Shinji Morimatsu, head of a non-profit organization promoting motherhood in Japan, has been arrested by the police for allegedly kicking and beating his wife, causing her to be hospitalized. The 49-year-old chairman of the Japan Mothers Society allegedly hit his 51-year-old wife in the head and face, then kicking her in the chest and abdomen, resulting in her hospitalization on May 26 last year, this according to a senior official of the Matsuyama Higashi police station, in Ehime Prefecture on Tuesday.
The senior official said that Morimatsu’s wife took around a month to recover from her injuries. “His wife reported the incident after she went to hospital on the day, and we tried to persuade her to file an official complaint,” he said. When the police asked her if she wanted to file charges, she initially asked to think about the issue more. “In July she decided to file the report, so we started the investigation,” the spokesman added.
Ironically, the Japan Mothers Society is a group that honors mothers in Japan, holding seminars on child-rearing as well as giving out a “Best Mother” award every year. Usually a high-profile actress will be in one of these events, with the chairman presenting the trophy to honor the mother. Morimatsu’s wife hinted that there may have been previous incidents of domestic violence, the police spokesman said. The police are now assigning officers to investigate these allegations. Morimatsu, arrested on Monday, admitted that he and his wife had an argument, but insisted there had been no violence.