was a month after the accident that a reporter from the Shukan
Shincho came to interview me for the first time.
From the beginning, his attitude was extremely rude; he treated me
like a murderer, repeatedly stating, “Regarding your collision…”
Of course I stressed the fact that “I was the victim,” but
no matter how much I would say it, he showered me with accusations.
His aggressive behavior frightened me.
Insincere attitude in the court
The behavior of Shukan Shincho reporters was the same in court. Their
arrogance and insincerity – recalling their behavior still
makes me angry. How many times I felt like screaming in the courtroom, “Stop
For those working for Shinchosha, lawsuits are part of their job.
They do not have to worry about time nor costs. On the other hand,
my wife and I are ordinary citizens. We fought for three years and
eight months, taking a leave from work and finding ways to finance
our legal fees.
Fortunately, the Supreme Court ruled in our favor, but the compensation
was only 1.1 million yen. This was far from adequate. In addition,
Shinchosha has neither expressed any apology nor given any acknowledgement
of what happened. In short, they have not reflected on their behavior
Shincho lawsuits still coming
Shinchosha lost 10 lawsuits in 2003 alone. My heart pains when I
think that almost every week, there are people suffering because
their human rights have been compromised. I would like to stress:
Never forgive Shukan Shincho. Shinchosha must deeply reflect on its
behavior and apologize to the victims of its groundless rumors.
and Eiko Shirayama
Letters of encouragement sent from all over the nation to Shirayama
reporting to his supporters after his victory in court