An assistant director of the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, who was sent to Iwate Prefecture to help small to medium sized businesses in the wake of the March 11 tsunami, was arrested on Thursday for groping a schoolgirl on a train in Tokyo on May 28, police said.
The 46-year-old man was dispatched to Morioka where he worked with local businesses from May 8 to 27. He planned to stay one night in a hotel in Tokyo before heading back home last Saturday, when the arrest took place, police said.
According to police, the man was seen groping a 17-year-old girl on a northbound, local train on the Saikyo Line between Itabashi and Ikebukuro. A man seated nearby shouted "chikan," (meaning molester or pervert), to draw attention to the accused. Following this, police say he disembarked at Ikebukuro Station where he was seized by another passenger.
During police questioning, the man was quoted as saying: "I had a little time left before I had to go home, and I felt a lot more free in Tokyo." He was later released after the girl declined to press charges.© Compiled from news reports