In awarding the damages, the court said Ms Ito still suffered flashbacks and panic attacks as a result. Legislators revised Japan's century-old rape law in to include harsher penalties, including raising the minimum punishment for rapists to five years in jail from three. I am hopeful that, if people speak out, things will change," she said. Ms Ito wrote in her book, Black Box, that police had obtained an arrest warrant against Mr Yamaguchi but it was not implemented. Women's rights activist Minori Kitahara said she was hopeful the verdict signalled attitudes were changing in Japan.
Jade. Age: 21.
Ms Ito was an intern at Reuters during the time she said the rape occurred.
Leia. Age: 21.
Japanese reporter wins suit over alleged rape
But the reforms left intact controversial requirements that prosecutors must prove violence or that intimidation was involved or the victim was "incapable of resistance", prompting calls from academics, activists and psychiatrists for further changes to the law. Ms Ito was an intern at Reuters during the time she said the rape occurred. She also wrote that the arrest was called off at the last minute by a senior police official. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. The court also said her decision to go public was intended to be in the public interest and did not violate Mr Yamaguchi's privacy. We have been experiencing some problems with subscriber log-ins and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Legislators revised Japan's century-old rape law in to include harsher penalties, including raising the minimum punishment for rapists to five years in jail from three.