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Ex-IBM chief quizzed over upskirt filming

Tokyo -

A former president of IBM Japan has been questioned by police after allegedly filming up the skirt of an unsuspecting woman in a train station, local media reported on Thursday.

IBM logo. Credit: AFP

Takuma Otoshi, 63, used his iPod to take the illicit footage as the woman rode an escalator at a busy Tokyo station, Japan's biggest-selling Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

Passers-by saw what he was doing and reported him to police officers who found the recording, the papers said, adding Otoshi had told officers he was “interested in voyeurism”, according to investigators.

Broadcaster NTV said the case would be sent to prosecutors “soon”.

Otoshi was president of the Japanese unit of the US giant from December 1999 to January 2009. For around the last nine months of his term he was also chairman, a position he continued to hold until May 2012, when he became the most senior adviser to the firm, according to IBM Japan's website.

A company spokesman Thursday said he had resigned from that post. He gave no details about the resignation and said the company had no comment on the media stories.

Police in Tokyo refused to confirm the allegations.

Reports of often middle-aged men using their mobile phones and other hand-held devices to take illicit pictures or video footage of women in public are regular features in Japanese newspapers.

The Yomiuri this week reported that a 27-year-old assistant judge from Osaka had been arrested on suspicion of committing a similar act. - Sapa-AFP

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