Tokyo, Sep 21 (Jiji Press) — Former Eneos Holdings Inc. chairman Tsutomu Sugimori’s resignation was over the issue of his sexual assault, the company said on Wednesday, admitting a magazine report weekly.
In a statement released the same day, Japan’s major oil distributor said, “It is extremely regrettable that (Sugimori) has committed an act against respect for human rights and compliance.”
After being contacted by an attorney for the woman sexually abused by Sugimori, the company conducted an internal investigation and confirmed the facts of the case. Later, in early August, the company advised Sugimori to step down as chairman.
On August 12, Eneos announced that Sugimori had quit for personal reasons.
According to a report on the magazine’s online edition, Shukan Shincho, on Wednesday, Sugimori sexually assaulted a female catering worker in Naha, the capital of southern Japan’s Okinawa prefecture, in July. .
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