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The Cabinet approved a bill on Tuesday to provide a better support for victims of sex crimes and the bereaved families of murder victims.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 5, 2024
Japan to boost legal aid for crime victims and bereaved families
A new bill is designed to reduce the mental and financial burdens of victims and bereaved families.
Rina Gonoi (center) receives an award from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a ceremony in Washington on Monday, with First Lady Jill Biden standing next to her.
Mar 5, 2024
Rina Gonoi attends White House ceremony for women of courage award
Gonoi received the International Women of Courage Award for leading a public campaign against sexual harassment.
An Israeli soldier patrols near the site of the Hamas attack on a music festival in southern Israel on Oct. 12.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Mar 5, 2024
U.N. finds evidence of sexual violence by Hamas since Oct. 7
A separate report by the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel concluded that the sexual violence committed by Hamas was systematic and deliberate.
A young woman (Atsuko Maeda, right) reveals a traumatic event from her past to a one-night stand (Ryota Bando) in “Voice.”
Feb 29, 2024
‘Voice’: Raw performances knit together moving omnibus
Yukiko Mishima’s film consisting of three standalone segments powerfully speaks to the emotional wounds of trauma.
Ayuko Kato, minister in charge of policies related to children, speaks during a Lower House budget committee session on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 28, 2024
Japan outlines bill for sex crime record checks by schools
Sex crime records would be checked for people applying to work and also for those who are already working.
Film director Hideo Sakaki leaves the Akasaka Police Station in Tokyo on Wednesday as police take him to prosecutors.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 21, 2024
Film director Hideo Sakaki held on suspicion of sexual assault
While allegations of sexual abuse were made against Sakaki as far back as March 2022, this is the first time that the director has been taken into custody.
Junya Ito's lawyers speak to reporters on Monday in the city of Osaka.
Feb 19, 2024
Junya Ito files lawsuit seeking ¥202 million from women accusing him of sexual assault
Soccer player Junya Ito filed a lawsuit with the Osaka District Court on Monday seeking about ¥202 million in compensation from two women who alleged the winger and his trainer sexually assaulted them last year.
Hiroshima Chuo Police Station
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 18, 2024
Detained police officer kills himself amid rape accusations
The officer, who was on suicide watch, had been indicted for raping three women and accused by two others.
Members of the LGBTQ community and supporters celebrate in front of the Greek parliament, after a vote in favor of a bill that approved allowing same-sex civil marriages, in Athens on Thursday.
WORLD / Society
Feb 16, 2024
Greece among first Orthodox Christian countries to legalize same sex marriage
While the ruling party abstained or voted against the bill, it gained support from the opposition in a rare show of cross-party unity despite tense debate.
Stella Belia (right), a member of the Rainbow Families of Greece, an organization which focuses on LGBTQ parents, poses for a portrait with her son, Yannis, in Athens, on Jan. 30. Greek lawmakers are set approve a historic bill legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption this week, having previously been condemned for anti-gay discrimination by the European Court of Human Rights in 2013, after gay couples were excluded from a prior civil unions law in 2008.
WORLD / Society
Feb 14, 2024
No longer invisible, Greek same-sex couples await landmark law
The issue is a strong taboo for a large part of Greek society — and for the powerful Orthodox Church of Greece.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito has been accused of sexual assault by two women. Ito's laywer says he has denied the claims.
Feb 2, 2024
Junya Ito again out of Japan squad amid sexual assault allegations
The Japan Football Association had initially said Thursday the player was leaving but then backtracked on that decision later in the day.
Building off her own experiences, “Voice” director Yukiko Mishima considers the effects of sexual assault and how the survivors and those around them continue with their lives.
Feb 2, 2024
‘Voice’ examines the reverberations of trauma
Yukiko Mishima’s film draws from the director's own experience to shed light on life after experiencing assault.
Japan midfielder Junya Ito in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Sept. 9. Police have said that an investigation has been launched into claims of sexual assault involving the soccer player, allegations he denies.
Feb 1, 2024
Ito leaves Japan soccer team after sexual assault claims
Two women claimed Ito sexually assaulted them last year, but the player's lawyer said he has denied their claims
Japan's Junya Ito, seen during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, is accused of involving himself in a sexual act with two women without their consent last year.
Feb 1, 2024
Japan midfielder Junya Ito accused of sexual assault
Police are probing the allegation, according to a major publisher's news website and an investigative source.
E. Jean Carroll and her attorneys Shawn Crowley and Roberta Kaplan react outside the Manhattan Federal Court, after the verdict in the second civil trial was reached after she accused former U.S. President Donald Trump of raping her decades ago, in New York on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 27, 2024
Jury orders Trump to pay $83 million for sex assault defamation
Writer E. Jean Carroll said the former president had destroyed her reputation as a trustworthy journalist by denying he raped her.
According to Hitoshi Matsumoto’s lawyer, he is suing Bungei Shunju, the publisher of the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine over an article that was published in the magazine and online on Dec. 27.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 23, 2024
Comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto sues publisher over sexual assault article
The Downtown member is suing Bungei Shunju, the publisher of the Shukan Bunshun weekly magazine, for defamation.
A woman who filed a suit claiming damages against her father but had her claim dismissed by the Hiroshima High Court in November has said she felt like she was being accused of making a complaint only when time had run out.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Jan 22, 2024
Passage of time gets in the way for victims of child sexual abuse
The woman, in her 40s, deemed it unfair that the perpetrator gets away scot-free because of the statute of limitation.
Journalist Shiori Ito sheds a tear as she speaks to reporters outside the Tokyo district court on Dec. 18, 2019, after hearing the ruling on a damages lawsuit by her, accusing a former TV reporter of rape.
Jan 21, 2024
Japanese journalist brings lonely #MeToo battle to Sundance
Shiori Ito's fight for justice is the subject of "Black Box Diaries," a documentary she herself directed.
The Supreme Court is considering reviewing a high court judgment that the same-sex partner of a murder victim is ineligible for survivor benefits.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 18, 2024
Supreme Court may review judgement against benefits for same-sex partner
The review would mark the first time the Supreme Court makes a decision regarding the issue of public benefits for a same-sex partner.
Shimon Ishimaru, the deputy leader of a group of Johnny Kitagawa's sexual abuse victims, said dozens had come to the group for advice after being denied compensation.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 17, 2024
Johnny's abuse victims seek transparency on compensation criteria
Many are unable to prove past affiliations with the agency, with some alleging that the wrongdoings occurred before the signing of contracts.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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