On September 10, Machida station of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested 22-year-old actor Hijiri Shinotani on suspicion of raping a late-teen girl in August this year. According to the police, the suspect chatted up the girl on her way home in the street of Machida-city around 00:00 am, on August 9, and brought her to the building nearby and raped her. The victim also had injuries on both arms that would take one week to heal completely.
After the act the suspect said to her, "I want to date with you. Please contact me," and told her his telephone number and a part of his name. So it was very easy for the police to find out who the rapist was. Shinotani admitted his guilty and said, "I was too drunk to control myself with reason."
He has played many roles in the musical adaptations of the popular Japanese manga/anime series such as; "Musical: The Prince of Tennis" (as Yujirou Kai), "Samurai 7" (as Katsushirou), "Hanasakeru Seishounen" (as Rumaty Ivan Di Raginei), and "Super Musical Saint Seiya" (as Andromeda Shun).