Economist denies looking up skirt

A well-known economist pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of using a mirror to look up the skirt of a high school student.

Kazuhide Uekusa, 43, told the first court hearing at the Tokyo District Court, “I am innocent and clean.”

He denied using a small mirror to look up the girl’s skirt as she rode an escalator at JR Shinagawa Station in Tokyo on April 8, although he had admitted to the allegation immediately after his arrest, investigative sources said.

But he later denied the charge and said, through his lawyer, that he will prove his innocence in court.

Uekusa, a former professor at Waseda University, was a regular on numerous television programs, on which he discussed economic issues.