• Kyodo


Osaka commuters had a case of Monday blues when a man who groped a girl on a morning rush-hour train jumped onto the tracks and disrupted operations.

At around 8:15 a.m., a man apparently in his 30s and wearing a business suit allegedly touched a 15-year-old girl on the Osaka Kanjo Line and other passengers caught him red-handed, West Japan Railway officials said.

When the man was pulled off the train at Osakajo Koen Station and was about to be handed over to station staff, he jumped onto the tracks and fled toward the next station, Morinomiya, the officials said.

To ensure safety, JR West suspended more than 25 train runs, affecting 28,000 passengers, they said.

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