NHK: Act-Age Writer Tatsuya Matsuki Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Harassing 2 Junior High School Aged Girls

TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual assault in opposition to minors is mentioned within the following article. Please train warning when studying.


The Japanese nationwide broadcaster NHK reported on August Eight that the author behind Weekly Shonen Bounce's Act-Age, Tatsuya Matsuki, has been arrested for allegedly performing obscene acts on two junior-high-school aged women by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police. In a later report, NHK confirms that Matsuki admitted to the costs saying "there's no query" it was him when confronted with the proof. 


Picture from NHK


The alleged incidents befell on June 18 within the Nakano ward in Tokyo. Matsuki allegedly rode up behind one junior excessive school-aged woman on his bike and sexually harassed her. In Japan, junior excessive college students vary from ages 12 to 15. The police had been knowledgeable of the incident and began an investigation primarily based on CCTV footage of the realm. An hour after the primary incident in the identical space, one other junior excessive school-aged woman was assaulted by a person that seemed much like Matsuki, the Tokyo Metropolitan police are presently investigating whether or not or not the incidents are linked. Matsuki confirmed throughout questioning that the footage was of him "no query."


Act-Age was the primary serialized manga from the 29-year-old in 2018 after he wrote a one-shot for Weekly Shonen Bounce in 2017. The collection is licensed by Viz Media who’re releasing it because it comes out in Japan on their Shonen Bounce app, they describe the primary quantity of Act-Age as such: 


Is there a technique to Kei Yonagi’s insanity in relation to appearing? The younger actor has a household of siblings to feed, however she finds herself struggling together with her psychological demons when taking part in a job. Her determined appearing catches the attention of a well-known director, Sumiji Kuroyama, who’s on the lookout for uncooked expertise to mildew. Can he assist Yonagi navigate the cutthroat world of appearing with out shedding her sanity?


This isn’t the primary Weekly Shonen Bounce manga creator to arrested on comparable costs. Rurouni Kenshin writer Nobuhiro Watsuki was discovered in possession of kid pornography and charged 200,000 yen (US$1,888) in fines by The Tokyo Public Prosecutors Workplace in 2017/2018. His newest collection Rurouni Kenshin: The Hokkaido Arc, continues in Bounce Sq.. Toriko writer Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro was arrested in 2002 for soliciting an underage woman for intercourse and was given a two-year suspended sentence and had his collection Seikimatsu Chief Den Takeshi! canceled in Weekly Shonen Bounce. Shimabukuro returned to Bounce in 2008 with Toriko and continues to put in writing one-shots for the corporate.


Weekly Shonen Bounce launched a assertion on the night time of August Eight confirming that the writer will "take applicable motion after confirming the info."




— 少年ジャンプ編集部 (@jump_henshubu) August 8, 2020



Full translation of the assertion:


"Information from the Editorial Division.


The Editorial Division takes the matter of the information reviews about Mr. Tatsuya Matsuki, the writer of "Act-Age," which is serialized in Weekly Shonen Bounce, very significantly.


We are going to take applicable motion after confirming the info.


We sincerely apologize to all our readers and others for any inconvenience and concern this will trigger."


Sources: NHK (1, 2), Weekly Shonen Bounce on Twitter



Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll Information. He additionally runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff referred to as TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photographs of his travels on Instagram.