Tag - sex



The Metropolitan Police Department and other police departments across Japan are increasingly using a kit to test for date rape-drugs.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 9, 2023
Japanese police increasingly using date-rape drug testing kit
The kit can detect in a matter of minutes whether a date rape drug has been used on someone.
Hiroshima police arrested a senior police officer on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman he met via a dating app.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 8, 2023
Hiroshima police officer arrested on suspicion of sexual assault
The police arrested 58-year-old Koichi Iwamoto, who claims to live in the city of Hiroshima, on charges of nonconsensual sex and coercion.
In a new program called Lantern, big tech companies will share signals of activity that violate their policies on child exploitation.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 8, 2023
Tech giants pool efforts to fight online child sex abuse
Child victims of abuse online are a hot-button issue for regulators and tech firms are eager to show they are taking adequate measures to protect them.
Vehicles and pedestrians by the intersection of Burgos and Real streets in Tacloban city, Leyte province, the Philippines, on Oct. 12.
Nov 6, 2023
Sex trafficking plagues Philippine city where typhoon wrought havoc
Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people and displaced millions, triggered a humanitarian crisis that provided fertile ground for traffickers.
DJ Soda
Nov 3, 2023
South Korea's DJ Soda drops case over groping at Japan event
The disc jockey agreed to a settlement without monetary compensation as she felt the alleged gropers had expressed remorse.
The civil case centers on whether a foreign national in a same-sex partnership with a Japanese citizen should be granted “long-term resident status,” which allows residency for up to five years in Japan.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 2, 2023
Tokyo High Court rejects same-sex couple's residence status lawsuit
The civil case centers on whether a foreign national in a same-sex partnership with a Japanese citizen should be granted “long-term resident status.”
The words of encouragement that star player Shohei Ohtani gave his teammates before their final game against the United States during the World Baseball Classic in March were among those nominated on Thursday to be the buzzwords of the year.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 2, 2023
Japan's 2023 buzzwords reflect light and dark sides of the year
From the year's scandals to its champions, the annual list of buzzword candidates highlights the nation's hope, fears and diversions.
Maritime Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Ryo Sakai speaks during a news conference Tuesday at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 31, 2023
Defense chief condemns ‘outrageous’ response in SDF harassment case
A male perpetrator of sexual assault was forced to apologize directly to the female victim despite her wishes not to see him.
Former President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales says he will use his right to appeal a three-year ban on all soccer-related activities.
Oct 31, 2023
Spain's ex-FA chief Rubiales gets three-year ban over kiss scandal
Rubiales said he will use his right to appeal, accusing FIFA of not giving him the chance to defend himself.
Rina Gonoi, who made the rare move of coming forward over alleged sexual offenses she suffered while serving as a Ground Self-Defense Forces member, speaks to reporters outside the Fukushima District Court on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 30, 2023
Two years sought for three ex-SDF members in major sex crime case
The case has gained wide public attention as the victim, Rina Gonoi, made the rare move of coming forward over the alleged sexual offenses.
Plaintiffs, lawyers and supporters march to the Tokyo District Court on Nov. 30, the same day the court ruled that Japan’s lack of legal protections for same-sex couples is unconstitutional.
Oct 27, 2023
Japan's 'failed' same-sex marriage lawsuits can still propel reform
Even unsuccessful cases challenging Japan’s failure to recognize same-sex marriage have gotten courts to acknowledge a constitutional problem.
Rina Gonoi, clad in a judo outfit, attends an event in New York on Tuesday to mark her selection by Time magazine as one of this year's 100 emerging world leaders.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 25, 2023
At event, abused former-GSDF member says speaking out is crucial
The complaint by Rina Gonoi led the Defense Ministry to dismiss five male GSDF members and increase its efforts to address harassment.
A photo of Henry Li and his husband, Edgar Ng, hangs on a wall in their apartment at Ma On Shan in Hong Kong.
Oct 25, 2023
Hope and heartbreak after Hong Kong court decision on LGBTQ partnerships
The LGBTQ community has seen incremental legal victories, but same-sex marriage remains out of reach.
A sign at a Johnny & Associates store in the city of Osaka is peeled off late Monday after the shop closed.
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Oct 17, 2023
With new name for Johnny's, focus shifts to victim compensation
The talent agency will face challenges in identifying those eligible for compensation due to the sheer number of victims of abuse by Johnny Kitagawa.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks at a government meeting to discuss measures against sexual abuse against children, on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Kishida seeks steps to protect children from sexual abuse
"The environment surrounding the safety and security of children has been threatened. The government needs to act quickly," the prime minister said.
Ground Self-Defense Force members take part in a military review in Asaka, Saitama Prefecture, in October 2018.
Oct 15, 2023
'Not proud at all': Japan struggles to recruit for Self-Defense Forces
Experts have said that the country's armed forces could be weakened because of a lack of personnel.
Over 20% of actors, stunt performers, voice actors and announcers in Japan said between October and December last year that they had experienced sexual harassment, according to a government white paper released on Friday.
Oct 13, 2023
Over 20% of actors in Japan say they've been sexually harassed
Over 20% of actors, stunt performers, voice actors and announcers in Japan said between October and December last year that they had experienced sexual harassment, a government white paper showed Friday.
Johnny & Associates President Noriyuki Higashiyama (right) speaks during a news conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Oct. 2.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 11, 2023
Johnny's denies that it was involved in reporter blacklisting
The agency responded to the backlash that arose over a journalist blacklist for a news conference addressing sexual abuse allegations by its late founder.
NHK's building in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, where sexual abuse by Johnny Kitagawa reportedly took place
Oct 10, 2023
Johnny’s founder accused of sexually abusing teen in NHK bathroom
The man, who was a high school student at the time, said that he was assaulted in the fall of 2002 when he attended a dance lesson.
Yotsuya Otsuka cram school head office in Nakano Ward, Tokyo
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / FOCUS
Oct 6, 2023
Cram school teacher arrests ignite child safety debate
Two cram school teachers in Tokyo were arrested for allegedly taking photos of a female student's underwear and sharing them on a group chat.


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.
Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?