Police in Osaka have arrested the 52-year-old section manager of Osaka’s Cultural Affairs Department on suspicion of engaging in child prostitution.
According to police, Takahito Hashimoto, who was arrested on Tuesday, was arrested for paying 20,000 yen to a 15-year-old female junior high school student in exchange for sex and posing for photos at a hotel in Osaka City in January, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Hashimoto has denied the charge and quoted him as saying, “Although I did meet up with a girl at a hotel, we did not engage in any sexual activity.”
Following Hashimoto’s arrest, Osaka Gov Hirofumi Yoshimura released a statement saying: “If this is true, it is unforgivable behavior. I would like to send my sincerest apologies to everyone in the prefecture.”
The governor added: “We will strictly deal with the situation once the facts are determined at an appropriate time.”© Japan Today