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Student held in Japan for serial snipping of women’s hair on rush-hour trains

The man admitted to snipping hair of one woman who was travelling on a Japan rush-hour train.

world Updated: Dec 06, 2016 17:13 IST
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The man admitted to snipping hair of one woman who was travelling on a Japan rush-hour train.
The man admitted to snipping hair of one woman who was travelling on a Japan rush-hour train.(Shutterstock)
         

A suspected serial hair-snipper accused of stealing tresses from unsuspecting women on rush-hour trains has been arrested in Japan.

Police charged the 23-year-old graduate student with assault on Monday after he admitted cutting the hair of a woman on a packed morning train in Nagoya, a city west of Tokyo.

Akiya Yoshida is also being investigated for possible involvement in about 30 other cases over the past several years.

Yoshida said he had planned on selling his ill-gotten merchandise online, according to the top-selling Yomiuri newspaper.

In the latest case Yoshida is suspected of cutting his 40-year-old victim’s hair with scissors.

The woman did not notice she had lost about 35cm of hair because the train was packed with commuters, media said.

Local police reportedly stepped up their patrols earlier this year after receiving complaints from other women whose hair or skirts had been cut on area trains.

First Published: Dec 06, 2016 17:12 IST

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