Court Hands Suspended Sentence to Mangaka Tatsuya Matsuki

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There has been an update in the ongoing Tatsuya Matsuki Case, on Nov. 24th, the Defense was asking for a suspended sentence and arguing that he has been punished enough by society such as the cancellation of the Act-Age Manga Series. Now, according to the Kyōdō Tsūshin, the Tokyo District Court has handed Matsuki a guilty verdict and sentenced to one year and six months in prison, but the sentence is suspended for three years. (If Matsuki remains in good behavior for three years, he will not serve time in prison.)

On June 18th, 2020 NHK reported that according to the Police, at 8 pm that evening the suspect approached the girl from behind while on a bicycle and touched her inappropriately. The suspect fled the scene on a bicycle, later the girl went to the Police and the Police examined the Security Camera footage, an hour later, a similar incident happened to another girl and the suspect matched Matsuki’s description. With the arrest of Tatsuya Matsuki, Shueisha Inc and Shonen Jump stated on Twitter and Manga Plus. The final chapter of this series will not be published on Shueisha’s Platform. Matsuki was arrested on August 8th, 2020, and since then the Act-Age Manga, Stage-Play has been canceled. For more on the Matsuki arrest, the cancelations, and the suspension of Act-Age Volume Sale, click here to read past articles leading up to the recent court appearance.

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