Tag - sexual-harassment



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.
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.
Montse Tome, the new coach of Spain's women's soccer team, speaks at a news conference in Las Rozas, Spain, on Monday.
Sep 19, 2023
Spain's women's players say their boycott remains, deepening crisis
Should they refuse the call-up, the players could face sanctions including fines of up to $32,000 and the suspension of their federation licence.
Luis Rubiales, seen after the Women's World Cup final, stepped down as head of the Spanish soccer federation on Sunday.
Sep 11, 2023
Luis Rubiales steps down amid scandal over unsolicited kiss
Rubiales announced his resignation in a statement in which he said his position had become untenable.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said that Luis Rubiales' kiss on the mouth of Spanish women's soccer star Jenni Hermoso "should never have happened."
Sep 1, 2023
FIFA's Gianni Infantino breaks silence on kiss at Women's World Cup
"The well-deserved celebrations for these magnificent champions were spoiled by what happened after the final whistle," Infantino wrote on Instagram.
President of the Royal Spanish Football Federation Luis Rubiales announces he will not quit after his kiss on the lips of a star player sparked outrage.
Aug 27, 2023
FIFA suspends Spanish soccer chief over World Cup kiss
The outrage began after Rubiales celebrated Spain’s victory by kissing Jennifer Hermoso on the lips.
South Korean performer DJ Soda
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 24, 2023
Woman questioned by police in DJ Soda groping case
The woman admitted to touching and kissing the South Korean performer during her appearance at a music festival in Japan, investigative sources said.
Jenni Hermoso celebrates with Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales after Spain's victory in the World Cup final on Sunday.
SOCCER / Women's World cup
Aug 22, 2023
Spanish soccer boss apologizes for kissing World Cup star
Luis Rubiales planted the kiss on Jenni Hermoso after she collected her medal following the final in Sydney, provoking outrage in Spain.
Rakuyo Otsuki (center), CEO of event firm TryHard Japan, during a news conference in Osaka on Monday
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 21, 2023
Festival organizer files criminal complaint over DJ Soda groping
TryHard Japan filed the report to the police against two men and a woman over their alleged groping of the DJ’s breast and hugging of her without consent.
Former Ground Self-Defense Force member Rina Gonoi speaks to reporters in Yokohama in July after exchanging opinions with members of an expert panel set up by the Defense Ministry.
Aug 18, 2023
SDF's harassment consultation system seeing limited use
A survey found that many SDF personnel are distrustful of the consultation system.
Photo taken from DJ Soda's Instagram shows her during a visit to Osaka.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 15, 2023
South Korean DJ 'shocked and scared' after groping at Japan event
DJ Soda, who has more than 5 million Instagram followers, took to social media platforms to slam the unidentified individuals involved.
Miss Indonesia Sonia Fergina Citra (left) and other contestants at the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok in December 2018.
Aug 13, 2023
Miss Universe cuts ties with Indonesia organizer accused of sexual harassment
Six Miss Universe Indonesia contestants filed complaints with police accusing organizers of sexual harassment.
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2023
Record number of government employees file workplace complaints
Among the consultations and complaints, harassment topped the list, followed by problems related to working hours and other workplace issues.
Japan Times
Jul 13, 2023
Taiwan’s #MeToo scandals push Tsai to revamp law before election
With over 200 people already implicated, the DPP is expected to greenlight tougher measures against sexual harassment.
Japan Times
Apr 12, 2023
Former teen idol alleges sexual abuse by boy-band mogul Johnny Kitagawa
The artist is one of the first to publicly address Kitagawa's long-alleged sexual abuse, saying he was molested '15 to 20' times while with the agency starting when he was 15 years old.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Apr 10, 2023
Harassment of women in politics is rampant in Kyushu, survey finds
The text-based survey found that more than half of the 145 female members of prefectural and municipal assemblies surveyed had experienced some form of harassment in their work.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2023
Political boys club stains the reputation of Japan's winter wonderland
Councilor Umeko Saito says she has been inappropriately touched by a councilman and has been intimidated by male colleagues during her time serving in the local assembly in Niseko, Hokkaido.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 17, 2023
Three ex-SDF members reportedly charged over sexual abuse
Former soldier Rina Gonoi, 23, went public about the alleged assaults last year, after an investigation into her claims was dropped on the grounds of insufficient evidence.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2023
Japan OKs bill to reform sexual offense charge and raise age of consent
Among other things, the bill will make upskirting and producing images of genitalia without consent crimes punishable under the Penal Code.


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