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Itoman lawmaker accuses Assemblyman of assault

Date Posted: 2007-04-06

An opposition politician on the Itoman City Assembly is accusing a fellow lawmaker of assaulting him following a meeting a week ago.

Shigeru Uehara claims in a report filed with police “I was hit by Kazunobu Tamaki.” Tamaki, who also serves on the City Assembly, denies the charges. Police are now sifting through statements trying to figure out who’s telling the truth.

Uehara says he was confronted in the hallway outside the meeting room about 9pm last Thursday, and that Tamaki “grabbed my shirt and chest and hit my throat.” Uehara says he went to the doctor, where he was told there was a neck injury requiring a week to heal. “I don’t know why” it happened, he says. “We didn’t even quarrel.”

“Why should I hit him?” asks Tamaki, who has told police the whole incident is false. “Maybe we should press him (Uehara) for an explanation, because there never was any violence at all.” The two men are at odds on if anything happened, and Tamaki has told police “he is lying. I didn’t beat him.”
Tamaki is now demanding police investigate further, telling them “I am ready to support a full investigation.”

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