Yesterday (March 24th) Kajiwara Naoki, also known as “Maria” or “Rainbow Hair Maria” was arrested in Tokyo at his part-time job in Shibuya. He has been accused of violating “Youth Protection Law” that protects Japanese youth (under eighteen years and unmarried) from potentially harmful activities.
According to the Urawa, Saitama Police they learned that on June 7th of last year, Maria had a second year high school student over at his home, and the two were doing “questionable acts”. They met due to Maria’s band activities.
So, it doesn’t give any specifics to what happened, and when I first read this, I had no idea that such a law existed in Japan. After a bit of research, it definitely does and can include rules like not allowing minors to work in sex related jobs (like brothels), prohibiting the buying of underwear worn by youths, and not allowing minors to be alone in public areas late at night. The specifics can vary from region to region.
On boards like 2ch they’re saying “questionable acts = sex”, and while the age of consent in Japan is thirteen, there are “local ordinances that prohibit sexual activities with minors under eighteen” (from Wikipedia). Another poster commented that he was a rock vocalist, and isn’t it supposed to be, “sex, drugs and rock’n'roll?”, which gave me a bit of chuckle.
No news on what will happen to Maria from hereon in, but if we hear anything about it, we’ll update you.
Souce: Grassthread, MSN News