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Prosecutors Seek Five-Year Jail Term for Actor Hirofumi Arai on Rape Charges

Prosecutors Seek Five-Year Jail Term for Actor Hirofumi Arai on Rape Charges

Japanese prosecutors in the rape case against Hirofumi Arai have asked for a five-year prison sentence for the actor. They made the request was made at a public hearing Wednesday in the Tokyo District Court.

Arai has pleaded innocent to charges that he sexually assaulted a woman sent to his residence from a massage service on July 1, 2018.

In its statement to the court, the prosecution contended that the victim was in “extreme physical and emotional distress” and that Arai’s payment of money after the encounter indicated “his full recognition that the woman was opposed to his desire.”

In his testimony, Arai has denied that the woman resisted his advances or that he used threats or violence.

Japanese courts have very high conviction rates. The verdict will be announced Dec. 2.

Born Kyung-Sik Park in Hirosaki, in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture, in 1979, Arai is a third-generation ethnic Korean. After debuting in “Go,

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