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Head of the Olympics Committee’s Sexist Remarks Can’t Happen Again

A petition, started by Kazuna Yamamoto, Momoko Nojo, and Kazuko Fukuda on February 4th, has gathered nearly 157.000 signatures in a week against the Head of the Olympics Committee’s sexist remarks. After a week, Yoshihiro Mori announced that he resigned from his position. In this article, Voice Up Japan’s founder shares her thoughts with the Voice Up Japan Media team about her thoughts on this issue and discrimination in Japan

“Same-Sex Partnership: After an Incomplete Certificate What’s Next?

There is an accumulation of local governments issuing same-sex partnerships certificates. Although the same-sex partnership system brings recognition of same-sex couples, it is still not the endpoint when it comes to equality. As Voice Up Japan, we interviewed people from Nagoya, a city that is going to adopt same-sex partnership in 2021, to understand what the same-sex partnership system is and what it implies for LGBT people in Japan.

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Against the Mainstream, Feminist Zines in Japan

Written by Elif Erdogan Translated to Japanese by Ayşe Haruka Açıkbaş Oshima Jigsaw Zine, Issue #3, 1991 Source: https://thequietus.com/articles/11245-riot-grrrl-20-years-retrospective Zine is a self-published, do it yourself (DIY) type of fanzines that rejects the mainstream ideas that are imposed on us such as we should be silent or we should behave like  “good girls”. Feminist zines …

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200 people in Osaka’s streets for Japan’s first Slutwalk

by Elif Erdogan  “My Pussy My Choice” For this week’s Voice Up Japan publication, we have interviewed three inspirational figures that organized Japan SlutWalk, Hinako, Gaymakimaki, and Myongfa. We wanted to know more about Japan SlutWalk and its motivation to organize this movement. Nearly 200 people walked the streets of Osaka’s Nanba to Amerikamura to …

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Human trafficking in Japan: Actions Against the Commercialization of Sex

In Japan, several organizations fight against the commercialization of sex, human trafficking but also try to prevent young girls from adult video scouting and joshi kosei practices. “I think we are making our sex disposable, like a fast food. You crave for it and you buy it. It’s instant gratification” says Shihoko Fujiwara shares in …

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