Having recently moved to Tokyo from nearby Ibaraki Prefecture, 22-year-old Shinpei Umezawa’s return to the region on Sunday evening may have seemed quite innocent. But rather than visiting family members or catching up with old friends, the young electrician was actually up to no good with a digital camera and a small mirror.
Securing himself a spot in one of the cubicles at a women’s train station toilet, Umezawa-san set about trying to take a few clandestine snap shots. However after only 25 minutes, his foray into furtive photography came to an abrupt and ignominious end.
Feeling there was something suspicious (or alternatively somebody was having an especially torrid time on the toilet), a commuter reported the long-locked lavatory. A decision that led to Umezawa’s capture, and eventual arrest — for trespassing of all things.