For everyone interested, here's the actual report where Japan ranks 120th. CTRL+F "Japan" http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2021.pdf
However, Japan has slightly closed its overall gap this year, moving up two positions since last year’s edition of the index
That's not much, but it is making progress.
The hardship women are facing during the pandemic is not because of the "gender gap". It's because of the public sector, which happens to be hit harder by the pandemic and people not taking advantage of the DV protection laws enough. Also, people who notice DV don't speak up or step in most of the time.
Civil courage is something that needs to be taught to Japan. You have to make it mandatory by law to step in rather than encouraging everyone to just look away.
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OK, so I don't want to be this guy, athletes or the government right now.
On one hand, you've already spent $12.6 billion in preparing for the Olympics. Then, you have to extend because of Corona and take further countermeasures and the tally rises to $15.4 billion. Realizing that Corona is still a thing, there will be not much revenue (I estimate sub $1 billion) to be made, so you're writing mostly red numbers anyways. Then you have the costs of the individual athletes to stay in Olympic shape during all of this time that will go to waste if you cancel.
The other reality is that cancelling won't do anything for the people or athletes at this point because
a) Cancelling/postponing again will not make the costs go away.
b) The athletes are not in any greater risk of infection than they were if they were training at home. They are training at home anyways, so in the case of contact sports it really doesn't make a difference. You're still training with others. When not in the stadium, they will literally only have to watch out for things that they watch out for at home already.
c) International spectators are not allowed for the games anyways. And you can bet that the ones who do come will be separated from the majority of people who come from the inside. (a lot of people are not aware of this)
d) We do not even have a published limit on how many spectators there can be during the games at a time.
Not saying I support the Olympics, but IMO you might as well go through with it at this point. Surely, a cancellation seems logical, but does it serve any actual purpose in a country where lockdowns aren't a thing and the same potentially infectious people will just find another event and/or stroll around crowded places anyways? I say this is a perfect opportunity to test anyone with a ticket beforehand and deny them entry if they are not tested.
The medical system opposes the Olympics because opposing any mass-event during a pandemic is the only logical answer. What else could they say as physicians and decent human beings with a working brain?
It's really on the people whether they go or not. If they go, that's their responsibility. The people of the public who would attend a mass event like this despite the pandemic are the ones who are to blame for the outbreak in the first place. But of course, the people who protest the "elites" and/or government are the ones who gather in a flock during a worldwide pandemic - rather ironic, isn't it?
Again, I do not support the Olympics, but I think that regarding how stupid people are, it really won't matter as people will just be infecting people somewhere else during the Olympic renkyuu or other days - just like the same people obviously didn't care about the risks while protesting the Olympics. In a crowd. During a pandemic.
Would be funny if it wasn't so absolutely disgusting and sad.
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You "donate" something to your local Cat Rescue Group.
You "donate" something to Doctors Without Borders.
You "donate" something to the homeless man who's chilling at Yokohama Station.
You "donate" something to people who have a need for something but lack other ways to get the said donated things themselves.
Giving something to people who are already better off than the rest is not called "donating" or "charitable", it's called pampering and is a very hard slap in the face of those who actually need donations.
You can see that the government seems to be confused about its priorities.
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Of course they will. TEPCO confessed it themselves in 2018.
I do agree that Japan winging this is more than counterproductive. However, I do not agree with political fearmongering.
The impact of the water release from Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s plant on South Korea would be negligible based on the data disclosed by Japan, the Korean Nuclear Society said.
It is. This is why both US and UK invited Korea in G7 meetings hosted by them.
I think what you're talking about is Johnson's proposal to turn G7 into D10 - a proposal that, while it exists, is still not agreed on and facing pushback from the EU. And it's not only South Korea who Johnson invited to join.
So, this is a vision by Johnson - nothing that is "high priority" by a long shot. ATM it's just an idea.
Let's wait until June before jumping to conclusions.
Germany was opposed to Russian inclusion. Germany has absolutely no problem with inclusion of Korea.
The first sentence is correct.
Never said Germany had a problem with Korea specifically, but it doesn't change the fact that Germany (Maas) was initially against Trump's idea of expanding the G7 altogether (that includes Korea), and AFAIK he still is. He only voiced his support for Korea to participate in the summit as a guest for the 47th summit, not to join G7 as a member.
Thus, Germany AND Japan both were opposed to Korea becoming members of G7, albeit for different reasons. And this is why your point is false.
"The G7 and G20 are two sensibly coordinated formats,” “We don't need a G11 or G12."
And Japan was actively opposing Trump's idea for Korea to join G7 as a member state for valid reasons Japan has not voiced any opinion about the invitation issued by Johnson for the coming 47th G7 summit, which is why I wonder why you make this point at a point in time where Japan isn't opposing anything.
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So if Korea finds traceable amount of plutonium, strontium, and cesium from released contaminated water pipe during periodic sampling, will Japan immediately stop the release of contaminated water?
Are you giving us subtle spoilers, Samit? Taking into account the post you are quoting, it almost reads like only Korea will magically find contaminated water. But, if Korea finds contamination, chances are the IAEA and other participants will find the same.
But if it turns out that only Korea finds contamination, it will say more about Korea than Japan.
Highest priority G7 business is inclusion of Korea, which Japan alone opposes.
What? The inclusion of SK into G7 was never a high priority.
Also, Japan is not opposing it currently as they are not even any talks about it right now - this is a matter from last year. And even then, this statement is false because Germany was also opposed to the idea Trump lightly proposed during the time. Two other states were also proposed.
Setting aside that the matter you're stating is from June/July 2020, there were other reasons like Korea's pro-China politics and the pursuit of deeper relationships with their counterparts to the north. So one may argue that the reasons to oppose the inclusion were perfectly rational. And yet, you're deliberately painting it as if Japan did this out of pure spite. Not to mention that the statement doesn't even hold true when examined.
Really makes you think, huh...
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I think the real dilemma is that we're in a situation where the government needs to enforce a lockdown like in western countries, but can't due to lacking legislation and the immense difficulty the government faces in enforcing such a cut to human rights
Seeing how many people and companies are just simply ignoring the SoE, I would say that the way society acts actually justifies draconian measures like they did in China. A part of society will suffer even more than they do now, but it's a necessary evil imo because people can simply not be trusted. So, in this regard, we simply need to make the government more like China's government, which is a government that governs more. (props for those who get it)
Japan was never ready to quickly act or react in regards to this (or any other) pandemic. She wasn't back then, isn't now and won't be for a while, maybe even forever. All we can do is wait for the vaccine and hope things get better. Or, if you are a foreigner, you could go back to your respective countries where the situation is hopefully not so dire, I guess.
I wouldn't want to be a government official right now, seeing how they must be wanting to do something, but lack the necessary tools to do so. I'm starting to get "Japan's government has collapsed..."-vibes from this.
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[...] big gender gap in earnings.[...]
According to the World Economic Forum report, the average Japanese woman's income was 43.7 percent lower than that of a Japanese man's.
Said this before and will say it again. This has a reason. Men are in the workplace longer, put in more work hours, and seek more positions of responsibility compared to women (thus they get more promotions). So this is a really lazy and invalid point due to this being mainly due to womens' choices.
The central government last month decided to set aside funds to support women who cannot afford to purchase sanitary items such as pads or tampons, while some municipalities have launched programs to distribute the goods for free.
[...] cuts in jobs and wages due to the economic downturn spurred by the pandemic have shed light on the difficulties many women face affording such products
What's really dangerous about this is that this article correctly points out that this is a phenomenon caused by the pandemic. It's good that women are looking out for other women and that they get the support they need, but I think that this may leave male people in the dust....
the survey of a total of 671 women in high schools, vocational schools, and universities conducted online between February and March, 27.1 percent reported using something in place of sanitary items as they could not afford pads or tampons
This is the really dangerous part. The age groups interviewed are, by majority, still living with their parents and normally covering any expenses of their own. So, this really implies that EVERYONE (including men who by majority generally provide for these age groups) is making less money - not only women. And I suspect that this has implications for the male counterparts of society as well, which - if not examined and addressed properly and equally - could lead to a problem which transcends the boundaries of the sexes.
woman menstruates from the age of 12 to 50 for five days a month and spends 1,000 yen per month for sanitary products, the lifetime bill will reach 500,000 yen including tax
This statement is false and/or misleading for two reasons.
1.) 1000JPY1238 = 456,000JPY, subtract the years that the girl is financially dependent on her parents (1000JPY1212 = 144,000JPY), = 312,000JPY on average for a woman.
2) Considering that a majority of women who leave home have married or are living with their boyfriends, you would have to divide the average expenses for sanitary goods by the percentages that are carried by their (mostly) male counterparts in society. In Japan, a majority of households have the woman managing the finances.
(of course there are cases that differ from "the majority" in that there are some minorities where this isn't the case, but even then you can't base social standards on minorities. Thus, I argue that the calculation of sanitary goods was made lazily, since I don't want to assume it was made in bad faith.)
So, good for the women who get to save a few bucks but sad to see that this golden opportunity wasn't equally used for the entirety of society. For example, medicine and health-care (where you could easily have included the sanitary goods and MORE) and other sectors where people suffer from currently living on the bare minimum. Of course, you would actually have to make a gigantic effort - but it would have been one EVERYONE benefits from regardless what they have between their legs.
It's not that I'm personally affected by this either way, since I'm a well-earning man - but the short-sightedness of this leaves me feeling sympathy with those that are not so well off - be they man or woman.
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Is this satire/bait? Because it reads just like:
"Young people doing dumb stuff in matters they don't fully understand" - By Hyun Young Yi and Daewoung Kim
Young people do dumb stuff - as did many when they were young. How the Korean media immediately jumps on this (look at the amount of cameras) and tries to make it a big story when it's actually just young folly makes them kind of desperate to blow this totally normal and transparent process out of proportion. The article even shortly discredits the youths' worries at the very end by indirectly quoting Kerry.
A reason why this article is so short is that if it were any longer, you would be forced to actually do investigative journalism where it actually would explain that what the kids are protesting against is actually a non-problem that they try to make into one.
The Korean government is of course rebuking the decision because they "have to fight against evil Japan" to keep their nationalist voters on board.
Not wanting to trash the authors, but this article is low effort considering that 2 people wrote it.
Also love how Hyun Yi actually reposted this story on Reuters a few hours later without crediting Kim.
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Imagine the loss of face that the Korean government must be experiencing right now.
All efforts to paint Japan as the one responsible have ended in this - and it is far from over. As the offended will escalate this further and further, we will see how utterly baseless and petty the Korean government has been acting.
Soon it will be time for the South Korean government to apologize to its citizens.
Watch Korean "journalists" and other paid actors try damage control on this one by pulling something.
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raise the minimum wage to 2000 yen an hour
Raising minimum wages over 60% is never a feasible or good idea. Overall employment will go down. Try raising the wages at your company for EVERYONE to 2000円/h for 3 years and see exactly how many people you can employ. Also, who will the minimum salary apply to? Full-time? Part-time? Contractors and Free-lancers? I'm sorry, but it's not this easy. You should know this if you run a company.
no one working for more then 6 months in the same job should be on a temporary contract with protection against arbitrary dismissal after 6 months by shady employers
Arbitrary dismissal is already very difficult, even for temporary contractors (契約社員). Moreover, if the average Taro doesn't stand up for his rights and doesn't sue for wrongful dismissal and continues to let the company trample on him, of course they will continue. People and companies won't stop bullying you if you're agreeable - which Japanese people are to a fault.
BUT employees should in some sectors, be willing to work harder for better pay.
[...]in bars or restaurants in Japan the numbers of waiters is triple from my country and waiting times for service still longer
This highly differs from my experience at almost every restaurant I've been to in Japan. Upon calling for a waitress, I get served immediately - within 2 minutes at the latest. If my glass is empty, 90% of the time, a waitress/waiter will fly to me offering me to fill it up again I guess this would also depend on the restaurants you're frequenting, but I have to disagree with the point of slow-service.
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I already see the thumbs-downs coming, but someone has to point this out.
“Equal sharing of housework between men and women should be promoted.”
I think this is not something the government can do something about. Moreover, studies find that men provide 1.6 times as much overtime as women in the workforce.
One working mother who shared her schedule with a Japanese magazine had to get up at four in the morning every day to get everything done, and that’s without any time for herself at all.
One working father, who happens to be me, has to get up at 5 and studies after work because his family expects him to climb ranks at his company and/or make more money on the side. And that's without any time for himself at all. This woman's example speaks in no way for every woman, just like my example doesn't speak for every man.
Or am I supposed to take this as a "Women just want free time for themselves"?
69 percent of women said that balancing work and their personal life was hindering their opportunities within their organizations
“societal expectations of housework and child-rearing”
“The government needs to do more to address the gender gap”.
Just like for men, who are expected to - and do - work more than women on average. Maybe this is why men are never home.
43 percent said, “There should be more guidance for women to take on traditionally male jobs and government positions, and more efforts to increase the number of women working in those positions,” and 38 percent said, “We should raise the percentage of women in the Diet.”
And here I ask, do a majority of women actually want to do these jobs? If not, should we force them into these positions?
Only 47 percent of the respondents said they currently work
Way to show that the full-time working mother is in no way, shape or form a majority in this debate. Like so often.
most said that within their organization, most of the women were low-level workers
Many women who are employed tend to be part-timers as for tax and fuyo-reasons. Also, this can be based on perception as part-timers are usually surrounded by other part-timers which tend to be low-level workers.
However, the interesting thing is that when asked about their own career aspirations, most of the respondents did not want upper level positions. 42 percent wished to maintain their current positions, and 25 percent said they would like some kind of advancement, but not in the form of managerial positions
And here we have the real reason for the "gender gap". If you have an applicant ratio of women 1:3 men, which seems to be caused mostly from women deliberately choosing not to apply for said position according to this article, then this should be hardly an inequality. The "gender gap" is caused by womens' decisions in Japan just like it is in the western world.
It's amusing to see an article that promotes a narrative - only to dismantle it later itself.
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Posted in: The new visa program for specified skilled workers in 14 sectors was launched in April 2019, yet only 376 people received this visa in the program's first six months. The fact that foreigners are not rushing to embrace the program should alert Japan to two critical questions: Why would non-Japanese want to work here? And once they come, how can they be successfully integrated? See in context
gaijin are being treated as servants to prop up Japanese society.
According to my experience, this is false. Well integrated Gaijin are even treated nicer than Japanese people.
the problem is when they say words like "integrated". once Japan stops thinking these people ( from other countries ) are "aliens" and making it seem like they,re moving to a different planet,
The problem is that some gaijin come here lacking in Japanese proficiency, disregard cultural norms and then have the nerve to act entitled/otherwise bad-mannered. I've seen lots of Eikaiwa-tier people who are like that and then cry how xenophobic Japan is. The society doesn't integrate you, you integrate yourself. You paint your own picture in society.
re-located to Japan, where he was offered less than 200,000 yen a month by several Japanese IT/tech companies,
Then chances are that individual lacked the negotiation/Japanese skills. I told my employer very politely that I need a certain amount for reasons, and got through with it.
Moving to Japan is the best thing that one could do, providing you don't go in blind.
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Oh yes please, play that game.
While you're at it, don't forget how Korean families sold their daughters and how the Korean government knew these victims were there and refused compensation for them when Japan asked whether people should be compensated. If you contribute, contribute everything.
Never forget how the Koreans shamelessly betrayed their own kin and then have the nerve to plaster the whole responsibility on Japan.
Of course, there are Koreans who know this and seek compensation from their own government, which I find important and right.
The more this goes on, the more it seems both sides are using this for votes - this is just a hunch though.
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If he's detained by authorities, then he must have overstayed his visa or broke some form of immigration procedure, something this article cleverly left out. Ergo, 自業自得.
You aren't detained for seeking asylum, nor is it a human rights violation when you prevent someone who, according to past experieces is very likely to flee authorities, from doing exactly that.
In Europe, he would have been able to run away and even get money for every identity he registers. Fellow didn't research beforehand.
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I have to thank Nissan & Co for presenting me with such a great negative example for my compliance presentation.
Corruption, conflict of interest, lack of financial integrity and many more problems all in there.
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The money was paid in 1965. Case closed
Not only was the sum paid, Korea flat out declined compensation for individuals in minutes of the 1965 agreement. Thus, this was de facto part of the agreement since this very problem was at least talked about.
If Korea wanted compensation for war crimes, it would have included this in the treaty. Truth of the matter is, Korea didn't give a damn, but that's not Japan's legal liability. That's why the case is closed for Japan with the 1965 agreement - don't forget it's Japan who tried to open the doors for individual compensation. Korea slammed it shut.
Korea is trying to avoid responsibility for a problem they created themselves and are trying to shift the blame.…
Since there's no statute of limitations for these allegedly never settled war crimes, Korea could sue Japan internationally. The fact that they don't and make national rulings instead shows that the government cold-heartedly doesn't care one bit about its own citizens. The fact they voided the last treaty proved it's a political stunt.
This is something Samit never even responded to, which is ignoring inconvenient facts for me.
All in all, what South Korea is doing to distract from domestic problems is pretty sickening and unfair to its own citizens.
These are my last words on this article.
7 ( +8 / -1 )
Where was this merch when I was in my edgy chuu-ni days? It would have been the icing on the cake.
0 ( +0 / -0 )
Then Mitsubishi's assets will be seized to pay the claimants.
Which would be unlawful and open a can of worms for South Korea, see below...
The 1965 treaty doesn't cover damages resulting from the illegal actions on the part of Japan[…]Japan could have had that final resolution[…]included the word "damages"
You forgot to mention that Japan offered Korea compensation for victims, which it declined formally branding individual compensation a Korean matter. As such, the burden lies on SK.
Also, the Korean supreme court simply doesn't have the competence to rule on or interpret bilateral treaties, as instruments for revision (in this case: none) and problems of interpretation (as stipulated in article 3 paragraphs 1 and 2 of the treaty) are to be settled in a specific way. Thus, SK is breaking the treaty by passing its own unilateral judgements and your argument is thus invalidated by legal ignorance.
…stands to make a net gain of 2 trillion dollars…
Wishful thinking, as this is a total sum which will most likely take multiple years and hundreds of millions every year. The result would still be a remarkable increase, but nothing too grand. You also can't calculate money you don't have coming in yet.
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As a German happily married to a Japanese woman, I wish them all the best.
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Pathetic move by South Korea this week - check
South Korea being too scared to sue Japan internationally, instead making unlawful advances - check
Claims that South Koreans are not entitled to, thanks to their own past government's incompetence/corruption - check
Breach of 1965 treaty (Article Ⅲ, paragraphs 1 and 2) by SK - check
People ignorant of treaties somehow defending SK on a basket-weaving discussion forum - check
Opportunity for Mitsubishi and other Japanese firms to conveniently slim down on Korean staff - big likely check that Korea brought upon itself ：）
Opportunity for Japan to sue South Korea internationally if this persists - check
Another day the world is laughing at South Korea for its silliness.
Thanks for making my day, JT and its people... (´ω｀)
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DO THE MARIO!
1 ( +1 / -0 )
She expressed her right to wear and express what she wants, probably for publicity.
TV Asahi expressed their right to draw cosequences and cancel her performance, probably to save face.
Fair enough, but nothing worthy to write about. Both parties acted in their respective best interests and both parties weighed their options.
So nothing of value gained or lost.
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Nice that you ignore the fact that Korea outright declined such compensations for victims in the first place.
There's a reason there wasn't any victim compensation:
It wasn't part of the agreement as Japan's efforts to provide individual compensations were dismissed by the Korean government. Despite Korea declaring this as a domestic problem at the time, they haven't paid their citizens jack. It's well documented in post-war literature how they have betrayed their citizens. But that's not something which Japan should account for.
You can't just dismiss possible compensation for your citizens, resolve matters finally and irreversibly and then backstab the treaty partner to pay anyways. It's the Korean government who screwed this up, so they should compensate. By the way the SK government is even in clear violation of the treaty as they don't seek resolution through political channels.
DieRealityCheck has even posted a direct export of the dialogue of the two parties. But I guess you will ignore that and any inconvenient evidence as well.
If the SK government is so right, why don't they sue Japan internationally? It's because it's nothing more than a publicity stunt to get votes. Blaring propaganda is the one thing Korea is good at, after all.
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Ilovecoffee and friends with the same opinion:
Let's just ignore the ad hominem remark of ilovecoffee and not forget the fact that Japan wanted to compensate individuals, but Korea didn't want that.
In January 2005, the South Korean government disclosed 1,200 pages of diplomatic documents that recorded the proceeding of the treaty. The documents, kept secret for 40 years, recorded that the Japanese government actually proposed to the South Korean government to directly compensate individual victims but it was the South Korean government which insisted that it would handle individual compensation to its citizens and then received the whole amount of grants on behalf of the victims.
Moreover, you state that
The 1965 treaty is about Economic Aid, not compensation for forced labor.
Which is simply not true. You can read the treaty online, but nowhere does it say what the money can and cannot be used for. That is entirely up to the receiving party, so you are merely stating what it was used for, which was SK's responsibility.
You can educate yourself here to prevent further 'twilight zones' of your own. What the treaty says and doesn't say is very clear. It's also why SK doesn't sue Japan. The burden of compensation lies with the Korean government. This is a political stunt, if you haven't noticed already. =)
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So the SK surpreme court 'ruled' on something that is entirely out of their scope of competence. Bring it in front of an international court and see what happens.
SK's surpreme court can rule what they want, they won't get far without going to international court.
There's a reason why SK doesn't go there, despite all the times they whine about old wartime stories. It's because they know it's fruitless.
Nothing but a pathetic publicity stunt.
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People who want to learn a language are most successful by using mImicry, as that's what you do when you're a child..
If this AI turns out to be successful, which is not realistic but one can still dream, then English speakers will actually have to learn proper Japanese and get some real skills as opposed to becoming an English teacher,. It's those teaching careers who fail to integrate only to land on JT to whine and moan about how bad and xenophobic Japan is.
Any burden to them is a boon to me.
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Are you speaking to your fellow posters or those who have been crowing "lock her up" about Hillary Clinton?
I have nothing against Hillary, and she isn't part of this discussion so I'll take this as a rhetorical question.
Conversely why are some people so desperate to believe that rich and powerful men are innocent of sexual assault?
I'm not desperate to believe anything, read my post again. He's innocent until proven guilty PERIOD.
-1 ( +0 / -1 )
Some people seem to have already convicted him by accusation alone while hypocritically shouting how full of hatred others are.
I don't care about whether he's a dem or a con, since both are two sides of the same corrupt coin in a 'two party democracy'... whatever that means. ;)
It just shocks me how people immediately jump on the bandwagon to chastise him without any substantial proof just because he's a political 'enemy'.
She should make her point in a court of law - and if it turns out he did it, he should get convicted. If it turns out there's reasonable doubt that he did it, he should not be convicted and he may sue her for false accusation and/or slander.
Seeing how there seem to be neither proof nor facts supporting her claim and how she only brings it up now, her credibility is severely damaged by default. What people conveniently forget is that the burden of proof lies with the accuser, not the accused.
Downvote me all you want, but I think people who partake in witch hunts like that should never become a public servant and if they are, I want them to resign for clearly not understanding and/or denying the right to fair process.
Innocent until proven guilty, get it into your thick skulls and deal with it.
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