A extremely revered and beloved Japanese newscaster has stepped down from his function in a yet-to-be-aired night information present following sexual assault allegations.
Junichi Tosaka labored at public broadcaster NHK for 20 years earlier than resigning lately to freelance. He was scheduled to turn out to be the primary presenter on Fuji TV’s Prime Information, set to launch in April.
The accusations stemmed from an article issued on January 25 in Shukan Bunshun weekly, a tabloid in Japan. It accused Tosaka of sitting subsequent to a different newscaster at a restaurant in June 2011, earlier than “touching her knees as if he was rubbing her” and whispering to her to “sneak out of the restaurant collectively”.
The lady allegedly tried to flee to a restroom however a buddy that was current says she was adopted by Tosaka who tried to kiss her and contact her breasts. A lawyer representing the lady instructed Shukan Bunshun “the incident did occur”, however that it had been dealt with appropriately on the time: “It is one thing that occurred prior to now so we might prefer to chorus from speaking additional about this incident.”
Final week, the president of Fuji Tv Community, Masaki Miyauchi, expressed his regret concerning the scenario at a press convention.
“We put Tosaka as a newscaster for the upcoming information present, however he has declined the provide,” he mentioned. “It’s regrettable that it ended up like this.”
Govt managing director of Fuji Community Tv Ichiro Kishimoto mentioned the corporate can be investigating whether or not it collected sufficient details about Tosaka earlier than hiring him.
In a press release despatched to the media by means of his company, Tosaka denied the allegations of sexual harassment. “With the difficulty brought on by the reporting I’ve declined to be on the present,” mentioned the assertion.
“I am confounded by rather a lot that I’m not responsible of and it is extremely unlucky. Nonetheless, my actual intention is to not damage the brand new, necessary present, and I’ve come to understand that it is very important have dignity by resigning myself.
“I’ll proceed to problem myself with a wide range of jobs sooner or later.”