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Wakayama police arrest Italian male suspected in series of kissing incidents

The JR Kisei Hon Line in Wakayama
The JR Kisei Hon Line in Wakayama
WAKAYAMA (TR) – Wakayama Prefectural Police on Wednesday arrested an Italian male after he allegedly kissed a woman with whom he was unacquainted inside a train in Gobo City. The suspect is believed to have also been involved in a series of similar incidents, reports the Asahi Shimbun (March 6).

At 5:48 p.m., Vincenzo DeMaio, 40, kissed the hand of a 21-year-old woman seated inside a train car on the JR Kisei Hon Line between Iwashiro and Minabe stations.

DeMaio, who has been charged with violating a public nuisance ordinance regarding obscene acts, has reportedly admitted to the allegations. “There is no question that I kissed her,” the suspect is quoted by officers from the Gobo Police Station. “I did not know that (such an act) was in violation of the law in Japan.”

According to Sankei Sports (March 6), police had been on alert around Gobo after receiving a number of reports about a foreigner who had been kissing young women.