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Japanese photojournalist admits to sexual harassment

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"I did not realize that I was hurting them."

wow, unbelievable.

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His apologies sound insincere and meaningless.

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"I apologize from the bottom of my heart for people I hurt because of my insincere way of facing them," Hirokawa said in his statement posted on the publisher's website. "I did not realize that I was hurting them."

Yeah well as a 77 year old I can safely assume that you were born and raised in an era when harassment of women was the norm.

No excuses, particularly in your field, which is journalism, meaning you pay attention to the news and what's trending in the world.

I hope you end up paying a nice fat settlement to these women, ignorance is no excuse under the law!

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He thought he was helping them advance their careers.

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No details?

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"I did not realize that I was hurting them."

I'm sorry, not sorry.

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"I apologize from the bottom of my heart... "I did not realize that I was hurting them."

For a 77 year old man to not be aware his actions offend other is shameful, his heart must be awfully shallow.

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No criminal charges? How typical for Japan! He has apologised. That's enough!

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Shame, is magizine is Tarly good. I have about 50 of them.

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Who knows from a translation whether he was/is sincere or not? Even if he is sincere though, many will find it impossible to forgive him for helping himself to what he ‘thought’ were freebies, perks of the job.

I wonder how this broke?

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Time for a "Watashi mo" movement in Japan

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No criminal charges? How typical for Japan! He has apologised. That's enough!

People do not go to jail for sexual harassment here, they would be awarded monetary damages. The police can not just "charge" the guy unless the women in question file a formal complaint. Even then, unless there was some sort of "assault" this would be a civil case and not criminal.

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Yes, but without specifics it’s hard to say whether charges should be brought against him. Sexual harassment is such a broad term it could range from an unwanted compliment at one end to the full Weinstein at the other.

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Ms Noda, who is Internal Affairs Minister and Minister-in-charge of female empowerment, said on Monday in response to Mr Aso that she intends to push for debate in Parliament for legal penalties to be imposed against sexual harassment.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-finance-minister-taro-aso-apologises-for-saying-sexual-harassment-is-not-a

So, did she actuallty push for that?

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Yes, but without specifics it’s hard to say whether charges should be brought against him. Sexual harassment is such a broad term it could range from an unwanted compliment at one end to the full Weinstein at the other.

If it was any type of sexual misconduct, as an assault or some other type of actual unwanted physical contact the police COULD file charges without the consent of the victim.

So, sexual harassment is a civil case not criminal here.

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Sexual harassment is such a broad term it could range from an unwanted compliment at one end to the full Weinstein at the other.

By the way, sexual harassment is not THAT broad of a term. I get the impression you are confusing harassment and assault.

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