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Manga Writer Arrested For Alleged Sexual Assault, Manga Pulled From Publication

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Tatsuya Matsuki, the scribe behind manga Act-Age, has been arrested for alleged sexual assault against a middle-school girl in Tokyo.

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According to Sankei (via Tokyo Reporter), the 29-year-old groped the girl on her way home from cram school. She contacted the police, who checked the local security camera footage. Matsuki then became a person of interest.

About an hour after this sexual assault, there was another similar incident nearby an hour later, which police are also currently investigating.

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Matsuki has “generally” confessed to the first incident, according to the authorities.

Act-Age, which is illustrated by Shiro Usazaki, debuted in 2018 in Weekly Shonen Jump. In light of Matsuki’s arrest, publisher Shueisha has decided to end the publication of Act-Age. The publisher made this decision after discussions with Usazaki and will work to support her as she produces new work.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

it’s kinda heartening to see a girl daring to report this (in a country where you are mostly supposed to shut up and not make a scene if you’re groped) and it leading to some actual consequences.