Tokyo police arrested a senior Japanese finance ministry official named Ono Heihachiro on Friday for allegedly “punching and kicking” another passenger while he was on a moving train, reported Jiji Press in Japan, noting that police sources claimed Ono was “very drunk” at the time of the crash. the alleged incident.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department officers arrested Ono, 56, at around 12:30 p.m. on May 20 (local time) for allegedly assaulting a passenger on a train traveling on the “Tokyu Denentoshi Line from Shibuya Station to Tokyo and Chuo-Rinkan Station in neighboring Kanagawa. prefecture,” Kyodo News reported.
“Ono was captured around the train ticket gate at Sakura-shinmachi station in the Setagaya district of Tokyo by police officers who rushed to the scene following an emergency call from the police,” detailed Jiji Press.
“Ono appeared to be on his way home and was heavily intoxicated at the time,” the news agency reported, citing unnamed Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department sources.
Jiji Press said its sources described the alleged victim as not having sustained any injuries despite her allegations of physical assault by Ono, who denied any memory of the May 20 incident.
Ono has worked for Japan’s Ministry of Finance since 1989, joining the federal institution shortly after graduating from Tokyo University School of Law. The long-serving bureaucrat assumed his final post as Assistant Deputy Minister for Planning and Policy Coordination in July 2021. Ono has been appointed to key positions in the Ministry of Finance, including Director of the Bureau of the budget, during his long career.
“He assumed the post of deputy deputy minister in July last year, taking charge of policy coordination with the Bank of Japan. The position is seen as a stepping stone to the position of vice minister, the highest bureaucratic post in the ministry,” the Japan Today news site noted on Friday.
Japanese Finance Minister Suzuki Shunichi reportedly demoted Ono to an undisclosed position in the ministry’s cabinet secretariat on May 20 after learning of his arrest for assault, according to the Tokyo-based Kyodo news agency. While acknowledging that Japan’s finance ministry was still working to confirm details of the incident, Suzuki told reporters on Friday he found the allegations against Ono “extremely regrettable” before apologizing for the scandal. Suzuki made the remarks to reporters in Germany after attending a Group of Seven (G7) financial meeting on May 20.
“Tokyo police and senior Japanese government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno declined to confirm the arrest, which was widely reported by local media,” Reuters observed on May 20.