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Nishinomiya mayor to apologize for telling reporter, 'I'll kill you'

Nishinomiya Mayor Takeshi Imamura speaks during a news conference at the municipal government office in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Jan. 5, 2018. (Mainichi)

NISHINOMIYA, Hyogo -- Nishinomiya Mayor Takeshi Imamura held an emergency news conference here on Jan. 5 to say he wanted to apologize for saying "I'll kill you" to a Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reporter the previous day.

Imamura, 45, apparently shouted the phrase at the reporter when the latter asked questions after a ceremony for senior municipal staff to mark the start of the new year. At the Jan. 5 news conference, Imamura stated, "I wish to express my apologies to the reporter," though he also said he has no intention of resigning.

"The reporter came to my house on the first day of the year-end and new year period holiday. I told him I had no intention of answering questions, and I protested to the newspaper company that the reporter had come onto my private property," Imamura explained. He added that when the reporter approached him after the New Year's ceremony, "I thought it was to apologize, so when he started to say he wanted my opinion on something, I lost my temper and used abusive language."

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