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Air Passenger Arrested for Biting

February 19, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Police arrested a man Thursday on charges he bit a fellow passenger on a Japan Airlines flight after the woman refused to give him her phone number.

Jiro Zennyoji, 51, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of inflicting bodily injury.

Zennyoji and the alleged victim were both on a two-hour flight from South Korea to Japan on Oct. 6, police said.

According to police, Zennyoji switched seats to be next to the 33-year-old government employee, then asked for number.

When she refused, he allegedly bit her right arm, causing an injury that took two weeks to heal.

The woman reported her complaint against Zennyoji, owner of a pinball parlor in northwestern Japan, about 10 days after the flight.

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