月: 2021年3月

Ex-JET Teacher Pursues Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Nagasaki Government

What is it like to speak out about sexual assault? What does the actual lawsuit process look like? Voice Up Japan spoke with an American Ex-JET teacher who filed a lawsuit against the Nagasaki government over incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.  An American teacher, who goes by the name Sasebo Anon to protect her identity, grew up in Chicago, in the Midwest of the United States. After having studied abroad in Spain and China, she joined the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET Program) to teach English in Nagasaki after college. She initially joined the program because one of her professors who had taken part in the program …

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Beverly Kiyomi Boyd

Japanese School Regulations: What Is The “Correct” Hair?

By Leslie Lee | Translated by Ayşe Haruka Açıkbaş After a student was forced to dye her hair black to comply with school years, she sued Osaka Prefecture and won. However, the court maintains that the school regulations are not illegal. Voice Up Japan talks to Beverly Kiyomi Boyd about Japanese school regulations and its strict hair rules. There is a common saying about Japan: “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” While this platitude is often applied across all aspects of Japan, many schools across Japan have strict rules on students’ appearances, and those who disobey face dire consequences. One such case was a brown-haired student in Osaka, …

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HIVとAIDSの違い:もう、HIVは「死の病」を意味しない

同性パートナーシップ証明制度を取り組む自治体が増えている近年。この制度は同性カップルを認めるステップとなったが、平等への道なりはまだ終わっていない。Voice Up Japanは同性パートナーシップ証明制度がどのようなものであるか、また、それが日本のLGBTコミュニティにもたらす影響を理解するべき、2021年にこの制度を導入する予定である名古屋市に住む人たちをインタビューしました。

日本のタブー:刺青・タトゥー

Proud of our inked bodies. Today, Voice Up Japan decided to talk about one historical taboo in Japan: tattoos and their bad reputation. While the archipelago has such a rich and amazing ancestral culture of tattooing, it also nurtures a disgust of it since the Meiji era. A position that leads to discriminatory  behaviour to those who dare to bear one.  It’s when I first came to Japan, 11 years ago that I discovered the deep culture of tattoos for the first time. Designs, methods, artists creativity, I quickly found it fascinating and naturally had the need and the wish to have my own one. After all, this first trip …

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10ねんとパンデミック:福島の復興

By Trishit Banerjee | Translated by Sachi Kikuchi If November 29, 2020 would have been a normal day, the return of God to the Futaba Shohatsu Shrine in Fukushima after nearly 10 years would have been a pompous affair. However, with Japan battling the third wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it was a hushed event with a select group of people. In March 2021, Fukushima and the rest of the Tohoku region would be commemorating a decade since the Earthquake and Tsunami struck its shores. For Fukushima however, the additional challenge posed by the nuclear disaster means that towns like Futaba continue to remain abandoned in most areas. 10 years …

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