年: 2020年

Body Positivism in Japan

To better understand what the Body Positivity movement is and how it is developing in Japan, I talked with Antonia Larraín, Chilean communicator, activist and model, and Mariana, Japanese plus size model from the agency Glapocha.  Antonia started being an activist at a very young age. She was a militant before even realizing it. She has always been interested in diversity and she started out taking part in marches and parades by the side of the LGBTQ community. “I am first of all a communicator. Being a model is one of the many ways I have to spread my ideas. I am a Feminist and this is why I am also …

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性被害の損害賠償を求め、石田郁子氏が提訴

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. For Ikuko Ishida, the ordeal began on the day before her junior high school graduation ceremony. On that snowy below-freezing day in the middle of March, more than two decades ago, young Ikuko, then a student in the northern city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, had been invited by one of her schoolteachers to accompany him to …

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A Victim Raises Her Voice Against Chikan

Recently, a brand new application that gives the opportunity to prevent from chikan assaults, who operate mainly in the trains, has been deployed by the Digi Police. In a few days only, it has been downloaded 237,000 times. In 2017, Kumi Sasaki wrote a book in French, in Paris, where she lives. She wanted to denounce how the Japanese train can be a nightmare for a young girl going to school on her own. Everyone living in Japan has heard of the chikan, those men who ride on crowded trains in order to assault young girls, often high-school teenagers in uniforms. Now one of their victims, a woman in her …

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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 Mido-Suji, wearing whatever they like, regardless of their gender nor their national identity, to shout “my body my choice”. On the 3rd of November 2019, people in Japan had their first SlutWalk to fight against the patriarchal culture. It first started in Toronto, Canada, when a police officer told female students that: “I’ve been told I’m not supposed …

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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 though it disproportionally affects women’s livelihoods across developing countries from Asia to Africa. Voice Up Japan recently caught up with Dipti Bhatnagar, a visiting climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth, to learn about the connection between gender and climate issues. In our extensive interview, she walked us through concepts such as gender …

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colabo tokyo

A Haven in Tokyo

By Johann Fleuri How Colabo has created a haven for girls in Tokyo Since 2011, Colabo, founded by Yumeno Nito and her team, has been a tremendous support for young girls facing difficulties, protecting them from wandering in the streets Tokyo at night. During pandemic, their work has been more important than ever.  TOKYO. Where can you go when you are a 10 year-old girl who doesn’t see your home as a safe place ? With Tsubomi Café, a pink bus parked once a week in Shinjuku or Shibuya, Colabo has created a haven for girls, teenagers and young women who found themselves in the streets because of a complicated …

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The Shadow Pandemic

By Rhea Endo The Coronavirus pandemic has caused unprecedented change to many people’s lives, putting whole nations into lockdown. But the pandemic has one devastating side-effect, what UN Women is calling ‘The Shadow Pandemic’: a rise in domestic violence cases all around the world. “My husband works from home, and my child’s school is closed,” one woman said. “He is really feeling the stress and using physical violence against family members.” (Asahi Shimbun, April 2) “Things changed when the school closed on the 14th,” she says. “Then the children were home constantly and they began to irritate my husband. Usually he saves his anger for me, but he has begun …

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テキストマイニング分析から見るトランス排除社会運動の台頭―「トランス女性」という単語を含むTwitter記事を題材に―

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, which became prominent on Twitter in December 2018, is a discrimination that afflicts many people(尾崎, 2019) (ゆな, 2020), and the discrimination is an enemy to this entire society. Various arguments have already been published on this matter, such as (Hori, 2020; アジア女性資料センター, 2019; 三橋, 2019; 藤高, 2019) , from the perspective of gender theory. Leaving …

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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 of girls wearing pastel-colored shirts decorated by ribbons and acting cute, innocent, obedient. The tendency of adopting a kawaii behaviour has its roots in the social relations between men and women in Japanese society. “Since men’s position in society is getting weaker, guys might want to feel stronger by going for women who just accept …

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