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Ikuko Ishida’s Lawsuit Against Sapporo City

By Kohei Usuda Last February, Ikuko Ishida filed a civil lawsuit at the Tokyo District Court against the city of Sapporo and her former teacher, seeking damages for severe psychological trauma. She claims it’s the result of years of sexual abuse she endured as a schoolgirl. Now, decades after the agony, she’s asking for justice. …

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Dipti Bhatnagar

No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice

An interview with Dipti Bhatnagar by Kiyoka Tokumasu and Kohei Usuda Global awareness of climate change has reached critical mass in recent times, thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of young activists at the grassroots level. A feminist perspective, however, has been conspiciously absent from the public discourse on the climate crisis, even …

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The Rise of the Trans-Exclusionary Social Movement as Seen From Text Mining Analysis

By Takanori Tamura, Voice Up Japan advisor.  The purpose of this essay is to show the rise of the trans exclusionary social movement on Twitter in Japan in December 2018 by quantitatively analyzing Twitter posts about “trans woman” and to counter the historical revisionism that argues as if it did not exist. The transphobic movement, …

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How Female Japanese Rappers are Discussing Feminism

By Martina Voice Up Japan already touched on the issues that the Body Positive movement has to face. But other beauty standards affect women’s appearance or behaviour. The most obvious is the obsession for kawaii. A trend born in the 70s among Japanese students who preferred a more naive calligraphy has shifted into an aesthetic …

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