Thursday, June 30, 2022
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...
This article has not yet been translated into English
This article has not yet been translated into English.
The murder of an elderly homeless woman in Tokyo in November was another reminder of the vulnerability of people living on the streets, even in one of the world’s safest cities. Misako Obayashi, 64, was hit on the head, apparently with a bag of rocks, while sitting at a bus stop near Sasazuka Station in the early hours of Nov 16. Her alleged killer, Kazuhito Yoshida, 46, reportedly offered her money to move elsewhere and became enraged when she refused.  
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...
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...
Three long-term nursing care helpers have taken the state to court, citing  workplace violations of the Labor Standards Act and  wage theft. The workers, who are women in their 60s from Tokyo and Fukushima, filed the lawsuit with the Tokyo...
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...
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...

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