A reporter for the Tokyo Chunichi newspaper was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on a train, police said Saturday.
According to police, the incident occurred at about 6 a.m. on Thursday. Police said the 37-year-old suspect was on a train on the Sobu Line when he repeatedly touched the thigh of a 40-year-old passenger nearby, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Police say the woman got off the train at Shinkoiwa Station where she alerted station guards to the crime. The man was detained and handed over to police for questioning, Sankei reported.
The suspect has confessed to the crime, investigators said and quoted him as saying that he was drunk and got carried away. Police say the man was released on Friday.
Chunichi editor Kazuo Nishiyama issued a statement in which he said: "If the allegations are true, this is a deeply regrettable incident. We would like to apologize to the victim and assure her that we will be dealing with the matter of disciplinary action appropriately."
The Tokyo Chunichi is published by Chunichi Shimbun Co, Ltd, which also publishes the Chunichi Sports and Chunichi Shimbun newspapers. The group ranks fourth in Japan behind the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Asahi Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun, with a combined circulation of more than 4 million.© Japan Today