#MeToo Movement in Japan: Japanese journalist wins high-profile case
12:00 AM, December 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:05 PM, December 19, 2019

Japanese journalist wins high-profile #MeToo case

A Tokyo court yesterday awarded 3.3 million yen ($30,000) in damages to journalist Shiori Ito, who accused a former TV reporter of rape in one of the most high-profile cases of the #MeToo movement in Japan. The civil case made headlines in Japan and abroad, as it is rare for rape victims to report the crime to the police -- according to a 2017 government survey, only four percent of women come forward. Ito, 30, has become an outspoken symbol for #MeToo in Japan, where the movement against sexual harassment and abuse has struggled to take hold. She had sought 11 million yen ($100,000) in compensation from Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former TV reporter with close links to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 


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