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Alleged rape victim Shiori's case thrown out by prosecution inquest committee

Shiori is seen at a press conference in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward after filing her request to a committee for the inquest of prosecution, on May 29, 2017. (Mainichi)

Freelance journalist Shiori's criminal complaint against former Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) journalist Noriyuki Yamaguchi for "quasi rape" has been judged "non-prosecutable," the Tokyo No. 6 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution announced on Sept. 22. The decision was dated Sept. 21.

Shiori, who has not revealed her surname at the request of her family, held a news conference in May this year to voice her dissatisfaction that the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors' Office dismissed the victim's report she filed with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). At the news conference, the 28-year-old said that she met with Yamaguchi in April 2015 for drinks, after which she had no memory of events until she woke up naked in a hotel room with Yamaguchi on top of her, and that she had sought a police investigation.

In the decision document, the inquest committee wrote that "upon reviewing the record of the prosecution dropping the case and the documents submitted by the complainant (Shiori), we see no compelling reason to reverse the decision not to prosecute the case."

Through his lawyer, Yamaguchi made comments including, "My reputation was damaged by the news media treating me as if I was a criminal. In the course of this investigation, I have never once been found to have done something against the law. With the decision not to prosecute, this case has come to a conclusion." Yamaguchi has authored books such as "Sori (Prime Minister)" about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his administration.

In response to the decision, Shiori stated, "I was shocked by the outcome. I would have liked the committee to provide a proper explanation of its decision."

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