NHK suspends announcer for 3 months over groping incident
Public broadcaster NHK on Thursday said it had suspended announcer Takeshige Morimoto, who anchored the “Ohayo Nippon” program on Saturday and Sunday, for three months after he was arrested for allegedly groping a woman on a train in Tokyo.
Morimoto, 47, was not indicted after the victim decided to drop charges earlier this week, NTV reported. On Nov 14 at around 8 p.m., Morimoto allegedly touched the breasts of a 23-year-old woman in a train between Shibuya and Futagotamagawa stations on the Tokyu Denentoshi line. Morimoto said he had been drinking with colleagues from around noon and that he had no memory of the incident.
NHK issued a statement Thursday, apologizing to its viewers and said it was suspending Morimoto because he had undermined public trust in the broadcaster.