Japanese government official arrested for assault on train

Tokyo Police arrest A senior Japanese Ministry of Finance official has nominated Ono Heihachiro on Friday for “beating and kicking” a fellow passenger aboard a moving train, Japan’s Juji Press reported. .

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department detained Ono (56) around 12:30 a.m. on May 20 (local time). violence Kyodo News reported that a passenger boarded a train traveling on the “Tokyu Denentoshi Line, which connects Shibuya Station in Tokyo with Chuorinkan Station in neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture”.

The media reported that “Ono was arrested near the train ticket gates of Sakurashinmachi Station in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward by the emergency police.”

The news agency said, citing an anonymous source from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency, “It appears that Ono was intoxicated on the way home.”

Supporting media said the victim was not injured despite alleging physical assault by Ono, who denied memories of the May 20 incident, sources said.

Ono has worked for the Japanese Ministry of Finance since 1989 and joined the federal agency shortly after graduating from the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law. A lifelong bureaucrat, he assumed the latest position of Assistant Secretary for Policy Planning and Coordination in July 2021. During his long career, Ono has been appointed to key positions in the Ministry of Finance, including Director of the Budget Office.

He said, “I took office as assistant secretary in July of last year and was in charge of policy coordination with the Bank of Japan. Japan Today is taking this position as a stepping stone to becoming the Deputy Minister, the highest bureaucrat in the ministry.” famous on friday.

Japan’s finance minister, Shunichi Suzuki, is accused of demoting Ono to cabinet chief after learning of the arrest of Ono on May 20 for assault. While acknowledging that Japan’s Ministry of Finance is still working to confirm the details of the case, Suzuki told reporters on Friday that Ono’s allegations were “very regrettable” before he apologized for the scandal. Suzuki told reporters in Germany after attending the G7 (G7) finance meeting on May 20th.

“Tokyo police and Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno have refused to confirm the arrest,” Reuters reported, as reported extensively by local media. observe May 20.

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