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Waseda University professor fired for sexually harassing former grad student

In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo, the Waseda University' Okuma Auditorium is seen in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Waseda University fired a professor and well-known literary critic for sexually harassing a 27-year-old former graduate student on July 27.

Naomi Watanabe, 66, will be paid his retirement allowance, but is being advised to give up the money.

According to the university, the female student was asked out to dinner by Watanabe after enrolling in Waseda University's Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences' modern creative writing course to study composition. Watanabe made sexually discriminatory comments such as, "I'm gonna treat you as a woman after you graduate," and, "I am gonna make you my woman." He even ordered her to change her clothes that had gotten wet from rain during a class and said, "I wonder what I would do if you were naked," in front of other students.

Watanabe admitted to the allegations and said that he will "reflect" on his behavior.

The university set up an investigative committee in response to the student's official complaint filed this June. Investigation is still on-going, as the student also claims she received "secondary" harassment when she tried to consult another professor about Watanabe, but was all but ignored.

(Japanese original by Kayo Mukuda, Lifestyle News Department)

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