Ms Arai has ly said she did not go to the police at the time of the alleged assault because she feared a backlash.
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The mayor said the fact that Ms Arai had not filed a complaint with police or launched a lawsuit proved her allegations were baseless. The year-old mayor responded to the allegations in a news conference of his own on Monday.
seekkng It is rare for women to go public with sexual assault and misconduct allegations in Japan. In a decisive vote, 2, of the 2, residents who cast their ballots backed the view that Ms Arai should be recalled for "damaging the town's reputation". The result of last week's referendum has attracted international media attention and seeling criticism from women's rights groups, which have described Ms Arai's removal as a setback for the MeToo movement in Japan.
Ms Arai's fellow councillors voted her out of office in Decemberaccusing her of making "scandalous" remarks. How has the mayor responded?
She eomen addressed the low rate of female representation in Japan's politics. Regional authorities overturned that decision, but Kusatsu's councillors gathered enough atures to hold a public referendum on Ms Arai's removal. Mr Kuroiwa has filed a criminal complaint against Ms Arai and is seeking defamation damages in a civil suit.
Ms Arai reiterated the allegations she made against Mayor Kuroiwa. She said the mayor had "branded my claims as lies" fudk had been "pressuring both me and my supporters with slander and false rumours".