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Japanese Diplomat Faces Domestic Violence Charges

Yoshiaki NagayaA  Japanese diplomat based in San Francisco has been charged with domestic violence/spousal abuse. He stands accused of:

  • Stabbing his 27 year old wife with a screwdriver
  • Pushing her from a moving car
  • Hitting her with a ceramic coffee mug
  • Knocking out one of her teeth
  • Stomping on her

The couple has been married for 18 months. The diplomat, Yoshiaki Nagaya, is a 32-year-old vice consul for the Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco.

Nagaya has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is NOT eligible for diplomatic immunity because of the severity of the allegations against him. He was charged in San Mateo Superior Court with 13 counts of felony battery with intent to cause bodily injury and three counts of assault.

The last attack, which left Nagaya's wife with cuts on her face and elbows, occurred on March 30 and led her to go to the police, according to investigators. She had photographed her injuries.

Nagaya, who was arrested in early May, for now fully retains his position as vice consul at the Japanese consulate, Deputy Consul General Michio Harada said.

Nagaya, who lives in  San Bruno, faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges. The judge in the case issued an order blocking Nagaya from directly seeing or contacting his wife, who remains in the United States.  He is free on bail.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)