Brazilian man acquitted of sexual assault after kissing Japanese woman on Nagoya train | SoraNews24

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Inability of foreign resident to perceive rejection cited as key factor in ruling.On the night of June 26, 2016, a 23-year-old Japanese woman was sitting on a train travelling from Aichi Prefecture’s Chitahanda Station to Kanayama Station, in the prefectural capital of Nagoya. At some point, the 44-year-old man sitting next to her, a Brazilian national living in Nagoya, introduced himself.He asked the woman her name, what kind of work she did, and eventually asked her for her phone number, which she gave. As they continued talking, he took hold of her right hand, kissed her three times, and, according to the woman, began touching her lower body from outside her clothing.The woman did not appreciate these overtures, and after filing a complaint with the police the man was arrested in March of this year, before being arraigned in April ahead of being placed on trial in Nagoya district court for the incident. Prosecutors sought a sentence of two years in prison, but on September 5 the trial ended with the defendant being cleared of all charges.Presiding judge Mihoko Tanabe, a woman herself, accepted the man’s claim that he did what he did only because he felt that the woman welcomed the physical contact (though he denies touching her lower body).Tanabe’s decision was prompted by a number of factors.

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