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Ex-TV reporter in rape case appeals high court ruling in favor of Shiori Ito

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

TOKYO -- Former television reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court on Feb. 7 against a Tokyo High Court decision that awarded damages to journalist Shiori Ito in a high-profile rape case, in which the lower court ruled that the defendant had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with the plaintiff.

    Yamaguchi, 55, a former reporter for Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc., appealed the Jan. 25 high court ruling that ordered him to pay about 3.32 million yen (approx. $28,800) in compensation to Ito -- roughly the same amount awarded to the 32-year-old plaintiff by the Tokyo District Court in its December 2019 decision.

    Ito, who sought around 11 million yen (roughly $95,000) in damages, had also appealed the Tokyo High Court ruling on Feb. 4. The court ordered Ito to pay 550,000 yen (about $4,800) to Yamaguchi in damages after ruling that she defamed him by claiming in her book and through other means that he had her take a date rape drug. The court ruled that her claim "lacked adequate evidence."

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

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