Black People Politics : Saying #MeToo in Japan

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Saying #MeToo in Japan

When it comes to sexual assault and harassment in Japan, a culture of silence prevails.
By SHIORI ITO 1/2/18, 4:15 AM CET Updated 1/4/18, 5:22 PM CET

TOKYO — In late May, at a press conference in the Tokyo District Court, I went public about being raped.


In Japan, it’s unthinkable for a woman to do this, but I didn’t feel brave — only that I had no other choice.

On April 4, 2015, as I regained consciousness in a Tokyo hotel room, I was raped by Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former Washington, D.C. bureau chief for the Tokyo Broadcasting System and a journalist with close ties to Prime Minister Shinzō Abe.


 

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