Apparently, there was a women’s march on Washington in Tokyo– an anti-Trump rally organized by expats with about 600 plus participants including dozens of Japanese nationals. While I appreciate all of you who were traveling in Japan or are living there on a more permanent basis taking the time out to support your female comrades in the US, I’m sure we will be quite fine. Just to let you know, mainstream media has blown a few things out of proportion (as they tend to do) and the sky isn’t really falling. And, more importantly, when you look around Japan, aren’t there bigger fish to fry? Issues that need to be addressed right where you are standing?
Honestly, I find it ironic that Western women in Japan, where the commodification of young girls right exists out in the open, would participate in support of women’s rights in the US. In a nation where it was legal to produce child porn until 2011 and to possess until 2014…a country which has the lowest age of consent of any industrialized nation at just 13 years, shouldn’t there be organized protests on a regular basis for the rights and protection of these soon to be young women? Don’t you see the virtual child porn on the newsstands, the glorification of schoolgirls and student sex trafficking in the guise of paid afternoon walks around a neighborhood of love hotels and think something is terribly wrong?
While things in the US aren’t perfect for women, minorities, folks with physical and mental disabilities, those with different gender/sexual identities, things are far worse in Japan. Child abuse of all kinds is a hidden secret, mental healthcare services lags, victims services are practically non-existent, equal pay is not really enforced and sexual harassment is just part of the job.
The US is far more advanced in these areas and will remain so. Expats, while you are living in Japan, why don’t you focus on what you can do locally to draw attention to things you know aren’t right? All of you expat women in particular, trying to assimilate and be good gaijin, adopting the ways and mannerisms of the Japanese, what are you in effect supporting with your assimilation and almost blind acceptance? Sorry to be harsh, but I was in your position long ago and the fallout of what you see daily really hit home and I’d like to see more women speak up.
I long for the day that there is women’s march on Tokyo in Tokyo.
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