World abuse update – Japan

A Catholic woman has begun a claim against the Roman Catholic Church in Japan alleging that a priest raped her four decades ago, in what is one of the first such actions against the Church in Japan. Catholics make up less than 0.5% of the population in Japan and only a handful of people have gone public as survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse, to date.

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Report finds routine physical abuse within sport in Japan

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has this week published its report into abuse within sport in Japan. The report is titled ‘I was hit so many times I can’t count’ and details the study’s findings: that child athletes in Japan have routinely suffered physical abuse from their coaches. The report comes in the week that would have marked the start of the Tokyo Olympics had it not been for the COVID-19 global pandemic which has delayed the games by one year.

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