Serial Foot Licker Caught After 4 Years At Large



On November 7th in Kyoto a man dubbed by authorities as the “Foot licking man” or ashi name otoko (足舐め男) was arrested for, well, I think you know where this is going, licking somebody’s feet without their consent.

The culprit, a 56-year old man who worked part-time at a delivery company and lived in Kyoto’s Fushimi ward, became the subject of police investigation after he forcibly cleaned some poor woman’s feet with his tongue back in July.

At around midnight on July 23rd the foot licking man asked a woman in her 20’s who happened to be passing by if she could help him fix his car brakes. She, was very nice and actually agreed to help, despite it being so late. The man told her to sit in the driver’s seat so that she could press the brake pedal for him as he tried to figure out what was wrong. However, after she got in the car the man did not make any attempts to fix his brakes. Instead, he went straight for her feet. He grabbed her right ankle, started licking her foot, took off her sandal, licked the sole of her foot and lightly nibbled on it as well. After about 35-minutes the man decided that it was time to go, let the woman go and got in his car and left.

Thankfully, the woman was not physically injured. She was also able to use her cell phone to get pictures of the foot licking man’s license plate, which eventually led to his arrest. Why did the woman not do anything for 35 minutes though? One of the investigators explained that she was scared. So scared she couldn’t even bring herself to try to run away or call for help. However, the investigator also noted that despite her fear the woman was able to find the courage to take pictures of the man’s license plate and thus help them arrest a man that they had been looking for about 4 years.

Investigation into the “foot licking man” began in September of 2012. During these 4 years there had been 5 similar incidents that had been under investigation. However, since this story broke the number of women claiming this man has assaulted them has climbed up to about 20.  Investigators note that these incidents tended to happen between the months of May and October. In other words, the warmer months, when a lot of people wear sandals. There’s even at least one case where the foot licking man very graciously said “Thank you” to his victim before leaving.

Obviously, this isn’t just a simple case of a foot fetish. This guy has a problem. The interesting thing is that this man is married, has 3 kids and overall seemed to be a hard working regular guy. But it seems that his wife’s feet just weren’t doing it for him. The fact that he got away with this for so long likely emboldened him and led him to try luring a woman into his car, which seems to, at least in part, have led to his arrest.

I remember back in 2012 or 2013 when I was still living in Japan seeing a news report on TV about a similar incident. It was so peculiar that it just stuck in my head. Some guy was targeting women at night, knocking them down, taking off their shoes, licking their feet and running away. I also remember that it occurred in or near Kyoto so it seems almost for sure that it was the same guy. In any case, it’s a good thing the police finally caught this man. Hopefully, now he can get the help he needs and the young women of Kyoto can rest assured that their feel aren’t going to get any unwanted tongue baths.

If you’d like to read the Japanese article I got my information from click here. Yes, it’s all in Japanese.
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