Lower house speaker Hosoda sues publisher over sexual scandal

Japan Today -- Jun 19

Japan's House of Representatives Speaker Hiroyuki Hosoda on Friday filed a damages suit against the publisher of a popular weekly magazine that recently ran reports about his alleged sexual harassment of female reporters, according to his lawyer.

Calling the reports of the Shukan Bunshun magazine groundless and defamatory, the 78-year-old ruling Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker demanded that Bungeishunju Ltd pay him 22 million yen in damages and publish an apology ad.

The magazine's editorial department said it is "regrettable" that Hosoda, who serves as "top of the highest organ of the state power, has not given any explanation (over the reports) to the public but filed a lawsuit."

"We are confident about our reports and we will set the record straight in court," it said.

One of the reports said Hosoda had called a female reporter late at night and asked her to come to his house.

Jun 19 (ANNnewsCH) - 細田博之衆議院議長がセクハラ疑惑の記事を巡り、出版社を提訴しました。  ...continue reading