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Monday, May 21, 2018, 15:00 - 16:00

 

"Restart of #MeToo Movement in Japan—Inspections and analysis of 140 cases in media industry"

Mayumi Taniguchi, Associate Professor of Osaka International University

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

A group called 'No More Sexual Harassment in Media' will release a groundbreaking report at the FCCJ detailing 140 cases of sexual harassment of female newspaper writers, TV reporters, freelance journalists, directors and others in the media industry. The group compiled the report in the last two weeks, following the high-profile resignation of Finance Ministry official Junichi Fukuda after accusations he sexually harassed female reporters.

It describes harassment by national government officials, police officers and members of local assemblies who, according to the accounts, routinely asked female journalists for sexual favors in exchange for information and in some cases assaulted them. When the women reported the incidents to their employers, they say they were ignored or "treated inappropriately".

Speaker Mayumi Taniguchi, an associate professor at Osaka International University, said she hopes the report will "restart" Japan's fledgling #MeToo movement, which was inspired by the American women who used that hashtag to recount harassment in media and other industries.

"Sexual harassment is never just 'word play'; sexual crimes are a matter of human rights so when the Japanese media overlooks them, it’s difficult for Japanese society to truly eliminate harassment."

 

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