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4 assailants apologize to ex-GSDF member over sexual harassment

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Good, bye bye and send them to jail !!..

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There should be an investigation into the prosecutors. Was it a matter of the police could not hold them in jail for 23 days, so they gave up? Or was prosecutors working with the military to cover it up?

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Resign? Shouldn’t they have been expelled? Some prison time for assault also seems to be in order.

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When the men met with her, "I was a bit scared, but I kept up my spirit and stood face-to-face with them, because accepting an apology in person was one of my goals after seeing the truth being denied," she said.

This takes guts, to face those that have harmed you, taken your livelihood at the time away, and then accept their apologies as well.

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Just what, did they do exactly ?

In one incident, several senior male colleagues pressed the lower part of their bodies against her in a dorm at a training ground in August 2021, forcing her to spread her legs, as more than 10 other male colleagues watched and laughed, but none tried to stop them, she said.

Sounds like a possibly "drunken" Salsa dance, no ? I've seen many alike going on in clubs in Roppongi, foreign Women having "fun" with loads of guys just like the above.

Sorry, but things are getting out of hand these days. Sexual assault is a Serious crime, and needs dealing with properly, but please, report the situation correctly as it arose, to give us a sense of the actual crime that had been committed. The above reported situation, sounds like just fooling around and shouldn't lead to Careers being ended ... I suspect a vendetta is at play here, and makes me think, Women should not be allowed in the armed Services at all.

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"Assailants apologize to ex-GSDF member over sexual harassment..."

What are their names?

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Sounds like a possibly "drunken" Salsa dance, no ? I've seen many alike going on in clubs in Roppongi, foreign Women having "fun" with loads of guys just like the above.

It says she was forced to, so it seems less likely that she wanted it to happen or that she was having “fun”.

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Instead of having them resign, they should have been given the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge. They should have also been named because these clowns will probably do it again at another work place. The rot goes up, and the same old Showa geezers are in power. Hold them accountable as well.

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The four men told her they planned to resign to take responsibility, she said. They gave her hand-written letters of apology which she read in a televised news conference.

No dishonorable discharges and losses of pensions at least for the assailants?

Just the almighty apology, without even the appearance of responsibility?

Why is this only an option when the criminal is in a position of authority in society?

For all others it is go to jail, do not pass go.

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The problem is none of the onlookers intervened. This happens in companies as well.

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The four men told her they planned to resign to take responsibility, she said

wait, she actually bought that crap?

has she not learned how cheap, talk is in japan?

put these fools on blast, publicly and shame them already.

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I experienced sexual harassment from my ex Japanese boss too. It was 4 years ago but still fresh in my mind, it haunting me as of now. I didn't press a charges against him. I admire her courage and strenght.

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Took a while but what needed to happen, happened. Face-to-face apologies. The young lady showed what true strength of character looks like by not outing them for the sake of their families. Very well done.

That's progress.

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Spreading her legs was a non vulgar way of saying “rape”.

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The four men told her they planned to resign to take responsibility, she said. They gave her hand-written letters of apology which she read in a televised news conference

"Planned to resign"? Why were they not immediately dishonorably discharged? Also why are they not in jail? Those handwritten apolgy letters mean nothing; it's just to absolve themselves of guilt and to save face. Again, why aren't they in jail?

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It's quite amazing to see people handing out sentences in the comments here. As someone pointed out, there is not enough real information in the article to form much of an opinion.

Also, these guys are going to have to explain to their families why they are being let go. That is certainly going to cause some red faces and possibly a divorce. That and the loss of their jobs might be enough punishment.

Who knows?

We don't know the facts of the case, so how can we say?

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Bertie I think the facts of the case have been pretty well explained. This girl was pinned down and treated very badly while a bunch of lads looked on, laughed and let it happen. No one stepped up to stop it. Let it be a learning point for the SDF and the nation of what inappropriate behavior looks like, and that there is personal responsibility for anyone who is around it.

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Nasty individuals.

The prosecutor even more so.

The prosecutor too should resign and explain publicly why this case was not pursued.

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Problem if you start firing military men for bad behavior, result will be that a big part of them get dismissed within a short period.

Know that war, because that it is what it is all about, is not clean.

She has the guts, she should be immediately promoted to provide a good leader to steer the ranks.

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she should watch GI jane movie and be inspired

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Good that they lost their careers and good on her for shielding their families because they had nothing to do with the men's abhorrent behavior. The more people (not just women) take a stand, the less this will happen and the less it will be tolerated.

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In one incident, several senior male colleagues pressed the lower part of their bodies against her in a dorm at a training ground in August 2021, forcing her to spread her legs, as more than 10 other male colleagues watched and laughed

That's not just sexual harassment. That's sexual assault.

An apology? They should be charged with a crime.

It was only a little over a year ago, so I doubt any statute of limitations has run out.

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Apologies is too little.

Should be sent to jail.

China just sent the 9 men bullies who harassed women having dinner to 23 years in jail.

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JTC Oct. 18 08:20 am JST

Sounds like a possibly "drunken" Salsa dance, no ? I've seen many alike going on in clubs in Roppongi, foreign Women having "fun" with loads of guys just like the above.

They were not drunk.

There was no salsa music.

They were not in a club, and not in Roppongi.

She was not "having fun with loads of guys".

I don't quite understand why you felt you needed to make up an entirely different scenario in an attempt to downplay what happened.

Sorry, but things are getting out of hand these days. Sexual assault is a Serious crime, and needs dealing with properly, but please, report the situation correctly as it arose, to give us a sense of the actual crime that had been committed.

Sorry, what? The news reported exactly what happened - but you created an entirely new scenario out of thin air, and are now wondering "what happened"?!

The above reported situation, sounds like just fooling around and shouldn't lead to Careers being ended ... I suspect a vendetta is at play here, and makes me think, Women should not be allowed in the armed Services at all.

A group of laughing men pinned her down so that she could not move, forced her to spread her legs wide open, then pressed their hard {redacted} against her {redacted} scared the hell out of her, and made her think she was about to be raped. Do you know how terrifying rape is to a woman? Even just the thought that it might happen? And you can't understand why that would upset a woman?

I am so, so very sorry for all of the women in your life that have to deal with someone who has so very little understanding and empathy towards women.

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BertieWooster Oct. 18 11:38 am JST

It's quite amazing to see people handing out sentences in the comments here. As someone pointed out, there is not enough real information in the article to form much of an opinion.

We know the facts of the case; we can watch TV where she read the apology letters; we know the men admitted to sexual harassment; and we know they apologized and resigned. Why do you think we need more information than that to come to a conclusion?

Also, these guys are going to have to explain to their families why they are being let go. That is certainly going to cause some red faces and possibly a divorce. That and the loss of their jobs might be enough punishment. Who knows?

Good.

They are lucky that's all that happened to them.

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