The country has lagged in protecting children from sexual exploitation. Critics say some catch-up laws didn’t go far enough and the culture continues to fetishize minors in such rampant and blatant ways that the intent of recent legal restrictions is being undermined.
Other victims from Taiwan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia and East Timor were also forced into sexual slavery. Sometimes women were required to provide sexual service, which could be defined as rape, for up to 50 soldiers per day.
News of a ruling in Milwaukee broke in late November in favor of Catherine Fisher’s 12-year legal struggle. “This victory is not only for her, but also for other victims of sexual violence by U.S. military personnel,” said one women’s rights advocate.
The All-Japan Obachan Party wants to engage more women in politics and shake up the male-dominated power structure. “I’m tired of old-men politics,” its leader wrote on Facebook in 2012, in a post that sparked the group’s formation.
Women’s work force participation and entrepreneurship are both roaring ahead. But while these gaps are closing, women still have a big problem with financial planning. Let’s resolve to change this in 2013.
Japanese officials are trying to remove a small monument to Korean “comfort women” in New Jersey. Rochelle Saidel says these and other women violated by war are still being denied official recognition.
On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in northern Ukraine, a former liquidator offers sobering warnings about radiation exposure, with particular cautions for women near the Japanese nuclear plant catastrophe.
Pregnant women and mothers of young babies in Japan are getting mixed signals about how far away they should be from the nuclear-power-plant disaster. With the government’s evacuation advice considered lax, volunteers are stepping in.
A Japanese economy minister recently told an international gathering of businesswomen that “Japanese women find pleasure in working at home.” Outraged women’s groups have staged protests and are calling on him to resign.