Woman ordered to pay £700 compensation to bloke after having sex with his wife

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A woman has been ordered to pay a husband £700 in compensation for having sex with his wife.

The bitter husband, 39, filed a lawsuit in Japan against his 35-year-old wife’s lover after he discovered the affair.

He accused both women of engaging in sexual conduct after meeting online.

Tokyo District Court declared the unnamed lover, 37, should hand over 110,000 yen (£735) to the man in compensation payment.

The rare court ruling recognised extramarital sex between same-sex partners is infidelity under the law, the Asahi Shimbun reported.

She had argued her actions did not destroy the marriage and therefore did not count as infidelity under the law.

But the court disagreed on February 16 and ruled the affair had undermined the peace in the marriage, which therefore constituted infidelity.

Legal experts are said to be mostly of the view that what counts as infidelity under the law in Japan is someone being unfaithful with a member of the opposite sex.

This meant affairs between the same sex were not considered to constitute infidelity under the law.

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However, courts in Japan are slowly moving towards recognising adultery is not limited to acts only between members of the opposite sex.

Last March, the Tokyo High Court ordered a woman to fork out compensation to her female partner for cheating on her.

The court said a same-sex union should be treated as a marriage in law.

According to local media, the couple had wed in the US, lived together for seven years.

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They also planned to raise children together.

The cheating partner was ordered to pay damages of 1.1million yen (more than £7,000).

Judge Hitomi Akiyoshi said: "It was a relationship equivalent to that in which a man and woman come together to lead their lives in cooperation as a married couple.

"A same-sex couple is an agreement between two people, and on that basis, it can be said that it bears the same obligations to fidelity that a legally married couple of opposite genders undertakes."

Japan remains the only country within the G7 not to fully recognise same-sex partnerships.

But district court recently ruled not allowing same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional.

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