and called out to the middle-aged man.

According to reports, Wakita then supposedly put his camera's SD Card in his mouth, where it made a "crunching" noise.


Police announced that part of the SD Card has since been discovered in Wakita's body (some Japanese blogs are reporting that they found it in his, ahem, poop). On the recovered card, officers apparently discovered the peeping pictures in question and arrested Wakita.

Bet the prison food tastes better than SD Cards.

アニメ店で盗撮認める、府条例違反容疑で逮捕の中学教諭 [産経]

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David Green

So this is a really weird question that only arises because of this article (I swear I don't think about this stuff constantly) but where does the line get drawn as far as legality for taking pictures in public? I mean I'm totally playing Devil's advocate since obviously taking pictures up a person's skirt is really creepy, but is it illegal?

Like in the US, as a citizen, you're allowed to take pictures anywhere in public, and if you snap a photo of an individual you can't get in trouble since that's the way the person is presenting themselves in public (this is why police can't ask for your camera just because you're filming them). But how far does that go? I suppose this treads that territory of invasion of privacy, but still.

Anyway, just a hypothetical I guess.