Yamaguchi, she said — but then suddenly backed off.
Elsewhere, her allegations might have caused an uproar.
Last fall, a Tokyo University student convicted in another group sexual assault was also given a suspended sentence.“It’s quite recent that activists started to raise the ‘No Means No’ campaign,” said Mari Miura, a professor of political science at Sophia University in Tokyo.
TOKYO — It was a spring Friday night when one of Japan’s best-known television journalists invited Shiori Ito out for a drink.
Her internship at a news service in Tokyo was ending, and she had inquired about another internship with his network.
But here in Japan, they attracted only a smattering of attention.
As the United States reckons with an outpouring of sexual misconduct cases that have shaken Capitol Hill, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the news media, Ms.
At some point, she felt dizzy, went to the bathroom, laid her head on the toilet tank and blacked out, she said. “So he got off first and put his bags on the ground, and he slid his shoulder under her arm and tried to pull her out of the car. When she came out, she said, “he tried to push me down to the bed and he’s a man and he was quite strong and he pushed me down and I yelled at him.”She said she demanded to know what had happened and whether he had used a condom. Ito believes she was drugged, she said, but there is no evidence to support her suspicion. If she could have controlled herself, then nothing would have happened.”Mr.
It looked to me like she was unable to walk on her own.”Ms. He told her to calm down, she said, and offered to buy her a morning-after pill. Yamaguchi said he had brought her to his hotel because he was worried that she would not make it home.And even when rapists are prosecuted and convicted in Japan, they sometimes serve no prison time; about one in 10 receive only suspended sentences, according to Justice Ministry statistics.This year, for example, two students at Chiba University near Tokyo convicted in the gang rape of an intoxicated woman were released with suspended sentences, though other defendants were sentenced to prison.“I was quite drunk and an attractive woman like you came into my bed half naked, and we ended up like that.I think we both should examine ourselves.”In another email, Mr. Ito’s allegation of rape and suggested that they consult lawyers. Many Japanese women who have been assaulted “blame themselves, saying, ‘Oh, it’s probably my fault,’” said Tamie Kaino, a professor emeritus of gender studies at Ochanomizu University.In a survey conducted by the Cabinet Office of the central government in 2014, one in 15 women reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives, compared with one in five women who report having been raped in the United States.