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Top finance official quits after sexual harassment claims

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If women really want to put an end to sexual harassment incidents in corporate and public employment , they should without hesitation report such cases to the police immediately without delay. This will drastically reduce harassment cases in the society .

If only it were that easy. What women face is being told they are causing issues for said man and asked about what will happen to his family if he is fired. Then they are blamed and asked what they were wearing, why they were out with him... Oh and let's not forget the retaliation they may face if they actually go and speak up. People take sides, gossip and often shun victims. Regardless of what women do, they will most often be blamed for what has happened to them. And that isn't just in Japan. Slut shaming and blaming victims is a world wife issue. I wish it were as simple as women just going and reporting it but it isn't.

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"I don't recognise that I made sexually harassing remarks that would make female reporters feel offended" does not square with him being reportedly "sufficiently remorseful".

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If women really want to put an end to sexual harassment incidents in corporate and public employment , they should without hesitation report such cases to the police immediately without delay. This will drastically reduce harassment cases in the society .

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he had given the top bureaucrat a verbal warning and felt he was "sufficiently remorseful."

Remorseful for getting caught.

Aside from the issue with feeling open to do this, this guy is beyond dumb. He was talking to a reporter looking for a story. She got one for sure.

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What is it about men in positions of power that they just can'y own up to their wrongdoing?

Fixed it for you. I think you'd be surprised by the stories both Japanese and non-Japanese women have when discussing non-Japanese men and these type of things. If this was a Japanese male thing, other countries wouldn't have issues with harassment, rape and the like. But they do.

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What is it about Japanese men in positions of power that they just can'y own up to their wrongdoing? Same with Abe and Aso, and this guy, and all those evasive company execs. It's one part of the culture here I really dislike

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I do not believe the "Pound Me Too" movement will engrain itself across all cultural norms here in Japan as the shells the men wear and hide in are pretty impervious.

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Just how stupid does he think the public is?

Yubaru, think of how many sex scandals there have been within the government and the entertainment industry here. How many have actually ever been charged? Look at Abe's reporter friend who magically got his rape charges dropped... It's not stupid to play this game when it has worked so many times in the past. Disgusting? Yes. Stupid? Nah. It's what is normal here.

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Just 2.8 percent of rape victims go to the police, according to a 2017 government survey.

Exactly why I laugh when certain posters on here use police stats and reported crimes to show how "safe" Japan is. I hope the momentum continues and more continue to speak up about the harassment and abuse they face or have faced - men included.

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I am surprised that this high government official behaved the same way Japanese men behaved decades ago.

"Decades ago"?! Are you having a laugh?! You mean, "behave everyday".

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"Me-too" came several rounds later to Japan. Maybe this guy do not read English papers. In America, sexual harassment is a "no no" for long. I am surprised that this high government official behaved the same way Japanese men behaved decades ago.

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Who cares these trivialities as the global trend of sexual harassment claims? It seems that there are so much stupid people there.

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Took him all of two days after saying he refused to resign. Almost a record. Good riddance, scum bag!

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This Fukuda is so pathetic. Not being sure if it’s his own voice in the recording is akin to “the dog ate my homework.” He’s shown no understanding of the seriousness of his actions beyond how they might inconvenience the government, seems to have no sense of having done something unacceptable for what it was.

The other wrinkle, as I mentioned in an early morning comment on another related article, is the midnight press conference held by Asahi Broadcasting. The reporter who gave the recording to Shincho is their employee and Asahi has apologized for their inept handling of her initial complaint which lead her to go to the magazine. Asahi is making a protest to the government etc. They are also doing what they can to protect the reporters identity and looking into what they need to do to prevent future recurrences.

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Just 2.8 percent of rape victims go to the police, according to a 2017 government survey, and the #MeToo movement that has raised awareness of sexual harassment worldwide has had a relatively muted reception in Japan.

Once again, the subconscious inclusion of information that does not pertain to this case, in an attempt to plant the seed that this minister could be guilty of something far more heinous than harassment.

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What an arse, caught on tape and still denying the charges, and "resigning" to clear his name?

Good old fashioned LDP boy.

Just how stupid does he think the public is?

Very. These blue bloods think they are better than Everyone else.

Like most dictatorships the political elite in Japan inherit their positions of power, so they feel that they are higher and mightier than everyone else.

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Listening to Fukuda deny his actions having shown ‘remorse’ in front of Aso and having listened to his recorded comments (“some people say the comments sound like me”)and then the decision to resign?

Mr Fukuda, why resign if you are clean and innocent?

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He's so guilty.

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"I don't recognise that I made sexually harassing remarks that would make female reporters feel offended," he added in a statement issued through the ministry.

What an arse, caught on tape and still denying the charges, and "resigning" to clear his name?

Just how stupid does he think the public is?

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