Unseen Japan

The Japan You Don't Learn About in Anime.

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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?

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Why Are Japanese Men Not Going Home After Work?

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  February 05, 2019 • Tagged with world, culture, feminism, women's rights

As Japanese wives demand more participation from their husbands in home life, some husbands are responding by simply not going home.

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Kimura Komako: The Dancing Feminist

News   By Alyssa Pearl Fusek  ·  December 18, 2018 • Tagged with women, feminism, history, culture, women of japan

Born in an era in Japan when women's rights were more oppressed than ever, Kimura Komako never gave up the fight - even when that meant taking the fight overseas.