Fortune-teller hit with new charges for trying to force woman to join his harem

A fortune-teller under arrest for threatening a woman who refused to join his harem was hit Wednesday with a new arrest warrant accusing him of attempting to force another woman to live with him, Tokyo police said.

Hirohito Shibuya, 58, a self-proclaimed fortune-teller from Higashiyamato, western Tokyo, is accused of attempted compulsion. His former wife, 26-year-old Chiaki Shibuya, was also arrested over her alleged role in the case.

Shibuya admitted to the allegations while his former wife, who still lived with him, denied that she played a part in the incident, local police said.

The two ordered a 26-year-old woman from Tokyo to live with them at their home in Higashiyamato in late August last year, according to investigators.

“You’ll die in a week. You’ll get killed unless you follow my instructions. If you live here, your life will be saved,” Shibuya was quoted as telling her.

Chiaki is accused of soliciting the victim to come to their home by offering to introduce a fortune-teller to her.

Chiaki married Shibuya in December 2003 but divorced him only 10 days later. However, she continued to live with him.

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Mainichi Daily News, Japan
Mar. 1, 2006

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