Serial hair-snipper Hair today, gone tomorrow: serial snipper strikes Japan

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Japanese police are investigating dozens of cases where women had their hair or skirts cut while travelling on a packed commuter train play

Japanese police are investigating dozens of cases where women had their hair or skirts cut while travelling on a packed commuter train

(AFP/File)

A suspected serial hair-snipper has been arrested in Japan after being accused of stealing tresses from unsuspecting women on rush-hour trains.

Police charged the 23-year-old graduate student with assault on Monday after he admitted cutting the hair of a woman on a packed morning train in Nagoya, a city west of Tokyo.

Akiya Yoshida is also being investigated for possible involvement in about 30 other cases over the past several years.

Yoshida said he had planned on selling his ill-gotten merchandise online, according to the top-selling Yomiuri newspaper.

In the latest case Yoshida is suspected of cutting his 40-year-old victim's hair with scissors.

The woman did not notice she had lost about 35 centimetres (14 inches) of hair because the train was packed with commuters, media said.

Local police reportedly stepped up their patrols earlier this year after receiving complaints from other women whose hair or skirts had been cut on area trains.

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