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Top Shizuoka prosecutor faces ouster over alleged sexual harassment

JIJI, Kyodo

The chief prosecutor at the Shizuoka District Public Prosecutor’s Office will be removed from his post due to allegations that he sexually harassed a female subordinate, sources say.

The Justice Ministry plans to transfer Takashi Itoyama, 57, to the Supreme Public Prosecutor’s Office on Aug. 1, the sources said Wednesday.

The Tokyo High Public Prosecutor’s Office is now looking into the sexual harassment allegations, a Justice Ministry official said.

Itoyama allegedly harassed a female staffer at an office drinking party this month. He has told investigators he “does not remember the incident” as he was drunk, the sources said.

The scandal follows separate revelations last year that an administrative worker at the Shizuoka prosecutor’s office had leaked information on the office’s probe into a fraud case to a gangster.

At his inaugural press conference in April, Itoyama spoke about the data leak case, saying the prosecutor’s office would strive to regain the trust of the people in Shizuoka.

Itoyama became a public prosecutor in 1983. He took up the top post at the prosecutor’s office in Shizuoka Prefecture on April 11 after working at the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and serving as chief prosecutor at the Kagoshima District Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Yamaguchi District Public Prosecutor’s Office.