Photojournalist Hirokawa apologizes for sex abuse

Photojournalist Hirokawa apologizes for sex abuse

Renowned photojournalist Ryuichi Hirokawa has apologized after a weekly magazine reported that several women claim he sexually abused them.

The Shukan Bunshun weekly says in its latest issue that the women, including those wishing to be photographers, have come forward to accuse him.

Hirokawa issued an apology on the website of "Days Japan," a monthly photo magazine for which he has served as publisher and editor-in-chief.

He said he lacked awareness that his actions had hurt the women and apologized.

The board of Days Japan has dismissed Hirokawa as representative director after questioning him.

Officials say he admitted in part to what the weekly's article said.

The board also posted an apology on the website, saying the journal's long-time publisher and editor-in-chief had harmed the dignity of the women.

Hirokawa gained fame for his coverage of Palestinian refugees, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and the Fukushima nuclear crisis.