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The Worldwide WAN (W-WAN) introduces activities of Women's Action Network (WAN) and feminist movements, etc. inside and outside of Japan. We translate selected articles in the main WAN website from Japanese into English, and publish those as well as W-WAN's original articles on this page.

2016.12.17 Sat

Heidi Hartmann, a respected friend of mine, recently wrote to me on the presidential election in the US. She showed a serious concern about the world with President Trump. As one representative opinion on Trump, I would like to share her comment on the WAN website with her permission. About the author: a prominent Marxist feminist, author of “The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism.” Currently President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Re

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Labels: OVERSEAs

2016.12.13 Tue

What are you afraid of?, a documentary film by MATSUI Hisako that features WAN’s director UENO Chizuko and several other feminist forerunners in Japan, was screened at the University of Toronto in Canada on October 17. Ueno, who was visiting Canada for other conferences and speeches, appeared in the theatre in person after the film screening and answered questions by diverse audience. The various subjects of questions included different surname

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Labels: Lecture

2016.12.13 Tue

QUESTION I am a house wife in my 40s having a 6 years old daughter. I have been troubled with my daughter. I sleep beside her. One night my daughter asked me a question in the bed. She said,” I wanted to be born as a man because a woman gets killed when she becomes around 20 years old. Is that right? I don’t want to get killed. How can I avoid it?” I couldn’t comprehend what she meant and asked her several questions. It seems that she became a

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Labels: Online Counseling

2016.12.01 Thu

Author: Maiko Kodaira Publisher: Kawade Shobo Shinsha (2016.9.13) What does “cultural intelligence” mean for woman? In order to understand why women’s dreams have not come true, we can investigate aspects of Japanese liberal arts culture. “Cultural intelligence” is a broad term that encompasses an array of elements from profound knowledge and intelligibility to must-read books, sophisticated hobbies and manners, and the “common sense” that guide

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Labels: 著者・編集者からの紹介 Reading

2016.11.29 Tue

While the Women’s Liberation Movement was flourishing in the 1970s, a meeting was held in Nagano. It was called “Lib Camp.” The number of women who attended the camp was about 300. Some came from Hokkaido in the Northern part of Japan, others came from Kyushu in the southern part. Some even brought their children. Those who wanted to attend the camp had to follow interesting directions. “Join by yourself. Use slow trains. Walk to the camp from th

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Labels: Cinema (C-WAN)

2016.11.29 Tue

- Registration of proposals for: Posters, Forum Contributions, Workshops, Mini-courses - Registration of proposals for Oral Communication in Thematic Symposium - Submission of Artistic and Cultural Interventions - Registration for the Photography Exhibition - Registration for the II International Exhibition Art and Gender Deadlines are approaching! Check the dates through the links and send your proposal! Caso não esteja conseguindo visualizar

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Labels: Other

2016.11.22 Tue

The 32nd Ueno Seminar of WAN December 11, 2016 Musashino City, Tokyo, Japan Lecture The Devouring Empire: “Eating the Other” in Modern Japanese Narratives and Memories Lecturer HORIGUCHI Noriko J. Associate Professor of Modern Japanese Literature Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures University of Tennessee Time & Day: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2016 Venue: Meeting Room, 2nd floor, Sky Gate Tower, Musashino

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Labels: Event Information Ueno Seminar

2016.11.17 Thu

November 28, 2016 Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi City, Tokyo, Japan BOOK REVIEW SESSION Mary Louise Roberts, 2013, What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France (University of Chicago Press) Presenters: NAKAMURA Eri (Graduate Researcher, Hitotsubashi University) TAKEMOTO Niina (Researcher, Rikkyo University) Special Guest: SATO Fumika (Professor of Gender Studies, Sociology, Hitotsubashi University, and Transla

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Labels: Event Information Ueno Seminar

2016.11.02 Wed

On October 22, 2016, a symposium was held to examine the effectiveness of the Act Concerning Promotion of Women’s Career Activities (PWCA). Based on the 1999 Basic Act for Gender Equal Society, the PWCA was enacted in August, 2015, with a limited effective period of 10 years to increase opportunities for women in workplaces. Large organizations in both public and private sectors are now obliged to set quantitative targets such as 30% of the leade

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Labels: Event Information W-WAN's Original Articles

2016.10.05 Wed

Chizuko Ueno in Toronto! WAN's president Chizuko Ueno will be giving lectures at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto this October. The following is information on events to be held at the U of T. Event 1 Documentary Film: “What are you afraid of?” Lives of Women who Lived Feminism in Japan (1970’s - present) – The Personal is Political – Monday, October 17, 2016 9:30am – 12 noon At Media Commons Audiovisual

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2016.09.29 Thu

The lives of children, women and men are threatened. The forests are screaming. All living things that dwell there have no place to go. Where are we heading? Behind scenes of abundance, nature has been destroyed. There are murders or atrocities somewhere in the world every day. Before fear envelopes the world, I beg you: please embrace life. If each one of us does so, the world will change. This “Protect Life” series debuted at the Sagacho

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Labels: Art (A-WAN) Event Information

2016.09.21 Wed

Friday, September 23 - Monday, October 31, 2016 Opening Reception: Friday, September 23rd from 19:00 to 21:00 H.P. FRANCE WINDOW GALLERY Marunouchi Marunouchi Bldg 1F, 2-4-1 Marunouchi , Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6301 Open : 11:00~21:00 (Weekdays), 11:00~20:00 (Sundays & Holidays) H.P. FRANCE WINDOW GALLERY MARUNOUCHI is pleased to announce “Protect Life -Welcome to Earth” an exhibition of new paintings and new personal objects by Sanae Takahata.

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2016.09.19 Mon

MESSAGE FROM READER I am a sophomore student in the music college and my mother separately lives in a local area. MY mother sends me a lots of cellphone emails. When she doesn’t receive my response, she becomes hysteric and calls me so I respond to her unwillingly. Lately I become to feel annoying my mother to send me emails even under a situation of living apart. My parents does not have a good relationship and mother sometimes says tha

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Labels: Online Counseling

2016.08.26 Fri

6:30pm-8:30pm, September 23, 2016 Musashino City, Tokyo, Japan The viewers of Worldwide Wan living in Japan are kindly invited to the following program of Ueno Seminar of WAN. As the first attempt of this kind, the 30th seminar is going to be held in both Japanese and English with some help from bilingual members of W-WAN. If you are interested in the following program, which will include the presentation, question and answer, and discussion, y

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Labels: Ueno Seminar

2016.07.26 Tue

(Continued from the previous article) Another issue that I want to report is the “advanced” culture of IS. On the way back from our bus tour to the capital city, our guide told us the arrival to each hotels could be late as there is an LGBT pride parade in the middle of town. I was expecting to encounter it but it was unfortunately over. On the following day I discovered the rainbow road in the busy shopping area. The road is painted with 6 rain

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Labels: W-WAN's Original Articles Reading

2016.07.20 Wed

YY-WAN, a team from Women’s Action Network is holding an event on August 6th (Sat.), 2016, 1.00 - 4.00 pm, @ Nagoya Human Rights Center We’d like to think about and talk about “politics” and its related everyday issues with Prof. Yayo Okano at Doshisha University, who specializes in histories of political thought and feminism theories, as the guest lecturer. Usually we don’t have many opportunities to give our full attention to politics, but, he

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Labels: Event Information

2016.07.07 Thu

MESSAGE FROM READER I am a mother of two- and three-year olds, and it has been a few months since I came back from a four-year child-rearing leave. My husband’s work requires frequent job transfers and he now works as a single transferee in a distant area. I work in the area where I grew up, and I’ve tried to keep our family in the same house by taking a long child-rearing leave. This means that instead of following my husband, I asked my paren

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Labels: Online Counseling

2016.06.27 Mon

  My kid was rejected by a nursery school. Go to hell, Japan!!!   What the heck is this, Japan?   Isn't this a society where all 100 million people can take active parts, huh?   Yesterday I completely failed to get a slot in a nursery school.   What the hell am I supposed to do? I can't be active, can I?   I bore a baby and I'm saying I'll raise my child and go into society and work and pay taxes.   Then what are you so dissatisfied with, Ja

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Labels: Essays やはり気になることば 連続エッセイ

2016.06.22 Wed

I was in Iceland (IS) for over three weeks from the end of July, 2015. The reason why I decided to contribute my travelogue to WAN is that IS was more feminism-oriented than I had ever thought of. How feminism-oriented in this country is the focus of this article and I will omit guidebook-like information. The flight bound for Keflavik International Airport took three and a half hours after departing from Helsinki airport. IS is located between

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Labels: W-WAN's Original Articles

2016.06.15 Wed

[Event information] The 5th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector will be held in Dublin, Ireland from October 26-28, 2016. For details, please click the following link: http://www.oudconsultancy.nl/dublin_5_ICWV/index.html Posted by Naoko Hirose

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Labels: Event Information