The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Junichiro Tanaka, a 40-year-old desk editor of Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits magazine on suspicion of molesting a high school girl at Roppongi Hills in Minato-ku, Tokyo, this month. He chatted up the girl in a Roppongi Hills building and touched her body from behind. The police made a drawing of the suspect based on her testimony. After checking the security camera footage, the police found Tanaka. He admitted his guilt of touching her body.
According to the profile on Tanaka's Twitter account (@Jirvana), he has been working on Shogakukan's various weekly manga magazines such as Shonen Sunday, Young Sunday, and Big Comic Spirits for 16 years. The total sales of the manga titles that he had worked on as editor is over 16 million copies so far. The works include:
"DynamaIto!" by Pero Sugimoto (on Shonen Sunday 1999-2003)
"The Law of Ueki" by Tsubasa Fukuchi (on Shonen Sunday 2001-2004)
"Kurosagi" by Takeshi Natsuhara (story) and Kuromaru (art) (on Young Sunday, Big Comic Spirits 2003-)
"Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit" by Motoro Mase (on Young Sunday, Big Comic Spirits 2005-2012)
Shogakukan commented, "We took the news that our employee got arrested very seriously. We will
confirm the details as soon as possible and will take strict action." The future of the on-going series
including Kurosagi is unknown.
Source: Asahi Shimbun
Big Comic Spirits cover © Shogakukan