A 32-year-old office worker was arrested Monday for allegedly spitting on a 62-year-old taxi driver around 20 times in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. According to police, Kazunori Takeshita has so far denied the charge, claiming he knows nothing about it.
Police said the incident occurred at around 1 a.m. Monday when Takeshita hailed a taxi in Sendai's Aoba Ward. The driver told police that Takeshita was in an extremely inebriated state. Takeshita asked the driver to take him to his home around 8 km away. As soon as he got in the taxi, he allegedly began spitting on the taxi driver's face.
The driver took the man directly to a nearby police station at which point he rushed inside and complained to the officer on duty that his passenger had spat on him.
A police spokesman said: "We sometimes see arrests over spitting but as for a man spitting on someone 20 times, I've never heard of anything like it."© Compiled from news reports