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Writer Sugano referred to prosecutors over sex allegation

Tamotsu Sugano (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Best-selling nonfiction writer Tamotsu Sugano was referred to prosecutors earlier this month for allegedly attempting to have sex with a woman in 2012 without her consent, police said Wednesday.

    Sugano, 44, is the author of the bestseller "Nippon Kaigi no Kenkyu" (A Study on the Japan Conference) published in 2016, which sheds light on the conservative lobby and its influence on the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    According to investigative papers sent to prosecutors on May 14, Sugano is suspected of having pushed the woman onto a bed and trying to kiss her at an apartment in Tokyo on July 9, 2012.

    The police say he has basically admitted to the allegations.

    The woman in her 40s filed a damages suit claiming he had sexually assaulted her, and the Tokyo District Court ordered Sugano to pay her 1.1 million yen ($9,950) in August 2017. The writer appealed the ruling, but the Tokyo High Court dismissed it in February 2018.

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