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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.

2016.11.22 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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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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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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2016.06.04 Sat

QUESTION FROM READER I have trouble with my boyfriend. I feel we are originally different in character but he claims that we are totally matched. I don’t care about trivial matters, thinking “that will be all right,” but he is very nervous about things and is totally different from me. Right now we live together in his condo. He always finds faults in me like the way I speak and so on. When and if I fail to follow his advice, he gets angry at

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Labels: Online Counseling

2016.05.31 Tue

Author: Tetsuya Motohashi Publisher: Nakanishiya Publishing (April 30,2016) The Classic animated princess movies such as "Snow White", "Cinderella", and "Sleeping Beauty" that the Disney Productions had produced in the 20th century were imprinted on our DNA as a typical "Happy-ending story" of fairytale princesses. However,those movies are heavily tinged with the reflections of constraints or prejudices in those days. By reviewing those movies

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Labels: Reading

2016.05.14 Sat

I was cooking in the evening with the sound of the TV in the background, when a funny use of words caught my ear. I looked at the screen and saw a nervous-looking sturdy young man in a dark suit standing there. He had said, “I decided to tell the truth after talking to [my] ‘oku-san’ * and parents.” According to the program, he was a professional Yomiuri Giants baseball player, who had been involved with gambling on baseball, although in an inves

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Labels: Essays Reading

2016.05.08 Sun

On May 19th, Professor Karine Tinat at the Colegio de Mexico, anthropologist and sociologist, specialist in gender studies, will give a lecture on “Simone de Beauvoir and her feminist thought in Mexico”. Simone de Beauvoir died in Paris on April 14th, 1986, thirty years ago. A long time has passed since then and, however, fresh footprints still appear in certain feminist souls that Beauvoir stamped. This lecture will be divided in two parts. Fi

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Labels: Event Information

2016.04.30 Sat

A Boy Suffocated in a Plastic Case In Fukui Prefecture, north-central part of Japan, a father locked his son in a plastic case and left him dead. It’s a tragedy. According to the police, the father said he had had no choice but confine his son “to punish him.” Also, he allegedly told the police that he hadn’t meant to kill him. His remark is a typical excuse for child abuse. The case was about 80 cm i

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Labels: 発達障害かも知れない子供と育つということ Essays 連続エッセイ

2016.04.28 Thu

Two of the Japanese traditionally conservative weekly magazines, which were known for their equally hateful headlines against Korea and China in recent years, apparently came out with quite different stances on nuclear issues. This year marks the 5th anniversary of 3/11 Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Not a few TV programs and newspapers reported that many survivors of Fukushima are still forced to live away from their

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Labels: W-WAN's Original Articles