Deputy leader of Japan’s anti-NHK party accused of injuring man at convenience store

YOKOHAMA — The deputy leader of the political party NHK Kara Kokumin Wo Mamoru To (The party to protect the people from NHK) has been reported to public prosecutors on suspicion of injuring a man at a convenience store in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, investigative sources have disclosed.
Masanobu Ohashi, 44, deputy leader of the party that opposes Japan’s public broadcaster, who is also a member of the Kashiwa Municipal Assembly in Chiba Prefecture, east of the capital, was reported to public prosecutors on Aug. 25 following the November 2019 incident in the Kanagawa Prefecture city of Ebina, the sources said.
Ebina Police Station accuses Ohashi of grabbing the right arm of a part-time worker in his 40s on the premises of the convenience store at about 9 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2019, leaving him with light injuries that required about a week’s treatment. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations.
According to the sources, police submitted an opinion to public prosecutors seeking “appropriate action,” leaving the decision on whether or not to indict Ohashi up to public prosecutors.
Ohashi was first elected to the municipal assembly in August 2019. When questioned by the Mainichi Shimbun over the incident, he said, “I admit grabbing his arm, but it’s doubtful whether the injuries were from that time.”
(Japanese original by Nami Takata, Yokohama Bureau)
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