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.

2014.07.05 Sat

June 30, 2014WAN protests against the sexist comments made in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.Japanese lawmaker Akihiro Suzuki (LDP) has apologized in response to the protests from Ayaka Shiomura (Your Party) though the apology was considered to be too late. The apology was made due to the pressure from public opinion. In addition to Suzuki, there were other male lawmakers in the Assembly who either made sexist gibes or jeered, but remained silen

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2014.06.20 Fri

Iwaishima, a small, heart-shaped island that lies in the Inland Sea of Japan, needs your help and needs it fast. Iwaishima Island has long faced Chugoku Electric Power’s plans to build a nuclear power plant along the Inland Sea. Ninety percent of local fishermen are united against the plans, and their resolve has been strengthened all the more since the TEPCO disaster in Fukushima. While Chugoku Electric Power has offered 1.08 billion yen as comp

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2014.05.21 Wed

An exhibition of OH Haji, a textile artist who received art education in Kyoto and sewing training in Seoul, Korea, is to be opened in Koganei Art Spot Chateau, Koganei City, Tokyo, from 14 to 29 June, 2014.According to the caption on its poster, the exhibition was inspired by OH’s grandmother returning home to the Jeju Island in 1993 after so many years of having imagined about the island without even locating it on a map, and by OH herself visi

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2014.05.01 Thu

◆Market Pick-upIntroducing the items selected from "My recomendation" Perfect gifts for Mother's Day!!Mother's Day Recommendations part 1<Accessories & Fashion>http://wan.or.jp/market/?p=2359◎Jewelry from "jewelry Sasaki" Red Copper accessories◎Thai silk items from "Thai, Thai, Thai"Ms. Ueno wearing Thai silk stole from "Thai, Thai, Thai"and more…Mother's Day Recommendations part 2<Sundries & Foods>http://wan.or.jp/market/?p=2417◎Baskets woven wi

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2014.03.31 Mon

Category: Forum onLabor,Social Policy,and Gender “To Make a Square Society Round through Triangle Rakugo,Part2,” aRakugo (storytelling) Oral Presentation and Workshop was organizedbyNPO Participation Planet onFebruary 27, 2014. Senkin Tei Ataisenkin talked about the “gender equality”through fun and easy-to-understand form of storytelling known as Rakugo at Tsunagaretto NAGOYA, making this the second time that a Rakugo Oral Presentation and Wor

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2014.03.23 Sun

Book Review Life Counseling on Every Issue for Senior Living Alone Written by Keiko HiguchiPublished in January 2014 by Shufunotomo http://wan.or.jp/book/?p=7688 Book Review Pro-choice Society: Current Trends in Prenatal ScreeningWritten by Ritsuko Sakai Published in December 2013 by NHK Publishinghttp://wan.or.jp/book/?p=7707 Art A Play Entitled “A Community Story: Caregiver and Caregiving”Venue: Setagaya Public Theater / Theater TramDates:

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2014.03.15 Sat

A reporter from the political desk in the Asahi Shinbun interviewed me about “the utilization of women” by the Abe administration. Maybe it was my first interview with a political desk. Most of the comments in the articles on “the utilization of women” are made by female managers or entrepreneurs. This issue influences these women directly. I just wondered why they don’t ask female part-time workers and temporary workers. So I asked the rep

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2014.02.27 Thu

“ECCE HOMO — Essay on Men”Written by Mari Yamazaki(Bungei Shunju, 18/12/2013)Buy this book (jump to an Amazon page)“THERMAE ROMAE “ is a blockbuster Japanese comic series which connects Ancient Rome and contemporary Japan through bathing culture.Mari Yamazaki, author of the series, talks in depth about cool guys of all ages and cultures and their extraordinary skills and fertile visions, from Hadrian and Raphael to Kobo Abe and Steve Jobs. All of

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2014.02.27 Thu

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2014.02.02 Sun

A person’s life has a distinct story. As the personal life belongs only to that person, at the same time, we can see the deep in-rooted history and the broad world.Listening to a radio program Rajio Shinyabin(Midnight Radio Letter) which introduced the topic of “Story about Moms”, I was driven by desire to read the book “Hyakunen Mae no Shoujo (A Girl’s Life of One Hundred Years)” (Kodansha) written by Yumi Funabiki,The book is a story about a gi

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2014.01.28 Tue

“The Second Lecture of Film Screening and Lecture on Domestic Violence” Reported by Keiko KawaguchiOn Tuesday, December 17th, “The Second Lecture of Film Screeningand Lecture on Domestic Violence” sponsored by Pandora Inc. was held at Shibuya Uplink. First of all, the documentary film based on the testimony of DV victims in the United States titled, Defending Our Lives (1993 production) was shown. It is a rare piece of film depicting the point of

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2013.12.31 Tue

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2013.12.30 Mon

The Worldwide Women’s Action Network (W-WAN) is a sub-group of the Women’s Action Network (WAN) based out of Japan. W-WAN’s mission is to introduce activities and activism by and for women in Japan through an English platform. We also offer translations of articles published on the WAN website.W-WAN project launched in the summer of 2010, under the direction of WAN’s Director Chizuko Ueno and Shin Yamaaki (the first chief of W-WAN). Its purpose w

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2013.12.30 Mon

ABOUT THE COUNSELOR KIYOMI KAWANO The orientation of this online counseling is based upon the idea and the practice of feminist therapy counseling that launched early 1970s. It has grown together with feminist movement.At that time, there were many feminist psychiatrists, including Dr. Judith Herman as well as psychologists such as Dr. Phyllis Chesler, all of whom had inevitably engaged in the movement from the beginning. They got together and di

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2013.11.30 Sat

Photo by Ryuichi HirokawaThe 2014 Calendar for Children in Chernobyl and Fukushima (28th Anniversary) consists of pictures of children in Chernobyl and Fukushima who are spending time at sanatoriums. The following photo for the month of March shows children from Fukushima who are playing energetically with their hands and feet in the sand without caring about radiation. Some of them were born after March 11, so it is

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2013.11.24 Sun

Essay“Being Invited to Parlament der Generationen by Germany’s Ministry of Education and Science”Written by FUCHS, Marikohttp://wan.or.jp/reading/?p=12711Book Review Social History of Sanitary Goods: From Taboo to Major BusinessAuthored by TANAKA HikaruPublished by Miminerva Shobo (August 25, 2013)http://wan.or.jp/book/?p=7313Activity Report for Preventing Cognitive Impairment No.5“Responding to the Needs of Highly-aging Society: Ten Year History

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2013.11.01 Fri

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2013.09.26 Thu

On the occasion of the visit of Ms. Annemarie Jorritsma, Former Vice-Prime Minister of the Netherlands and current Mayor of Almere, we have the honour to invite you to the following seminar. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Political Section Women in Public Office – Showing the Way to a Better Work-Life Balance? A seminar on the promotion of gender equality Of all OECD member countries Japan scores worst in almost all categories c

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2013.09.26 Thu

5th Ewha Global Empowerment Program 2013 Winter“Transnational Feminisms and Women’s Activism”January 12 ~ 26, 2014Ewha Womans UniversitySeoul, South KoreaApplication Submission: September 30 ~ October 13, 2013 EGEP is a two-week residential educational program that takes place twice a year (summer and winter) offered by Ewha Womans University. According the MOU between Ewha Womans University and UN Women, this program aims to promote education

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2013.09.18 Wed

Film Screening Leonie and The Director's talkEvent Title: Film Screening Leonie and The Director's TalkEvent URL: Film Screening Leonie and The Director's TalkOrganizer: The Group of watching Leonie in Osaka / Osaka Gender Equality FoundationOrganizer's URL: http://www.ogef.jp/Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013Time: 10:30-16:30Venue: Dawn Center (Osaka Prefectural Center for Youth and Gender Equality) HallVenue URL: http://www.dawncenter.or.jp/shis

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