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Dentist busted on morals, teen kidnapping charges

Date Posted: 2006-05-05

An Urasoe City dentist is in jail, charged with kidnapping a former employee, and wanting him to force his teenage daughter to work as a prostitute in a soapland.

Akihiro Takuma, one of Urasoe’s best known dentists, was reportedly angry at discovering a former dental technician who doubled as his dental clinic’s accountant had embezzled money. Takuma, whose business was so popular patients had to wait weeks just to be seen, allegedly contacted his 40-year-old former technician, met him and demanded “You took my money. Now, you have to return the money to me. If you don’t return the money, I’ll kidnap your daughter.”

Urasoe City police say Takuma bound and gagged the technician, then asked again “Does your family know about my money?” He told the man once more, “If you can’t return the money, I’ll take your daughter.” Authorities say the technician called his daughter and told her to come to the office.

Police say 46-year-old Takuma apparently had accomplices who took the girl to the airport and then flew her to Tokyo, where they planned to put her to work in a soapland. A soapland is a Japanese version of a house of prostitution.

Authorities say Takuma believed the technician had embezzled ¥6 million ($53,571) from his dental office. They say the dentist intended on having the 17-year-old girl work as a prostitute to pay off the money, and worked with a Tokyo friend to pick the girl up from Okinawa.

The dentist screwed up though, releasing the technician while thinking the daughter was already in Tokyo. The technician went straight to Urasoe City Police, telling them about the kidnapping. Police were waiting at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, and rescued the girl. The incident began April 2nd, but police withheld details until this week.

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