How to get raped in Japan
JAPAN — An American woman who says she was gang raped by two Japanese men at a hotel in a popular resort city has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the Japanese government of failing to adequately investigate the assault and covering it up.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco seeks $3 million in damages and the extradition of the men, who the woman says she is not related to.
The Japanese Embassy in Washington declined to comment.
The Associated Press first reported the case in July.
The two men, identified only by their initials Tetsuya and Tatsuya Yamashita, are charged with felony rape, according to the lawsuit.
The women allege they were forced to have sex with the men at the Sauna Inn Hotel in Tokyo, and the alleged attack lasted about a half hour.
They claim they were attacked as they were eating dinner and that they were also raped and tortured by the men as they watched, the lawsuit said.
The hotel manager says the two men are Japanese nationals, but they are not related.
In the lawsuit, the women claim they suffered psychological trauma, including nightmares, after the attack and that police did not investigate.
They also allege the hotel management failed to properly inform them about the assault.
The U.K.-based U.N. Human Rights Office has called on Japan to conduct an independent investigation of the case.
Japanese law does not provide for an independent criminal investigation, but the law requires authorities to make any investigation possible and notify the victims.
The man and woman have not been charged with any crimes in Japan.
The woman said she feels betrayed by Japan’s government.