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Japan's ambassador to Croatia to be transferred after sexual harassment allegation

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday that Japan's ambassador to Croatia is to be transferred after being accused of sexual harassment by a female embassy employee.

According to Jiji Press, the woman, in her 20s, accused Ambassador Yoshio Tamura of forcibly hugging, molesting and kissing her in a car earlier this year.

The Foreign Ministry says that Tamura will not face disciplinary action because an investigation revealed that although there was some truth to the woman's accusations, there was not enough information to ascertain the nature of their relationship at the time of the incident, Jiji reported.

Tamura has been ambassador to Croatia since March 2009.

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An accusation of fondling in a car?

This is headline news?

Are we supposed to change our voting preferences because of this?

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How old is Tamura? Is he married? Was this the first incident? Is she Japanese or Croatian?

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"although there was some truth to the woman’s accusations, there was not enough information".

Haaa yes, he was drunk?

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there was not enough information to ascertain the nature of their relationship at the time of the incident

But he was the Ambassador, the senior executive of the Japanese Embassy in charge of her employment. He was the employer, she was the employee. The nature of their relationship is crystal clear. What's more, he has diplomatic inmmunity. Is the MFA suggesting that there can reasonably be something other than a formal employee/employer relationship in these circumstances? If the story as JT reports it is true, and the MFA recognises there is "some truth" behind the allegations, then the MFA has deliberately, using all the intellect and commonsense it has, made an official decision to go on the record as telling a lie...(nature of relationship unclear). And it's there for the whole world to see.

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Since the Ambassador has immunity, this is actually something for Croatia to decide, rather than Japan. It was just announced by the Japanese ministry.

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hentai oji san

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Thinking a bit more about this, I conceed one plausible possiblity for this relationship other than exclusively employee/ employer. She might have been a con-person out to blackmail him. Maybe that's what MFA is trying to get at.

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The Foreign Ministry says that Tamura will not face disciplinary action because an investigation revealed that although there was some truth to the woman’s accusations, there was not enough information to ascertain the nature of their relationship at the time of the incident Pathetic. "Some truth" but yet, no punishment for those truths...

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Sounds like the Judo guy case...:) LOL

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So he gets transferred to assault another women in another country. It should be investigated properly and if it is found there is an assault he should be sacked. If it is found a false accusation she should be sacked. The outcome at the moment just allows a potential sexual predator another chance. Maybe like the man form Pental Japanese do not see much harm in abusing a fellow human being.

As for the nature of the relationship even if they were married if he forced her to do something she did not want it is still an attack.

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An ambassador sexually harassing his Croatian secretary. If the allegations are true, Tamura should be done with.

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Having a headline proclaim a man charged with sexual harrasment and then reading on to find he was charged with sexual assault? That is like a headline proclaiming a man charged with tresspassing only to read on and find he has also been charged with kidnapping at gunpoint!

I don't care to speculate with so little detail. Could be anything anyone has said above. He might be guilty as sin. She might be a con artist. Could be something in between. Who the heck knows?

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Are we supposed to change our voting preferences because of this?

Ha. Change your so-called vote from where to where? The Ambassador is not a politician.

Apparently this douchebag is also said to have (power) harassed other employees, driven under the influence of alcohol and misused funds during his tenure.

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Well what are the true points? If the forcing himself on her is true then it is still a criminal action right?

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Croatian women are very beautiful but it doesn't excuse his actions.

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Great, Japan now has another export -- groping. And just like in Japan, the guy will get away with it. Wonderful example of real moral leadership.

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The Foreign Ministry says that Tamura will not face disciplinary action because an investigation revealed that although there was some truth to the woman’s accusations, there was not enough information to ascertain the nature of their relationship at the time of the incident, Jiji reported.

How TYPICAL~ I bet if it was the other way around, a female ambassador harassing someone would have made the headlines for weeks. It shows how little disregard these corrupted dirty bureaucrats have for women. I hope this scumbag hentai yaro gets STD's even in his nasty mouth.

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I thought as the Ambassador of Japan his job was to reach out to the people of Croatia,not reach around!

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"The Foreign Ministry says that Tamura will not face disciplinary action because an investigation revealed that although there was some truth to the woman’s accusations, there was not enough information to ascertain the nature of their relationship at the time of the incident, Jiji reported."

So if the Ambassador claims that he was dating her it's okay to assault her? Is this the Taliban or something? No, the guy is not going to face administrative accident because it occured overseas and he will be brought back home where he's safe. I heard a saying once, translated from Japanese: "A man away from home has no neighbours". It was used to justify a lot of the assaults and atrocities committed by Imperial troops while overseas, the idea being that they are not at fault for what they did because they didn't have others to watch over them, etc. Clearly that kind of logic is in play here as well. Hopefully enough of a stink is made about it by the Croatian authorities and overseas media that Japan will be forced to punish the man in some way (some amakudari job, probably).

Maybe this guy is a Judo fan?

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another day another dirt bag, bring the a-hole back to MOF to work in a basement corner checking 10yr old statistics or something, its sad how Japan very clearly TOLERATES these degenerates. Reminds of the jerk who ran the Vancouver consulate who publically announced it was ok for him to beat his wife, what the hell is wrong with these low lifes!

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So if the Ambassador claims that he was dating her it's okay to assault her?

He's not.

the guy is not going to face administrative accident

He's already being removed from his post and his name is mud. So however elite he has been to date he is going to be the subject of the rumour mill in any future work place and about as popular as Vegemite.

I heard a saying once, translated from Japanese: "A man away from home has no neighbours". It was used to justify a lot of the assaults and atrocities committed by Imperial troops while overseas, the idea being that they are not at fault for what they did because they didn't have others to watch over them, etc. Clearly that kind of logic is in play here as well.

Wow. Yes clearly. News for you buddy, there was a driver driving that vehicle in which the Ambassador touched her and word spread around the office very quickly.

She must have been particularly hot or this is one dumb Ambassador, unbelievable really. He was pretty much all over her from the week she started.

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How TYPICAL~ I bet if it was the other way around, a female ambassador harassing someone would have made the headlines for weeks.

Nah. Everyone would keep it quiet for weeks and not blow the partay!

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@lostrune2

LOL!!

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Great, Japan now has another export -- groping

.herefornow: LOL

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So the man is accused of sexual harassment....then....he's transferred where? Probably back to Japan. You see just like the parental child abductors Japan knows it's a safe haven for Japanese criminals.

Yoda - "If so innocent you are, why leave?"

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The Japanese public and tax payers deserve better from their public service, shuffling people around when they allegedly commit crimes is a practice that Japanese people, I believe, would like to see end. One wonders what a public service worker has to actually do in order to get fired? Someone in this position especially should clearly know better.

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Yeah he'll be transferred somewhere with quiet women who won't stand up for themselves, or a country where the woman gets 30 lashes or similar for tempting him, if she speaks up.

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Daijoboots: "He's not."

I didn't say he was. I posed the hypothetical question 'if' to the person speaking in the article who said there was not going to be any disciplinary action (there goes your second point!) because the could not ascertain the nature of the relationship between the two. I say hypothetical instead of rhetorical because I can actually see a few of these idiot politicians saying, yes, it would therefore be okay.

And even if she was 'really hot' he still is a really dumb Ambassador (or just plain dumb as a person in general). And his name won't be mud when he gets back home -- he'll be put in a well-paying position in government back here, probably.

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Way to go Japan, playing things just the way the vatican does............have you no shame

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this jerk is the reason there are two S's in ambASSador!

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I posed the hypothetical question 'if' to the person speaking in the article who said there was not going to be any disciplinary action

Yes hypothetical i.e. don't bother to check anything just shoot off at the keyboard. No one is speaking in the article. The article contains facts and one of the facts is, if you care about that kind of thing, Tamura is not going to be subject to any disciplinary action (at this point).

And his name won't be mud when he gets back home -- he'll be put in a well-paying position in government back here, probably.

His name won't...he will...probably.

So certain aren't you? What's with the probably at the end then? What happened to clearly? His name is mud and all over the internet for all to see. His reputation will preceed him at the next work place and it's gonna be awkward, especially with female employees. Could be time for this 64 year old geezer to retire, which is what often happens anyway after completing a term as Ambassador or Consul-General.

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He thought that he could behave as if he were in Japan..

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So if the Ambassador claims that he was dating her it's okay to assault her? Is this the Taliban or something?

What a bizarre question and attitude! When you are dating someone its sort of expected that you will touch them sexually without first filling out request for permission forms in triplicate and waiting for a letter in the mail!

That being the case, confusion when rejected by an established lover an be quite understandable. It may not register for a bit. I have had more girlfriends than I count that sent mixed signals. They said "Stop! and "No!" and then when I stopped they asked me why I stopped! In such situations where we have been dating, requests to stop actually meaing stop have been the exception rather than norm.

Just asking the question, I think your relationships must be quite different than most people's. Some tolerance is in order. However, it does not seem like the ex-ambassador ever dated her at all, so its a moot question.

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he was just showing "the japanese way" of doing things :p

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