TOKYO - A former school principal who allegedly paid for sex with more than 12,000 women over nearly three decades in the Philippines has been arrested in Japan, over accusations at least one of them was as young as 13, Japanese media reported.
Yuhei Takashima had meticulously catalogued nearly 150,000 photographs of his exploits over a 27-year period in about 400 albums because he wanted "to keep the memories", Jiji Press and other media said.
Takashima, 64, told police he started paying for sex when he was dispatched to a Japanese school in Manila in 1988, Jiji said.
After his three-year stint at the school ended in 1991, he returned to the Philippines on three sex tours a year, for a total of 65 visits, Agence France-Presse quoted reports as saying.
During this time, he had sex with more than 12,000 women, who broadcaster NTV reported were aged between 14 and 70.
No report gave a breakdown of how long the tours were or how many women he slept with on each visit. However, it averages out at more than one a day every day of his life since his first visit.
Takashima told police about 10 per cent of the women were under 18 years old, Jiji said, citing unnamed police sources.
Japanese police said they arrested Takashima last Wednesday over allegations that he photographed an obscene act with a girl of 13 or 14 and produced pornography in a hotel room in Manila, the Philippine capital.
Police officers seized 147,600 photos that Takashima took of his activities over the years, said Mr Takeshi Akimoto, the police officer in charge of crime involving minors in Kanagawa, a prefecture south of Tokyo.
Takashima said stepping outside of moral codes relieved the heavy pressure he felt at work, according to police.
Takashima told police that he continued to pay for sex because it was so cheap.
The Philippines is a notorious destination for sex tourists, including paedophiles. The country's sex industry is tied to human trafficking and feeds off the high poverty rate.
This article was first published on Apr 12, 2015.
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