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Breaking Taboos A Rape Case Finally Has Japan Talking about Sexual Assault

The journalist Shiori Ito woke up in a hotel room naked and with no memory of what had happened. She is suing the man who brought her there and allegedly sexually assaulted her. It is a case that has divided Japan. On Wednesday, she won.
Japanese journalist Shiori Ito

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito

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Noriyuki Yamaguchi is a well-known journalist in Japan. Shiori Ito accuses him of raping her.

Noriyuki Yamaguchi is a well-known journalist in Japan. Shiori Ito accuses him of raping her.

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Even though talking about sex is a taboo in Japan, soft-porn manga comics are everywhere.

Even though talking about sex is a taboo in Japan, soft-porn manga comics are everywhere.

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