Stun Gun, Tear Gas Spray Seized From Home of Polygamous Man

TOKYO, Jan. 27–(Kyodo) _ Police on Friday seized a stun gun and tear gas spray from the home of a 57-year-old man who was living with 11 women and a baby in Tokyo, a day after he was arrested for allegedly threatening a 20-year-old woman demanding that she lives with him as well.

The police said the mother of one woman came to the home of Hirohito Shibuya in Higashiyamato in western Tokyo in around 2000 to try to bring home her daughter who was living in the group, and Shibuya allegedly sprayed the mother with tear gas.

The police suspect Shibuya also used the stun gun and the spray to prevent the women living in the group from leaving.

Shibuya was arrested on suspicion of threatening the 20-year old woman in an attempt to force her to join the group.

Shibuya allegedly told the woman on Oct. 20 last year that she might be injured or killed if she refused to live with them, according to the police.

He also allegedly told the woman, “I am a former senior officer of the Self-Defense Forces, and there are some secret agents around me,” and, “If you leave here, you will be minced.”

He has denied threatening the woman.

Shibuya started living with several women after divorcing his wife in October 1999, and has had several marriages and divorces with nine women, aged 20-49 when the marriages or divorces occurred, according to sources close to him.

Most of the divorced women still live with him under his family name.

The police have confiscated several books on hypnosis and murder from Shibuya’s home.

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Kyodo News Service, Japan
Jan. 26, 2006

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