Japan #MeToo: Journalist Awarded USD30,000 in Rape Case

Shiori Ito holds a banner reading "victory" outside the Tokyo District Court. Image: Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A Japanese court on Wednesday ordered a former television political reporter to pay 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito in a high-profile rape case in a country where few victims report sexual assaults.

The Tokyo District Court recognized that Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a 53-year-old former Washington bureau chief for Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc., known as TBS, “had sexual intercourse without consent with Ito, who was in state of intoxication and unconscious.”

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