The broadcaster told Reuters it had received no further reply from the ministry. Neither she nor her employer identified her. Fukuda could not be reached for comment on this article. The reporter could not be reached for comment. In the month since, harassment has remained a hot-button issue. One of the reporters who accused Fukuda, a top bureaucrat, worked for broadcaster TV Asahi. In Japan, prosecutors by custom do not explain decisions to the public. Cabinet minister Noda, who plans to challenge Abe for leadership of his ruling party, called for a law to strengthen protection for sexual harassment victims. Fukuda denied the allegations, and no lawsuits were filed, but the finance ministry later acknowledged the harassment and docked 20 percent of his pay for six months. In a statement issued on her behalf by TV Asahi last month, the reporter, who was not identified, said that she regretted that Fukuda had not admitted to the allegations and added that she hoped it would become easier for victims to take action. She added, though, that things might be changing for the better. Print Japanese women, long accustomed to enduring sexual harassment in silence, are speaking out after a high-profile scandal involving a top bureaucrat stirred debate and protests. Opposition lawmaker Renho said one challenge was to ensure victims in lower-profile cases are heard and protected. That was what freelancer Shiori Ito said happened to her when she went public last year with allegations of rape by well-known journalist Noriyuki Yamaguchi. Ito, who worked as an intern for Reuters during the time she says the rape occurred, is seeking compensation from Yamaguchi in a civil suit.