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Baseball player Yamakawa suspended indefinitely over alleged rape case

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Baseball player Yamakawa suspended indefinitely over alleged rape case

The prosecutors decided to drop the case last Tuesday

This even a better deal than what usually happened in Japan, suspended sentence.

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This even a better deal than what usually happened in Japan, suspended sentence.

Huh? The guy loses his livelihood all due to an accusations of something that may or may not have happened.

How can this be "better"?

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He was accused then the case was dropped.

“Damned if you do and damned if you don’t”.

That woman’s accusation, just accusation. The case was dropped. But he is finished.

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Huh? The guy loses his livelihood all due to an accusations of something that may or may not have happened.

I'm willing to bet the organization is privy to more information than is public.

The fact they've done this, even after the charges were dropped, says something.

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"This situation was caused by my failure to consider my position as a professional baseball player, and I will reflect deeply," Yamakawa said in a statement.

: - ))

Yes! Stay in bed and reflect on yourself all day. You have time now.

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Wow! Even though the case was dropped due to some discrepencies in their stories he still got the boot! This, fellas, is why you gotta leave these distractions alone! Some people can ruin the career of others based on false accusations! Not saying her specifically, but in general!

https://lawlex.org/lex-pedia/the-consequences-of-false-rape-accusation/23474

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But, the Baystars let Bauer play?

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As a person with a target on his back for these allegations should know not to put himself in a compromising position. Alone with a female in a public hotel. What was he thinking. I assume he has put himself in this position many time before without any backlash. Like he said. Being in his position of a national professional baseball player and warned about these possibilities has to take responsibility for being so stupid. He is very lucky there was some behind the scenes negotiations that was the charges dropped.

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The outcome could have been so much different if those protesting his innocence had presented their compelling evidence to the relevant investigators.

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Just a thought- I wonder if there was any "deal" proposed by the young woman before deciding to go public?

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Just a thought- I wonder if there was any "deal" proposed by the young woman before deciding to go public?

Or a more interesting though: I wonder if there was any "deal" proposed by Yamakawa to keep his but from going to jail?

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Reading between the lines Yamakawa paid the woman to drop the charges. Seibu are bottom of the league and don't need him this year.

That he wasn't cut, indicates the club will being him back or trade him next season. As a previous poster said Bauer is playing so Yamakawa will probably too.

If it was my team, I would be ashamed

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This situation was caused by my failure to consider my position as a professional baseball player, and I will reflect deeply,

No this situation was caused by your failure to be a human being, not a privileged baseball player.

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Yubaru....

Huh? The guy loses his livelihood all due to an accusations of something that may or may not have happened.

Not exactly. Accusations were dropped so no charges.... An agreement was made probably involving a payment of cash. Not uncommon in Japanese criminal cases.

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Or a more interesting though: I wonder if there was any "deal" proposed by Yamakawa to keep his but from going to jail?

No, that's just a disgusting thought, not an interesting one.

Coulda been's thought is more believable.

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Once again, we are missing the detail from the tabloid Friday that Yamakawa was abusing his sempai status by expecting younger players to find him women to send from their hotel room to his room. Likely that this victim did not appreciate the switcheroo scheme setting her up with a married player. But if everyone in on these hotel shenanigans was harshly punished, NPB might have to take over and rebrand the team.

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No, that's just a disgusting thought.

Mate, it happens all the time.

Coulda been's thought is more believable.

Oh, and why is that?

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Once again, we are missing the detail from the tabloid Friday that Yamakawa was abusing his sempai status by expecting younger players to find him women to send from their hotel room to his room. Likely that this victim did not appreciate the switcheroo scheme setting her up with a married player. But if everyone in on these hotel shenanigans was harshly punished, NPB might have to take over and rebrand the team.

First time hearing that. Now, that is relevant. No organization is going to let that fly.

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My wife taught English and Mathematics to Yamakawa at the local Kumon in Shuri nearly twenty years ago. He seemed like such a nice boy then, who knew he would grow up to be a punk sex predator?

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People react posting with only the beginning and end of the story and not the middle. The case was dropped as in he has no jail time in his future but all sides agree that he, a married public professional player in a country that loses their mind over cheating publicly, had another woman at his room. Not to mention the circumstances of how she got there.

Dude is getting off lite and lucky Japanese laws view rape so… -sigh- lightly, but the fact that the team is dropping him (for now) says a lot that there might be more going on surrounding the story itself and they want no part for if or when that comes out. Probably stuff like regular behavior for these team members having women at the hotels etc… which isn’t surprising to anyone but open secrets are still secrets

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A girl goes to a room on a voluntary basis where a married man is.

Allegation of rape

Pay and confess

Rinse and repeat

Can't anyone see there is no logic to Japanese judicial system ?

Either he is guilty and should go to jail, or he is innocent and there shall be no confession nor retribution from his team.

Being married or not is irrelevant, any woman shall be respected not as a business but as equal. So wrong !

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Either he is guilty and should go to jail, or he is innocent and there shall be no confession nor retribution from his team.

Really? I'm pretty sure team rules apply.

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alleged

This mans life is ruined over false claims

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This mans life is ruined over false claims

No, this mans life is ruined because of the choices he made.

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This mans life is ruined over false claims

I think "unsubstantiated claims" is more accurate. We'll never know what really happened.

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This decision will weigh very close to other decisions especially in the Johnny court proceedings going on. This way of bowing out will become the norm.

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historically Japanese police have a history of male officers disbelieving complaints of sexual assault by women. The assumption was that women exaggerate the sexual incident or induced the males to make sexual advances.

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Get real! In this day and age you all must know there had to be incriminating proof, some video feed or some kind of footage, some witness, or even DNA proof that could not be disputed. No means no. Rape is rape, not casual sex.

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PacificpilotToday  05:11 am JST

historically Japanese police have a history of male officers disbelieving complaints of sexual assault by women. The assumption was that women exaggerate the sexual incident or induced the males to make sexual advances.

Proof or assumption? A healthy skepticism is necessary to avoid an assumption of guilt from the go.; something which is sadly prevelant in these comments.

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