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Fukuoka man accused of tricking pregnant girlfriend into taking abortion drug

Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Nishi Police Station is seen in this file photo taken in Fukuoka's Nishi Ward. (Mainichi/Kimiya Tanabe)

FUKUOKA -- A man in this west Japan city who allegedly gave his teenage girlfriend abortion medication to try to induce a termination was arrested on Feb. 22, police said.

    Jin Mimae, a 21-year-old company employee from the city of Fukuoka's Nishi Ward, was arrested by Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Nishi Police Station on suspicion of attempted abortion without consent. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations, and told police, "I didn't want to marry her."

    The suspect is believed to have given his girlfriend -- an 18-year-old part-time employee in Fukuoka Prefecture -- medication that he misled her into thinking was for a sexually transmitted disease. Police believe he gave her two doses of the abortion drug Mifepristone in an attempt to terminate her pregnancy. She was five weeks pregnant at the time, and the medication was reportedly given to her at the home of the suspect's older brother at around 10:45 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2020.

    According to Nishi Police Station, the teen's pregnancy was confirmed on Sept. 20, 2020 during an obstetrics and gynecology examination. After she was made to take the medicine on Sept. 24, she began experiencing fatigue and a headache, and suspected she had taken abortion medication. The following day she went to speak to staff at Nishi Police Station.

    The station's examination of blood and urine samples showed compounds from an abortion medication. She later miscarried in mid-October, but because the police station decided it would be difficult to establish a causal relationship between the medication and the loss of the pregnancy, they decided to arrest Mimae on suspicion of attempted abortion without consent. The suspect has reportedly stated to police that he bought the medication online.

    Mifepristone is an abortion medication that is not approved in Japan. According to the police station, if two doses are taken daily for three days with other medication, it has a 90% chance of terminating a pregnancy.

    The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's website says the drug may cause side effects including significant blood loss from the vagina, and under the act on securing quality, efficacy and safety of products including pharmaceuticals and medical devices, it must not be sold or given to another person in Japan.

    The law states that a person convicted of attempted abortion without consent can be imprisoned for between six months and seven years.

    (Japanese original by Shunsuke Ichimiya and Nanami Otsubo, Kyushu News Department)

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