Who We Are

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a more gender equal
society where people feel safe to voice up.

what we work on

Advocating to change the criminal law regarding sexual assault and violence

Educating the next generation about sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence

The research and investigation of sexual harassment and violence

Supporting survivors of sexual violence and discrimination

Our History

Voice Up Japan began in early 2019 when our founder Kazuna Yamamoto started a petition on change.org speaking up against a tabloid magazine article that ranked universities where girls are “easy to access” for sex. The petition garnered over 40,000 signatures in 4 days and prompted the magazine to issue an apology and release an article on sexual consent. 

A few months later, alongside two other human rights groups, Voice Up Japan started a petition to push for legal reform of the law regarding sexual violence in Japan, after a father accused of sexually abusing his daughter was acquitted because she was a junior high school student. The petition asked for a revision of the penal code to make sex without consent a crime. In just a year’s time, it gathered almost 100,000 signatures.

In November 2019, we held a press conference that garnered both national and international attention. In the press conference we spoke about the troubling abundance of claims of sexual harassment of job seeking students in Japan. The press conference then triggered a widespread dialogue on Twitter, and gave many victims the courage to finally speak about their experience with harassment.

We were amazed by the attention our petitions and press conference received across Japan – and realized it revealed a deep desire within many in Japan to finally speak up about and fight against the gender discrimination and sexual violence that is still pervasive in society today.

Since then, Voice Up Japan has been invited by governmental officials, embassies, schools, and universities to speak about gender inequality, sexual violence, and the misogyny that is still commonplace in Japanese society. Aside from giving lectures and hosting events, Voice Up Japan also raises awareness through authoring articles, protesting, and creating community.

Our work has just begun.  We will continue to do all that we can to build a more equal and welcoming society in Japan – a society where everyone feels safe to voice up.

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