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Japanese journalist Shiori Ito appeals high court ruling on rape case

Japanese journalist Shiori Ito is pictured in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Oct. 23, 2020. (Mainichi/Emi Naito)

TOKYO -- Journalist Shiori Ito, who was awarded damages in a high-profile rape case against a former TBS reporter in January, lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court on Feb. 4 regarding the high court's ruling that she defamed him.

    In upholding a December 2019 decision by the Tokyo District Court, the Tokyo High Court ruled on Jan. 25 that Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a 55-year-old former reporter for Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc., had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with Ito, and awarded her about 3.32 million yen (around $28,900) in compensation -- roughly the same amount awarded by the district court.

    However, regarding her claim in her book and other materials that Yamaguchi had her take a date rape drug, the high court said there was "no accurate evidence" to support this, and ruled that Yamaguchi's privacy had been violated. It accordingly ordered Ito pay him 550,000 yen (about $4,800) in compensation.

    In her lawsuit, Ito, 32, had sought approximately 11 million yen (some $96,000) in damages.

    In a news conference after the high court ruling, Yamaguchi also indicated that he would file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

    (Japanese original by Kazuhiro Toyama, Tokyo City News Department)

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