Head of Japan mothers' group arrested on wife beating claims
TOKYO (AFP) - A man who runs a non-profit organisation promoting motherhood in Japan has been arrested on suspicion of hospitalising his wife by kicking and beating her, police said on Tuesday.
Shinji Morimatsu, 49, the chairman of the Japan Mothers Society, is alleged to have hit his 51-year-old wife around the head and face then kicked her in the chest and abdomen as she lay on the floor on May 26, said a senior official at the Matsuyama Higashi police station in western Japan.
The Japan Mothers Society holds seminars on child-rearing as well as giving out a "Best Mother" award every year, usually to a high-profile actress with children, with its chairman presenting the trophy in a blaze of publicity.
The police spokesman said Morimatsu's wife took a month to recover from her injuries.