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>> Asia's got it's critics when it comes to the treatment of women. From harrying stories of rape from India to the ugly scars of Korea's comfort women. But across this region, people have been shocked by the sexual harassment allegations against Donald Trump, saying his remarks would make him virtually unelectable here.
>> I'm Reuters correspondent, Tara Joseph, in Hong Kong. I've lived outside the United States for over 20 years, and I have never seen so much attention focused on American politics. The video of Donald Trump bragging about groping women didn't just attract criticism, it also resonated highly here, bringing out an unusual flurry of openness about a taboo subject.
A recent study commissioned by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare found 30% of women had experienced some form of sexual harassment. And in a Hong Kong survey a few years ago, one-quarter of all women said they had experienced domestic violence. In socially conservative Malaysia, member of Parliament, Narul Izzah said the US campaign debate was quote, a tragedy for women everywhere.
>> If one good thing could come out of over discussion and the controversy. I think it is that hopefully other countries will pause to reflect on whether the way that women are treated or regarded in their societies is acceptable.>> Asia may have a checkered history of the treatment of women, but it also has its fair chair of female leaders of state, suggesting to many that democracy and the rights of women in America may in some ways be lagging behind.