• Kyodo News


Pro wrestler The Great Sasuke has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a man who took his photo with a mobile phone on a train in Tokyo, police said Friday.

Sasuke, who was wearing his trademark mask while riding on the JR Joban Line on Thursday, allegedly snatched the office worker’s mobile phone and threw it at him, before grabbing him and kicking him, according to police.

The two were on a train running between Kita-Senju and Minami-Senju stations at around 11:50 p.m. Thursday.

Sasuke, whose real name is Masanori Murakawa, denied any wrongdoing.

“We scuffled with each other, but I did not assault him,” Sasuke was quoted as saying by police.

The two got off at Minami-Senju station, the police said. A person near them called the police, which led to the arrest of Sasuke.

Sasuke, 39, founded Michinoku Pro-Wrestling, which promotes the sport in the Tohoku region, in 1993.

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