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Abe’s biographer raped junior colleague Shiori Ito in Japan’s #MeToo case THE TIMES


A Japanese court ruled that a senior journalist close to Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, raped a young female colleague, although no criminal charges have ever been brought against him.

The judges awarded ¥3.3 million (£23,000) to Shiori Ito, 30, a journalist and film-maker who reported in 2015 that she had been raped by Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a prominent television reporter and biographer of Mr Abe.

Ms Ito’s refusal to abandon the case, even after prosecutors inexplicably dropped a criminal investigation, represents a rare challenge to a system in which female victims often complain that they are ignored and discriminated against. It is Japan’s most prominent manifestation of the worldwide #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.

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