Thursday, June 30, 2022
The media has covered the struggles of Japanese restaurants, bars and other service industries since the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020, but what about sex workers? Thousands of women in Japan who work in call-out services called “delivery...
Compelling women’s fiction in Japan hardly began with its two brightest contemporary stars, Mieko Kawakami and Sayaka Murata. Yoko Tawada won the Akutagawa Prize back in 1993 and her work is widely read outside Japan (Tawada has long lived...
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Japan's #MeToo movement was sparked by a television reporter who said she was sexually harassed by the country’s highest-ranking finance ministry official. “Can I touch your breast?” “Can I tie you up?” The voice of the man’s relentless sexual advances...
Pay dispute shines spotlight on supply chains and justice ​ A factory responsible for producing products for retail chain Uniqlo has closed, leaving 4,000 workers out on the streets without work or any severance pay.  Indonesian national Wani Rena Napishul was...
Mari Miura knows all about the gender equality situation in Japan, especially as it relates to parity in politics.  In her capacity as professor of political science at Sophia University, Miura was involved in the legislative process for Japan’s Gender...
Legal framework, welfare networks failing to meet needs  Ray Tanaka’s high-pitched giggle is infectious, an endearing mixture of unbridled fun and the timid titter of those who are somehow short on confidence.  Yet there are visible hints that the perky 51-year-old has endured many less humorous times. Scars...

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