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Gov’t demands revision of U.S. textbook’s depiction of comfort women

(Sankei: January 12, 2015 – Top play)    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) revealed on Jan. 11 that it had made a formal demand last December to the publisher of a world history textbook used in public schools in the city of Los Angeles and suburbs which states that the former Japanese Imperial Army “forcibly abducted” the comfort women,….Read more

  • 2015-01-12 15:00:00
  • , Sankei
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Infographic on female managers

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 11, 2015—p. 4)    

  • 2015-01-12 15:00:00
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Survey shows women account for less than 10% of management at over 76% of companies

(Tokyo Shimbun: January 11, 2015 – p. 4)    Female representation in management still remains low despite the government’s efforts to empower women, a Tokyo Shoko Research survey shows.    Of about 3,000 companies surveyed nationwide, 76.4% said that women occupy less than 10% of management posts in their offices. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sets the goal….Read more

  • 2015-01-12 15:00:00
  • , Tokyo Shimbun
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‘Comfort women,’ ‘forced labor’ removed from high school textbooks

(Yomiuri: January 9, 2015 – p. 36)    The government approved a request from Suken Shuppan to eliminate accounts of “wartime comfort women” and “forced labor” from its three textbooks on civics studies, the Yomiuri has learned. The revisions will be incorporated into textbooks which will be used from 2015 academic year. The textbook publisher explained the corrections were made….Read more

  • 2015-01-09 15:00:00
  • , Yomiuri
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Japanese women up against the wall … and loving it

Two gestures made by young Japanese men have commanded strong attention from women and the media this year. One is the “kabe-don,” or “wall-thud,” in which a man places a hand against the wall (kabe) with a thud (don) while closing in on a woman. This male gesture, which originates in a situation in a popular romance comic, implies that….Read more

  • December 17, 2014
  • , Asahi, Sankei
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Japanese women shone in early 20th century through literature

Even if you haven’t read the classic novel Anne of Green Gables by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, you probably came across it at libraries or bookstores in your childhood. Since its publication, Anne of Green Gables has been translated into 20 languages, including Japanese. The book captured the spotlight this summer in Japan when NHK’s popular 15-minute morning drama….Read more

  • October 8, 2014
  • , NHK
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Japanese men going out as women

Hundreds of young men in drag assemble at a Shinjuku theater at midnight on Saturday to take part in the monthly “Propaganda” cross-dressing festival (right). One of the participants said to Asahi (9/20): “I can turn into ‘someone else’ and escape the stress of a man’s world. But, I have a normal life to live, so once a month is….Read more

  • October 8, 2014
  • , Asahi
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Japanese men pick up on female beauty practices

According to other national papers, some young men who don’t dare to cross-dress still look more like women. Nikkei reported (7/16) that some male college students carry “cosmetic pouches” that contain various facial and body care products, such as face powder, skin lotion, moisturizer, lip balm, hand cream, and toothbrushes. According to one estimate, the nation’s skincare market for men….Read more

  • October 8, 2014
  • , Mainichi
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Gov’t not setting uniform targets for women’s appointment in empowerment law

(Mainichi: October 3, 2014 – p. 1) By Akina Nenbutsu, Kazuya Nakajima The government began coordination on Oct. 2 to include provisions requiring companies to set numerical targets for the appointment of women under the bill to empower women to be submitted to the extraordinary Diet session. While ensuring the effective empowerment of women, it will address the business sector’s….Read more

  • October 3, 2014
  • , Mainichi
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Gov’t presents to LDP policy proposals for “women’s empowerment”

(Mainichi: October 3, 2014 – p. 2) The government presented on Oct. 2 a draft of “policy proposals for all women to shine” to a meeting of the Liberal Democratic Party’s women’s empowerment promotion headquarters. The draft includes policy measures that the government intends to implement by next spring. In the draft proposals, the government indicated its direction to provide….Read more

  • October 3, 2014
  • , Mainichi
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