Newspaper worker arrested for suspected assault on taxi drivers

Okinawa Police arrested an Okinawa Times circulation center employee, 51-year-old Kenichi Nakamura, for questioning on suspicion of assaulting two taxi drivers in Okinawa City.

According to investigators, when questioned Nakamura admitted that he had a verbal exchange with the taxi drivers. “We did get in to an argument, but I did not assault them,” Nakamura reportedly told investigators.

According to police, Nakamura had gotten into a taxi, Feb. 1st, around 3 a.m. in Uechi, Okinawa City, and for some reason grabbed the driver by the collar. He then took another taxi and rode to Takahara, Okinawa Cit, where he started to hit the driver on the shoulders and chest, slightly injuring the driver.

Nakamura admitted that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time.