First-ever arrest of Japanese national for making child porn abroad

Police made their first-ever arrest of a Japanese national for producing child pornography while overseas apprehending a 64-year-old man for taking nude photos of a 15-year-old girl while in the Philippines.

According to those close to the investigation, the man was a frequent traveller abroad, having spent a total of at least 1,000 days in countries such as the Philippines since 2005. While the statute of limitations on child pornography cases is just three years, police made the decision to pursue the case after determining that the passage of that time limit ceases while the suspect is out of the country.

The suspect was discovered thanks to his blog, on which he frequently posted details of his trips abroad, on multiple occasions uploading nude photos of girls who appeared to be under 18.

Police investigations revealed that sometime around November 7, 2005, the suspect paid money to a Philippine girl he knew was under 18, photographing her in the nude at a hotel on Mindanao Island and saving the photos to an SD card with the intent of sharing the pictures with an unspecified number of people.

In March of last year, police raided the man’s home in the Tokyo bed town of Chofu, discovering photos of what appeared to be a different underage girl on a computer in the house. Investigators are currently working to uncover whether or not the suspect may have committed similar offences on separate occasions.

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