Black Box by Shiori Ito
In 2017, aspiring journalist Shiori Ito went public with the accusation that a prominent TV journalist had sexually assaulted her two years prior. After the assault, Ito was told by the police that her case was a "black box": it had happened behind closed doors and was therefore unprosecutable.
Upon publication in 2017, BLACK BOX was integral to the #MeToo movement in Japan, becoming a necessary catalyst for cultural and legal change. Ito's personal story is the kernel of a searing journalistic expose, showing how Japan's relatively low official rates of sexual assault mask a culture of victim-shaming and institutional failure on the part of the police, law and media to bring perpetrators to justice.