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Former Japanese soldier fights for justice in landmark sexual assault case

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Rina GonoiA former Japanese soldier's years-long fight for justice against the men she has accused of sexually assaulting her will reach a climax on Tuesday when a court delivers a verdict in a trial that has drawn international attention.

After leaving the Self-Defence Forces in 2022, Rina Gonoi, 24, went public with accusations against her ex-colleagues, a rare step in a male-dominated society where speaking out against sexual violence has remained somewhat taboo.

She has received a public apology from the government and global recognition - Time Magazine named Gonoi in its list of 100 emerging world leaders - but has also been the target of online vitriol.

"I am appreciative of the fact that they value what I'm doing. There is a tendency in Japan when people speak up, they get criticised," Gonoi told Reuters in an interview.

"I have gotten many derogatory comments. But I know the world values what I'm doing so I don't think I made a mistake (of coming forward)."

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