Maho Yamaguchi of Japanese idol group NGT48.

NGT48 pop idol Maho Yamaguchi’s apology for home assault sparks outrage at Japanese victim-blaming

  • The 23-year-old singer revealed she was assaulted at home by intruders last month
  • Days later, she issued an apology during a concert for “causing trouble”
Topic |   Japan

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Maho Yamaguchi of Japanese idol group NGT48.
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.