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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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#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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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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Keio University Students Arrested Five Separate Times Won't Be Charged with Rape

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  January 26, 2019 • Tagged with crime, society, rape, women's rights

A Net backlash in Japan swells with news that several students of well-connected families at Keio University won't face multiple charges of sexual assault.

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Why a Virtual YouTuber Has Some Japanese Women Railing Against Anime Culture

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 23, 2018 • Tagged with feminism, women's rights, culture, anime, manga, women

Is anime "The New Orientalism"? A Twitter controversy over a virtual YouTuber has Japanese women questioning how the media depicts them both at home and abroad.