The Japanese are big on clubs and organizations. It helps to foster a sense of community and service to that community.

You know what else they are big on?

Rape.

The merger of the two took the shape of a student event planning organization at Waseda University. The group, called Super Free, was founded back in 1982 and didn’t shift into something sinister until the arrival of twenty year old Shinichiro Wada. He joined the club in 1994, and by 1995 he was the head organizer for the group’s activities. He started using Super Free’s social mixers  as ways to identify, isolate and then rape women. He brought in the other members of Super Free, transforming his rapes into massive gang rapes. When the 13 members of Super Free were finally arrested in 2003, Japan was forced to re-write their rape laws to take gang rapes into account. The group was originally charged with the rape of three women, but in the years since their conviction, the number of victims has grown by ten.

While all of this is disgusting and horrible in and of itself, the comments of a few government officials reveal a systemic numbness toward rape.

“At least gang rapists are still vigorous. Isn’t that at least a little closer to normal?”

Cabinet Minister Seiichi Ota

“There are women who look like they are saying ‘Do it to me’. Those who have that kind of appearance are at fault, because men are black panthers.”

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda