Jul. 20, 2012 - 02:55PM JST
Outspoken Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto has admitted to having an affair with a night club hostess from 2006 to 2008.
Reporters have been asking the 43-year-old mayor all week to comment on the story that appears in this week’s edition of Shukan Bunshun magazine. In the tell-all feature, the unnamed woman claims to have had an affair with Hashimoto while he was a TV celebrity lawyer. She said he asked her to dress up in cosplay outfits, including a flight attendant, and engage in games that were “a little sadistic,” Fuji TV reported.
Hashimoto told a news conference on Thursday that the story was basically true. He said he had spoken to his wife about it and had apologized to her, Fuji reported.
The hostess says the affair ended in 2008 shortly before Hashimoto was elected Osaka governor.
Hashimoto—a father of seven—has been involved in a series of controversies in recent months, including his last-minute U-turn over his opposition to the restart of the Oi nuclear reactors, his campaign against civil servants with tattoos and his warning to local government employees that they have no fundamental human rights.