Where the REAL Outrage Belongs: Gender Inequality in Japan

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Back in 2014, Doctor Haruko Obokata discovered something that had to do with something called STAP. Regardless of whatever it was, the research and the discovery that came out of it was breathtaking. It signaled a new future for women in science and technology, and Doctor Obokata was going to lead that charge. Her presentation was thorough, thought-provoking, and inspiring all at the same time, and was headline news for quite some time. That is, until two much older male colleagues of hers flat-out denied that the research was properly peer-reviewed and that she broke protocol by announcing the results of said research without their permission or blessing.

Disgraced Scientist Dr. Haruko Obokata, 2014

In the weeks that followed, her so-called colleagues put her on trial in the court of public opinion, holding press conference after press conference, dissecting the STAP research documented by Doctor Obokata. In the end, she was found to be in violation of her university’s guidelines, quite a few charges were brought up against her in academia, and she was found to be guilty of all violations presented. She was forthwith humiliated and not allowed to defend herself. Dr. Obokata was shamed and ridiculed in the public eye. When it was all said and done, she threw in the towel, made a public apology, and was forced to forfeit not only her license to practice science but her college degrees as well. Officially, Doctor Obokata has nothing more than a high school level education, at least on paper, thanks in large part to a society that is truly sexist in all respects.

When we hear that buzz word, “sexism” in the west, as of the week this piece was written, we think of the faux Twitter outrage over a death threat delivered to Star Trek’s William Shatner, in a tweet that wished him dead in lieu of Leonard Nimoy. Several SJWs then jumped on the bandwagon, calling Shatner sexist, misogynist, and indeed, delivered harsher death threats to him.

We also think of President Trump who was caught on a hot mic in 2005 by Access Hollywood who infamously claimed that being rich and famous allows men to grab women by their hoohahs, and that they would let them do so because they were rich, famous, and wanted a piece of that action. The President, who even to this day has never let that episode down, has become the d’facto poster boy, the bullseye on the dart board, for SJW rage.

Faux outrage culture

It is this GIF image to your immediate left that has become the icon of outrage culture in the west. More and more, we see feminists and other SJWs attempt to push an agenda of girl power and matriarchal dominance in everything, from media to politics. We can see this in our pop culture, the raping of Star Wars and Star Trek. The former of which, ignored by this blogger for a while now since The Last Jedi, has been taken over by female-only driven stories. Star Trek novels have gone the route of including Mary Sue-type characters in lieu of balanced teams consisting of men and women, such as the crews of the two Starship Enterprises that Gene Roddenberry brought into existence in the 1960s and 1980s. It is a reflection of a gender imbalance in the west, the need to focus on rape culture on college campuses that doesn’t exist as largely as SJWs like the sad individual in the animated GIF above would like you to think exists, that in today’s modern western society, simply doesn’t.

The true gender imbalance rests outside of the west. For the purposes of this article, since this strikes close to home because it is home, this piece will take the reader to a land where there is a real problem with rape culture, where a gender wage gap exists, where sexism runs rampant, and where women are in fact treated as second class citizens.

Women’s Soccer World Cup 2011 Champions: Japan’s Nadesko Team

Picture this: the year is 2011. Japan has been thrusted into the middle of turmoil after a magnitude 9 earthquake generated the second most powerful tsunami of the 21st century, killing 25,000-plus people and causing the worst nuclear meltdown in planetary history. Food shortages spread throughout eastern and northeast Japan. Worries of radiation slowly causing cancer and killing millions worldwide spread like a frenzy of fake news (and most of it was and still is fake news) on social media. Japan’s immediate future was in question.

Enter: the women’s soccer world cup and the Nadesko Japan women’s soccer team. They captured the hearts and minds of millions and inspired an entire country, backing up the chants of Ganbarou, Touhoku! Ganbarou, Nippon! (Fight, Northeast Region! Fight, Japan!). Not only that, they inspired girls and women to do more for their country just by their single victory of winning said world cup. In an age where all eyes were on Japan after the second-worst natural disaster of the century so far, seeing these wonderful ladies come out on top was almost like a message from God, and showed the world that the Japanese warrior spirit of bushido was alive and well.

Their reward: a return flight in coach while their managers enjoyed business and first class accommodations.

Japanese Feminist Megumi Igarashi, making a statement

Flash-forward a couple of years to 2014 where Megumi Igarashi, a popular feminist artist, created a kayak in the shape of a vagina. Igarashi would be considered the Japanese version of Anita Sarkisian. Unlike the latter, Igarashi’s claim to fame was making artwork not only based on female genitalia but sometimes making artwork with her own snatch.

Japan is famous for its obscenity laws which introduces censorship to grotesque platforms. Included in this is the forced censorship of showing a penis or a vagina in pornography. Strict laws force producers of adult content to make sure that if the camera points and shows a penis or vagina, they must be blocked out, censored with a mosaic or cut completely. There exists some uncensored pornography in Japan, however in most cases, these are produced in foreign countries and/or intended to be only viewable and sold in foreign territories such as the United States, one of the world’s leading consumers of pornography next to Japan.

These laws have put Igarashi in legal trouble for many years. In 2014, however, she was held for 30 days by police without being formerly charged, where she subsequently made bail (in Japan, you can be held without charge for any or even no reason whatsoever by the police for up to 30 days. This fact, alone, has garnered wide international attention and has even been brought forth for potential human rights violations by the international community). However, unlike in most cases of hold-and-release that are so common in Japan, Igarashi was formerly charged when she made bail, and faced two years in prison.

Her crime: her kayak was in the shape of her snatch.

I am innocent because neither the data for female genitals nor my artworks shaped like female genitals are obscene.

Megumi Igarashi, as translated by News Corp Australia in 2014

The story documents that she had been on police radar for creating “obscene” data, which showed “computer code for making a vagina-shaped kayak,” according to News Corp Australia.

It’s not Igarashi’s goal to commit crimes. However, her peaceful protests have all but been forgotten in the public eye. Japanese society, a male-dominated force, specifically by old, elderly hard-nosed men, have made sure the efforts of Dr. Obokata and Igarashi were squashed so hard that it becomes a crime to even talk about them.

I am, by no means, a feminist. Nor am I an SJW. However, I do recognize that there is a huge gender gap in Japan, and what outrages me more than anything else is that SJWs in the west focus on things that don’t exist there.

Those same things do exist here.

If you were to do an internet search for the top countries with the highest rates of rape, you will find that most data is skewed towards the United States. Many left-leaning SJW-pandering websites will cite the US as holding the number one ranking when it comes to this particular crime. This is mainly due to the amount of reported cases of rape.

Faux outrage came about during the mid 2010s when Republicans would combat SJW allegations of rape culture with the term, “actual rape.” This is where the hashtag “believe all women” truly started, as victims of violent rape rallied behind social justice warriors in denouncing the right’s seemingly facetious downplaying of their plight.

This simply isn’t the case, as we have seen in recent years.

The term, “actual rape” is an accurate term, referencing and acknowledging victims of brutally violent rape who survived their ordeals and had sought justice. Faux rape allegations, however, inflate the rape data in its entirety in the United States. More and more women come forward and use the criminal charge of rape to get rid of men in their lives they don’t like.

The Brett Kavanaugh case drew international attention as Christine Blasé-Ford accused the now supreme court justice of rape and sexual assault. In a vicious hearing, the accuser was found to have fabricated the whole thing and coached by social justice warriors. The alleged victim left out precious details that could’ve sent the justice to prison for the remainder of his life. The allegations destroyed his family and nearly destroyed his career if Blasé-Ford hadn’t embarrassed herself by making a complete mockery of the whole ordeal.

Likewise, Vic Mignogna, famous for his role in the hit internet fan film series Star Trek Continues, found himself in incredibly hot water with false allegations of sexual harassment, pedophilia and possible sexual assault, by female members of the anime voice actor community, immediately after the latest English dub of a Dragon Ball Z movie became a box office smash. The aforementioned movie starred Mignogna as Broly, a celebrated villain in the DBZ fandom. The accusations where so appalling that his supposed statutory rape victim had to go public to denounce the charges, herself, saying that nothing ever happened and she only accepted a hug from Vic.

While SJWs surrounded in astounding support for the alleged victims, Vic is continuing to press forward with a class action lawsuit against the alleged victims and is quite possibly considering criminal allegations of harassment against them as well. While this situation is ongoing, and it is confirmed that Vic is pressing on with legal action, the latter criminal charge pursuit has not yet been confirmed but only speculated at this point.

The point being that in the United States, the rape statistics are incredibly inflated, not just due to false allegations but due to an over reporting of rape charges. Most of these allegations have come about from simple cases of morning-after regret, where the woman regretted sleeping with a man and to cover up her own guilt, presses sexual assault charges against her date/boyfriend/husband, whatever.

This is not to bury heads in the sand and say that rape isn’t an issue in the United States. It is an issue all around the world, particularly in eastern countries where it’s more prevalent.

Enter: Japan.

Japan is, arguably, the rape capitol of the world. While cases of violent rape become public in the west, rape is a rampant problem in Japan. Unfortunately, the majority of confirmed rape cases in this country involve Japanese girls and foreign individuals. A rape epidemic in Okinawa continues to exist, to this day, between American Marines stationed there and local high school aged girls. Police are quick to pursue and prosecute cases involving foreign nationals, but what about cases where the suspect is a Japanese?

The crime of chikkan is as old as time in Japan – and the hardest to seem to land any kind of charges against Japanese Nationals

Take the typical tale of a woman, let’s say she’s of college age or what the Japanese consider seijin, an individual of legal adulthood. She gets on a crowded train during rush hour, squeezes into the car, pressed up against about 200 people all around her like a sardine in a tightly-packed can, on her way to work or school. The man behind her starts to grope her and sexually assault her on the spot.

The logical next step, of course, is for her to quickly get off the train and run to the police. Once there, the typical story takes place: she makes the report, tells the officer exactly who was around her, what the man looked like, how old he seemed, etc. She is forced to describe, in graphic detail, what happened in the incident as though she were being interviewed for a porno flick audition.

In the end, the officer, who is either uninterested, not entertained or sexually aroused, himself (since 100% of interviewing officers are male), looks at the alleged victim and tells her what will happen to the suspect. Yes, he will go to prison, but he will also lose his wife, his children, his job if he’s not retired, his entire way of life.

Basically, a guilt trip.

Then, the officer tells her that she will be even more humiliated if she continues pressing charges. By which time, the victim is already embarrassed, upset and angry, but with herself. Japanese police are very, very well crafted in interrogation and psychology, able to tear down anyone on a whim. They get the most practice by interviewing victims of sexual assault. Upon which, the victim, even more defeated than before, promptly leaves the police box as she struggles to continue on with her day, trying to forget it ever happened.

In nearly all cases of sexual assault allegations in Japan, female victims are guilted into giving up on seeking justice. Japanese police officers are worse with foreign women, as not only do they lay down the aforementioned guilt trip above, but also challenge the victim. In once incident with an individual in 2012, her chikkan situation was quite telling of how Japanese authorities view rape when committed by a Japanese suspect.

The police interviewed her, took her statement, then asked her how she was standing. They asked if she was looking for physical contact. They also asked her what she did to provoke the suspect into thinking it was okay to touch her.

In other words, it was her fault.

Women in Japan continue to be treated like second class citizens all over the place. High school girls in public schools are required to wear the shortest skirts possible, shave their legs, wear adult makeup, and be as sexually attractive to men as possible. By the time women graduate from school, the marketplace is filled with women who have accepted their fate. Most who want to control their destinies go into the sex industry and become escorts. It is the only industry where little is expected except to pleasure people.

A life of class or submission to the inevitable? What’s a girl in Japan to choose for herself?

If a Japanese woman goes into the professional field, they’re expected to conform to the hiring company’s policies. This may include wearing high heels, even in the most walking or standing-intensive jobs. A movement labeled hashtag “kutoo,” which is a play on the Japanese word kutsu for “shoe” and hashtag “MeToo’s” “too,” is a social media campaign to push for legislation banning companies from creating mandatory dress code rules, the target of which are high heels.

Haaaaaahahahahahaahaaaa!!!! -Japanese Government, RE: #KuToo Movement

The Japanese government’s official comment on the situation: laughter. A high Japanese government official went on public record, stating:

It is socially accepted as something that falls within the realm of being occupationally necessary and appropriate.

Takumi Nemoto, 2019

In other words: the Japanese government laughed in the face of women who supported this movement. The movement is officially dead, given only a few minutes of airtime on national news networks, quickly squashed within one week.

While SJWs in the west complain that there is little to no representation of women in entertainment, and continue to cream themselves over the likes of Captain Marvel, Batwoman, Rei and Michael Burnham, women in Japan have been feeling the heat for ages, and there seems to be no rescue in sight. Women being shamed into dropping rape charges, not being taken seriously about severe medical issues when it comes to workplace wardrobe, censorship and dishonoring those who brought out the best during the worst times, continue to struggle in situations that pale in comparison to situations in the US and UK.

Brie Larson in fear for her safety after being asked for her phone number by a TSA agent at an airport is nothing compared to the fear and dread a Japanese woman faces when she gets on a train in Tokyo. More and more women are continually on their guard for any possible attackers that could truly come on their way to work, full knowing the police will do absolutely nothing if the attacker is a fellow Japanese. Wages continue to differ between the genders and accomplishments by Japanese women are either quickly squashed, buried deep, or forgotten entirely.

While the west continues to drool on the hypothetical, women in Japan live it, every single day. Where’s the SJW outrage over this? Where’s ANTIFA coming to white knight women in Japan against an increasingly aging patriarchy? Where are those on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook who complain about William Shatner and President Trump’s attitudes but yet completely ignore the real plight of women in Japan, or in Saudi Arabia where they are beheaded for learning how to read?! Why are all the voices silent for the countless high school and junior high school girls raped in Okinawa?

When it comes to real women’s issues, in places that haven’t figured it out yet, why is it so quiet in here?

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