Police in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, have arrested a 62-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a 47-year-old man on the street outside a pub.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday. Sankei Shimbun quoted police as saying that the suspect, Akinori Sato, came into the pub in Kawasaki Ward and sat at the counter beside the victim, a company employee. Police said the two men did not know each other.
Other customers said Sato, who was drunk, started talking incessantly to the victim who took no notice. Sato appeared annoyed and slapped the man on the face and punched the right side of his jaw.
They then went outside where they continued arguing. A passerby called 110.
Police said Sato has denied the charge, claiming he was drunk and can’t remember anything about the incident.© Japan Today