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Japan Catholic school sex-abuse victims demand to be heard

  • In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, photo, a car passes by St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. The Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the world’s least Catholic countries: Japan. Former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. One former student says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers when he was 11. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, photo, a car passes by St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. The Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the world’s least Catholic countries: Japan. Former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. One former student says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers when he was 11. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, photo, a man rides a bicycle past St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. The Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the world’s least Catholic countries: Japan. Former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. One former student says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers when he was 11. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, photo, a man rides a bicycle past St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. The Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the world’s least Catholic countries: Japan. Former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. One former student says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers when he was 11. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, photo, a man walks on a connecting bridge of St. Mary’s International School as its school buses are parked in its compound in Tokyo. The Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the world’s least Catholic countries: Japan. Former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. One former student says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers when he was 11. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    In this Sunday, April 10, 2016, photo, a man walks on a connecting bridge of St. Mary’s International School as its school buses are parked in its compound in Tokyo. The Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the world’s least Catholic countries: Japan. Former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago. One former student says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers when he was 11. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

The Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal has stretched into one of the least Catholic countries: Japan, where former students at a prestigious all-boys parochial school allege they were molested or raped by religious brothers who taught there decades ago.

Three former students at St. Mary's International School in Tokyo tell The Associated Press they were sexually abused by brothers there. One described "health checkups" in which a brother touched boys' testicles. Another says he was raped in the chapel by two brothers at age 11.

School officials set up an investigative panel 18 months ago, but it has yet to issue findings. The school says it reported the rape allegations to Tokyo police, who say no investigation is ongoing. The statute of limitations for the allegations passed long ago.