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Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan's #Metoo Movement
Black Box: The Memoir That Sparked Japan's #Metoo Movement | Shiori Ito
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Black Box is a riveting, sobering memoir that chronicles one woman's struggle for justice, calling for changes to an industry--and in society at large--to ensure that future victims of sexual assault can come forward without being silenced and humiliated. In 2015, an aspiring young journalist named Shiori Ito charged prominent reporter Noriyuki Yamaguchi with rape. After meeting up for drinks and networking, Ito remembers regaining consciousness in a hotel room while being assaulted. But when she went to the police, Ito was told that her case was a "black box"--untouchable and unprosecutable. Upon publication in 2017, Ito's searing account foregrounded the #MeToo movement in Japan and became the center of an urgent cultural and legal shift around recognizing sexual assault and gender-based violence. As international outlets covered every step of her story--even documenting it in the BBC film Japan's Secret Shame--this book launched a societal reckoning. At the end of 2019, Ito won a civil case against Yamaguchi. With careful and quiet fury, Black Box recounts a broken system of repression and violence--but it also heralds the beginning of a new solidarity movement seeking a more equitable path toward justice.
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Such a brave woman. This is an important story that both painful yet powerful. It‘s a tough read, reading of not only her rape but the after effects.

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Compared to Know My Name by Chanel Miller (I read them back to back), this is it. Without disregarding my compassion toward what they‘ve been through, this book was a fight. A fight she had to put up with for years. If you‘re thinking of Know My Name, I suggest you drop it (it‘s one of the two books that I‘ve rated 1 star).

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A black box Is an opaque non-transparent system that uses information to produce a particular set of results, but that works in a way that is secret. Saori Ito was raped. She faced a black box that protected her rapist. She decided to fight back publically and write about it: lighting Japan‘s #MeToo moment. Just bought the English translation. Read it and stand with her.