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In Japan, Birth Control is Largely Out of Women's Hands

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  May 02, 2019 • Tagged with feminism, equality, women's rights, health

Despite reports to the contrary, Japan is still having sex - but Japanese women have little control over the outcome.

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"Rape Paradise": Father's Absolution in Rape of 12-Year-Old Daughter Sparks Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  April 08, 2019 • Tagged with crime, feminism, women's rights, children

Critics in Japan are calling out their country's judicial system after a series of rape cases are thrown out - and one case in particular has advocates in an uproar.

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Is Time Running Out for Japan's Idol Culture?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 29, 2019 • Tagged with music, entertainment, idols, women, women's rights, feminism

A high profile abuse case has the Japanese press saying to idol groups: Don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

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Not So Kawaii: How Japan's "Culture of Cute" Traps Japanese Women

Essay   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  March 11, 2019 • Tagged with equality, feminism, women, women's rights

It rakes in trillions for Japan, but is kawaii culture forcing Japanese women into a no-win situation?

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Woman Was The Sun: The Life of Japanese Feminist Hiratsuka Raicho

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  March 06, 2019 • Tagged with history, feminism, women, women of japan

From her scandalous love life to her campaign to have men with STDs barred from marriage, Hiratsuka Raicho was like nothing Japan had ever seen.

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#KuToo: A Revolt Against High Heels in the Japanese Workplace

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 01, 2019 • Tagged with equality, feminism, women's rights, metoojapan, women

A model deploys a clever play on words to make the case against compulsory heels. Learn why her campaign is resonating with Japanese women.

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Ichikawa Fusae: The First Woman of Japanese Politics

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 12, 2019 • Tagged with history, feminism, women of japan

In an age when women had few rights, Ichikawa Fusae fought for hers - and used her hard won career to give a voice to the voiceless.

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Is Valentine’s Day in Japan a Male Power Trip?

Essay   By Krys Suzuki  ·  February 11, 2019 • Tagged with love, society, holidays, feminism, women

Why is a popular Japanese chocolate-giving tradition once rooted in gratitude and appreciation now being called out as a form of power harassment?