NHK has reported that act-age story creator Tatsuya Matsuki (who is 29 years old) was arrested on suspicion of committing an indecent act with a female middle school student.
The report states that according to police, the girl was walking in the Nakano ward of Tokyo on June 18, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. when the suspect approached the girl from behind and touched her inappropriately. Afterward, the suspect fled the scene. The girl went to police, who analyzed security camera footage to investigate. Police discovered through security footage that about an hour later, a similar incident on a nearby road with a different female middle school student occurred, involving a suspect who resembled Matsuki.
According to police, Matsuki told police “there’s generally nothing incorrect” with their accusations.
The editors of Weekly Shonen Jump have stated in an online message that they take the news reports about Matsuki seriously. The editors added that once they have confirmed the facts about the allegations, they will deal with the matter appropriately.
Matsuki and artist Shiro Usazaki launched the act-age manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in January 2018, and the manga is ongoing.