Shinto Priest Faces Charges over Hidden Camera in Shrine Maidens' Change Room

Mainichi [Japan]
March 4, 2006

KOBE -- A Shinto priest from the prominent Nagata Shrine faces charges after he installed a secret video camera in a changing room used by shrine maidens, police said.

Officers from Nagata Police Station are preparing to send to prosecutors documents accusing the 30-year-old Shintoist of breaking the Minor Offenses Law.

The man, whose name has not been disclosed, has already lost his priest's job and has largely admitted to the allegations against him.

Nagata Shrine Chief Priest Masakatsu Fujiwara said the man's actions were "not behavior befitting a Shinto priest."

Shrine officials said a cleaning lady discovered the camera set up in an otherwise empty locker on the afternoon of Feb. 14.

The following day, Fujiwara gathered the shrine's 11 male employees, told them it was hard to imagine that it was an "outside job" and asked whoever did it to own up.

One of the priests told him that he had set up the camera while he was working alone on Feb. 13.

The camera was set up in a change room used by Miko shrine maidens, as well as by young female students who occasionally work part-time at the shrine. (Mainichi)


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