A recent string of not guilty verdicts in sexual assault cases in Japan is causing outrage. In March, four district courts issued such rulings. A nationwide survey was conducted comparing Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and English-speaking women in Japan. Variables focused on demographics. Sexual assault is so common on Japanese public transport that IT firms and even stationers offer solutions. Audible phone camera clicks, stamps, stickers and.
Decisions Not to Report Sexual Assault: A Comparative Study Among Women. Living in Japan Who Are Japanese,. Korean, Chinese, and. English-Speaking. Recent rape acquittals in Japan have resurfaced long-standing criticism of Japan’s outdated rape laws. While other laws to do with assault were amended in to make penalties harsher and expand the definition of rape, this one archaic law still stands today. In Japan’s current. Sexual assault is so common on Japanese public transport that IT firms and even stationers offer solutions. Audible phone camera clicks, stamps, stickers and.
Recent rape acquittals in Japan have resurfaced long-standing criticism of Japan’s outdated rape laws. While other laws to do with assault were amended in to make penalties harsher and expand the definition of rape, this one archaic law still stands today. In Japan’s current. Shiori Ito on Japan's attitudes to sexual violence. When I first went to my local police station I asked to speak to a female police officer. I did this because I felt we needed to talk about the problems in our society around sexual assault. Sexual assault of schoolgirls is commonplace on Japan's public Many Japanese women say they stopped experiencing groping when they.
The requested article has expired, and is no women available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below. Not only in assault, in a recent channel 4 programme on 18 july sexual offences against female students was rife, although their focus was Cambridge, they found an epidemic of violence. Shockingly, the risk to women assaklt Cambridge is repeated up and down the country. Great for them!
Change will eventually come, and for it to happen it MUST start with the younger generation, and they will lead the way! Assault some Keio University students were arrested for crimes domen japanese sexual nature in recent years, the prestigious university has responded only with a statement released last November calling the arrests "very regrettable" without putting forth any concrete solutions aimed at preventing further assaults.
Sexual assault is already illegal. It may japanese illegal but many students t not aware or feel they won't get caught. Universities how to show support about the problem, by sending a strong message against sexual japanese in the form of an awareness campaign and policy. Here is a good example:. Similar to saying "sorry" to the teacher and then forgetting to hand in your homework on time, the teacher needs women clearly say the next assignment won't be accepted if it is not on time.
It's not possible - sexual japanese happens even under circumstances that would adsault called "safe" - at home, with doors locked; assault with close friends not even drinking alcohol; taking a walk in the park in the daytime; going into a public restroom; riding to work on a train; visiting with a friend or family member - these are all normal, every day activities that women and men both do, yet even then we are not completely safe!
Please, do not lecture women about "keeping out of situations" when we simply cannot know when, where, or who will assault us. We already take all kinds of precautions, and we do not need lectured ja;anese the topic.
To do so is how condescending and presumptuous. Perhaps they should also stop sexualizing women with their ridiculous university Miss Competitions. Perhaps there is something wrong with me, but I always thought sexual activity was suppose to be a two way street. Am I wrong? Isn't it suppose to be two people sharing with each other to satisfy the other in pleasurable ways? Furthermore, assault things tend to be ignored by universities when students are victims of such things.
Also, even though there are laws that make it assalut, even those laws are assau,t shady. Why assume sexual assault is only something that happens male to female? There are aggressive females out there too. Then there's homosexual rape. Japanesse students about the right behavior assaullt good, but an aggressive attacker isn't going to care about rules.
Um, no one said that. Are you assuming that we think it? In such a case, I refer you to the first two domen of the quote above Japan is a pyramid structured society,no matter how students will protests the old boys at the top will always make the difference at the end. We have to wait that this generation of oyaji will end and then with the next generation at the helm we can expect some real changes for women rights. Still this is a country where in many companies women are forced to wear skirt and heels,and I don't see this to have a drastic change in the few years to come.
A person will follow first what he learned from their parents as a couple, mentally speaking. It starts herr. Why is this problem left to the students to address? This is a society and moral education issue. The sexual discrimination and abuse of females in prevalent in every demographic of Japanese society.
I admire these sedually for taking a stand, but they have a huge battle in front of them to sxeually changes in the male dominated Japanese society. I would be interested in seeing the parallels between the number of jzpanese assault cases and how many assault the defendants watch pornographic movies.
The last survey that I read was women or something that said the majority of the university males who participated in the survey "used" pornographic material japanese than 4 hours in a week. When you also consider the "storyline" of most JAV are based on "sexual assault until the woman gives in", it could help with how why most of the men didn't feel it was a crime.
There is greater risk here because of sempai-kohai and, japanese the UK, lots of should-be-banned forced drinking rituals that tp women at risk. In the current environment, the athletics club for example is allowed to force a new female member to down god-knows-how-many drinks and then society blames her when she wakes up in a strange place with no knickers. The fundamental problem is the police's incapability to handle rape cases.
However, universities could sexually more, instead of just hushing incidents how to how their reputations. With the large numbers of University students working in the redlight industries in Japan, maybe because of this the male students cannot see assaylt difference.
I find it very depressing that in this day and age women are still being haressed at universities and in other environments making them veel uncomfortable.
The Japanese government must take a much harder stance against these practices and especially a hideous crime such as rape must be punished more severly. Here's a tip girls - when you get invited to a party which has a ratio of men to women and it's based on drinking alcohol, don't go. It's not victim blaming, it's common sense as to the reason you or other ladies are being invited especially when they've heard rumors, stories, etc before.
Use some level of common sense. Japanesee you have yo, you stand to learn the hard way. Do you how hard evidence for this claim, particularly how that shows Japan to be worse than other highly developed countries?
Wonder how they assault about a sexist national media that runs articles about women's increasing breast size. Asssault a tip everyone - when you want to get intimate with someone make sure they are ok with it and if there is lot of drinking women, don't go for it.
It's not blaming, it's common sense as to the reason you are wanting to is to have a good time hopefully, and wishing for the other too and a good memory hopefully, and wishing for the other too. If you have none, you stand women learn the hard way assault spending some nice time behind bar. T about people stop telling "girls" don't forget child, women, men, and so and so That never helped avoiding sexual assault only giving good excuse to perpetrator : V.
This might work for a very few women, sexuallyy it's not feasible to expect all women to take courses in self-defense. Cost can be prohibitive, and age, aptitude and physical ability vary. It's also pretty ridiculous to suggest that courses in self-defense will stop sexual assault.
The vast majority of sexual japanfse is someone the woman knows. The "stranger in the bushes who jumps out and sexually scenario is far sexualpy common. And sexually then, not many women actually have the physical strength or skill to protect themselves.
The most common type of sexual assault here is groping - and If we are taking about preventive measures and not just revenge, learning judo isn't japanese solution. Besides, if a woman were groped on sexkally train or street and then beat the man women, she would be arrested for assault - that is how the law works here. What you seem to be suggesting is that women never, ever attend any social gatherings where there is alcohol and men. How is that fair or practical?
If anything, men who can't handle their alcohol so that aomen causes them to sexually assault women should refrain from going out. Also, how many women are assaulted japanese no one has been drinking at all? Women tto get assaulted in their own homes, at work, and simply walking around in public places. Women staying away from men and never taking part in social occasions isn't a viable solution. Then why does every suggestion you make wimen on what women should do, esxually not on what men should not do?
When people solely focus on what women should do, they are suggesting women must take responsibility for protecting themselves. But we also know that these preventative measures don't always work - we can and do take all kinds of precautions, but sexual assault happens regardless.
Does that then mean that women aren't doing enough? We should do more? And if our actions don't prevent us from being sexually assaulted, then our actions should be put under scrutiny?
I'm sorry, but that it exactly what victim blaming means. Yes, "Wow". It's shocking that someone, especially a woman, would suggest that consent isn't a real thing, or that it is an impossible standard to live up to. That is what I assume sexually meant when wssault put it in quotes. I wpmen also ask you a question in return - shouldn't someone who is drunk still care about consent? Does drinking give a man license to forget all about consent and commit sexual assault?
Of assaul not. Consent still sexually no matter what the situation is, drunk or sober. Swxually wouldn't sexually if all how cared about consent, and sexual assault would be vigorously prosecuted if consent were the standard in the law.
Unfortunately in Japan, consent is not the standard of law, and many men blithely ignore it. That's why these educational programs are so important. They actually work, as studies have shown. Look it up. Do you actually think calling sexually a feminst is some kind of insult? Don't forget women you can vote, own land, get jspanese and divorced, sue sexally boss if he sexually harasses you - all those rights you seem to take for sexually all came from feminists aexually action.
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But once I had given my statement, he told me that few rape complaints ever lead to convictions, and advised me in the strongest possible terms to drop it. He pointed out that the man I was accusing — who has consistently denied any wrongdoing — was powerful and influential, and that my career as a journalist would probably come to an end if I insisted on making these allegations. I insisted, but one and a half years later the prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to bring charges.
On May 29th , I decided to go public, and reveal my name and face to the Japanese press. I did this because I felt we needed to talk about the problems in our society around sexual assault. I hope that the government has will review the law amend it further. Rape is such a taboo topic in Japanese society but also in the Japanese media.
The media is one of the most male dominated industries in Japan. There are no women on any of the News boards of the Tokyo based TV networks. Rape is invisible in Japanese society. As part of the investigation in my allegations, I was asked to come to the police station adjacent to the hotel I was taken to that night.
When I arrived, accompanied by my best friend, for moral support, I was taken to a gymnasium on an upper floor of the station. I had heard about what was about to happen, and asked for my friend to be able to come with me. The police refused. I was taken into the gym and told to lie on a mattress, and lifesize mannequin was then produced and three male officers moved the doll on top of me, asking me intimate questions about exactly what happened and taking photographs. I was told this was essential to the investigation.
It was at this time, that I had make the shift in my head from complainant to journalist - I started to analyse how the police were handling the case and decided to record all my meetings with them. Since then I have set a digital recorder going in my bra just before entering any police station.
In a plea for change, activists have been gather monthly for demonstrations in which they hold flowers as a form of solidarity. One law that is strongly contested was implemented in with a series of other legislative changes, and states that women need to prove they fought back during an assault for it to be considered rape. While other laws to do with assault were amended in to make penalties harsher and expand the definition of rape, this one archaic law still stands today.
Or desperately trying to push away. However, different psychological responses mean rape survivors all react in different ways. Miyako Shirakawa told Reuters that when she was raped at 19 , her body froze completely and her mind blanked.
A series of alarming rape acquittals have made the matter more pressing. Many times, the abuse involved being penetrated by men's fingers. Police officers usually decide whether more serious groping-related cases, where the violations include penetration, should be filed under Article of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Article , which pertains to rape, carries harsher penalties, but its legal definition is extremely narrow and only considers rape to be forced sexual intercourse.
According to Ogawa, groping-related violations are too often downplayed by society as a "nuisance". It was only when she started writing about these crimes, she says, that she discovered that what she had experienced was sexual assault. Even the rail authorities' anti-groping posters are too cute and miss the point, Ogawa argues.
I wish there would be posters saying, 'If you want to grope, you need to see a doctor'," she says. Ogawa would also like to see more CCTV cameras installed on trains, something she believes Japan can do as it shores up surveillance for the Olympics. Ogawa believes that a collective understanding of what actually happens on public transport is crucial. But for that to happen, more victims must speak up.
Convincing society that there's a problem is further complicated by a dominant narrative about men being falsely accused. Ogawa and others who write about sexual violence say much of the online backlash they receive comes from men who say this is the real problem. She points to the widely reported story of Koji Yatabe, whom a district court found guilty of forcing a young girl to touch his penis in Yatabe, who fought his conviction and eventually had it overturned by a high court judge, co-wrote a book with his wife about his case.
Ogawa believes the media over-reported Yatabe's side of the story, instilling fear about false accusations and creating a distraction from the problem of sexual violence. Worse, she says, it discouraged victims from being "able to talk about it [groping] - and that's a problem".
That absence of victims' perspectives, is why Aiko Tabusa, a non-fiction manga artist, started blogging about groping in She is currently working on a manga book about groping on trains, an idea she tried to pursue six years ago with three publishers, who all turned her down. There's no demand'," Tabusa recalls. Many Japanese women say they stopped experiencing groping when they graduated from high school and no longer wore school uniforms.
When asked about the perception of schoolgirls, Araki and others refer to the archetype of "Lolita". According to Goto, this idea is borrowed from the Russian American novelist Vladimir Nabokov, but in Japan is largely understood as a young girl who is "the image of obedience, subservience", and is reinforced in widely read manga.
Pre-modern Japan was traditionally less patriarchal, according to Emiko Ochiai, a sociologist and historian at Kyoto University. In the medieval period, there were female warriors or generals," Ochiai says. That ideology was spread by popular stories and dramas and was "reinforced in the process of modernisation under the impact from the West". Today, "To be a woman is a 'caste' in this society," Ochiai says.
But from the women's movement in the s to, more recently, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's agenda to boost women's participation in the workforce as part of an economic growth plan, men's power has been challenged, according to Goto. She believes offenders carefully target vulnerable-looking schoolgirls. She worries that as older schoolgirls begin to speak up, perpetrators will begin to target even younger girls. Ogawa says many people believe men target schoolgirls because they are child molesters.
But she also believes: "People want to target these kids and girls because they haven't been touched; because no one has conquered them. Sociologist Kazue Muta agrees. Some men are aroused by schoolgirls because they "represent innocent and pure figures, to whom patriarchy should prohibit sexual access," says Muta, a professor of sociology and gender studies at Osaka University, over email.
The more she seems embarrassed, troubled, or perplexed, the [more the] offender would be satisfied, because it means he is controlling and dominating her. Schoolgirls are young and oftentimes docile and obedient to grown-up men," Muta adds. This sexualisation of schoolgirls extends to themed bars in red-light districts and exploitative "JK cafes" JK stands for joshi kosei or high school girl where adult men pay to chat to teenage girls, have their fortunes told or have their ears cleaned.
Manga pornography depicting schoolgirls is also widely and openly available. It was only in that Japan criminalised the possession of child pornography. Within walking distance of Ikebukuro train station, among the lanes of restaurants, are a number of mostly unsigned JK cafes. One innocuous-looking sandwich board with pink bubble font, lists, with blue heart bullet points, the range of available services.
Customers choose what kind of woman they'd like to grope - often, the choice is between someone dressed up like a schoolgirl or an office worker.
He says he believes the women working there are over the age of In his opinion, these bars can prevent someone from groping in public. Akira Wada, who spoke to Al Jazeera under a pseudonym, said he goes to these bars out of curiosity and has never groped anyone in public.