A former middle school teacher from Japan, Yuhei Takashima, went to Manila, Philippines, for the first time in 1988 to work at a Japanese school. That’s when he started paying for sex, according to police.
He kept paying for sex for two reasons: it was cheap, and doing so was a stress relief from work pressures, CNN reported. Takashima, 64, spent three years in Manila but went back every year afterward.
Yuhei went to the Philippines again and again for sex tours, three times a year. The Sydney Morning Herald did the math – that’s 65 separate visits to a country know for its raging sex tourism trade.
During Takashima’s 27 years of tours, he paid for sex with 12,000 women aged 13 to 70, and it’s the bottom end of the age range — he’s claimed 10 percent were under 18, the Tokyo Reporter added — that have finally brought the man’s exploits to a halt.
Yuhei Takashima is accused of photographing an “obscene act with a girl of 13 or 14,” which took place in Manila hotel room, CNN added. Evidently, he had 11 pictures of the girl, and he kept photos as a general practice – officials found 150,000 photos in 400 albums, the Japan Times reported. Apparently, their purpose was “to keep the memories,” Yuhei said.
At the same time, he’s evidently admitted to violating child prostitution and pornography laws. Authorities have had their eye on him for these offenses since 2013; the incident that finally nabbed him happened in 2014.
Yuhei Takashima has worked in education since 1975; his initial time in the Philippines took place between 1988 and 1991. He was a junior high principal from 2008 until he retired in 2011. His colleagues have responded with shock and disgust; the Reporter quoted one.
“This is inexcusable. With a school principal having certain responsibilities, one’s immediate and honest feeling after hearing about these acts is disbelief.”
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