The story of Ito’s struggle for justice—the multiple police investigations, civil and criminal cases, and the social and political context against which they were set—are told in straightforward, gripping prose ... astonishing, infuriating, and yet ultimately inspiring ... the twists and turns of the case lend her book the quality of a riveting political thriller ... But that’s not the main purpose of Black Box. It is, above all, an indictment of the haphazard and incompetent manner in which sexual assault is handled by all levels of relevant authorities in Japan ... a remarkable achievement from a talented journalist who turns her reporter’s lens on her own traumatizing experience of sexual assault. Yet amid the fury and outrage that the reader cannot help but feel, it also generates a sense of hope.
The book reveals not only a culture of victim-blaming and lack of support for victims, but also the extent to which the powerful are protected in Japan ... Black Box, a comprehensive exposé of injustice by a fierce and talented journalist, is the proof.
This unflinching, heavily researched book shimmers with vulnerability, introspection, and purpose as the author skillfully lays the facts alongside the physical and emotional tolls they had on her. A memoir about sexual assault written with devastating moral and emotional clarity.