TOKYO (TR) – The Tokyo District Court on Thursday ordered the publisher of a weekly magazine to pay eight female celebrities 800,000 yen each in compensation over an article from two years ago that included nude images, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Jan. 29).
A photo montage in the November 21, 2013 issue of Shukan Jitsuwa, published by Tokyo-based Nihon Journal, included a photo montage that showed topless illustrations of the plaintiffs, including Atsuko Maeda, a former member of AKB48 and actress Haruka Ayase.
“The article was intended to inspire a strong sense of shame or discomfort for the plaintiffs,” said presiding judge Koji Hasegawa. “It is an insulting act that crossed the line.”
The requested amount by the plaintiffs was 11 million yen each.
A representative of Nihon Journal refused to comment on the ruling since its content was not yet available.