The Metropolitan Police Department sent papers on the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan’s Akihiro Hatsushika to public prosecutors last week over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in a taxi in May 2015, according to police sources.
Hatsushika, 50, in his third term as a House of Representatives lawmaker, has denied the allegations against him, the sources said.
He was a member of Ishin no To (Japan Innovation Party), a now-defunct opposition party, at the time of the alleged misconduct.
The alleged sexual assault was reported by the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine in 2017. Earlier this year, the woman submitted a criminal complaint over the matter to the Tokyo police.
“It’s regrettable that he’s facing the allegations, and we apologize for this,” CDP Secretary-General Tetsuro Fukuyama said. “As he has expressed his readiness to cooperate fully with the investigation, the party is waiting to see a decision by the authorities.”