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Mayor of town in Kochi Prefecture resigns over groping incident

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The mayor of Kuroshio, a coastal town in Kochi Prefecture, submitted his resignation on Wednesday after admitting he had committed indecent acts against a woman.

Katsuya Onishi, 49, apologized at a press conference at town hall, Sankei Shimbun reported. He said: "I am sorry for hurting the [female victim]. I have taken responsibility for causing turmoil in our administration by resigning."

During the press conference, Onishi admitted to groping and committing other indecent acts against the woman. He said he and the woman had been eating and drinking alcohol before going to his car.

Onishi added, "I was aware that the woman was adamant in her rejection of my advances." 

Additional details of the case were not revealed to protect the woman's privacy and identity, officials said.

Onishi, who was in his third term, ended the news conference by saying "I must have felt conceited and a sense of pride at having served as mayor for 10 years."

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Hope he goes to jail. Really creepy looking, this guy.

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During the press conference, Onishi admitted to groping and committing other indecent acts against the woman. He said he and the woman had been eating and drinking alcohol before going to his car.

These actions, mean Onishi will not be missed.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Considering most rapes and sexual assaults never gets prosecuted in Japan, and even those do get very very light sentences, sexual crimes against women in Japan can only increase year by year. There’s simply no deterrent, no repercussions.

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Quite refreshing to see a genuine expression of confession and remorse.

"I am sorry for hurting the victim", not "I'm sorry if my actions hurt the victim" or "I'm sorry if the victim was hurt".

And "I was aware that the woman was adamant in her rejection of my advances" not "I thought she wanted it" or "I was drunk and can't remember anything".

(Not that this in anyway excuses his actions, just a little surprised)

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Oh, you can more than take responsibility for your actions with prison time on top of "resigning", Mr. Mayor! In fact, it is amazing that he has not already been arrested over this "sense of pride" that is to blame for him molesting someone. Well, would be amazing, but TIJ.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

OK...so...he's not being prosecuted for this?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Anywhere else he would have been arrested by now, having publicly admitted to committing a crime. We shall see.

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I must have felt conceited and a sense of pride at having served as mayor for 10 years.

There’s not a whole lot separating the arrogant, entitled, and priggish behavior on display here and the SOP of the LDP since 1955. Give this man a cigar!

5 ( +5 / -0 )

He needs to work on touching up his public image

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I must have felt conceited and a sense of pride at having served as mayor for 10 years."

In other words, he is a stuck up plick who thinks he is god's gift to women, and they all should feel blessed by his fawning attention on them.

It's times like this that medical castration is an appropriate sentence!

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Onishi admitted to groping and committing other indecent acts against the woman

in this kind of situation, I think defining “other indecent acts” is necessary.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Sounds like part of the plea bargain already

0 ( +1 / -1 )

People men and women who run for office are narcissistic and feel a sence of worth far beyond their actual worth. Trust none of them. The only authority is yourself.

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Trying to slip her one in his car-a class act!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

What he did was wrong even if drunk.

Should have never happened.

Should this be the end of his life because of groping? No

Men make mistakes yes.

Women make mistakes yes.

Suicide rate for men 4 times higher than women.

Men at least a real man is more sexually active, interested, biologically wired to be more sexual than a woman. Biology does matter.

Redemption, a 2nd chance, he was willing to admit his guilt, willing to pay the price. No murder was committed, no rape was committed, severity of the crime should matter.

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

How many other victims before this woman former Mayor?

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Redemption, a 2nd chance, he was willing to admit his guilt, willing to pay the price. No murder was committed, no rape was committed, severity of the crime should matter.

Welcome to cancel culture. Most people are just enjoying the ride and won't care until it taints their own lives or someone they love.

He just delivered the most golden apology I have heard in recent years. They don't care. If anything it drives them to be more malicious and cruel because in fact, deep in their hearts, so many people are worse than him.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

You guys are all over reacting.

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Katsuya Onishi, 49, admitted, to Groping, and other, indecent acts against the woman.

Katsuya Onishi has made a public confession to committing offences amounting to sexual assault.

If women are to have any confidence and faith in the justice system, Katsuya Onishi, 49, must face the full weight of the law, the consequences, due process, a judiciary demonstrating zero-tolerance approach to Onishi deviant degeneracy.

An example must be made, Katsuya Onishi, 49, must face criminal prosecution, and on conviction a long prison sentence.

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Hope he goes to jail. Really creepy looking, this guy.

Hope you are not hoping that just because you don’t like the way he looks!

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The days where men like this get away with these sorts of actions are hopefully over. Can imagine he probably wasn't getting any at home, and had no means to satisfy his urges - still that is absolutely no excuse.

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Well, at least he finally did something right.

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I agree with the downvoted here. What he did was awful.

However, should he get a long prison sentence?

No.

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@ReasonandWisdomNippon

Men at least a real man is more sexually active, interested, biologically wired to be more sexual than a woman. Biology does matter.

If that was biological that should be all biological (by your criteria) men. Thus being sexually active is not a matter of men or women. Sexual drive is different in between people and even in the same person depending of situation, ... none as the right to say if one is a "real" man/woman and co because of that.

And doing indecent act to someone adamant to reject your advance is not a matter of being a man or a woman nor having high or low sex drive.

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