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Male impersonator fined ¥2 million

Kyodo

The Kobe District Court on Monday ordered a woman to pay ¥2 million in damages to another woman for inflicting emotional distress by maintaining a three-year relationship posing as a man.

Judge Hideko Takemiya ruled the defendant’s action “violated the plaintiff’s personal rights.”

The 40-year-old defendant in the city of Kobe lived with the 42-year-old plaintiff, who sought ¥3 million in damages. The defendant refused to show her body, saying she had an “abnormality.”

The court also recognized that after getting engaged, the defendant made the plaintiff work at a bar for a year and a half for only ¥490,000 and assaulted her.

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