Worldwide WAN

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.

2015.03.31 Tue

Prime Minister Abe’s Unsuccessful Efforts to Whitewash Japanese Wartime AtrocitiesFor the past several weeks, I have had some English articles sent, forwarded, or referred to by my friends or via SNS. All of them were about atrocities the Japanese Imperial Army committed. I would like to review them to express my particular concerns about the widening gap between rising criticism about Japanese government’s attitude toward the comfort women issu

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Labels: W-WAN's Original Articles

2015.03.24 Tue

About 14,000 people gathered in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, on Sunday March 22, and marched around the National Diet Building and the prime minister 's official residence. They demonstrated against Shinzo Abe's major policies over rights to collective self-defense, nuclear reactors restart, new U.S. military base in Henoko, Okinawa, and Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrecy and so on as was indicated by a variety of boards they held. Th

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Labels: W-WAN's Original Articles

2015.02.28 Sat

Chizuko’s Blog No.82February 9th, 2015A Chinese translation (in the simplified Chinese characters) of my book “Woman-Haters” has been published. I have learned the Chinese title is 『厭女症』(Woman-Hater Syndrome). The following is what I wrote as the foreword for this Chinese edition. Also a Korean translation is now under way.“Woman-Haters: Misogyny in Japan”Written by Chizuko Ueno(Kinokuniya Shoten, 6/10/2010)Buy this book (jump to an Amazon page)*

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Labels: Book (B-WAN) Other

2015.02.28 Sat

Review by SiriaFascinated by a Woman’s Strong Way of LivingWoman is strong.That was my first impression of this movie. Woman is strong. The heroine, Manuela, is a single mother who lost her son Esteban in a car accident. He died on his birthday of all others.She has grieved his death for days until she makes up her mind.She decides to go to Barce

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Labels: Cinema (C-WAN)

2015.01.31 Sat

Sign a petition to the Governor of Fukui Prefecture Issei Nishikawa: “Please do not approve the re-opening of nuclear power plants!” “Do Not Re-open Nuclear Power Plants Any Longer!” Fukui Prefectural Residents’ Petition Executive Committee has been working on a signature campaign to send the petitions to the Governor of Fukui Prefecture not to approve the re-opening of nuclear power plants. Please join the petition. Online petition is available

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Labels: Event Information Organizations Team Zero Net (for nuclear-free world)

2015.01.30 Fri

Over 7,000 women and men dressed in red gathered and surrounded the Diet forming a human chain to raise their voices for peace and to say "No" against the runaway Abe administration on January 17th, 2015. They consider a wide range of policies pushed under the Abe administration as pro-war, especially the approval of the right to collective defense. Wearing red comes from the Icelandic Redstocking movement. The protest chain

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Labels: Event Information Ueno Seminar Other

2014.11.30 Sun

★The story behind the birth of Biwa Tea from Iwai-shima Island★There is an island called Iwai-shima in Kaminoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. Since the plan to build a nuclear power plant on its opposite shore was made public in 1982, about 90% of the residents in this heart-shaped island have been against the construction. Women in the island started sanchoku group in order to strengthen the economic basis (foundation?) of the community so that they

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Labels: Team Zero Net (for nuclear-free world)

2014.11.29 Sat

NAWA Axis for Peace – Project 2014By Environmental Artist, Dr. Mariyo Yagi in New YorkDr. Mariyo Yagi, Environmental Artist believes the starting point of human culture was a twisting grass into a rope. In Japan, when rope is ritually used, it is called Nawa. The Nawa is the spiral structure itself, which has been documented in the micro and macro of nature from DNA to Cosmos. In ancient Japanese, na means “you” and wa means “I.” She calls “Nawa

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Labels: Event Information

2014.10.31 Fri

Written by Kazue MutaA disgusting ad encouraging sexual harassment was printed on page 5 of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper (page 10 of the Osaka Head Office version) issued on September 23, 2014.. It is a fully-colored ad of the first issue of MADURO, a magazine for men in middle to senior age, which features a Sean Connelly look-alike male model. The ad is a tie-up with the sound equipment manufacturer, Bose, featuring their headphones as the copy

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Labels: What's New

2014.10.06 Mon

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Labels: Essays

2014.10.05 Sun

by Kazuko Itō, Lawyer and Human Right ActivistExcerpt from her Blog(Part 1)(Part 2)Unusual Criticism by UN Human Rights Top OfficialHigh Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who is retiring the position in September 2014, made a public statement to criticize the Japanese government’s response to the issue of wartime sexual slavery on August 6th. It is unusual for a UN top official to criticize Japan so harshly. It made me feel the seriousn

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Labels: Essays

2014.09.30 Tue

by Kazuko Itō, Lawyer and Human Right ActivistExcerpt from her Blog(Part 1)Most women who were forced to be taken as sex slaves were minors. If Japanese politicians really believe that under-age girls, who were living their lives threatened by knives and guns during Japan’s military occupation, were all voluntarily and arbitrarily drafted, then they lack common sense and overall sensitivity to human rights. Worse than that, they seek to downpla

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Labels: Essays

2014.09.24 Wed

by Kazuko Itō, Lawyer and Human Right ActivistExcerpt from her Blog August 15th was the anniversary of the end of the war … Why did not Prime Minister mention Japan's responsibility for the damage during the war? Yesterday was the anniversary of the end of the war. Prime Minister Shinzō Abe attended the Memorial Ceremony of the War Dead, which was held by the government. In his address of the ceremony, neither did he mention Japan's responsibilit

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Labels: Essays

2014.09.11 Thu

ISA World Congress of Sociology (Facing an Unequal World: Challenging for Global Society) was held in Japan from July 13thto 18th, 2014. The Congress is held once every four years and over 4,000 sociologists gathered in Yokohama, Japan this time..Program Informationhttp://www.isa-sociology.org/congress2014/Chizuko Ueno, chairperson of WAN, made a presentation at the Opening Presidential Panel, under the title of “the Coming of the New Class Socie

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Labels: Lecture

2014.08.31 Sun

Say No to Niigata City Giving the Ango Award to Mr. Makoto AidaGeijutsu to Ieba Nandemo Yurusarerunoka Renrakukai (Liaison Committee of “Can anything be allowed under the name of art?”) reports here on the symposium Houtteokenai Dai 8-kai Ango-sho – Jinken no Shiten Kara (Unignorable the 8thAngo Awards – From the Human Rights Perspective) (on June 22, at Niigata City) as well as on the post-symposium situations.[Report on the Symposium] Mr. Makot

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Labels: Organizations

2014.08.30 Sat

[News] Victory for plaintiffs: the Fukui District Court’s ruling on the suspension of operations at No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Oi nuclear power plantHere is an on-the-spot report. ***[News Flash] Victory for plaintiffs: the Fukui District Court’s ruling on the suspension of operations at No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Oi nuclear power plant. The Fukui District Court delivered a sentence at 3 pm on May 21, 2014 on the suspension of operation

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Labels: Team Zero Net (for nuclear-free world)

2014.08.20 Wed

Women's Action Network (WAN) is a certified non-profit organization that aims to support women's activities throughout Japan. Become an official member and help finance the broad range of actions taking place at WAN!WAN members are entitled to:1) Voting right at the annual general assembly meeting; 2) Subscription of periodical "WAN Newsletter for Members";3) Free admission to events sponsored by WAN; 4) Special prizes applicable through the WAN

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Labels: About WAN

2014.08.18 Mon

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2014.07.31 Thu

Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days DVDDirected by Azuma Morisaki(TC Entertainment, 2/7/2014)Buy this DVD (jump to an Amazon page)Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days Comic BookWritten by Yuichi Okano(Nishi-Nippon Shimbunsha, 7/7/2012)Buy this book (jump to an Amazon page)Pecoross' Mother and Her Days (the original Japanese title: Pecoross no Haha ni Ai ni Iku, which literally means “Pecoross Visiting His Mother”) is a well-reputed Japanese drama film direc

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Labels: Cinema (C-WAN)

2014.07.30 Wed

It has been two years since my daughter decided to be a single parent. Her child is now three years and nine months old and has fun at kindergarten every day. “Single-Parent Households (Hitori-Oya Katei)” by Chieko Akaishi (Iwanami-Shinsho, published on April 19th, 2014) is a very useful book for single parents. The author herself is an unmarried single mother. After all these years, the media has finally started to report about women’s pover

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Labels: Essays