Osaka Ishin no Kai (Osaka Restoration Party) plans to dismiss assembly member Kei Yamamoto for inappropriate behavior after it was learned that he had been sending intimidating messages to school children via the smartphone app Line.
The party is affiliated with Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party), which was founded by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.
The trouble started when Yamamoto, 34, met a group of junior high school girls at a school festival last October, NTV reported Wednesday. He joined the girls' chat group and invited them to an afternoon tea party, but no one accepted his invitation. After that, the girls removed his name from the chat group list.
According to the local board of education, some of the girls notified their parents and school officials when they started receiving messages on Line from Yamamoto, in which he wrote "I will never forgive you for this," and "I know who you all are and I can discuss your behavior with your school principal."
After the complaints surfaced, Ishin no Kai decided on Monday to dismiss Yamamoto.
However, Yamamoto has expressed dissatisfaction with the punishment and appeared before the media on Monday afternoon, with his head shaven as an act of contrition, NTV reported. He said that he had asked for the case to be re-examined.
Party officials said they will consider Yamamoto's appeal. He is scheduled to hold a press conference in Osaka on Thursday.© Japan Today