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South Korean DJ Soda reaches settlement over groping at Japan event

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The disc jockey agreed to a settlement without monetary compensation as she felt the audience members had expressed remorse for the incident after receiving individual letters of apology, according to TryHard Japan.

Quite gracious of DJ Soda, and kudos for acknowledging she is coming out ahead overall in this incident.

TryHard Japan, which organized the music festival in August in Sennan, Osaka Prefecture,

Like with other recent egregious incidents at music events, some of these promoters need to be held liable for lapses in security and preparation.

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While some online blamed DJ Soda for wearing skimpy clothes, she responded in a follow-up post that said, "No matter what clothes I wear, sexual harassment and assault cannot be justified."

She is right, and those online that blame her need to be educated!

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This is how one of the accused reflected on the incident:

The woman, a 21-year-old office worker from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, admitted to touching the performer: "(I was) so happy to see DJ Soda in front of me," she said, according to the investigative sources. She told police that she had touched DJ Soda on her breasts, hugged her and kissed her shoulders.

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“The woman, a 21-year-old office worker from Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, admitted to touching the performer”

A woman? I thought the accused were all male fans of the Korean DJ.

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I saw the incident myself and think this was not a big deal at all but makes for profitable headlines for the DJ who was not at all harmed and who was the one who placed her two units in everyones face.

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I am so very sick of people being so very far up in their own heads they believe that humans are not subject to the same intense responses and desires that other mammals are. We can claim all day that humans should be in total control at all times, despite all humans beings having different levels of control by DNA, upbringing, and even moment to moment events. But its not going to change reality, and it never has. Repeating mantras about how people "should behave" DESPITE the most outrageous and overt attempts to incite them have not stamped out incidents like this in all the decades the twaddle has been repeated.

And this being a concert where people have already been incited to excitement in all the usual ways concerts are, with people screaming and shrieking, jumping up and down and clapping, not only because that's totally expected at concerts, but because the main perfomers always encourage this utter loss of reason, decorum, and ordinary public restraint, only makes it FAR more likely that throwing sexual incitement at them is going to provoke a HELL of a lot more.

People will gladly stand there and say that Donald Trump is TOTALLY responsible for the incitement that caused Jan. 6, because politics, YET, when it comes to the sexual fervor that is common across the animal kingdom, suddenly the inciter bears NO RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER. This is utterly farcical.

There are no guarantees, but we all know DAMN WELL, that if she chose to wear nun's robes or a burkha at all her events, the odds of this having happened to her would have completely nose-dived.

She played with fire. She got burned. She needs to either tone it down OR stay damn well away from the crowd. And my bet is, this won't happen again, because she will do the latter, and not because she or commenters here made some lofty statement about how "folks should behave".

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Do they have to register as sex offenders now?

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Why is this news ?!?

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There are no guarantees, but we all know DAMN WELL, that if she chose to wear nun's robes or a burkha at all her events, the odds of this having happened to her would have completely nose-dived.

Yeah, that's normal. Wearing "nun's robes" or a burkha to perform as a DJ at a club. Not.

Or - how about these handful of people just learn to behave respectfully like 99% of us can - don't grope or touch people uninvited. A woman wearing a short skirt on a night out is not an invitation to grope or touch. If you disagree - YOU are the issue.

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Or - how about these handful of people just learn to behave respectfully like 99% of us can

Here we go. Just make some verbal demands on the internet and VOILA....perfect world!

Except that has never happened ever.

If you disagree - YOU are the issue.

And yeah, scapegoat someone for speaking while you are at it.

Yeah, if only I would shut up, this probably never would have happened, and never will again.

Makes sense. NOT.

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@Mark

Why is this news ?!?

While groping of women in public is a daily occurrence and non-news in Japan, it was a big news in Korea since public groping is unheard of in Korea with very strong feminism and women's rights.

Thus the outrage in Korea spilled over to Japan.

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You simply can’t buy marketing like that! Smart and forgiving DJ Soda.

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Oh come on, pull the other one, it can singularly one footed, tap dance, Sammy Davis Junior with Gregory Hines,  Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin simultaneously.

Look me in the eye, straight faced, South Korean DJ Soda reaches settlement over groping at Japan event, is a publicity stunt.

Groping is not an act one should take so frivolously.

Cynical conniving so and so's!!

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The three were questioned about the incident and said their actions were due to being "so happy to see her in front of me" and that they "did not mean to cause harm."...................So we thought it was OK to physically assault her, sexually. I mean, what's the harm, she only a female.

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Groping is not an act one should take so frivolously.

Her body her choice.

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Repeating mantras about how people "should behave" DESPITE the most outrageous and overt attempts to incite them have not stamped out incidents like this in all the decades the twaddle has been repeated.

Invalid argument the moment the DJ had the same performance in many other places without this kind of incident happening until now, that means it was perfectly possible for people to behave for years.

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Invalid argument the moment the DJ had the same performance in many other places without this kind of incident happening until now

I don't know her. But its not her performance that is in question, but rather, her decision to decent the stage and interact with fans during it. Did she do that in many other places?

And if she did, I will just point out that JFK rode around in an open convertible in places besides Dallas, TX, but you don't see any U.S. presidents doing that anymore.

I will once again point to the simple fact that there are many individuals with their own DNA, unbringing and moment to moment reactions, and also add trauma and brain injury to the list. You don't rile people up and then go do a meet and greet within arms length. Eventually, luck runs out. This is not rocket surgery.

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Look but don’t touch!

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Who?

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According to the OECD, women are 10 times more likely to be raped in Korean society than in Japan, so it doesn't make the news.

However, if a Korean national becomes the victim of an incident in Japan, we actively report on it.

Unfortunately, DJ Soda has received criticism in both Japan and South Korea for his incendiary tactics.

She shouldn't be allowed to assault her, but shouldn't the security guard have done a better job of responding?

If you have learned from this, please refrain from visiting Japan in the future. It's better to protect yourself first.

And if you fly on a plane wearing clothes with the F-word written on them, you'll be humiliated again.

This year's Halloween passed peacefully in South Korea, and there were no accidents, but has there been any progress in the investigation into the incident in which more than 150 victims' valuables were lost and a female victim's underwear was stripped? ?

It would be unthinkable in developed countries for no one to take responsibility, but that doesn't seem to be the case in Korea.

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If DJ Soda has been assaulted groped molested, a criminal act/sexual assault, this is a matter to be reported to the correct police authorities, and acted upon, not to be debated, or leveraged in a tik tok, social media circus.

The disc jockey agreed to a settlement without monetary compensation as she felt the audience members had expressed remorse for the incident after receiving individual letters of apology, according to TryHard Japan.

If such an offence could be proven, a court would never accept letters of apology as a form of recompence or punishment/retribution would they!

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While some online blamed DJ Soda for wearing skimpy clothes, she responded in a follow-up post that said, "No matter what clothes I wear, sexual harassment and assault cannot be justified."

Strong and brave.

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Good for DJ Soda forgiving these Japanese perverts and not punishing them monetarily. In recent years audiences treat performers poorly.

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I don't know her. But its not her performance that is in question, but rather, her decision to decent the stage and interact with fans during it. Did she do that in many other places?

Yes, that is the whole point, she did not change her appearance nor performance for this event in particular, that means it was routinely possible to do it without incidents, so your criticism ends up valueless, saying that it was impossible to expect something that could be done so easily is obviously not a valid argument.

And if she did, I will just point out that JFK rode around in an open convertible in places besides Dallas, TX, but you don't see any U.S. presidents doing that anymore.

And you think that is better? you are now changing your argument and instead of being about human nature you are trying to justify letting things go worse even when it was proved to be possible to do things responsibly without problems just because. That is not positive nor leads to improvement but the opposite, trying to normalize worse and worse conditions instead criticizing the bad actors for going against progress.

This is not rocket surgery

Yet you are botching the solution, the same as the analogy, if individual acting wrong are the problem then the solution is not to adequate society to tolerate those that act wrong as you propose, but simply by punishing those individuals and making sure everybody else understand it is not acceptable to act this way.

If you have learned from this, please refrain from visiting Japan in the future. It's better to protect yourself first.

Yes, lets blame the victim and put all the responsibility of avoiding this on her, instead of blaming the actual people that acted wrongly (not only the gropers, but those that normalize this as inevitable) and recognize that the one that need to do things differently is Japan.

It would be unthinkable in developed countries for no one to take responsibility, but that doesn't seem to be the case in Korea.

And yet, you suggest that a victim of sexual violence modify her actions instead of the audience that acted wrongly take the responsibility of their actions. That is a self defeating argument.

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