Japanese Woman Ordered To Pay Man $1000 Compensation After Sleeping With His Wife
On 25th March 2021
This Japanese woman is ordered by the court to pay compensation to the man after sleeping with his wife. Court told the woman what she did count as infidelity and disturbed the peace of marriage and so she is obliged to pay damage charges to the man.
A Japanese woman has been ordered by the Tokyo court to pay $1000 in compensation after allegedly sleeping with his wife.
In a ruling dated 16 February, the Tokyo District Court ordered the unnamed woman, 37, to pay 110,000 yen ($1,000/£700) to the husband of a woman she'd had sex with.
As per The Asahi Shimbun, the 39-year-old husband filed a lawsuit against his wife's 35-year old lover who he claimed met his wife through an online platform. He accused the woman of engaging in sexual activity with his wife.
The accused in response to the allegations argued that their sexual activity did not constitute infidelity as their actions did not ruin the marriage. However, the court responded otherwise and claimed that any act undermining the peace in marriage is equivalent to infidelity and thus ordered the woman to pay compensation to the husband.
Japanese courts are now redefining the definition of adultery and infidelity and it is now made a point that these acts are not only restricted between members of the opposite sex only.
Only recently, a district court ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry is 'unconstitutional'.
Japan's constitution defines marriage as a relationship that is built on mutual consent of both sexes however in a historic ruling, the Sapporo District Court found that the country's failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
The ruling said: "Sexual orientation cannot be changed or selected by a person's will.
"It is discriminatory treatment [...] that they cannot receive even some of the legal benefits that heterosexuals do."
Masa Yanagisawa, head of Prime Services at Goldman Sachs Japan and a board member of the NGO Marriage for All Japan, said: "For things that are part of the national system, such as pensions, there's nothing they can do.
"All the other advanced countries have this, so Japan will lose out competitively. Then there's the fact that people can't be who they are. It becomes quite business critical."
The court dismissed a request for compensation from the three couples who brought the case, who had asked for the government to pay them 1 million yen ($9,200/£6,600) each in damages, in acknowledgment of the pain and injustice they suffered by not being able to marry.
Takeharu Kato, the lawyer of the plaintiffs, said the verdict overall was 'revolutionary', urging parliament to start working on a law to make same-sex marriage possible as soon as possible.
The lawyer told a news conference: "We praise this ruling for taking in the plaintiffs' earnest appeals."
One of the plaintiffs, a woman known only as 'E', said: "Only because the gender of the person we love is different, we can't get married. We live the same lives as heterosexuals, have the same troubles and the same joys.
"Though our lives are exactly the same, the nation wouldn't recognise this."