NHK staff member accused of assaulting taxi driver in Shinjuku
tokyoreporter.com -- Feb 16
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a staff member at public broadcaster NHK over the alleged assault of a taxi driver in Shinjuku Ward on Monday, reports Nippon News Network

At around 2:20 a.m., Ryosuke Sayamoto, 32, allegedly punched the driver in the face and kicked him in the leg on a road in the Yaraicho area.

The driver suffered light injuries to a leg, the Ushigome Police Station said.

Upon his arrest on suspicion of inflicting bodily injury, Sayamoto denied the allegations. “Since I was drunk, I do not recall [the matter],”

Prior to the incident, the driver drove his vehicle up toward Sayamoto on the road. “That’s dangerous,” Sayamoto said as the driver exited the vehicle. They then got into a dispute.

“The arrest of a staff member is regrettable,” a spokesperson for NHK said. “After confirming the facts, we will deal with [with the matter] harshly and cooperate with the police investigation.”

- tokyoreporter.com

NHK報道局の職員がタクシー運転手を暴行して、けがをさせた現行犯で逮捕された。 NHK報道局映像センターの鞘本諒介容疑者(32)は、15日午前2時半前、東京・新宿区の車道を歩いていた際、「危ないですよ」と声をかけたタクシー運転手の男性(60代)に、「通れるだろう」と怒鳴りつけ、胸を突き飛ばすなどしたうえ、道端にあった消火器を投げつけ、現行犯逮捕された。 男性は軽傷。 鞘本容疑者は、14日午後6時ごろから近くの店で友人と酒を飲んでいたということで、調べに対し、「酔っていて覚えていない」と容疑を否認している。 NHKは、「職員が逮捕されたことは遺憾です。事実関係を確認し、厳正に対処するとともに捜査に協力してまいります」としている。 - FNNプライムオンライン

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