Fuji Television took disciplinary action against its employee, sportscaster Testuo Nagasaka, 42, on July 16 for his "misconduct" in South Africa. He has been demoted from his current position as vice manager of the broadcast department and transferred to the administration office, while six supervisors have also been reprimanded with salary cuts.
Fuji’s public relations department admitted sexual harassment was the reason, but refused to provide details in consideration of the victim. Further interviews have uncovered the incident that took place last month in South Africa, where Nagasaka was on an assignment covering the FIFA Confederations Cup.
According to a Fuji TV employee, Nagasaka and the crew went out for drinks after the game. The intoxicated sportscaster asked a female member, who does not work for the company, to take him back to his hotel room where he tried unsuccessfully to woo the woman, in her 20s. Upon returning to Japan, this person filed a complaint against Fuji TV and the incident became public.
Nagasaka has worked for Fuji as an announcer since 1990, and has a reputable track record – some even say that for any sports event or competition, “Japan always wins when he holds the microphone.” But a Fuji TV source admitted he had the tendency to go overboard once he starts drinking.
It’s an irony that this embarrassing incident took place when Fuji TV has just begun working on corporate compliance.© Japan Today