Tosaka, who spent much of his career with public broadcaster NHK, was scheduled to become the main presenter on Fuji’s “Prime News” show, starting in April. But a story in the Jan. 25 issue of Shukan Bunshun weekly tabloid alleged that Tosaka had harassed a young female staffer during a drinking session with colleagues in Sapporo in June 2011. According to the magazine, Tosaka followed the staffer in the bathroom of a karaoke club and sexually molested her.
Fuji TV later confirmed that it would not be engaging Tosaka for “Prime News.” It has not yet announced a replacement for Tosaka.
Tosaka’s lawyer told the media: “We are refraining from comments concerning acts of a sexual nature.” The woman mentioned in the article has not made a public comment.
Tosaka joined NHK in 1997 and worked at various announcing jobs, before resigning earlier this month to go freelance.